Good News Bruins

June 2014

Lake Braddock Journalism Teachers ARE the Story
Journalism teachers Laura Borell (Middle School) and Kathryn Helmke (High School) have met the requirements to be designated as Certified Journalism Educators. This is a special certification that is awarded by the Journalism Education Association. It is evidence of their commitment to working at the top of their profession and providing students with instruction that is grounded in current journalism industry standards. Our congratulations goes out to Kathryn and Laura!

Boys Tennis Team Takes State Title
The Boys Tennis team won States in an exciting match over Langley last Saturday, 5-3, at Jefferson District Park, finishing up their undefeated season 18-0. It was the 1st team State Title for Lake Braddock in Boys Tennis. The boys also won the team Regional title, another first for Lake Braddock.
In the individual state tournaments, in doubles it was an all-Lake Braddock final. Jacob Daugherty and Long Huynh won to become the Doubles State Champions, defeating LB’s Alex Nesterovich and Eric Yoo, who were the state runner-ups. In the singles state tournament, J acob Daugherty finished up as the state runner-up. Coach Hughes was also selected as All-Met Coach of the Year by the Washington Post.

MS Choirs and Orchestras Shine At Hershey Competition
The Lake Braddock MS choirs and orchestras celebrated a wonderful day of music and fun on Friday, June 6, on their trip to Hershey Park. Each of our six performing groups earned top honors at the competition and all had fun in the park. Congratulations to all of our students and their teachers, Beth Reed, Daniel McCarthy, and Rosemary Salvi.
Concert Orchestra – Excellent Rating
String Ensemble – Superior Rating
Chamber – Superior Rating and Overall Orchestra award
Advanced Women’s Ensemble – Superior Rating
Bruin Chorale – Superior Rating
Chamber Singers – Superior Rating and Overall Choir award
Kevin Jackson was also recognized for the Overall Vocalist award for his solo.

Lake Braddock Secondary School Science Winners 2013-14
Each year the LBSS Science Department recognizes students for their achievements in scientific competitions and and aptitude in science. Students recognized earned prizes in the Regional Science Fair, International Science Fair, Science Olympiad, Team America Rocketry Challenge as well as special awards from the George Washington University, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Baush & Lomb Corporation.

4th Place at International Science Fair,
Grand Prize Winner and First Place
Winner at Regional Fair
Anya Michaelsen Kinetics of a Fencing Flick
Grand Prize Nominee and First Place Kira Emmons The Effect of CO2 on the Life Span of Brine Shrimp
Grand Prize Nominee and First Place Alexandra Lee The Effect of CO2 on the Life Span of Brine Shrimp
Grand Prize Nominee and First Place Alexa M. Regnier The Effect of CO2 on the Life Span of Brine Shrimp
Grand Prize Nominee and First Place Kim Salac Outer Covering and Oil Absorption
First Place Chloe Baker Library Barcode Secure System
First Place Charles Lee Mechanical Properties of Silicon Carbide
Second Place Benjamin Clark The Effect of Sodium Triphosphate on the pH of Ham
Second Place Christina Le Parachutes
Second Place Caroline Hanson Adjusting the Center of Gravity on a Submarine
Second Place Adam Golub Hydroponic Solutions on Arrowhead Vines
Honorable Mention Anna-Marie Thibodeaux The Effect of Light on Planarian Regeneration
Honorable Mention Abby Wilklow The Effect of Light on Planarian Regeneration
Honorable Mention Hye Joo Park Effect of Different Substitutions on Calories
Honorable Mention Erica Shin Effect of Different Substitutions on Calories
Honorable Mention Hannah Anderson The Effect of Different Moisturizers on Gelatin
Honorable Mention Margaret Komoniewski The Effect of Different Moisturizers on Gelatin
Participated in National Finals for 2nd Year in a Row Aneeka Mahan, Alex Altobelli, Maggie Rudd, Robert Douthwaite, Oscar Espinoza, and Hunter Johnson
Took 5th place at the Virginia State Tournament Chauvien Bui-Huynh, Frank Carber, Eunice Chun, Clara Currier, Kira Emmons, Maryam Farooqui, Patrick Kim, Jackie Ko, Divya Menon, Victoria Ngo, Alexa Regnier, Helen Richard, Maxwell Rowshandel, Jean Paula Salac, Kimberly Salac, Matthew Sandfry, Lauren Schwartz, Daniel Song, Sung Joon Won
George Washington University Anya Michaelson
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Daniel Song
Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award Cy Haukdal


May 2014

Lake Braddock Athletes Celebrate Patriot Conference Championship
Congratulations to Lake Braddock Boys Tennis, Girls Soccer, Girls Track and Field and Girls Softball for their Patriot Conference Championships!

Three Lake Braddock Employees are Honored
FCPS Honors took place Wednesday, May 21 at GMU’s Center for the Arts. The Honors event combines recognition for all of the FCPS individual employee awards into one ceremony. Among the honorees were Lake Braddock’s own:
Rashidah Ghaderi, Instructional Assistant and nominee for Support Employee of the Year
Kathy Williams, Middle School Reading Specialist and nominee for Teacher of the Year
John Graham, High School Music Teacher and nominee for Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to these three on receiving the recognition that, as their colleagues, we know they well deserve.

Honor Society in Art Starts at Lake Braddock
On Monday, May 19, the Lake Braddock National Art Honors Society held its induction ceremony. The inaugural induction celebrated the accomplishments of 27 Lake Braddock young artists. Organized and led by art teacher Phyllis Coleman-Lacy, the ceremony honored the talent and artistic expression shown by these students. Congratulations to the members of Lake Braddock’s first ever NAHS chapter.

