Cheering for the achievements of McLean High School students and staff!

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists announced


Posted on September 30, 2016 by

Congratulations to McLean’s eleven National Merit Scholarship semifinalists! Semifinalists are selected based on the scores they received on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


Back row: Catherine Zysk, Caryln Kranking, Lucy Zheng, Noah Huffman, Anna Duval. Front row: Melanie Pincus, Rebecca Bennett, Lauren Hassi, Alexander Simons, Rahul Mani. Not pictured: Andrew Yang.

Class of 2016 outcomes


Posted on June 21, 2016 by

Members of the class of 2016 will be attending these selective schools, which are only a few of the 150 different colleges and universities they have chosen to attend.

Brown                                                                   Georgetown

Columbia                                                             Georgia Tech

Cornell                                                                  Harvard

Dartmouth                                                          Us Air Force Academy

Davidson                                                             US Naval Academy


Our graduates will also attend colleges in Japan, Korea, Nepal, the UK and Canada.

Several will attend art and music schools, including RISD, SCAD, FIT, Cleveland Institute of Music and Julliard.

The total percentage of college-going seniors is the same as last year—96%—but the proportion has shifted in favor of community colleges:

Class of 2015                      85% 4 yr               11% 2 yr

Class of 2016                      81% 4 yr               15% 2 yr

McLean HS Class of 2016 Student Outcome Statistics Summary

Outcome Number Percentage
2 year colleges 79 15%
4 year colleges 419 81%
Career Education 7 1.5%
Employment 3 .5%
Military 2 .5%
Other* 7 1.5%
TOTAL 517 100%

*Includes 5 students planning to return to MHS as post grads

For a more complete list of where our students will be heading next year, check out the senior edition of The Highlander newsmagazine:

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

McLean High School Awards Photos May 2016

Students’ achievements celebrated at end-of-year ceremony


Posted on June 20, 2016 by

Danielle Goldstein presented with William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship


Posted on May 31, 2016 by


Danielle Goldstein was presented with her William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship on May 26 at Gatehouse.  The scholarship is in memory of an 18-year-old who died in a car accident only seven days after he graduated from high school.  In addition to the $2,000 scholarship, Danielle received a backpack with school supplies and a 7” tablet.  Congratulations, Danielle!

Five students to be recognized for outstanding character at McLean Day


Posted on May 20, 2016 by

Five students have been recognized by the McLean Citizens Association as having demonstrated outstanding character through their contributions to the community.  They are: freshman Bryce Liquerman, for his coaching of adult Special Olympic teams;  freshman Sara Vavonese, for her work helping foster children participate in gymnastics; junior London Russell, for his enormous contributions to McLean SHARE Technology; senior Leena Raza, for her work in raising awareness of cardiac health in teens; and senior Emma Chamberlayne, for her work as co-chair of Relay for Life. All of them have demonstrated respect, responsibility and citizenship through their work and are examples for other teens.

They are among the students who will be recognized on Saturday at McLean Day with a certificate presented by a member of the FCPS Board. Congratulations!

McLean’s publications staffs earn top state and national awards


Posted on May 20, 2016 by

Student journalists from the yearbook and newsmagazine staffs celebrate their Crown Awards at Columbia University in March.

Student journalists from the yearbook and newsmagazine staffs celebrate their Crown Awards at Columbia University in March.

It’s been a busy spring for McLean’s publications staffs!

McLean’s Clan Yearbook was recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association with the Pacemaker Award. The Clan was one of just 42 high school yearbooks to earn this distinction. The Clan was also awarded a Silver Crown from CSPA.

McLean’s Highlander Newsmagazine was recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association with a Gold Crown. The Highlander was one of just 16 magazines in the world (one of the winners was from Hong Kong) to earn CSPA’s top prize. The Highlander was also an NSPA Pacemaker Finalist.

