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“Success is... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

John C. Maxwell


All State Performance

All State Band Students

All State Performance , Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, April 5, 2014.

Lewis M. (senior), trombone first chair
Dasha B. (senior)  clarinet (second year in a row)
Jacob R. (sophomore), percussion
Trevor L. (senior) trumpet
Aimee T., (sophomore) flute

Contact: Kathleen Jacoby ( for more information.


Art Department

The art department at Herndon High School is excited to invite you to this year’s  juried senior art show. It will be held in the ArtSpace gallery in downtown Herndon. The show is being juried by professional artists Melanie Stanley from League of Reston Artists and Jeanette Galie Burkle professional photographer from Galie Photography and Richard Suib from Suib images We are very excited to  have another year exhibiting our student work in a  professional art space.

Our reception will be April 10th at 6:00. We would love to have you come out and see the great things our students are doing. Student artwork will be for sale! Come out and support our student artists and don’t forget your checkbook!

Participating Seniors

Brandilynn  Breeding

Mark  Petrelli

Briana Bui

Ryan Kokotkiewicz

Katie Fri

Anna Seitz

Shannon Graney

John  Strangfeld

Zernab  Jaffri

Kim Watling

Josh Katz

Danny Kehrer

Katherine Milazzo

Shirley Alvarez

Mai Nguyen

Ryan Murphy

Maryknoll Ruaza

Richard Trillo

Yousra  Yasin

Nathan Petrelli

Noormah Zubair

Jackson Burgess

Cierra Artis

Saif Siraji

Hazel Cimino

Alan beres

Morgan Fries

Connor Inge

Andrew Goldman

Brian Barnisin

Shannon  Graney

Charles Thaler

Nick  Lewis

Amelia Butterfield

Megan  Massa

Brian Maye

Charlie Knoll

Iram Saqib

Azi  Mitchell

Fraol Abebe


Laura Bentley


Virginia Star Program Bridging-the-Gap

On Saturday, the Virginia Star Program of HHS and HMS gave away 20 computers to students in need in the Herndon High School cafeteria. I would like to thank Rob Everett for helping us overcome some technical hurdles that delayed our event. I would also like to thank faculty who have donated used computer equipment to our cause.

Speech and Debate

At the VHSL 6A State Tournament this past weekend:

Jack Morris (11) claimed 5th in the State in Impromptu Speaking and Samee Khan (12) claimed 3rd in the State, also in Impromptu Speaking!

The students worked hard and represented the school well, even when they had to face one another. If you happen to see them in passing, make sure to congratulate them on a successful weekend!

Career & Technical EducationCTE student

Student selected to attend Educational Trip to London and Paris

Han P., Herndon High School Senior and outstanding Career and Technical Education student, was selected to accompany an educational trip to London and Paris.  The trip is provided by Education First Educational Tours and will have stops in England and France.  The 10-day trip will begin on July 8, 2014, in London and will move through multiple locations before ending in Paris on July 18, 2014.   Han has been enrolled in  Career and Technical Education courses for all four years, including Advanced Information Systems, Accounting, Design Multimedia Web Tech, Entrepreneurship 1 and 2, and Business Management and Virtual Enterprise.


Seara Mainor, nominated and attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Seara Mainor, a Sophomore at Herndon High School of Herndon, VA was nominated and attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on February 14-16, 2014.

The Congress is an honors-only program for exceptional high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top
students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and,
after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal. Click here for additional Information



Please congratulate our NJROTC Orienteering Team as they finished the two-day Navy National Championship competition in Georgia with a 3rd place finish (among 22 schools) for the Varsity team.  This result is the product of much work over the past few years by a dedicated group of cadets who are led by Coach Clay Wilkins.  The finish shows steady progress for our Varsity team, as they placed 11th  at Nationals in 2012 and 7th in 2013.   Stand-out individuals were:

Marshall Wilkins – 6th of 76 male varsity competitors
Virginia Murphy – 3rd of 17 female varsity competitors
Joe LaRosa – 18th of 88 Orange course competitors
Joe Jackson – 14th of 69 Yellow course competitors

Orienteering is a fast-paced sport that combines off-path cross-country running with land navigation using a map and compass.  Competitors are given a map with the points they must find (in order) after the clock starts for their run… so the best competitors have both quick minds and quick feet!  If you are interested in joining this team see Team Commander Marshall Wilkins.  The season is over but we may look to do some training before the end of the school year.  We hope to qualify for the national competition in 2015, which will be held outside of Los Angeles, California next February.

DECA Chapter

On March 1st, students form the Herndon High School DECA chapter participated in the State Leadership Conference and Competition.  12 students from our chapter participated and they did an awesome job.  Please congratulate the following students for not only placing in their event, but also qualifying for the National Competition in May.