Career and Tech Ed Student Earns Award with Enthusiastic Participation
Lake Braddock Senior Karl Liebert was the recipient of an award from representatives of the company, Transurban, who made a special visit to our campus this week to make the presentation. Karl won the award in October when he went on a field trip with the Career and Tech Ed department to a Virginia Department of Transportation Expo. The Expo, which is held annually, featured opportunities to learn about the variety of career paths available in the field of engineering. It included a contest that challenged visiting students to obtain a stamp on a scorecard from every college, technical school, company, vendor, and activity table present at the Expo. Karl is the first FCPS student to ever win the contest! Our congratulations go out to Karl. We are sure that the determination he demonstrated in winning the contest will serve him well in all his future pursuits.

Speech and Debate Champions!
The Speech Team was crowned Team Champions at the Extemporaneous Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University this past weekend. The team finished first behind strong performances by Josh Wartel, who took 1st in Impromptu speaking and 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking; Ben Tobin, who finished 2nd in Impromptu speaking and was a semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking; and Jonah Scharf, who was a quarter-finalist in extemporaneous speaking. This is the first time a team from Virginia has finished in first place in the tournament’s history.

Global Awareness Technology Project
Two of our level 3 ESOL students won Honorable Mention awards last night at the Global Awareness Technology project Fair at Chantilly High School. Jean-Marc Delma and Kasra Haghighi were recognized for their projects on Comparing Religion of Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt and Comparing Religions of Egypt and Ancient Greece.

Edison Academy Awards
The Edison Academy held their annual Academy Awards program on Friday, May 9th, to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of our students as well as honor a select group of outstanding students. While there are many talented students, a few in each program distinguish themselves through their diligence, high achievement, creativity, and work ethic. The most accomplished students in each program area receive “Student of the Year” honors. Listed below are the Lake Braddock SS’s fourth marking period Certificate of Achievement and Student of the Quarter award winners as well as the “Student of the Year” for our Oracle program.
Clara Currier - Student of the YEAR - Oracle
Andrew Bachinsky - Student of the Quarter - Criminal Justice
Ian Martin - Student of the Quarter - HVAC-R
Sarah Douglas - Certificate of Achievement - Cosmetology
Gianpier Flores Pineda - Student of the Quarter - Culinary Arts

MS Bands Earn High Marks
The MS Bands had a successful trip to Kings Dominion on May 10th. They participated in the Music in the Parks Festival. Each of the four bands received superior or excellent ratings. Congratulations to our student musicians and directors, Lou Bean, Pat Smith, and Mike Luley.
Wind Ensemble – Superior
Cadet Band - Superior
Select Band – Excellent
Select Band – Superior

Lake Braddock Student Artists Win Awards in Fairfax and Herndon
The Arts Council of Fairfax awarded a special UPHOFF Scholarship of $1000.00 to Adrian Caballero for his animation, “Frankenstein”. The award is given annually to a senior to pursue their art education. Adrian was also recognized by The Council for the Arts of Herndon’s 10th Annual Technology and the Arts Competition that took place Wednesday, May 14. His stop motion animation titled “I Draw” won a second place award in the Animation Category.
Congratulations are due as well to Lake Braddock art student Jesse Sands, who was also recognized by the Herndon Technology and the Arts Competition. He received an Honorable Mention in the Digital Art Category for his image, “Breaking Conformity.”

All State Chorus
Lake Braddock sent five students to the All-State Chorus Festival in April. They were Craig Moman, Jordan Rothwell, Georgia Cotter, Abby Sowa, and Bianca Thurgood. Congratulations to our kids for this outstanding accomplishment and thank you to their teachers for supporting them and believing in their abilities.

Field Day For Our Kids
On May 2nd, the high school students of Cat B participated in the 7th annual field day at Robinson Secondary. They participated in and won two heats of the 4x100 relay!!! The students could not have been more excited. They also participated in events such as high jump, long jump, Frisbee throw, 50 yard dash, softball throw, obstacle course, and 100 yard dash. Students cheered each other on and really got into the spirit of the day. Students got to see old friends and teachers. Big thanks to Mr. Garner for setting this all up for us.

Technology Student Asssocation Results
Congratulations to all the Technology Student Association members who participated at the State Technology Competition held in Richmond May 2 – May 4. Our MS and HS students competed against students from all over the state in a variety of architecture, technical drawing, and engineering events. Our students ranked in the following events:

High School Middle School
First Place in CADD Architecture 2D:
Rachel Hunt
Top 10 Finalists in Junior Solar Sprint:
John Kim LeeYung Chang
Top 10 Finalists in Engineering Design:
Chaeuna Park Mimi Le
Izzy Oh Brendan Lorn
Sung Joon Won
Top 10 Finalists in Problem Solving:
Amy Huang
Hein Lee
Top 10 Finalists in Fashion Design:
Diane Yi Joann Yoon
Kathy Tao
First Place in Systems Control Technology:
Kyle Moore John Kim
LeeYung Chang
Top 10 Finalists in Structural Engineering:
Sung Joon Won
Anthony Lee
10 Top Finalist in Website Design:
Mohammad Chanaa Jared Ponmakha
Munim Rahman Kyle Moore
First Place in System Control Technology:
Devin Whitmer Tommy Haliday
Matt Otto
Top 10 Finalists in Technology Problem Solving:
Brave Lu Brendan Lorn
Top 10 Finalists in Transportation Modeling:
Randy Bills
Second Place in Webmaster:
Mervin Yengo Nick Viens
Zara Bittner Rachel Hunt


Promising Young Writers Contest
Lake Braddock 8th grader Anonto Zaman has been selected as a winner in the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Promising Young Writers Contest. Judges looked for writing that demonstrated effective and imaginative use of language to inform and move an audience.

