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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


2015 Governor School Program

The following HHS students were selected by VDOE to participate in the very prestigious and competitive 2015 Governor School Programs!  These academic programs are held in June and July at universities around Virginia, and are offered as enrichment for Virginia’s most promising and talented students.  These students are among the top in the state, and are to be commended for this spectacular achievement.   The application process started back in November, and was a competitive and arduous one.  When you see these students, please congratulate them!

Allison Brown, Humanities
Sofia Caballero, Humanities
Lindsey Rogers, Humanities
Nathaniel Burn, Agriculture
Michelle Lovering, Agriculture
Olivia Strahan, French Foreign Language Academy
Sean Hagerup,German Foreign Language Academy, Alternate

Emily Meilus - All-Met Swimmer

Check out the Washington Post – Online posting of the winter All-Met selections. 
Herndon Sophomore, Emily Meilus, is honored as an All-Met Swimmer.  She is a two time Va. Div. 6 State Champion in the 100 backstroke.


Business Management Virtual Enterprise

Congratulations are in order for the Business Department, Mrs. Thomas and the Business Management Virtual Enterprise class for their remarkable performance at the Mid-Atlantic Trade Show on March 18th at Virginia Wesleyan College.  Overall, the company they created, UniversID, did an outstanding job in representing Herndon High School at the event.  Their success is attributed to all the hard work that has gone into making UniversID stand out in comparison to the other Virtual Enterprise companies.

Awards Earned

Overall Best Booth-1st Place
Company T-Shirt Design-2nd Place
Company Business Card Design-3rd Place
Human Resources Manual-3rd Place
Job Interview-3rd Place
Marketing Case Study-3rd Place
Human Resources Case Study-4th Place
Sales Presentation-4th Place

Please congratulate the following students when you have an opportunity:

Aimee Aguilar, Luis Castro, Danny Cruz, Chris Ellefson, Antonia George, Puyush Goel, Joel Herrera, Ana Hidalgo, Madelyn Johnson, Austen Katcham, Kevin McCarter, Brady McClellan, Jacob Mills, Jacob Moore, Joshua Rodas,
Brian Salmeron, Clare Sullivan

Visual Art Departmentvisual art students

Herndon High School is proud to congratulate these artist who participated in this year’s emerging visions art exhibition. The students were part of an exhibition working with the Greater Reston Arts Center. The GRACE art exhibition features selected works from students participating in the Center’s signature art education program, GRACE art. Emerging Visions features exceptional work from students at local high schools.

LeClare B., Caroline B., Ian E., Anisha D., Haley D., Tyler D., Shannon G., Maria fe C., Linsdsay E., Marin D., Karly G., Adriana D., Meghan H., Lucas L., Stephanie W.  


Robotics Team

Herndon FTC Robotics team earned 2nd highest in the Tesla Division and Division Finalist at the FIRST Robotics Eastern Super Regionals held at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA last March 19-21st.

The team competed against 72 best teams from 12 north eastern states! Herndon FTC Robotics finished top among all VA robotics teams and is now moving on to the FIRST World Championship Finals to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 20-25th.

In addition, Team FRC will be competing this Thursday-Saturday in the FRC -DC Regionals to be held at George Mason University.


Music Department

Congratulations to the Herndon Madrigals, Herndon Chorale and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. All three groups received across the board superior ratings in all areas of assessment at our State Assessment.



Cadet Allison Maxwell, our Rifle Team Commander, school multiple record-holder, and NJROTC National Match participant, was interviewed on Tuesday by the Fairfax Times.  That story can be read at the following link:

That interview was followed up by an interview by Washington’s NBC-4 news on Wednesday.  It is scheduled to air this afternoon at 4:52pm.  Please give it a look!  Allison did an outstanding job talking about the NJROTC program as well as her experience on the rifle team.   An expanded version of the story is on the NBC-4 website at the following link:

Finally, Allison was one of the top individual shooters in the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) sponsored Virginia state air rifle championship and has earned a spot to compete against the top shooters from 24 states in the North Eastern Championship in Port Clinton, Ohio on March 26-28.  She has also been invited to compete in the Virginia Junior Olympics qualifying match on March 21.
Allison has worked very hard to achieve this level of competition while maintaining a very high GPA studying a four AP course-schedule.  She is showing what  can result from focused determination, skilled time management, and quality practice and studying!


