News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
** Nine Fairfax County Public Schools students have been awarded 2022 corporate-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The students are part of a group of more than 1,000 National Merit finalists chosen to receive scholarships financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.
Winners of the corporate-sponsored scholarships from the Sun Gazette coverage area, with their probable career fields in parentheses, are:
• Eugene Gonzalez of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (mathematics), National Merit Raytheon Scholarship.
• Michelle Liu of Thomas Jefferson (information technology), National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship.
• Manda Wang Xie of Thomas Jefferson (law), National Merit Dr. James R. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship.
• Elliot Lee of Thomas Jefferson (undecided), National Merit Leidos, Inc., Scholarship.
• Emilie Kim of McLean High School (statistics), National Merit General Dynamics Corporation Scholarship.
• Arya Grayeli of Thomas Jefferson (computer science), National Merit Sen.Charles S. Robb Scholarship.
• Michelle Du of Thomas Jefferson (law), National Merit Ellucian Scholarship.
Corporate sponsors provide awards for National Merit finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the companies serve, or who have college majors or career interests the sponsors want to encourage.
** Three female students have been selected as recipients of the AAUW McLean area branch’s STEM Achievement Awards at McLean High School for 2022.
Recipients for 2022 were Genavive Lofti (math), Elaine Liu (science) and Zaylie Tamashiro (computer science).
For the last nine years, the McLean area branch has partnered with counselors at local high schools to present achievement awards to female students finishing their junior year. The branch instituted the awards to encourage young women to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM [science, technology, engineering, math].
The criteria for the awards include a demonstrated record of overall academic success and a distinguished record of achievement in either math, science or computer science. (The award for computer science was added in 2021 to recognize students’ achievements in that field.) A career-center counselor at the school manages the process of selecting the students.
Members of the STEM awards committee are Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales, Nina McVeigh and STEM chair Judy Page.
Students receiving the awards at Langley High School will be announced later this spring. All award-winning students will be invited to a branch event in the fall for further recognition by branch members.
For more information on the McLean area branch, see the Website at http://mclean-va.aauw.net.
** McLean High School’s literary magazine, The Tartan, and its news publications, The Highlander newsmagazine and Website, earned national recognition from both the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) recently.
The Tartan, advised by Lindsay Benedict and Seth LeBlanc and led by editors-in-chief Hyohyun Jung and Marina Qu, was one of just six literary magazines in the country and the only one in Virginia to receive the prestigious 2021 NSPA Pacemaker at an awards ceremony in April.
In addition, The Tartan was named a 2022 CSPA Gold Crown recipient in the literary magazine category at an awards ceremony in March.
McLean’s literary magazine was one of three Virginia literary magazines and the only one in Fairfax County to earn this award from Columbia Universit
** Students from Fairfax County Public Schools won 20 category awards in the 2022 Virginia History Day competition, held at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond and based on the theme, “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
The top two entries in each category and age division at the state level will compete at the National History Day finals.
In addition, Jill Shull from Haycock Elementary won the Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award, and Kathleen Stankiewicz from Langley High School won the District 5 Teacher of the Year Award.
First-place honorees from the Sun Gazette coverage area include:
• Junior Group Exhibit: “Paving a Path to Childhood: The Keating Owens Act” by Charlotte Hahn and Madeleine Mowrey, Haycock Elementary School.
• Junior Group Performance: “The Protestant Reformation” by April Sheng and Hannah Wibowo, Haycock Elementary.
• Junior Group Website: “The U2 Spy Plane Incident, A Diplomatic Failure” by David Ahn and Adam Zhao, Haycock Elementary.
• Junior Individual Documentary: “New World Order Through Debate and Diplomacy: The Establishment of the United Nations” by Elaine Zhang, Haycock Elementary.
• Senior Individual Exhibit: “World War Zero: Diplomacy in the Treaty of Portsmouth” by Mansi Bhardwaj, Langley High School.
• Youth/Elementary Individual Exhibit: “Igniting Debate and Reform: How the U.S. Boxer Indemnity Scholarship Program Shaped China’s Modernization” by Ethan Zhang, Churchill Road Elementary School.
• Junior Individual Performance: “The Outer Space Treaty: The Senate Debate” by Calvin Hurwitz, Haycock Elementary.
** Seventy-four students from Fairfax County Public Schools middle schools have been named to the 2022 All-Virginia Middle School Honor Choir.
The students performed with other outstanding young vocalists from across the commonwealth on April 23 after rehearsing with nationally recognized conductors to prepare for their performance at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville.
Students chosen from the Sun Gazette coverage area include Rushil Bansal, Kilmer Middle School; Anna Broderdorf, Longfellow Middle School; Bryce Burton, Frost Middle School; Jonas Ethington, Luther Jackson Middle School; Morgan Huheey, Longfellow Middle School; Caroline Kugler, Kilmer Middle School; Mihika Mitra, Longfellow Middle School; Shriram Navale, Kilmer Middle School; Chloe Petcher, Longfellow Middle School; Anna Sargent, Longfellow Middle School; Kalyani Srivastava, Kilmer Middle School; Audrey Wang, Longfellow Middle School; and Julia Wang, Cooper Middle School