Good News Bruins

May 2015

Varsity Baseball and Softball Capture Conference Titles
Last Friday night, the Varsity Softball and Baseball Teams captured Patriot Conference Championships, each defeating rival South County High School. The softball team won in dramatic fashion, protecting a 1-0 lead throughout. The baseball team scored early and often in a route, 12-4. Both teams begin regional tournament play Friday and Saturday.

Girls and Boys spring Track and Field Teams take District
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the girls and boys track and field teams competed in the Patriot District Meet here at Lake Braddock. Both teams captured conference championships!
Congratulations to all of the Bruin track athletes and their coaches, Bob Digby, Jason Switzer, and Mike Mangan.

Governor McAuliffe Announces 2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards
Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced today that 252 schools and four school divisions earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.
“These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy,” Governor McAuliffe said. “I congratulate the students, teachers, principals, and communities whose efforts have turned their schools into leaders in training the workforce of the future.”

The schools and school divisions earning 2015 VIP awards — which are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during 2013-2014 — include:
Six schools that earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence;
Two divisions and 109 schools that earned the Board of Education Excellence Award; and
Two divisions and 137 schools that earned the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
2015 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Awards
Fairfax County — Camelot Elementary, Cherry Run Elementary, Crossfield Elementary, Fairhill Elementary, Frank-lin Middle, Frost Middle, Irving Middle, Kilmer Middle, Lake Braddock Secondary, Laurel Ridge Elementary, Lees Corner Elementary, Liberty Middle, Oak View Elementary, Sherman Elementary, Silverbrook Elemen-tary, Stenwood Elementary, Stratford Landing Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Vienna Elementary, Wakefield Forest Elementary, Waples Mill Elementary and Westbriar Elementary
Congratulations Faculty and Staff on this outstanding achievement!

Two CTE students earn FATE scholarships
At the annual Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE) awards event, seniors Zackary Peek and Lizzy Romero were awarded scholarships for their fine achievements in their Career and Technical Education courses.

The scholarship awarded to Zackary Peek recognized his work in the auto technology program over three years.

The scholarship awarded to Lizzy Romero recognized her work in the electrical construction and engineering program for two years.The scholarship reception was held at 7004 Spring Village Estates, a residence that is one of several student-built homes in the Springfield neighborhood. These homes are the proud products of an FCPS construction technologies program. Students in this program work alongside a master teacher and a subcontractor, building each house from the foundation up. Five homes have been completed and sold, while two are under construction and two more are planned. This is an excellent example of the inval-uable opportunities provided by the CTE program that allow students to learn and develop skills in authentic, real-world job situations.

Middle School, Chili Peppers, Tammy Kraft Awarded STEM Grant
Middle school math teacher Tammy Kraft has been instrumental in winning a $9946 grant to fund STEM learning at Lake Braddock Middle School. The grant program will bring interdisciplinary STEM curriculum to LBMS during the school day to our low performing underserved populations based on the belief that these students will benefit most from both STEM activities in the mathematics classroom, and in an afterschool STEM club. The program aims to further STEM initiatives and tie learning to the real world. Its philosophy is that all students, regardless of ability level, need to be STEM literate whether they are seeking to work in a STEM profession or not. STEM literacy is defined as students who: think critically, problem solve, innovate and create, are adept at using technology, are excellent com-municators, and global citizens. We hope to get all students, regardless of learning style, academic ability, or math/science background, excited about math, science, and STEM.

Novice eights win States
Congratulations to all members of the Crew Team and in particular the Lake Braddock Secondary School “Novice Eights” boats, who captured state championships on Saturday, May 2nd. In a regatta featuring boats from 27 state high school programs, the two LBSS crews swept both their preliminary heats and the championship finals.

Aeronautics and Astronautics group honors Maureen Goble as outstanding educator
Lake Braddock environmental science and geosystems teacher Maureen Goble has been named teacher of the year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section. Maureen was selected as the 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year among math and science teachers at high schools in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Prince William district schools in Virginia. Judging was based on the applicant’s teaching experiences and a required narrative.
Maureen will be receive her award at a reception this month at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.

Cotillion organization honors band teacher Lou Bean for good manners
Middle school band director and teacher Lou Bean has been named “Best Mannered Teacher” by the National League of Junior Cotillions Fairfax and Arlington Chapters. NLJC is an etiquette and social dance training program that involves thousands of students nationwide. Award candidates were nominated by cotillion students, who voted on teachers whom they believed exemplified the etiquette and manners being taught to them. As stated by the group, “The criteria for selection included the teacher’s positive characteristics, how they show courtesy and respect to students, and why the person is a good role model. “ Thank you, Lou Bean, for being a courteous and gracious representative of Lake Braddock.

FCPS Global Awareness Project
Please join me in congratulating ESOL students Alejandra Rodriguez and Prabh Singh for being selected to compete in the FCPS Global Awareness Technology Project fair. This fair took place earlier this month at Chantilly High School. We are especially proud of Alejandra Rodriguez for winning an Honorable Mention for her Leadership project, Comparing Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mohandas Gandhi.

MS Math Team Finishes First!
The middle school math team earned a 1st place finish in the Gifted and Talented category this past season. The Algebra 1 Honors and Geometry Honors students who put in many long hours of study and preparation deserve to be proud. Congratulations to them on their blue ribbon achievement.

LB students and staff join President Obama for White House welcome ceremony
Twenty-five Lake Braddock students were attendees at President Barack Obama’s April 28 state arrival ceremony for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The World Languages—Japanese students traveled to the White House with teachers Keiko Abrams and Yuki Melvin, where they joined students from across the DC Metro area for the early morning South Lawn welcome. The program was one of pomp and ceremony with military honors and a 19 gun salute. Some Lake Braddock students and staff members managed to shake hands with the President and Prime Minister.
The two leaders had a full agenda of issues set for discussion, including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan's expanding role in the Alliance, and climate change.