Lake Braddock Scholastic Bowl Team Outsmarts the Rest!
The Lake Braddock It’s Academic Team captured the Patriot Conference of the Virginia High School League Scholastic Bowl Competition. Surprising some more heavily favored schools, the LB team paved the way for exciting expectations and achievements in next year’s tournament! Team members are pictured at right with tireless sponsors, teachers Jen Adams and Gary Holtzman.

April 2014

Congratulations Japan Bowl Teams
Congratulations to our students and teachers in the Japanese Language Program. Japan Bowl teams participated in the National Japan Bowl competition on April 10 and 11. Our level 2 team moved to the final championship round, and finished in 3rd place nationally. Because of their success, those three members (all freshmen: Julia Kelley, Nha Le, and Chae Un Park) of the level 2 team are invited to a 10 day tour of Japan in July.

Congratulations RTR Rocketry Team
The Lake Braddock/West Springfield FIRST Robotics team, RTR Team Robotics, earned the Silver Medal for finishing second place in the Chesapeake Regional final at the University of Maryland on Saturday. The Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was held April 3-5 at the University of Maryland, College Park. RTR Team Robotics #2421 built a robot that successfully competed in a dynamic and highly competitive match with teams from other schools in the region. RTR is a unique team that is made up of students from both Lake Braddock Secondary School and West Springfield High School. FIRST Robotics Competitions are a varsity Sport for the Mind.TM FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. The following students are members of the team:


Soleil Gaffner Emily Grayson Michael Kelly David Kitrinos John Kook
Karl Liebert Sarah Miceli Jessica Novis Rachel Pehrsson Josh Piel
Zach Polnow Michael Tisler Ryan Wade Andrew Watson  


Lake Braddock Students Earn Honors At Edison Academy
The following Edison Academy students received third quarter recognition at Edison Academy. Please congratulate them on their accomplishment when you see them.

Gianpier Flores Pineda Culinary Arts Certificate of Achievement
Adam King Criminal Justice Student of the Quarter
Stephanie Chung Culinary Arts Student of the Quarter

Edison Academy also wants to take this opportunity to continue singing the praises of its Academy students. A group of Academy students traveled to Roanoke, VA, this past weekend to participate in the Virginia State Leadership SkillsUSA Competition. It was an extremely valuable and positive experience for all participants. The made an outstanding showing and returned home with ten medals! Among the gold medal recipients was one Lake Braddock’s very own!
We look forward to supporting our Gold Medalists as they move on to the National Competition in Kansas City in June!

Valerie Truong Restaurant Service Gold

Congratulations to all of our students for their successes!

Student Athletes Earn Scholarships
A number of our senior student athletes have earned scholarships as a result their hard work and commitment in the classroom and in athletics. Congratulations and good luck to all of our outstanding athletes.

Jack Owens East Carolina University Baseball Kevin Jones Bridgewater College Track/XC
Ashley Flesch West Chester University Softball Helen Gibbons Christopher Newport University Track
Kristen Gaurdian James Madison University Lacrosse Maggie Ruud Air Force Academy Track
Sam Fiedorek Denison Lacrosse Caleb Henderson University of North Carolina Football
Jacon Daugherty Colgate University Tennis Cory Huddleston University of Pittsburgh Football
Caitlyn Mandela Alderson Broadus College Basketball Lance Hammond Johns Hopkins University Football
Will Gregorits University of Sciences, PA Basketball Reece Burnett Towson University Football
Kelly Valette Washington College Crew Vince Sica University of Delaware Football
Megan Kauffeld Clemson Univesity Crew DJ Lomax Pierce Community College Football
Katie Roche University of Virginia Track/XC Tim Coulter University of Virginia – Wise Football
Hannah Christen University of North Carolina Track/XC Kevin Hankton University of Virginia – Wise Football
Katy Kunc University of Kentucky Track/SC Ryan Antonellis Harvard University Football
Rachael Fasana UNC – Wilmington Track Ryan Kelly Massacheusetts Institute of Technology Football

Chorus Competes At Disney Festival
Congratulations to our HS Choirs for their recent success at the Walt Disney World Music Festival.

Choir Ratings:
Beginning/Intermediate Women’s Chorus - Superior
Select Women’s Chorus - Superior
Men’s Chorus - Superior
LB Singers - Superior

Special Awards:
Best in Class Men’s Chorus
Best Soloist Jacob Hyde
Best Student Accompanist Rebecca Edmiston

Soil and Conservation Award Winner
Evan Kramer received the 1st Place Award from the Northern VA Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at the Regional Science Fair on Sunday, March 14th. He is awarded a $100 scholarship and Aldo Leopold copy of A Sand County Almanac. In addition, his abstract will be published on their website and his project in the quarterly newsletter. Moreover, he is given the opportunity to be considered for partial scholarship to attend the week long Youth Conservation camp at VA Tech this summer. In order for him to receive the $100 award and book, he was invited to present his project at the board meeting held on March 25th. Congratulations Evan and the teachers who have supported him throughout this work.

The Do Something Club Does A Lot!
Lake Braddock’s student-run Do Something Club is collecting donations to send to victims of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) in the Philippines. The group partnered with local community agency CareGivers Home Health Services to send 10 boxes of items to 10 families who were impacted by the typhoon, which has been called one of the deadliest. "It's amazing how things have just fallen together and it's the support from the community that's so awesome," said Nirali Shah, president of the club.

