Good News Bruins

October 2014

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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