Jack Morris
Deep Multani
Collin Peterson
Nick Nagy
Dylan Justice

We also had three students place as alternates.

Navya Dev
Katie Pease
Trent Gallagher


On Saturday,February 22nd the top students in 16 districts across the state competed for spots in the All-Virginia Band.  All 5 of our Herndon students made the group!  Our kids will travel to Virginia Tech for first weekend in April to perform with 2 of the best conductors in the nation.

Lewis Morgan (first chair!!!!!!), trombone
Dasha Bradfield, clarinet (second year in a row!)
Jacob Reeves (only a sophomore!), percussion
Trevor Little, trumpet (first year even making district band, and he went all the way to states!)
Aimee Toner, flute (only a sophomore!)

Consumer Sciences

Our HHS Family and Consumer Sciences students will be participating in an event at Art Space Herndon (750 Center Street, Herndon VA) called “The African American Contributions to American Cuisine” on Saturday, February 22, from 2-4pm.

US Government

Herndon High School students attend Oral Arguments at Supreme Court.

Swimming - Regionals


Emily Meilus-  2nd 100 backstroke  (school  record and Automatic All American time )   4th 200 free  new school record (All American Consideration time)  
Ryan Murphy  10th  100 back, 15th 100 fly
Kara Joyce-  15th dive
Shannon Kelly-  16 dive
Elizabeth McNulty- 15  100 breast

Girls 200 free relay- 13th place with a new school record and state qualifying time, record  previously held by A.Knight. K.LacCoe, E. Simpson, and R. Teague
New Record-  Emily Meilus, Jenna Krynicki, Karly Ginieczki, and Ryan Murphy

Girls 200 med relay-  8th place – Meilus, Murphy, McNulty, and Ginieczki


Christian Ginieczki  7th 100 back  13th 100 fly
Dylan Cudahy-  14th 200 IM   9th 500 free ( new state qualifying time)
Justin Bradley-  12th dive
Eric Johnes-  13th  dive

Boys 200 med relay   16th  Ginieczki, Cudahy, VanCamp, Maccannon


Track & Fieldgoldman state track and field champion

Please congratulate Senior Andrew Goldman who won the 3200m at the State Meet in Norfolk with a time of 9:19…just missing the school record.  He ran his final lap (on a 200m track) in 30.6 seconds putting a 4 second spread between him and his closest competitor.

He will be travelling to NY next week to compete….I saw him running on the road today despite the conditions.  A truly dedicated kid. 

Just to put it in perspective, he placed 7th at the outdoor regional meet last spring just missing the state cut.

Congratulations to Coach Peter Sherry and Junior Andrew Goldman



The varsity team competed in the Conference Wrestling Tournament on Friday at Westfield HS. We had two finalists and 9 out of 14 wrestlers qualified for the regional tournament this weekend at Centreville. Below the results:

Justin Hisel (soph) 4th at 113
H.T. Elston (soph) 4th at 120
Erick Emelio (soph) 3rd at 126
Sam Milligan (soph) 2nd at 138
Sean Pike (sr.) 2nd at 160
Bassam Estwani (sr.) 3rd at 170
Nate Shirey (soph) 4th at 182
Pedro Velasco (soph) 4th at 220
Quadel Corbett (frosh) 4th at HWT


Navy Junior ROTC

Area Five Orienteering Championship Results

Our team placed 4th overall, with the Varsity placing 4th of 19 teams,  JV 6th and 8th of 30, and Intermediate team 11th and 12th of 30, so all did admirably.  

Cadet Wilfredo Bautista earned the individual gold medal on JV, and Cadets Zack Tershak, Marshall Wilkins, and Travis Langtry finished 11th, 12th, and 20th on varsity, respectively, of 85 competitors, so we are very excited about our prospects for Nationals in February.

Congratulations go out to Coach Clay Wilkins and all members of the team.  Herndon was one of only two schools (out of the 22 Area FIVE schools in attendance) to have five teams successfully complete their course.

Latinlatin students

The players on HHS' Certamen (ker-TAH-men) team competed against over twenty schools this weekend at Flint Hill School. All five HHS teams put in an impressive showing, with three teams taking home trophies.  The Level 1 team placed 7th out of 26 teams; the Level 2 team placed 4th out of 20 teams; and the Level 3 team placed 1st out of 15 teams.  When you see them, please congratulate: Dora D. Christina N., Paul Bailey, Haley Cosmo, Sarah Mister, Samridhi Shrestha, Angie Ngo, Mary O., Xander S., Natalie V., Grace B., Charlie S., Shruti S., Shelly Y.and Christian S.  Congratulations to all of the players!