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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


HHS Wrestling Team

We had a busy weekend of wrestling. The varsity team competed in the Sterling Lions Invitational at Park View HS.

Quadel C - MVP Award Recipient

We went 4-1 and took home a 2nd place trophy. Heavyweight sophomore Quadel C. was awarded the team MVP award for posting a 4-1 record, with three pins and one decision. Dual results were:

1st round: Herndon 66 : Park View 3
2nd round: Herndon 72 : Gar-Field 0
Quarters: Herndon 49 : Smithburg, MD 12
Semi-Finals: Herndon 47 : Woodgrove 12
Finals: Kellam 67 : Herndon 12

(Kellam is ranked #5 in 5A state. They can wrestle!)

The varsity team’s current record is 6-5. We also defeated South Lakes last Wednesday 66-3.

We sent some members of our JV team to Stonewall Jackson and competed in the Raider Invitational (a varsity level tournament). Herndon brought 9/14 wrestlers, and came away with two placers. Junior Gulliermo Alfaro placed 4th at 195lbs (wrestling up two weight classes!) and sophomore Ben Walter placed 3rd at 220lbs. The JV team finished 9th/12 teams, which is outstanding considering we didn't have a full line-up, these were our backups, and they were able to score more team points than three varsity teams with full line-ups.



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