The LBSS Do Something club has participated in several relief drives to support families in need. Although sponsored by Special Education Teacher Laura Dougherty, the driving force behind the club’s operation is Junior Nirali Shah. Shah approached Ms. Dougherty three years ago about launching the club. She is regarded as an amazing leader in all the club’s efforts, which focus on making a difference and giving back to the community.

Band Shines In Atlanta; Orchestra Invades University of South Carolina
The band and orchestra went on tour this past weekend. They participated in Fiesta-Val in Atlanta, Georgia. All of the performing groups received superior ratings! From Director Mike Luley: “We had great remarks from a strong panel of adjudicators and the hotel and tour companies were very complementary of our students being great ambassadors of Lake Braddock.” The orchestras meanwhile invaded the University of South Carolina, participating in a clinic with a number of college level directors. These were great learning experiences for all of our kids.

Science Olympiad Victorious!
Congratulations to the Lake Braddock Science Olympiad! Our team took 5th place at the state tournament this past weekend. Below are the awesome Olympians who competed:

They deserve a BIG congrats for a great year!

Debate Wins Conference
The Lake Braddock Debate Team is Champion of the 2013-2014 VHSL Patriot Conference Debate! The Conference took place at TC Williams HS on March 26. Jack Murphy, Junior, took 1st Place in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Zelgai Saleh, Junior, took 3rd Place in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Seniors Kai Debus and Amy Wang took 2nd Place in Public Forum Debate; and Freshmen Omar Amin and Sung Jong Woon placed 3rd in Public Forum Debate. Their efforts gained us 18 points, allowing us to defeat TC by 1 for the championship.

Other members of the Debate and Speech team took part in the National Forensics League Virginia District Tournament at Madison County High School. Ben Tobin, Junior, won 1st Place in Student Congress, and 2nd Place in International Extemporaneous Speaking; Bunyamin Sevim, Junior, won 3rd place in Student Congress and 4th Place in Lincoln Douglas Debate; TJ Hunt III, freshman, won 4th place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Ben, along with Josh Wartel, advances to represent Lake Braddock at the NFL National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas, in June. Omar Elhaj, Sophomore; Victoria Hodge, Freshman; and Hannah Lane, Junior, all took part.

Additionally, and lastly, over the last three weeks our students have been competing at the WACFL Metropolitan Championships to qualify for the National Catholic Forensics League National Championship Tournament in Chicago, Illinois, in May. Altogether six Bruins have qualified for that tournament: Jonah Scharf, Senior, Extemporaneous Speaking; Amy Wang, Senior, Public Forum Debate; Kai DeBus, Senior, Public Forum Debate; Ben Tobin, Junior, Extemporaneous Speaking; Josh Wartel, Junior, Extemporaneous Speaking; Jamelah Jacobs, Freshman, Oratorical Declamation. This is the highest number of students that have qualified to this tournament from Lake Braddock in many years. Overall, Lake Braddock placed 3rd as an entire team in the overall WACFL Standings, our highest finish ever. This ranking is especially impressive considering that we do not compete in one of the events that WACFL offers.

Music Department Festival Results
Congratulations to our teachers and students on their wonderful accomplishments.

MS and HS Orchestra Assessment Festival Results
Congratulations Beth Reed and Daniel McCarthy on a very successful weekend of music!
MS Concert Orchestra- Superior
MS String Ensemble- Excellent
MS Chamber- Superior
HS Concert- Excellent
HS String Ensemble- Superior
Symphony- String Orchestra- Superior
Symphony- Full Orchestra- Superior
MS and HS Band Assessment Festival Results
Congratulations Lou Bean, Mike Luley, and Pat Smith and their students on a very successful weekend of music!
MS Bruin Band - Excellent
MS Select Band- Excellent
MS Cadet Band–Superior
MS Wind Ensemble –Superior
HS Concert 2 Band- Excellent
HS Concert 1 Band- Excellent
MS and HS Band Assessment Festival Results
Congratulations Lou Bean, Mike Luley, and Pat Smith and their students on a very successful weekend of music!
MS Bruin Band - Excellent
MS Select Band- Excellent
MS Cadet Band–Superior
MS Wind Ensemble –Superior
HS Concert 2 Band- Excellent
HS Concert 1 Band- Excellent
HS Symphonic Band–Superior
MS and HS Choral Festival Results
Congratulations Mary DeMarco and Rosemary Salvi and their students.
Middle School Choirs: Teacher - Rosemary Salvi
Women’s Concert Choir - Excellent
Advanced Women’s Ensemble - Excellent
Chamber Singers - Superior
Men’s Ensemble - Superior

High School Choirs: Teacher - Mary DeMarco
Beginning Women’s Choir - Excellent
Men’s Choir - Superior
Select Women’s Choir - Superior
Lake Braddock Singers - Superior
*All choirs received Superior ratings for Sight Reading!!


March 2014

Congratulations Debate Team
Congratulations to the Debate team, the VHSL Patriot conference champion! The team won behind strong performances from junior Jack Murphy, junior Zelgai Saleh. Seniors Kai Debus and Amy Wang, and freshmen Omar Amin and Sung Jong Woon. Other team members took part in the National Forensics League district tournament where junior Ben Tobin and Junior Benyumin Sevim. Also, freshman TJ Hunt won 4th place in extemporaneous speaking. Ben Tobin and Josh Wartel will go on to represent LBSS at the national championship in Kansas this June. Wish them luck and congratulations to everyone on the team for outstanding performances!