Nine Lake Braddock students win spots at the summer’s Governor’s Schools
Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience. Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences. The selection process is extremely competitive. Most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests. These residential programs run from late June to late July on university campuses around the state of Virginia. If you have these students in class, be sure to congratulate them on their accomplishment of being selected!
Seong Woo Cho, Visual and Performing Arts
Kira Emmons, Math, Science and Technology
Nicholas Ges, Agriculture
Bridget Keenan, Visual and Performing Arts
Christina Le, Agriculture
Christopher Margraf, Agriculture
Tabinda Syed, Humanities
Kathy Tao, Agriculture
Kendrick Weingast, Visual and Performing Arts

Lake Braddock students show off tech talent at state competition
The Lake Braddock Technology Student Association (TASA) competed this week in Hampton, Vir-ginia. The TSA believes in the val-ue of technology education. The group believes that technology holds an important place in society today and it will tomorrow. Students strive to use all engineering principles while making contributions in increasing advancements in technology.

Congratulations to all middle school and high school students who participated this weekend. Several groups will move on to the National competition to be held June 28th – July 2nd. Here are your 2015 Technosphere winners by event representing Lake Braddock at Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
1st Place Middle School Winners by Events:
Systems Control Technology – Alec Sudol, Athan Rodgers,Thomas Kang
1st Place High School Winners by Events:
Children Stories – Mimi Le and Nana Oh
Engineering Design – Brad Secrist, Kana Griffin, Brendan Lorn,Jimmy Do, Jackie Chan,
2nd Place High School Winners by Events:
Music Production – Nana Oh and Mimi Le
Video Game Design – Louis Joseck and Devin Whitmer
3rd Place High School Winners by Events:
Fashion Design – Tiffanie Luong, Elyse Nguyen
System Control – Tommy Haliday, Matt Otto, Devin Whitmer

Congratulations Debate Team
Congratulations to the Lake Braddock Debate team for a strong showing at states, finishing 3rd overall. Senior Ben Tobin took home first place in Student Congress debate, making him the 5th state champion from LB since 2010. Congratulations on a great season everyone!

LB students and staff are lucky guests at White House welcome for Japanese Prime Minister
Twenty-five Lake Braddock students were attendees at President Barack Obama’s April 28 state arrival ceremony for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The World Languages Japanese students traveled to the White House with teachers Keiko Abrams and Yuki Melvin, where they joined students from across the DC Metro area for the early morning South Lawn welcome. The program was one of pomp and ceremony with military honors and a 19 gun salute. Some Lake Braddock students and staff members managed to shake hands with the President and Prime Minister.
The two leaders had a full agenda of issues set for discussion, including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan's expanding role in the Alliance, and climate change.

Class of 2015 grooms strong class of athletes for college
On Wednesday, Aspiring College Athletes from the class of 2015 were brought together to recognize their prowess in high school sports and to look ahead at their future in college. Congratulations and good luck to this inspiring group of athletes.

Dejoun Lee West Point Football
Caleb Montemayor Christopher Newport University Football
AJ Alexander Ohio State University Football
Rachel Tuck Geneva College Volleyball
Alex Corbett University of Virginia Cross Country/Track
Kevin Monogue University of Pennsylvania Cross Country/Track
Sarah Riley Radford University Cross Country/Track
Michelle Green Christopher Newport University Soccer
Ryan Haskett Virginia Tech Wrestling
Laura Egeland University of Alabama Crew
Aaron Strynar Davis & Elkins Swimming
Cole McGarry Virginia Tech Swimming
Stephanie Chewning Rollins College Swimming
Karina Kolb St. Leo University Swimming
Reagan Jones Wheaton College Basketball
Bobby Seifert Christopher Newport University Soccer
Stephen Durbin George Mason University Soccer
Hayes Gotlieb Mary Washington University Baseball
Travis Yaga Susquehanna University Lacrosse
Lucas Barry Elizabethtown College Lacrosse
Chris Gilmore St. Leo University Lacrosse
Emma Rakowski Mary Washington University Softball
Katherine Plescow Stetson University Softball
Gabriele Hansen St. Francis University Cheer
Rory Hatch University of Virginia Cheer

April 2015

Lake Braddock athletes represent on Post’s All-Met winter teams
Enthusiastic congratulations are due to the following Lake Braddock students, whose sports achieve-ments were recognized by The Washington Post as All-Met athletes for the 2014-2015 winter season.
Track/Field girls: Kate Murphy—Athlete of the Year!
Track/Field boys: Alex Corbett
Ben Fogg, Kevin Monogue, and Edgar Pereira—Honorable Mention
Wrestling: Ryan Haskett—Honorable Mention
Swim/Dive: Cole McGarry—2nd Team
Chris Stankiewicz—Honorable Mention
Basketball: James Butler—Honorable Mention

Lake Braddock Japanese students win 2nd, 3rd place spots in National Japan Bowl
Ten Lake Braddock students were among the 185 com-petitors who came from 36 U.S. high schools to partici-pate in the recent National Japan Bowl in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Bowl tests knowledge of Japanese history, language, and culture. As in previous competitions, Lake Braddock students performed admirably. Our level 3 team, composed of Avan Kelley, Mimi Le, and Chae Un Park, placed second, while our level 2 team, with members Sophia Cheung, Rachel Flatt, and Jieun Kim, placed third. Dennis Nguyen, Michaela Caparas, and Angela Wang also participated as level 4 team members. Congratulations to all these students for their dedication and success!

