Good News Bruins

January 2015

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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