Science Fair Success
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this year’s Regional Science Fair, held on March 16 at Robinson. This year, our science department had five first place finishes.

The Effect of CO2 on the Life Span of Brine Shrimp Kira Emmons, Alexandra Lee, Alexa M. Regnier
Library Barcode Secure System Chloe Baker
Mechanical Properties of Silicon Carbide Charles Lee
Outer Covering & Oil Absorption Kim Salac
Kinetics of a Fencing Flick Anya Michaelson

Additionally, Anya Michaelson won one of two individual GRAND prize awards! Nice work to everyone! Thank you.

MS Theater Success at the Folger Festival!
Congratulations to our 8th grade advanced drama students who performed very well at this week’s Folger Theater Festival. Here’ a list of awards earned:

HS Theater Wins Too at the Folger!
Kudos also to the following high school students who received awards at this week’s Folger Theater Festival.

The performance is up on Youtube: All of these students deserve our applause for their participation and outstanding achievement in the Folger Festival!

MS and HS Band Assessment Festival Results
Congratulations Lou Bean, Mike Luley, and Pat Smith on a very successful weekend of music!
MS Bruin Band - Excellent
MS Select Band- Excellent
MS Cadet Band–Superior
MS Wind Ensemble –Superior
HS Concert 2 Band- Excellent
HS Concert 1 Band- Excellent
HS Symphonic Band–Superior

Shakespeare Winner!
Spreading good news! It has been 20 years since FCPS began participation in the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Competition. A Lake Braddock student won that one and since then, we’ve come close to winning it again only once. Until now… Junior Liana Quiñones is the 2014 Washington DC Metro English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition Champion.
In 1993, the Washington-area branch of the English-Speaking Union (E-SU) invited Lake Braddock to participate in the Fifth Annual Shakespeare Competition at the Folger Library. Today the competition is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in schools in the District, Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties, and in the City of Alexandria. Students competing must enact from memory a monologue of approximately 25 lines from one of Shakespeare's plays and recite from memory one of his sonnets.

Winter Sports Success!
Congratulations to all of our winter sport student-athletes and coaches. The Bruins had quite the successful campaign. Participating in a sport and maintaining good grades in the classroom requires tremendous determination and time management. This winter, we recognized 233 student athletes as scholar athletes for earning a 3.5 or better during their season. Congratulations to our student athletes and thank you teachers for supporting our kids.

On the court… on the mat… in the pool…or in the meet, our kids were extraordinary. Congratulations!

TSA Regional Competition Results
Congratulations to all students who participated at the TSA Regional competition this past weekend. The following
students placed in the following events.

Promising Young Writers
The following six 8th graders have been selected to participate in the Promising Young Writers’ contest sponsored by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Each student has submitted 2 essays and winners are announced in the spring.
Amanda Dickerson
Anonto Zaman
Brittany Nguyen
Fiona Herzig
Alynne Cutler
Paarth Jain

Lake Braddock students named to the All Virginia Choir
In the All Virginia Choir, Lake Braddock not only had more students accepted than any other District XI school, but two of our students received the highest scores in the district for their voice part! Lake Braddock students named to the All Virginia Choir are:
Soprano I Abby Sowa*
Soprano II Bianca Thurgood
Soprano II Jordan Rothwell
Alto I Georgia Cotter*
Alto I Rachel Pehrrson
Tenor I Craig Momon
Tenor I Nick Johnston
Students noted by * received the highest scores for their voice part in all of Virginia’s District XI. The All State Choir will prepare and perform April 24 - 26 in Harrisonburg. Congratulations to these students and to all the Lake Braddock student musicians who participated in these auditions.

Lake Braddock Students Make Beautiful Music!
Lake Braddock Will be Well Represented in the All-Virginia Band, Orchestra, and Choir Eight Lake Braddock students have been selected from among hundreds of student musicians to the prestigious All-Virginia Band and Orchestra. These students auditioned against participants from schools across the state this past Saturday, February 22, at James Madison University. They are:
Daniel Cox – Tuba
Ilenna Kim, Violin
Aaron Lee – Bb Clarinet
Patrick Kim, Violin
Andrew Stanger – Trombone
Jin Hee Park, Violin
Brook Engelbrektsson, Violin
Daniel Song, Cello
They will move on to perform at the All-VA Event at Virginia Tech in April.

February 2014

Congratulations Boys Basketball Team
Congrats to the Boys Varsity Basketball team who won their Regional Quarterfinal game with a thrilling 74-63 win over Oakton HS.  The Bruins now advance to the Regional Final Four games at Robinson HS on Friday Night.  The preliminary game matches Woodson vs. Herndon followed by your Bruins against the Seahawks of South Lakes.  The Bruins tip off at 8pm and get there early to ensure you a seat within the student body section.

Congratulations Wrestling Team
Congratulations to the wrestling team for placing 3rd as a team at the 6A State Championships, this past weekend. The Bruins were led by 113 pound state champion, Darius Wiles. Dante Wiles and Ryan Haskett were both state Runner-ups. Ian Reilly placed 3rd at 195 pounds, and Sean Gamarra placed 7th at 145 pounds. Robert Sherwani placed 8th at 138 pounds. Great Job!!

Congratulations Girls Indoor Track & Field
Congratulations to our Girls Indoor Track & Field Team on their stunning first place finish in this week’s Regional Indoor Track Championship. Our athletes are Regional Champions and head to the state meet this coming weekend.