MS Science Olympiad Team Takes 2nd In State
Lake Braddock’s Middle School Science Olympiad team wrapped up another successful season by capturing second place at the Virginia state tournament on April 11. Students spent seven months of preparation gearing up for the competition. Our scientists competed in more than twenty events against the top teams from around the commonwealth. Examples of these events included building gliders, conducting experiments, studying cardiovascular disorders, and engineering rubber-band powered vehicles.

2014-2015 Lake Braddock MS Science Olympiad team members:
Alex Ahn, Tim Back, Julien Berger, Rachel Eom, Ryan Hamblet, Cassidy Hoeft, Kathy Kang, Maven Kim, Stefan Lazaroae, Katie Le, Andrew Letvin, Jenny Li, Jerry Li, Julia Martinez, Mahesh Menon, Alice Nolan, June Ok, Elise Ong, Rushay Parikh, Wasif Reaz, Spencer Regnier, Kai Riggle, Chloe Shudt, Cynthia Song, David Sun, Luke Teasley, Aparna Trivedi, Alex Trotter, Serena Utech, Jonathan Wil-son

Programming Team Fairs Well At UVA Competition
Eight of our students traveled to UVA for a Programming competition. Only three had ever been to a programming competition before. Students worked in teams of 4 for 4 ½ hours to try to solve 10 programming problems. Fifty-two teams competed. Our teams wound up in 14th and 27th place in the final results with 4 and 3 problems solved, respectively.
Of 52 teams:
23 teams solved 4 or more problems
13 teams solved 5 or more problems
6 teams solved 6 or more problems
3 teams solved 9 problems
0 teams solved 10 problems
Here were our teams:
Team 1
Jared Holzman
Ivan Johnson
Jacob Alcott
Jake Tapper
Team 2
Michael Kelly
Ryan Wade
John Farrell
Jack MacMichael
We are looking forward to practicing and improving for next year’s competitons.

HS Chorus Sweeps Through Chicago
On April 10 and 11, the Lake Braddock Choirs participated in the Festivals of Music in Chicago, Illinois. The bus ride was long and weather had us constantly adapting our itinerary to avoid things like lightning storms and tornados! But the students’ spirits never suffered. They were thrilled to have a chance to learn about a new city and to actually see that a Great Lake looks more like an ocean! The highlight of the trip, however, was performing for master conductors/educators and receiving a mini clinic with these masters after their performances. Lake Braddock ended up sweeping the competition with the Men’s Chorus, Lake Braddock Singers and our combined Women’s Choirs receiving the highest scores in the competition.

The Jazz Band Excites at Chantilly Jazz Festival
The Lake Braddock Jazz Band performed at the Chantilly Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 28th. They gave a great performance and received a Superior rating! Most notably, Joseph Spitek - Guitar, Shaw Camphire - Trombone, and Colleen Pramenko - Trumpet, all received compliments on their improvised solos. The entire group played with energy and flair. Kudos to all!

March 2015

Congratulations All State Band Members!
James Madison University hosted All State Band auditions on February 28. Congratula-tions to the following band members who will participate in the All State Band Festival at Christopher Newport University on April 9-11.
Sharon Garrett, Euphonium
Sophie Kaye, Alto Sax
Andrew Stanger, Trombone
Thomas Tyra, Tuba
Alternates: Shaw Camphire
Tehan Dassanayaka

NHS Inducts New Members
On Thursday, March 19, The National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 151 new members in a memorable ceremony that was attended by students, parents, and faculty. New members pledged to uphold the NHS pillars of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character. Congratulations go out to all members of the NHS!

Regional Science Fair Results … Congratulations LBSS!
The science fair was held at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Following are results for Lake Braddock students:

1st Place Making Your Everyday Solar Panel a More Realistic Source of Energy Brenden Duffy
2nd Place Sugar Preference of Ants Kyle Smith
  Crabouflage Ciara Weets Hannah Raines
  Different Substances on Time it Takes to Get Gum Out of Hair Andrea Scheiner
  The Effect of Natural Laundry Detergent on Stain Removal Elizabeth Nassir
  Rockets and Electronics: Sensor Package Eric Smith
  The Minty Phone Charger Laura Sizemore
  Thermoregulation in Termite Mounds Brittany Nguyen,
Alexandra Rashid
  Best Energy Source for Yeast Osman Farouq
  The Effect of Sugar Concentration on Angle of Minimum
Sinclaire Jones
3rd Place Sunscreen Protection Rebecca Massarik
  Stain Fighters Bridget Ray, Sharon Bryant, Sunny Bender
  The Effect of Fertilizer on Banana Decomposition Evan Chase
  What Is the Most Efficient Angle for Solar Panels? Zachary Wade
  What A Drag! The Aerodynamics of Classic vs. Modern Cars Alisa Stewart
  The Liquiform Molecular Perforation of Common Protective Textiles Grayson Cox, Danil Zabello
  The Effect of Specific Impulse Variation on Transfer Orbit Parameters Evan Kramer
Honorable Mention The Musical Paradigm in Part Amanda Nguyen, Abby Park
  The Effect of Soil Contamination on Algal Bloom Andrew DelVecchio, Seth Holzman
  Internet Traffic Thomas Brown


Laura Sizemore Selected She++ Fellow
Laura Sizemore has been selected as a She++ fellow to attend an all expenses paid technology summit at Stanford University. About 40 students across the country were selected. Participants will be meeting Silicon Valley executives and taking programming classes at Stanford. However, it does mean missing a few days of school because this program is in April. Laura has been active in the effort to attract more girls into STEM education through her work with the Commission for Women; in particular, she has focused on starting a Student Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Laura!