At the Virginia Association Of Journalism Teachers and Advisers J-Day on Saturday, April 23, McLean’s yearbook, The Clan, won first place in the yearbook Best of Show competition.

In the J-Day Write-Off Competitions, the following McLean students were recognized:


2nd place: Lama Al Rajih

Caption Writing

2nd place: Sania Shahid

Editorial Writing

1st place: Ashwin Dasgupta

Feature Writing

1st place: Liam Zeya


1st place: Bryan Chung

News Writing

2nd place: Siddarth Shankar

3rd place: Melanie Pincus

Sports Writing

1st place: John Corvari

2nd place: Haru Kato


Honorable Mention: Samantha Taherian

Language students earn awards for performance on 2016 National Latin Examination


Posted on April 18, 2016 by

The Department of World Languages congratulates the following students who earned gold and silver medals as well as certificates for their success on the 2016 National Latin Examination.

Perfect Score:  Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal and Special Certificate)

Howley, Caroline

Summa Cum Laude (Gold Medal)

Bjorksten, Annika

Bravo, Antonio

Chang, Jane

Chung, Grace

Cooper, Isabel

Femia, Isabella

Flaviani, Giorgia

Hashemi, Tina

Hedrick, Kaitlyn

Liu, Maria

Murphy, Ian

Ott, Lauren

Richards, Sophie

Sigel, Jeremy

Simons, Alexander

Simons, Emily

Sultana, Rosy

Taylor, Kimberly

Tripp, Madeleine

Vijayakumar, Nithin

Yu, Alexander

Zhang, Rachel

Zheng, Lucy

Zysk, Catherine

Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal)

Chun, Alice

Comer, Helenmarie

Cooper, Lillian

Cusey, Ava

Deatherage, Jade

Defay, Jordan

Gartner, David

Gartner, John

Jun, Jaeson

Kang, Sungmin

Maxima Cum Laude (Silver Medal) [cont.]

Kim, Justin

Kwon, Minjung

Longo, Julia

Martin, Michelle

Milstein, Ava

Nappi, Thomas

O’Malley, James

Oh, Ashley,

Pearce, Cate

Shobeiri, Sara

Sohn, Seoyen

Sullivan, Hope

Tufts, Graham

Waters, Robert

Weber, Abigail

Weinstein, Benjamin

Magna Cum Laude certificate

Aten, Jessica

Fontana, Monica

Harris, Rose

Lee, Da Hee

Lu, Emily

MacPherson, Jack

Mason, Hannah

Murray, Thomas

Mykitshyn, Emma

Park, Sarah

Signori, Lily

Thorson, Ann

Cum Laude certificate

Al-Khafagi, Amir

Chung, Jae Won

Gardner, Ann

Moncure, Anny Byrd

Juniors win Public Forum Debate regionals


Posted on April 12, 2016 by


Jessica Boyer and Fatima Shahbaz went undefeated at regionals for Public Forum Debate on Saturday.  They will move onto states in a couple of weeks.  McLean Debate has won the district and regional Public Forum Debate competitions three years in a row, so they were proud to carry on that legacy. Congratulations!

McLean’s bands earn top honors at Worldstrides Heritage Festival in Chicago


Posted on April 4, 2016 by

McLean Band in ChicagoMcLean’s bands just returned from the Worldstrides Heritage Festival in Chicago with the following honors:

Jazz Ensemble – Superior Rating, 1st place in class, 1st place overall jazz band, Adjudicator’s Award for Jazz

Percussion Ensemble – Superior Rating, 1st place overall percussion ensemble

Concert Band – Excellent Rating

Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating, Adjudicator’s Award, 2nd place overall concert band

Symphonic Band – Superior Rating, 1st place overall concert band, Adjudicator’s Award

McLean Band Program – Sweepstakes Award for the Instrumental Festival

Soloist Awards – Nick Anthony, Sam Silverman

Ovation Award for Outstanding Leadership and Influence – Sarah Siegel

Congratulations to all of our talented musicians!