The First Patriot Conference Festival Goes To Lake Braddock Theater
On Saturday February 1, 2014, Lake Braddock participated in the first ever Patriot Conference One Act Play Festival. It was the thirteenth time in the history of the Virginia High School League that Lake Braddock has been home to the first level Theatre Festival, but this year, the name has been changed from the previous Patriot District. This year, Lake Braddock Theatre restaged William Mastrosimone’s Extremities. The dramatic tale of two women’s struggle to support their roommate’s claim of sexual assault by a man she has trapped and tortured was first staged at LB back in 1992 for the International Thespian Festival and then again in 2003 for the Virginia Theatre Association Conference. All four judges agreed that the three actress’ performances were worthy of the Outstanding Performer female award, but in the final tally, junior Kaitlyn Lunardi edged out seniors Anna Coughlan and Ali Rocha. Junior Liam Finn was named the Festival’s Outstanding Performer male. Lake Braddock was named Champion of the Festival and will advance to the Regional Festival (also at LB this Saturday, February 8 at 2:45). It is Lake Braddock’s third District/Conference title in four years and its sixth overall.

Congratulations Swim and Dive
The Lake Braddock Swim and Dive team just wrapped up a very successful 2013-2014 season that saw the team come together and succeed at a high level. The women's swim team was coming into the season after a hard previous year that saw them finish with a 2-5 record and a 5th place finish in the old Patriot District. Through the addition of a strong freshman class led by Sarah Christen, Neave Michaels, and Hannah Hale and an improved team all around the women's team was able to move up the rankings in the new Patriot Conference. The women's team finished the season with a 5-2 record with one of those losses by only 1 point to rival West Springfield. After a successful regular season the women's team finished 3rd in the conference. The team was led by State qualifier Karina Kolb (100 fly and 100 back) and regional qualifiers Anne Merrill (200 IM), Sarah Christen (200 Free), Hannah Hale (100 Fly and 500 Free), Stephanie Chewning (100 Back), Tess Doran (200 IM), Kaleigh Neumann (Diving), and Vivian Ross (Diving).

The men's team completed the most successful season that they have had since 2007. The team finished the regular season with an undefeated record after big wins over West Springfield and Woodson. It was the first time the Woodson men's team has lost a regular season meet since joining the Patriot Conference. The Lake Braddock boys went on to win the Patriot Conference Championship in impressive fashion (482) over Woodson (435.5) and West Springfield (423.5). It was a total team effort as Lake Braddock was the only team to have every single swimmer entered score points. The team was led by Cole McGarry who won the 200 Free and 100 Fly events while setting a new school record in the 100 Fly. The team was also led by Jonathan Lin (200 IM, 100 Free), Chris Stankiewicz (50 Free, 100 Breast), Noah Carpenter (200 IM, 500 Free), Michael Murphy (200 IM, 100 Back), and Kyle Hannam (50 Free, 100 Breast) who all placed in the top 8 in two individual events. All those swimmers qualified for Regionals along with Chris Margraf (100 Back), Andrew Laffosse (100 Fly), Aaron Strynar (500 Free), Ben Fields (100 Free), Evan Granrud (Diving), Matt Clift (Diving), and Brain Gilmore (100 Back). At the Regional Championships the boys 200 Free Relay of Chris Stankiewicz, Jonathan Lin, Ryan Krogel, and Cole McGarry tied the school record. Cole McGarry (200 Free and 100 Fly), Chris Stankiewicz (50 Free, 100 Breast), and all three relays will be competing next week at the State Championships in Richmond.

Congratulations Edison Academy Students
Congratulations to the following Lake Braddock students who attend the Edison Academy during their school day. They received second quarter recognition in their academy class. Please congratulate them on their accomplishment when you see them.

Tessa Aberle Animal Science Certificate of Achievement
Valerie Truong Culinary Arts Student of Quarter
Ian Martin HVAC Student of Quarter

Middle School FCCLA Students Earn Top Honors
Students from our MS Family and Consumer Science Department competed in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Competition with outstanding results. Congratulations!

Gold Medalists: Leah Cherrington, Alexa Quigley, and Avery Reeves for "Illustrated Talk"
Silver Medalists: Tyler Armstrong, Dinet Daniels, and Robert Wallace for "Interpersonal Communications"
Bronze Medalists: Anthony Amador and Bright Chung for "Learning To Be Leaders"

The First Patriot Conference Festival Goes To Lake Braddock Theater
On Saturday February 1, 2014, Lake Braddock participated in the first ever Patriot Conference One Act Play Festival. It was the thirteenth time in the history of the Virginia High School League that Lake Braddock has been home to the first level Theatre Festival, but this year, the name has been changed from the previous Patriot District. This year, Lake Braddock Theatre restaged William Mastrosimone’s Extremities. The dramatic tale of two women’s struggle to support their roommate’s claim of sexual assault by a man she has trapped and tortured was first staged at LB back in 1992 for the International Thespian Festival and then again in 2003 for the Virginia Theatre Association Conference. All four judges agreed that the three actress’ performances were worthy of the Outstanding Performer female award, but in the final tally, junior Kaitlyn Lunardi edged out seniors Anna Coughlan and Ali Rocha. Junior Liam Finn was named the Festival’s Outstanding Performer male. Lake Braddock was named Champion of the Festival and will advance to the Regional Festival (also at LB this Saturday, February 8 at 2:45). It is Lake Braddock’s third District/Conference title in four years and its sixth overall.

LB Artists Honored
Eleven students from the Lake Braddock Art Department have won a Scholastic Award this year! They will be included in the Scholastic Art Exhibit at NOVA. Stay tuned for details about the exhibit. We are so proud of our talented students! Congratulations LB Art!