Orchestra Earns Superior Marks
Congratulations to the Lake Braddock Orchestras for their assessments!! For the past two weeks the Lake Braddock Orchestras have participated in the state Orchestra assessments. All groups either received a Superior (the highest level of perfor-mance) or Excellent (the 2nd level of performance). Each group has wonderful musicality and focus. Congratulations Beth Reed and Clayton Allen. They are so proud of their students. Here’s how it turned out:
Middle School Assessment @ Robinson Secondary School
Concert Orchestra- Comments Only
String Ensemble- SUPERIOR
High School Assessment @ Centreville High School
Concert Orchestra- EXCELLENT
String Ensemble- SUPERIOR SYMPHONY- SUPERIOR (Also included members of the LB Band for Full Orchestra!)

Minor Planet Named for LBSS Senior
LBSS senior Anya Michaelsen, a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, has been acknowledged for her impressive achievement not only here on Earth but also in the Heavens! On March 11 she was among the competition’s finalists who met with President Obama at the White House for a reception in their honor.

In addition, she received a certificate from Intel that states:
“In recognition of achievement as a finalist in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search, a high school science competition of the Society for Science and the Public and Intel Foundation, MINOR PLANET 30323 (Anyam) discovered by the LINEAR Program of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, is named for Anya Michaelsen of Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia, U.S.A.”
MINOR PLANET 30323 is in an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and it is about 3-6 km in diameter.
Michaelsen placed fourth in the prestigious competition, which showcased entries from more than 1700 young scientists, with her research on the kinematics of sport fencing.

Three Reflections winners are from Lake Braddock
Lake Braddock is proud to announce that three of its students were first place winners in this year’s PTA Reflections contest. Reflecting the contest theme, “The world would be a better place….,” the Lake Braddock entrants won in three different categories:

These students, who won in the Fairfax County Council of PTAs contest, will now advance to the Northern Virginia District PTA competition.

Congratulations to Lake Braddock Indoor Track members Kate Murphy and Alex Corbett
Congratulations Kate Murphy and Alex Corbett for being named Washington Post All Met athletes. Both were conference , regional, and state champions. Sophomore Kate Murphy was also named All-Met Athlete of the Season for her success this winter. Kate won 2 state titles, and finished 2nd in the 2 mile run at Indoor Nationals, breaking All American Sophie Chase’s school record by 13 seconds and running the 3rd fastest 2 mile in VA state history. Amazing Job Kate and Alex.

DECA Students Earn Honors at State Conference
Sixty-two Lake Braddock students attended the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference February 27-March 1, presenting their papers and projects and role-playing for judges in com-petition with 3,500 students from around the state. Twenty-seven students earned honors over the three day conference.
DECA is an international association of high school and college marketing students that works to prepare emerging leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship. Congratulations winners!

Katie Thompson
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series Event
Finalist – Top 15 Overall Score
In addition to their state wins, the following students qualified to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference that will be held in Orlando, Florida at the end of April:
Daniel Dinges
Restaurant and Food Services Series Event
Finalist – Top 15 Overall Score
Ethan Moran & Brandon White
International Business Plan
Winner – 1st Place Overall Score
Nicole Weare & Roba Katemtou
Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making Event
Finalist – Top 15 Overall Score
Mikayla Kolb & Hannah Anderson
Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making Event
Runner Up – Top 9 Overall Score
Evan Granrud & Julia Manuel
Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event
Top Score – Case Study
Sibel Dag & Danny Le
Business Operations Research Finance Marketing
Runner Up – Top 9 Overall Score
Chris Gilmore & Tyler Stewart
Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making Event
Recognition – Overall Score
Nick Gold & Rory Hatch
Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
Runner Up – Top 9 Overall Score
Bennie Levenson
Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan
Top Score – Test
Brian Gilmore
Hotel and Lodging Series Event
Runner Up – Top 9 Overall Score
Bianca Franco, Mallory Niehoff & Vicky Nguyen
Business Operations Research Hospitality & Tourism
Finalist – Top 15 Overall Score
Ben Peters, Kristen Wolfe & Madison Long
Business Operations Research Sports and Entertainment
Runner Up – Top 9 Overall Score
Sara Costa
Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event
Finalist – Top 15 Overall Score
Claudia Stevens & Holly Leinz
Learn and Earn Project
Finalist – Top 15 Overall Score


Lake Braddock Theater Takes 4th In VHSL State One Act Play Festival
Congratulations to the cast and crew who competed and took fourth place in last weekend’s Virginia High School League One Act Play Festival. Lake Braddock’s lead Levi Meerovich was named Best Actor. Congratulations, RL Mirabal and our theater students!

Symphonic Band to Perform at Prestigious 2015 Music For All National Festival
Congratulations and good luck to the Symphonic Band for being se-lected to participate in the 2015 Music For All National Festival. The group will leave on Wednesday for their Friday festival performance, which will take place under the direction of Mike Luley at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. This festival is widely regarded as the most prestigious festival for school instrumental music ensembles. The Symphonic Band was selected for the festival by a panel of music educators by recorded audition. They are one of 40 high school and middle school concert bands and percussion ensembles from across the United States performing this year. Their performance on Friday will be evaluated by nationally recognized mu-sic educators. Band members will also have opportuni-ties to participate in clinics, classes, and other special events.

