Good News Bruins

September 2015

Sophomore gives impressive performance at Speech tournament
Lake Braddock Sophomore Jake Wartel advanced to the quarterfinals (top 24) of Original Oratory and the semi-finals (top 12) of Extemporaneous Speaking at the Wake Forest University Early Bird Speech Tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Early Bird featured competitors from over 70 high schools from around the United States. Junior T.J. Hunt also represented the team, which is sponsored by Duane Hyland. Congratulations to Jake, T.J., and all the members of the team for a noteworthy start to this year’s Speech and Debate competitions.

Lake Braddock alumnus is member of the United States Air Force awe-inspiring Thunderbirds
Lake Braddock 2007 graduate Benjamin Ayivorh was in town last week, and to the good fortune of some of our JROTC students, he could not pass up the chance to drop in on his alma mater. As a member of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, Ayivorh was in the DC metro area for the 2015 Joint Andrews Base Airshow. The Thunderbirds are the flight demonstration squadron of the Air Force. Their worldwide performances are hailed for their choreography, precision, and excitement. JROTC students were lucky to meet Ayivorh, along with one of his fellow squadron members, and learn about what it takes to become a member of one of the most prestigious aerobatic teams in the world.

LB 8th grader proudly accepts plaque for 2nd place win in creative writing contest
Eighth grader Subham Gurung was surprised this week by a visiting Fairfax Elks Lodge member, who presented him with a plaque for his entry into an Elks-sponsored writing contest. Subham entered the 2014-2015 Virginia Elks Associa-tion Americanism Essay Contest last year when his 7th grade creative writing teacher, Beth Spille, told students about the opportunity. His essay, which was written in response to the prompt, “What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me,” placed second in the contest.

LB Auto Tech students’ restored Caprice is part of police department’s antique cruiser collection
Students in the Lake Braddock Auto Tech program were recently recognized by Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) for their restoration of a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice police cruiser. The project included component replacement of engine, transmission, drive train, and braking systems. The students, under the guidance and direction of Auto Tech Teacher Dominic Prakash, were credited with an outstanding job of restoring the cruiser, which had remained idle for over seven years.

The cruiser will be part of the FCPD’s Antique Cruiser Fleet, and a permanent part of the Department’s history. Each cruiser represents a phase in the progression of police cruiser design and related law enforcement technology. A plaque recognizing the work of the Lake Braddock students will be displayed with the vehicle.

Lake Braddock Student Elected to the Key Club International Board of Trustees
Fairfax County, Virginia, July 2015 – Anastasia Slepukhova of Lake Braddock Secondary School was recently elected to the 2015-16 Key Club International Board of Trustees.

At the 73rd annual convention of Key Club International, held earlier this summer in Indianapolis, Slepukhova was one of 25+ stu-dents from all over the country to campaign for this prestigious leadership position. Slepukhova was elected to one of 11 positions of international trustee. In her new role, she will work with the rest of the Key Club international board to define the ad-ministrative policies of Key Club International. She will help inter-pret the scope and meaning of the bylaws, carry out committee directives and maintain con-sistent communication with the leadership of the districts to which she is assigned.

Slepukhova has been an active member of Key Club throughout her high school career, serving last year as governor and chief executive officer of Capital District Key Club, which represents all of Virginia, D.C., Maryland and Delaware. In addition to her election, Slepukhova was recognized at the convention with a distinguished governor award for her work last year.

Slepukhova will serve on the Key Club international board throughout her senior year of high school and will be retired at the international convention in Atlanta in July 2016. The Key Club of Lake Braddock Secondary School is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner/McLean, Virginia

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