Student Category Title Teacher
Grace Lee 12 GK Mixed Media Forgotten War Phyllis Coleman-Lacy
Rachel Eom 7 GK Drawing Puzzle Me Deb Fitzgerald
Emely Pascual 11 GK Drawing Grown Up Too Fast Phyllis Coleman-Lacy
Amanda Pham 12 GK Photo Portfolio At Sea and The Ballerina Project Theresa Rose
Emily Berst 10 SK Ceramics & Glass Autumn Impression Jo Stokes
Jennifer Cardoza 8 SK Drawing Stop And Breath Deb Fitzgerald
Jacky Chon 8 SK Drawing Life In The Park Deb Fitzgerald
Lida Daniel 12 SK Ceramics & Glass Red Raffia Basket Jo Stokes
Rachel Eom 7 SK Drawing Eye Contact Deb Fitzgerald
Adrian Caballero 12 CM Film & Animation I Draw Jo Stokes

Congratulations MS Band Students!
This weekend is the District Band Festival at Fairfax HS. Congratulations to Lou Bean, Pat Smith, Mike Luley and all of their students. Forty of our MS band students were selected to participate in the festival and concert. After rehearsing for two days, the band will perform in a concert beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 3.

Hannah Wang Veronica Haney Hein Lee Ellie Kehl Moses Kim
Dayton McKinley Emily He Panlauv Panh Dominique Cox Elaine Little
Hanna Arthur Nora Tijani Jeena Kim Paarth Jain Kaitlyn Shoviak
Sagada Penano Julien Berger Sinclaire Jones Divya Mathews Pam Dobberthien
David Lee Beth Moore Katie Migdal Robert Miller David Sawtelle
Sophia Robillard Jennifer Yan Eugene Song Charlie Baird Noah Cho
Lucas Thackery Justin Leung Will Peyton Kohl Corrigan Cate Wardinski
Rachel Manhertz Rebecca Marietta-Perez      


January 2014

Work on Behalf of Minority Students Takes Lynda Samek-Smith to the White House
High School Counselor Lynda Samek-Smith was part of an honored group of educators this week who were guests of First Lady Michelle Obama. In recognition of her work with the College Partnership Program and AVID, Lynda was invited to the White House to take part in a program that is focusing on challenges faced by some minority students as they transition from high school to college. The afternoon included a screening of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete and the chance to share viewpoints with advocates who are working at the national level to improve minority access to higher education.

Bruins Win Scholastic Bowl!
Congratulations to the It’s Academic Team on winning the Conference 7 Scholastic Bowl Championship on January 11! Seniors Quentin Paleo and Jonah Scharf, Juniors Ben Tobin and Josh Wartel, Sophomore Helen Richard and Freshman Priscilla Cruz brought home the Bruins’ first scholastic bowl title this century, beating out perennial powerhouse and heavy favorite Woodson. The Bruins now advance to the Regionals on February. Way to go Bruins!

December 2013

Congratulations Junior District Orchestra Participants
In this year’s District Orchestra Auditions, 32 students and 4 alternates have successfully auditioned into the Junior and Senior District XI Orchestras for 2013-2014, including three principal positions in the Junior orchestra (Concertmaster, Principal 2nd Violin, and Principal Cello):
Junior District Orchestra
Devin Albrecht – Bass
Alynne Cutler – Viola
Pheobe DeLory - 2nd Violin (alternate)
Karen Deng – Concertmaster
Joey Elsisi - 1st Violin
Rachel Fogg - Cello
Jasmine Gao – Viola
Alexandra (Ally) Johnson – Cello
Kathy Kang - 1st Violin
Suzy Kang - 2nd Violin
Haven Kim – Viola
Jieun Kim - 1st Violin
Sion Kim - 2nd Violin
Stefan Lazaroae - 1st Violin
Bhargavi (Esha) Mantha - 2nd Violin
Kara Mueller – Viola
Chanyoung Park - Principal Cello
Sean Piwowar - Principal 2nd Violin
Nicholas Samuelian – Viola
Andrea Scheiner – Viola
Beatrice Thurgood - Cello (alternate)
Cade Tyler – Bass
Joshua Yang - 1st Violin
Alan Zheng - Cello (alternate)
Senior District Orchestra
Nathan Cho - 1st Violin
Josh Demboski – Bass
Daniel Hwang - Viola
Tess Irelan – Viola
Madelyn Kent – Bass
Jason Lee - Cello (alternate)
Yuhyun (Jenna) Lee - 1st Violin
Lana Parker - 2nd Violin
Kathy Tao - 2nd Violin
Bianca Thurgood - 2nd Violin
Emily Williams - 1st Violin
Sung Joon Won - 2nd Violin

JROTC Orienteering Success
Last Saturday, the Lake Braddock Army JROTC Orienteering Team traveled to Prince William County Forest Park to compete in an Orienteering Challenge. 15 Schools competed from across Northern Virginia including Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps JROTC Programs.Orienteering is a land navigation competition. Armed with maps and compasses, teams consisting of two cadets race across the forest searching for certain control points on the map. All teams had one hour to find as many control points as possible and return to base camp. Lake Braddock Army JROTC Orienteering Team took First Place Overall and First Place in the Individual Event.