MS Theatre Success at the Folger
Middle School theatre students gave award winning performances at the recent Folger Shakespeare festival. Lake Braddock student actors performed a montage of scenes from some of The Bard’s best known works, including Henry VIII, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Taming of the Shrew. Their theme: Boys vs. Girls. The festival took place on February 25. The following students received awards:
Morgan Kelso, Clare Heinbaugh, Kacie Byers, Gabriella Segears, Celeste Costa, Jennifer Gelfand, Alessia Natale, Elis-abeth Newman, Catherine Oliver, Ashley Strunk, & Grace Miller.

February 2015

Boys and Girls Track Teams are Region 6A Champs!
The boys and girls track teams won regional championships last Thursday night, adding to an impressive string of finishes that included dual Patriot Conference Championships the week before. It was an amazing TEAM effort, as both squads rallied to bring home the gold. Said Coach Digby, “I love being the underdog and pulling it out. It was pretty amazing.” More importantly, the coaching staff wants everyone to know about the character of our student athletes. “I have my captains congratulate the winning teams and thank the meet directors at every meet. I saw on Twitter from the guy who runs the track website for VA and he gave our kids a shout-out about many of our athletes thanking him for the job he does [running] VA track. Called our kids classy.” Quite a complement!
Congratulations go out to coaches Bob Digby, Jason Switzer, and Mike Mangan. We wish them good luck at the state meet on March 3 and 4.

Congratulations to the Lake Braddock Rifle Team
A hearty well done to all members of the Lake Braddock CoEd Varsity Rifle Team!! Their scores improved every week. This achievement was a reflection of their hard work and determination to improve their marksmanship skills over the entire course of the season. Special congratulations go out to Daisy Schmoker, Matthew Miller, and Kaitlin Wilkerson for their nominations to the 2015 Air Rifle All Metro Honorable Men-tion Team. Our shooters are poised to build as a team during the off season and come back even stronger next year. Lake Braddock is very proud of their accomplishments!

LB Performing Arts Teachers Bean and Mirabal Stand Out Among Peers
Lake Braddock Band Director Lou Bean was honored by the Fairfax County Band Directors’ Association at the recent All District Band Concert. In recognition of his remarkable work with our middle school band, Lou was awarded Teacher of the Year by the organization! This is a very well deserved award for all of the work he does with his bands, Lake Braddock, and the county! Congratulations Lou!

Under the inspiring directorship of Drama Teacher R.L. Mirabal, Lake Braddock Theater placed second at the February 7 Region 6A - One Act Play Competition with their performance, Of Mice and Men. They will advance to the State Championship that is set for March 7 at Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville.
Congratulations, R.L.!

Lake Braddock Winter Teams Represent at Conference, Districts, and Regionals
Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team Places Second in Conference; Sends Members to Regionals and States
The Patriot Conference 7 Gymnastics Tournament took place on February 4 here at Lake Braddock. Our girls placed 2nd in the confer-ence with a team score of 134.95 to South County’s 135.175. Six members went on to the Region 6A Tournament, which took place on February 11. They were Jordan Clark, Carsyn Quakenbush, Taryn Quackenbush, Cara Weidman, and Jordan Taugtes. From there, two will compete in the February 20 State Championship. This is exciting, especially considering that two of these members are freshmen:  Jordan Taugtes (11th grade) qualified on Floor with a 9.45; tied for 8th  Jordan Clark (9th grade) qualified on Beam with a 9.225 for 2nd, Vault with a 9.325 for 7th, and Uneven Bars with a 8.775; tied for 8th  Carsyn Quackenbush (9th grade) qualified on Beam with a 9.0 for 6th Congratulations to all Gymnastics team members and their coaches, Ellen Hagan-Bowerman and Erin Fillare!

Boys Varsity Wrestling Wins Third in Conference
Lake Braddock boys made an impressive showing at the Conference 7 Wrestling Tournament, where they placed 3rd as a team and qualified 10 wrestlers for the Regional tournament set for Satur-day, February 14. Individual standings were:
Conference Champions:
Ryan Haskett – 126 lbs
Tyler Matheny – 138 lbs
Andrew Niedringhaus – 152 lbs
Conference Runner-ups:
Luke Bender – 132 lbs
Adam Dannoura – 170 lbs
Royce Renzi – 182 lbs
3rd Place:
James Oliver – 106 lbs
Steve Moreno – 195 lbs
Michael Galligan – 220 lbs
4th Place:
Mickey Pamonag – 145 lbs
Congratulations to the all the Wrestling team members, their head coach, Scott Matheny, and assistant coaches Ed Foster, Ben Fiacco, Jake Haislip, and Joey Ibanez.

Varsity Swim and Dive Reaches Regionals; New School Butterfly Record Set
Lake Braddock boys were District champions, while girls finished third. Our boys went on to finish 5th in the Region.
Senior Cole McGarry set a new school record in 100 Butterfly and won the event at Regions. He automatically qualifies for All-American.
Ours boys 200 Medley Relay placed 2nd in the Region with a new school record and an All-American Consideration time, and our boys 200 Free Relay placed 3rd in the region with a new school record and an All-American Consideration time.
Congratulations to all Swim and Dive team members and their coach, Scott Darwin!

Congratulations 2015 Lake Braddock Science Fair Winners!
Congratulations to all students who worked on science fair projects this year! 116 projects competed in the fair on February 12. Eighty-six projects received awards in various categories including animal science, environmental science, engineering, and physics. All first place winners will be able to compete at the regional fair in March. Great job Lake Braddock!

