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It’s Academic team takes second place at districts


Posted on January 19, 2016 by

McLean’s Scholastic Bowl (It’s Academic) team finished 2nd in this weekend’s district tournament.  This means that the team will move on to the regional tournament on Jan. 30. What makes this feat more impressive is that our team consists of five freshmen and one sophomore.

The team consists of:

Grace Chung

Nolan Fitzsimmons

Carson Flickinger

Mara Kessler

Rosy Sultana

Praveen Vinayak

TheatreMcLean wins VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition


Posted on January 19, 2016 by

(Photo by Kristen Waagner)

(Photo by Kristen Waagner)

TheatreMcLean won first place for “The Cards of Fate” at the VHSL Liberty Conference One-Act Play Competition on Saturday. Three McLean students took home individual acting awards; Christophe Jelinski won Best Actor, Syona Ayyankeril won Best Actress and Jeffrey Nolan won All-Star Actor. Director Phil Reid and students will proceed to regionals on Feb. 13.

Autumn Brenner named one of top four student-athletes in Virginia


Posted on December 14, 2015 by

Autumn BrennerSenior Autumn Brenner is one of four students in Virginia awarded the Student-Athlete of the Year award by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Brenner, a volleyball player with a 4.4 grade point average, was honored for her athletic and academic achievement and civic involvement. She is a four-year varsity starter, two-time captain, and two-time MVP on McLean High’s volleyball team, where she earned first team all-conference and all-region honors; she also is a setter for Metro Volleyball Club, a nationally ranked club team. Brenner has been the setter at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championship for five years, and was named a Phenom Athlete by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2014, a recognition of elite high school players in the U.S. She has signed a national letter of intent to play NCAA Division I volleyball for the College of William and Mary.

Student musicians selected for Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra


Posted on November 24, 2015 by

Tristan Baban (bassoon), Eric Juneau (oboe) and Minseon Kim (violin) were selected by audition to participate in this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra event. If you know these students, give them a big “congratulations” when you see them; it  is very competitive to be selected as one of the top high school aged musicians in Northern Virginia.

1st Quarter All A Honor Roll


Posted on November 23, 2015 by

Congratulations to our students who made it on the 1st Quarter All A Honor Roll!