Congratulations Lake Braddock Art Teachers
Jo Stokes and Deb Fitzgerald are among the very few FCPS art teachers whose work is being featured in Fairfax County Public Schools’ sixth annual Artist Teacher Exhibition. More than 50 pieces of artwork will be on display at the Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, January 12. The exhibition is open to the public. There will be a reception for the artists on December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

November 2013

JROTC Success At TC Williams
Last Saturday, the Lake Braddock Army JROTC Program traveled to T.C. Williams High School and participated in a Virginia State-Wide Drill and Ceremony Competition. The JROTC Team captured the overall 3rd Place trophy. Additionally, the program won First Place in the Color Guard Event, Second Place in Regulation Platoon Drills and Third Place in the Un-Armed Exhibition Platoon Event.

Congratulations Marching Band
This past weekend, the Marching Band competed in the VBODA festival at Patriot High School. The band is very proud to announce, for the 33rd year in a row, they achieved a superior rating. This is the longest running streak in the state of Virginia. Congratulations!

Lady Bruin Volleyball All-Conference Honors
Four Lady Bruin players have received All-Conference recognition by a vote of the conference coaches. Congratulations to: Rachel Tuck, Junior setter/RS - Honorable Mention; Tara Wulf, Sophomore libero - 2nd Team libero; Mariah McKenrick, Senior RS - 1st Team; Courtney Farmer, Senior Outside Hitter, 1st Team. Mariah and Courtney will be introduced between semifinal conference tournament games on Tuesday, November 5, at TC Williams and will be forwarded for consideration for All-Region honors.

October 2013

JROTC Shines At Drill Competition
Last Saturday, forty cadets from the Lake Braddock Army JROTC Program traveled to Spotsylvania, Virginia to participate in their first Drill and Ceremony Competition of the school year. A total of fifteen high schools throughout the state of Virginia were on hand to show their skills and abilities to the Army, Navy and Air Force Judges. Lake Braddock JROTC Team took 1st Place in the Academic Competition, 2nd Place in the Color Guard Competition and placed 3rd Place overall. Job well done Bruin Battalion!

Congratulations Senior Regional Orchestra Members
The following students auditioned and were accepted into Senior Regional Orchestra this year:
Austin Cho - Violin
Brooke Engelbrektsson - Violin
Illena Kim - Violin
Patrick Kim - Cello - Principal
Madison Lee - Violin
Nicole Moon - Cello
Jin Hee Park - Violin
Daniel Song - Cello
Daniel Cox - Tuba (Alt)
Congratulations to all. This is a wonderful opportunity and a testament to their hard work and talent. This event makes this All-VA eligible. The concert is November 9th at Hayfield SS.

Congratulations to our Governor’s School Participants
The following students were invited to attend the summer 2013 Virginia Governor’s Schools:
Frank Carber
Charles Lee
Rachel Pehrsson
June Cho
Uma Mengale
Jordan Rothwell
Eric Knickmeyer
Helina Meressa
Jonah Scharf
Jackie Ko
Jin Hee Park
Sarah Tran
The Governor’s School summer residential program is highly selective, providing “intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.” Please take the opportunity to congratulate these students on their very fine achievement.

September 2013

Lake Braddock Earns W!$E Blue Star Award
Lake Braddock is a proud third-time winner of the W!$E Blue Star Award for the 2012-2013 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.
In her announcement of the list of winning schools, Coalition President and CEO Phyllis Frankfort said, “We are truly proud of your students’ accomplishment. We are equally proud of the teachers in your schools. Because of your dedicated and tireless commitment, you have given them vital knowledge about their personal finances. You have also provided them with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults.” Thank you Business Department and our 8th Grade Civics Team who conduct a unit on financial literacy with every 8th grade student which culminates in a field to Finance Park.

JROTC Special Visitors
On Wednesday, in preparation for the upcoming Drill and Ceremony Competition Season, the Lake Braddock Army JROTC Program hosted some distinguished guests from Fort Myer, Virginia. This included key leaders assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, traditionally known as the “The Old Guard,” the oldest active duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784. On Wednesday, the world renowned U.S. Army Drill Team spent the entire day speaking to the JROTC Cadets regarding precision, discipline, and the will to excel. The U.S. Army Drill Team stayed after school and assisted with the regular three-hour JROTC Drill Practice. The U.S. Army Drill Team is a precision drill platoon with the primary mission of showcasing the U.S. Army both nationally and internationally through breathtaking routines with bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield Rifles. The U.S. Army Drill Team performs for military, government, non-profit, and civilian organizations including the Super Bowl and the Queen of England. Through their daring and complex performances the U.S. Army Drill Team acts as “good-will ambassadors” for the Army, supporting community relations and recruiting efforts on behalf of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army. Collaboration between U.S. Drill Team and the JROTC Program have them returning for the next two weeks to assist the cadets and prepare them for upcoming parades and drill competitions. On

On Thursday, the Assistant Sergeant of the Guard from the Tomb of the Unknowns spent the entire day speaking to the cadets on what it takes to become a member of the unique group of individuals, the preparation process, and the proper wear of the uniform. In 1948, the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" assumed the post following the unit’s reactivation in the nation’s capital. A soldier seeking the honor of serving as a Sentinel at the Tomb must possess exemplary qualities, to include American citizenship, a spotless record, and impeccable military bearing. While on duty the Sentinel crosses a 63-foot rubber surfaced walkway in exactly 21 steps. He then faces the Tomb for 21 seconds, turns again, and pauses an additional 21 seconds before retracing his steps. The 21 is symbolic of the highest salute accorded to dignitaries in military and state ceremonies. As a gesture against intrusion on their post, the Sentinel always bears his weapon away from the Tomb. This collaboration between The Old Guard and The Tomb of the Unknowns and the Lake Braddock Bruin Battalion left all involved very excited and starts the beginning of many future endeavors.

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