Project Title Category First Name Last Name
Internet Traffic Systems Software Thomas Brown
Stain Fighters Chemistry Sharon
The Effect of Fertilizer on Banana Decomposition Earth and Environmental Sciences Evan Chase
The Liquiform Molecular Perforation of Common Protective Textiles Materials Science Grayson
Plastic in Milk… Biochemistry Colin Crockett
The Effect of Soil Contamination on Algal Bloom Environmental Engineering Andrew
Quest for Best Solar Panel Energy: Physical Brenden Duffy
Best Energy Source for Yeast Microbiology Osman Farouq
The Effect of Sugar Concentration on Angle of Minimum Deviation Physics and Astronomy Sinclaire Jones
Sunscreen Protection Biomedical and Health Sciences Rebecca Massarik
Effects of Natural Laundry Detergent on Stain Removal Earth and Environmental Sciences Elizabeth Nassir
The Musical Paradigm in Part Engineering Mechanics Amanda
Thermoregulation in Termite Mounds Environmental Engineering Brittany
Different Substances on Time it Takes to get Gum out of Hair Biochemistry Andrea Scheiner
The Minty Phone Charger Energy: Chemical Laura Sizemore
Sugar Preference of Ants Animal Sciences Kyle Smith
Rockets and Electronics: Sensor Package Embedded Systems Eric Smith
The Science of Baking Biochemistry Megan Steele
What A Drag! The Aerodynamics of Classic vs. Modern Cars Engineering Mechanics Alisa Stewart
Wood You Hold This Weight Engineering Mechanics Carter Strain
What is the Most Efficient Angle(s) for Solar Panels? Energy: Physical Zachary Wade
Choosy Hermit Crab Animal Sciences Ciara

Edison Academy Students Are Stellar Performers at SkillsUSA Technical Competitions
Did you know our Culinary Arts students participated in SkillsUSA Technical Skills Competitions on Saturday, February 7 at Stratford University in Alexandria, VA? And our other Academy classes participated in SkillsUSA Technical Competitions at Edison High School on Friday, January 30th. Did you know our talented Edison Academy students were awarded 49 GOLD medals, 2 SILVER medals, and 2 BRONZE medals in these competitions? All of our GOLD medal winners advance to the SKillsUSA Virginia Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in Roanoke, VA, on April 17-18, 2015. Please be sure to congratulate your student for his/her recent accomplishments. We are extremely proud of all our students!! Thank you for your continued support of our students and programs!

Name Skills Competition Medal
Gianpier Flores Pineda Commercial Baking GOLD
Andrew Snellings Culinary Arts GOLD
Ian Martin Heating¸ Ventilation¸ Air Conditioning & Refrigeration GOLD
Caitlin Justus Crime Scene Investigation GOLD

January 2015

Lake Braddock Artists Earn Accolades in Scholastic Art Awards
Lake Braddock art students received 8 Gold Keys, 4 Silver Keys, and 6 Honorable Mentions in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards!
The awards ceremony, which will honor all Gold and Silver key recipients, will take place on February 25 at NOVA. The awards
exhibit will be on display from February 13 – March 5.

Student Grade Award Work Category Work Teacher
Clara Currier 12 GK Comic Art Deerstalker Feeney
Kyle Gordon 10 GK Design Sheldon the Snail Feeney
Helen Heaton 8 GK Drawing The Mermaid FitzGerald
Vincent Le 8 GK Film & Animation Lamp Sharunenko
Ekaterina Mashanova 11 GK Drawing Shredded Self Stokes
Emely Pascual 12 GK Design Bunbun Barnburner Feeney
Emely Pascual 12 GK Comic Art Hike to Salto Del Feeney
Hee Ra Pyo 11 GK Drawing Relationship Changes Stokes
Karlyn Crum 11 SK Photography Silhouette Feeney
Samson Davis 7 SK Film & Animation Carrot's Escape Sharunenko
Emely Pascual 12 SK Jewelry Lungs: Healthy Feeney
Allison Yeh 10 SK Drawing Flames of Desire Stokes
Sarah Belen 12 HM Sculpture Making a Celebrity Stokes
Stephanie Campbell 11 HM Photography Fox Hunt Rose
Colleen Reilly 12 HM Photo Portfolio Day by Day Rose
Antonia Tempesta 12 HM Photography National Gallery of Art Feeney
Antonia Tempesta 12 HM Photography New York City Feeney
Antonia Tempesta 12 HM Photography Trent House Feeney

Congratulations High School All District Band Members!
Congratulations to our band students who participated in All District Band auditions this past weekend. In the high school, Lake Braddock had 32 members and 6 alternates selected for the All District Band event.

Samantha Meyers (2nd chair)
Jane Long
Elizabeth Lee
Andrew String
Alvin Macasero
Ben Clark
Sam Thomas
Beth Moore
Colleen Pramenko
Ava Lucero-Carter
Ryan Sander
Sharon Garrott (1st Chair)
Daniel Cox (1st Chair)
Thomas Tyra
Kevin Poussard
Jeremy Duran

Kira Emmons
Seongwoo Cho
Tehan Dassanayaka (2nd Chair)
Noah Khan-Rafi
French Horn
Caitlin Henry
Kiri Nicholson
Tenor Trombone
Shaw Camphire (1st Chair)
Andrew Stanger
Noah Marietta-Perez

Aaron Lee
Brian Park
Joanne Yoon
Bass Clarinet
Rachel Price
Alto Saxophone
Sophie Kaye (1st Chair)
Joseph Gopiao
Tenor Saxophone
Mark Jaskot
Sagada Penano (Bassoon)
Claire Toussaint (Bassoon)
Lena Kim (Clarinet)
Aparna Cheran (Bass Clarinet)
Younggi Moon (Tenor Saxophone)
Robel Mengesha (Tuba)


Congratulations Middle School Honor Band Members!
We have good news to report from the Lake Braddock Middle School Band program! Last weekend many of our middle school band students participated in auditions for the District XI Middle School Honor Band. Seven middle school band programs partici-pated: LBSS, Irving, Frost, Robinson, Lanier, Liberty and Stone. Only 101 students were selected for this prestigious band. Of these, 32 were from Lake Braddock, more than any other school and approximately one-third of the band!