Indoor Colorguard

Congratulations to the Herndon Indoor Colorguard! They placed 3rd out of 11 groups at the Thomas Jefferson Competition at South County Secondary School this past on February 28th.
Participating students are:

Carlee Craze
Lindsay Eastham
Rebekah Soliday
Megan Henry
Noah Wilson
Theresa Vierow
Becky Findley
Kayla Lundberg
Allison Brown
Sarah Mister
Jane Van Daele
Happy ice day!

Kid's At Hope T-Shirt Winner

Congrats to Becky Findley, 10th grade overall winner from Mrs. Visna's TA. Friday night was a huge success thanks to the planning of a dedicated K@H Herndon team, school staff members and student volunteers.
Becky was thrilled to be honored and her parents are very proud. Tee-shirts will be on sale next week in the black office for $10 each. The back says "We are Kids at Hope and we choose our own path".
The rest of the grade level winners will be announced later this week.

HHS Gymnastics Team

Herndon High School gymnasts placed 2nd (behind Robinson) at Conference 5 Championships with 132 team score and will advance to Regionals at Lake Braddock on Wednesday, February11. In addition to the team advancement, the following gymnasts will advance as individuals (top 8 in each event).

Alexa Bradley advanced in the following as is Conference 5 Champion in All-Around

Alyse Johnson advances on:

Bailey Hubble advances on 


HHS Wrestling Teamwrestling team

The Herndon High School varsity team competed in the Conference 5 tournament on Friday, February 6th at Westfield HS. Seven individuals placed and qualified for the Regional tournament this weekend at Centreville HS. Below are the results:

Andrew S. 4th at 113
Bo S. 4th at 120
Jacob M. 4th at 126
H.T. E. 3rd at 138
Sam M. 3rd at 152
Tommy C. 2nd at 170 (not pictured)
Arbaz H. 2nd at 220



Herndon Robotics Team 519 competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge last Saturday, held at Battlefield High School in Haymarket,VA. Our team was one of the top 4 teams out of 40 during the qualifying rounds and became a captain team in the semi-finals. It was such an exciting game that Team 519 became one of two finalists! We lost the last 2 out of 3 matches due to the penalty committed by our alliance team. But it was such a great fight and a respectable loss. Our students displayed gracious professionalism and earned the respect of the entire body in attendance that day. We earned 2 trophies, 1 for the control award. Our team got selected for the best program design and all the members received a medal. All the efforts and hardwork of these students really paid off. Please congratulate them when you see them. We are now moving on to compete in Norfolk area competition in January.


Christina C. is Off to Nationals!

Christina C. is a competitive figure skater and who just traveled to Chicago to compete at sectionals to qualify for US Figure Skating Nationals in January in NC! In order to compete at sectionals, Christina had to place in the top 4 at Regionals, which is about1/9th of the country. At sectionals (1/3rd of the country) she had to place in the top 4 out of 14 girls to qualify for Nationals. We are happy to say she has qualified and will be competing among the top 18 girls in the country at the senior level in January!

Christina C.  skating


Christina receiving figure skating medals



Yale Certamen Tournament

"This past weekend, seven students from Herndon High School traveled to Yale University to compete at a the Yale Certamen Invitational Tournament.  This is a national level tournament, and many of the players have competed at Certamen Nationals over the summer.  Our Intermediate team of Dora Drezga, Christina Ngo, Kyle Nielsen, and Jocelyn Robertson (who joined us from Classical Cottage) placed 3rd out of 21 teams and our Advanced team of Charlie Shen, Angie Ngo, Grace Bailey, and Shruti Shrivastava placed 6th out of 21 teams.  Please congratulate these amazing students on their incredible accomplishments!"


National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

national merit students

National Merit Receipents at Award Breakfast

Congratulations are in order for Robert M. and Charlie S., who have been named as semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for 2015, along with 205 FCPS students. They will be eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $33 million, to be awarded in spring 2015. Additional Information Here

Other Notable Achievements

National Achievement Outstanding Participant, and National Merit Commended Students

Sophie B.

Amit G.

Brady K.

Logan B.

Cameryn G.

Isaiah M.

Katherine C.

Andrew H.

Sarah O.







Congratulations to our Herndon students who made the Northeast Senior Regional Orchestra!  These students competed against all musicians in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and surrounding private schools.  These musicians will be eligible to audition for the All-Virginia Bands and Orchestra this February.  Students were ranked in a blind audition process.

Aimee Toner – FIRST flute out of ALL flutes
Tavifa Cojocari – 11th Violin (out of the 149 students who auditioned!!!)
Jacob Reeves – 4th Percussion