Al-Saloum, Noor

Bachman, Kaitlin

Carroll, Connor

Chandra, Reenie

Colder, Ariana

Cooper, Lillian

DeLeonardis, Sydney

Flaviani, Giorgia

Frothingham, Elinor

Ganley, Helen

Gardner, Ann

Graybill, Nicholas

Green, Julia

Hilliard, Jacob

Howley, Caroline

Huric, Inaya

Jones, Sophie

Jung, Tiffany

Kadih, Samer

Kelly, Katherine

Kim, Jongwan

Kirk, Paulina

Kongari, Joshitha

Kranking, Maren

Kreeb, Eleanor

Lee, Micah

Li, Grace

Li, Rose

Lin, James

Manning, Stephanie

Martin, Naomi

McHugo, Maria

Mosier, Rebecca

Murphy, Ian

Ngo, Justin

Nguyen, Anna

Osguthorpe, Paige

Pereira, Abigail

Perez, Elena

Pilewski, Paige

Prestidge, Samantha

Raymond, Caroline

Richard, Ariane

Rowe, Joshua

Shue, Benjamin

Signori, Lily

Simons, Emily

Skoric, Zoe

Slentz, Gabriella

Smithgall, Alexander

Sohn, Seoyeon

Stalzer, Natalie

Stewart, Maia

Stockero, Shannon

Waagner, Kristen

Williams, Gabriella

Winegarden, Ashley

Wyerman, Nathaniel

Zhang, Kelly

Zhou, Lora


Alexander, Hannah

Bisset, Jett

Bradley, James

Brunner, Caroline

Chae, Gunhee

Chang, June

Chehayeb, Solman

Chun, Daye

Cobb, Clara

Cooper, Belinda

Coughlin, Amanda

Dahl, Avery

Dozier, Claire

Friedman, Jessica

Higbee, Emma

Iversen, Louise

Iversen, Vilde

Khachemoune, Nour

Kim, Seijung

Lee, So Yoon

Montalvo Tinajero, Daniela

Murray, Kyle

Putziger, John

Schilder, Thomas

Shankar, Siddarth

Sun, Philena

Vollertsen, Nathan

Wassertzug, Eli

Williams, Mason

Yin, Tammy


Bennett, Rebecca

Bianco, Robert

Covington, Katherine

Freeman, Summer

Gerhardt, Alexander

Grammes, Brendan

Haas, David

Hassi, Lauren

Hecker, Jack

Hoang, Nhu Quynh

Hudson, John

Huffman, Noah

Hunter, Julia

Kang, Avery

Kong, Emily

Kontrec, Hana

Kranking, Carlyn

Marku, Isabella

McAuliffe, Olivia

McCarthy, Thomas

Nussbaum, Samuel

Oakley, Kathleen

Opsahl-Ong, Laura

Osguthorpe, Anna

Petri, Eric

Pincus, Melanie

Pruyn, Thomas

Regas, Brittany

Romero Bakker, Braulio

Scherer, Madeleine

Shin, Yeaseul

Silverman, Samuel

Simons, Alexander

Van Buskirk, Maxwell

Visocan, Andrew

Walker, Madeleine


Amatya, Bibhas

Babyak, Alexandra

Bae, Hyung Jin

Basham, Evelyn

Chai, Shuqiao

Choi, Susie

Collins, Shelley

Dalby, Claire

Do, Fiona

Dozier, Caitlin

Dua, Anna

Dykes, Auden

Ferris, Luke

Friend, Adonis

Froats, Helen

Garland, Anna Marie

Guerrero, Yesenia

Guevara, Adrian

Guinn, Hailey

Ho, Rachel

Howley, Kathryn

Jang, Heejeong

Johnson, Brianna

Kim, Cha Dol

Kim, Yonsei

Li, Candy

Lindner, Jamie

Lloyd, Harrison

McCoy, Martha

McMahan, Cynthia

Meakem, Allison

Meehan, Amy

Najjar, Nadim

Pyne, Caitlin

Ridgely, Tasman

Riedy, Julia

Rostami, Farid

Saydahmat, Gulenay

Sharara, Seifallah

Sheehan, Nicole

Shi, Kevin

Shipley, Kyle

Siegel, Sarah

Smith, Benjamin

Steelberg, Matthew

Steinson, Emma

Tran, Angela

Wertz, Jamie

Wilbur, Mikaela

Wolff, Veronica

Yoo, Jin Yong

Yoon, Jeesoo

Alumni named semifinalists in Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition

McLean alumni Leina Seikaly (Class of 2004) and Danielle Wertz (Class of 2014) were two of just 11 semifinalists chosen to compete in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition. Both came through the choral program at McLean High School, they were both in Madrigals, and both sang with the Jazz Band here. Check out this article from The New York Times about the competition:


Posted on November 23, 2015 by

McLean band wins National Program of Excellence Award


Posted on November 13, 2015 by

McLeanMarchingBand2015The National Band Association has selected the McLean High School band program for a National Program of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Southern Division Excellence Award. The NBA’s award recognizes high levels of program excellence and band programs that challenge students over a continued period of time.

To be considered for the award, band director Chris Weise had to submit materials to show the band’s history of success over the past four years. Those areas included performances, competition rankings and scores from Concert Band ensembles, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, All-District Band and All-State Band, Jazz Ensemble, Solo/Ensemble and Guard.

Weise and his staff also had to submit concert programs from the past four years and recordings from the bands in the last two years. McLean’s nationally acclaimed program is made up of three concert bands, two jazz ensembles, three winter guards, two percussion ensembles, and the Highlander Marching Band.  They all perform regularly in our region and across America.

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!


DECA students earn district awards


Posted on November 13, 2015 by

Last Monday, MHS DECA students competed in the District Competition at Lake Braddock Secondary, where multiple students received top awards. If you see any of these students, please congratulate them and ask them about their experience!

The following students placed first to third overall and will have the chance to compete at the state level:

First Place:

Henry Ahn – Business Finance

Cameron Lombardi – Business Services Marketing

Kristina Martin – Social Media

Olivia McAuliffe – Marketing Management

Meaghan O’Reilly – Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Matthew Steelberg – Principles of Finance

Second Place:

Kathryn Howley – Human Resource Management

Isabel Cooper – Food Marketing

Jana Kral – Job Interview

David McCarthy – Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Mike Petrosinelli – Automotive Services Marketing

Ian Tansill – Quick Service Restaurant Management

Third Place:

Chris Dorr – Quick Service Restaurant Management

Camron Khaliq – Job Interview

Paige Pilewski – Social Media

Philena Sun – Principles of Finance

Viraj Sunderam – Restaurant & Food Services Management

Arsham Zamani – Automotive Services Marketing

The following students received recognition for the test they took or the role play they participated in:

Second Place:

Cole Adams – Test

Claire Gray – Role Play

Crawford Freeman – Test

Zeeshan Khaliq – Test

Third Place:

Julia Hunter – Test

Reid Madison – Test & Role Play

Annie Xie – Test