That actual three-day Honor Band clinic will be held at Woodson HS from Thursday, February 5 to Friday, February 7. The final concert will take place on Saturday, February 7 at 2:00PM. We encourage everyone to come out in support of our talented band students!

Kara Park (6)
Matthew SooHoo (9)
Veronica Haney (10)
George Gilbertson (4)
Bass Clarinet
Kaitlin Shoviak (1)
David Sawtelle (6)
Sophie Fernandes (9)
Edwin Vile (11)
Lucas Trick (15)

Josh Anderson (1)
Jenny Li (2)
Samuel Lin (7)
Elise Ong (8)
Jonathan Ogebe (11)
Maria Euripides (19)
Jessica Lowry (20)
French Horn
Corrissa Smith (2)
Anikait Dhongd (5)
Staci Putnam (7)
Richard Salazar (8)

David Cha (2)
Alto Saxophone
Julien Berger (2)
Sydney Shawver (6)
Tenor Saxophone
Sasha Lyubovskaya (1)
Justin Leung (3)
Spencer Griscavage (5)

Abigail Baker (2)
Robert Merriman (5)
Max Jensen (2)
JaeHyun Lee (1)
Tarik Khan-Rafii (5)
Italo Callao (6)


It’s Academic Team Wins In Dramatic Fashion
Lake Braddock’s It’s Academic Team pulled out a victory last weekend in the first round of the It’s Academic show, which airs on WRC-TV, Channel 4, and is recognized as the world’s longest running television quiz show. The contest will be shown on Saturday, January 30, at 10:30 am. Tune in for all of the excitement!

The It’s Academic Team is sponsored by Gary Holtzman, Jenn Adams, and Chris Beatty. Pictured here on the set of the show are team members (seated L to R): Ben Tobin, Priscilla Cruz (captain), and Josh Wartel; (back row L to R): Chris Beatty, Bryan Hol-land, and the Bruin Bear mascot played by Dylan Hackbarth.

Fairfax County Youth Leadership Interns for 2015 Selected
Kirsten Chase, Andrew Nguyen, and Julia Speranzo were recently selected to serve as Lake Braddock's Fair-fax County Youth Leadership Interns for 2015! This year-long internship provides an opportunity for high school juniors interested in public service to gain first-hand knowledge of local government operations. Kirsten, Andrew, and Julia will work with county elected officials and professional staff during monthly meetings and serve with a Fairfax County govern-ment agency during the summer between their junior and senior years.

December 2014

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Candidates & Nominees
We are proud to announce that high school science teacher Maureen Goble and middle school math teacher Stacey Mayo are our nomi-nees for the FCPS Teacher of the Year/Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. They will represent Lake Braddock at the FCPS-wide level, where we know they will shine! Award winners will be announced in May.

Congratulations to all of our TOY Lake Braddock nominees:
Paul Agner
Ian Brodie
Jen Celko
Erin Fisher
Julie Green
Mike Henrich
Gary Holtzman
Bob Irelan
Tammy Kraft
Nancy Lucas Heck
Jacquie Naughton
Dana Ouart
Jo Stokes
Laura Stone
David Walker

Lou Bean Honored At HS Band Concert
Lake Braddock Band Teacher and Middle School Band Director Lou Bean was honored by the National Band Association on December 11, when he received the Outstanding Mentor Award. The Mentor Award is a new accolade that was created to recognize outstanding educators serving their profession through mentoring. Mr. Bean was nominated for this award for his continued work and guidance to Mike Luley, Pat Smith, and the Lake Braddock Bands.

MOAS Conference: Lake Braddock Students Make Us Proud!
December 3-5, 2014, seven Lake Braddock students (Renata Urbina De La Flor, Madeline Olivar, Jannell Quint, Sarah Oliver, Alpha Berhane, Yaitza Lopez, Omega Berhane) had the unique opportunity to participate in the 33rd Annual Model Organization of American States (MOAS) conference in Washington, D.C. The MOAS is a simulation of the OAS General Assembly designed to promote democratic values among youth as they represent a delegation from one of the 34 member states that comprise OAS. The 34 member states range from countries all over the Western Hemisphere, located within North America, Central America, South America, and several Caribbean Islands.

Our seven fantastic students representing Lake Braddock were selected as one delegation of only 34 high school delegations from the United States, Colombia, Peru, and Puerto Rico. The LBSS delegation participated in the MOAS conference as delegates from the country of Nicaragua. As such, the students prepared for the conference by researching such important global topics as Women’s Rights, Terrorism, Drug and Human Trafficking, and Rights of Indigenous people just to name a few. They wrote detailed proposals and position papers to reflect Nicaragua’s current stance on these topics, as well as suggested solutions to ongoing issues. At the conference, our students participated as active members of official OAS committees and were tasked with working with students from other high schools representing other OAS member state countries, to create, draft, and debate proposed resolutions to the global topics all of the OAS states face.

Our students were leaders among their committees, rep-resenting LBSS as the intelligent and informed young women that they are. Their excitement and enthusiasm were contagious as they stood out among 350 other mem-bers of the MOAS Annual Conference. By Friday afternoon, all of our “delegates” were talking about how they could do it “bigger and better” next year at the 34th Annual MOAS Conference. GREAT JOB, LADY BRUINS!!!!

November 2014

Edison Academy Student Excel!
For students who already have a vision of what they want to do when they leave the halls of LB, FCPS Academies may offer a path to get there. Approximately 60 Lake Braddock students attend Academies. In this issue we are proud to highlight the achievements of our Edison Academy students who received first quarter recognition. Be sure to congratulate these students when you see them.

Matthew Bowersox Student of the Quarter Automotive Collision 1
Travis Bresnahan Student of the Quarter Network Administration


Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams — Conference Champs — and More!
The boys team, led by senior Alex Corbett, won the Conference 6A North championship a week after taking the Conference 7 crown. Alex set the eighth fastest time on the Burke Lake 2.98-mile course with a winning time of 14 minutes 41 seconds. Alex broke the school record in both events. Altogether, four runners finished in the top ten (Corbett, Kevin Monogue, Colin Schaefer, and Ben Fogg).

The girls team, led by sophomore Kate Murphy, won the Conference 7 crown last week, taking the top three finish spots (with juniors Daly Ferguson and Sonya Butseva). They also finished with six of the top eight and seven of the top eleven finishers. The girls team took third place at the Conference 6A North championship.

The state meet will be held next Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.

October 2014

Congratulations Marching Band On 34 Straight Superior Ratings!
On Saturday, October 25, the Bruin Marching Band won their 34th consecutive superior rating in the VBODA State Marching Band Festival. The festival took place this year at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia. The assessment is the equivalent of an SOL examination and is the first of two superior ratings needed to earn the prestigious Honor Band award. Congratulations Mike Luley, Pat Smith and Lou Bean on the continued success of Lake Braddock Bands.

LB Sophomore Wins Sole Student Role on County Commission Devoted to Women
Lake Braddock Sophomore Laura Sizemore was recently selected as the student representative to the Fairfax County Commission for Women. The Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on ways to promote the full equality of women and girls in Fairfax County. Its particular focus is on issues surrounding domestic violence, educational equality, and progress in the workplace. Laura’s achievement is all the more notable considering that there were over 100 applicants for the one position. Out of 15 candidates who were interviewed, Laura was selected. She will attend monthly meetings and, as a voting member of the Commission, help illuminate issues that affect young women.

Stella Zoccoli-Perez Supports Latino Community, Earns Award
We already knew she was amazing, but Lake Braddock Parent Liaison Stella Zoccoli-Perez has been recognized as one of this year’s Distinguished Latina Women! The honor comes from El Poder de Ser Mujer and the Multicultural Family and Education Center. The organization chose Stella, along with eight other FCPS parent liaisons, for her exemplary work that benefits the Latino community. The Multicultural Family and Education Center and El Poder de Ser Mujer is an initiative that seeks to empower Latina women in the Washington, DC, area by motivating them through educational programs to develop their full potential and talent.

Lake Braddock Earns W!$E Blue Star Award
Lake Braddock is a proud fourth-time winner of the W!$E Blue Star Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. The list of Blue Star Schools was recently announced by the New York Financial Literacy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching financial literacy to young adults. Becoming a Blue Star Award winner is no easy feat. Students who complete Lake Braddock’s course in Economics and Personal Finance are eligible to take the Financial Literacy Certification Test. Earning the award requires a 75% passing rate, among other qualifications. Its winners can boast that they are Certified Financially Literate and that they are able to make smart decisions and responsible plans for achieving their financial goals, whether that means financing a college education, starting their own business, buying a computer, or saving for retirement.

Business Teachers Get a Gold Star!
Three LB Business Teachers were named recipients of the 2013-2014 W!SE Gold Star Teacher Award. Beth Caldwell, Linda Alvarez, and Tom McLarney, all Economics and Personal Finance teachers, earned this recogni-tion thanks to their students’ performance on last year’s W!SE Financial Literacy Certifi-cation Test. To be considered for this Gold Star award, a teacher must achieve a 90% pass rate in at least one of their personal finance classes. Congratulations to all three for their success in helping students gain real-world financial literacy.

Good news from the HS Orchestra!
This year Lake Braddock has five students who have made Senior Regional Orchestra. Auditions were held on Monday, September 29. Students were assessed on their ability to perform scales and specific pieces of music to include a sight reading piece.
Austin Cho- Violin (4th in the region!)
Nathan Cho- Violin
Ilenna Kim- Violin
Patrick Kim- Cello
Daniel Song- Cello
We also have 4 alternates which is pretty cool, too:
Tehan Dassanayaka- Bassoon
Sophie Kaye- Alto Sax
Sharon Garrott- Euphonium
Andrew String- Percussion
This event will take place on November 14-15th at Herndon High School. These students are also eligible to audition for All-VA due to their acceptance into Regionals. On a side note, congratulations to John Graham, more specifically to his son Nathan, who attends Fairfax High School. Nathan earned 2nd chair bass in the region. Congratulations!

September 2014

2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Please take a moment to congratulate the following 2015 National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists. These seniors received high scores on their PSATs in 11th grade and will have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
Emily Clanton
Anya Michaelsen
Daniel Song
Karen Soohoo
Michael Sparrow

Please also congratulate the following 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalists. These seniors also received high scores on their PSATs in 11th grade and are semifinalists in the aca-demic competition for Black American high school students. They will have an opportunity to participate in the next round of competition:
Leul Berhane-Meskel
Kinaya Hassane
We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments!

Bianca Thurgood Selected for National Honors
Congratulations to rising senior Bianca Thurgood, who participated in Virginia All State Choir last April. Only rising seniors were permitted to audition at the national level. Bianca made it. This is a HUGE accomplishment for one our very own students! Very few members were selected from Virginia and the talent was rich with outstanding sopranos. To make it in as a soprano magnifies the accomplishment. Bianca has accepted the invitation to be in this choir and will be singing in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on October 29th!

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