Good News Bruins

June 2016

Counseling Departments’ ReRAMP Earns Honors
Lake Braddock Secondary’s counseling programs are among the first RAMP Schools of Distinction. This is an added designation created this year to recognize schools that achieved a score of 58 or higher on the first round of the RAMP review process.
RAMP — Recognized ASCA Model Program — is a designation of American School Coun-selor Association. It signifies school counseling programs that are committed to deliver-ing a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.
Lake Braddock joins the schools below as a RAMP School of Distinction:
Couch Middle School Grayson, GA
Dothan Brook School White River Junction, VT
Simpson Central School Pinola, MS
Twin Rivers Middle School Buford, GA

May 2016

Winning project takes LB Junior to international science fair
Chloe Baker, a junior currently in Chris Beatty’s AP Physics 1, recently participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ. She was invited to the international fair after winning the grand prize award in the Systems Software and Engineering category at both the LBSS Science Fair and the Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Her project, User Authentication Based on Gait Analysis, is based on an app she wrote for the iPhone/iPad. This app uses a unique algorithm that utilizes data collected by the device's accelerometer and analyzes the physics of how one walks to determine if it is being used by the actual owner of the device. It paves the way for the development of new security features on future smart devices.
While at the fair she won several awards, including 4th place in her category, a small scholarship from the Association for Computer Machinery, a full ride scholarship to the University of Arizona, and an all-expenses paid trip to CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Re-search where the Large Hadron Collider is located) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is extremely excited to visit CERN in June, as she has developed a very deep interest in physics this year. She plans to continue her study of physics next year by taking both AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C.
Miss Baker is an extremely deserving student who has worked very hard on her project all year long. She has represented LBSS proudly. Congratulations, Chloe!

Herndon Arts Competition Recognizes LB Tech Artists
Six LB Art students won awards for their outstanding entries in the recent 12th Annual Technology and the Arts Scholarship Competition, a production of Arts Herndon.
Arts Herndon, formerly known as The Council for the Arts of Herndon and established in 1985, provides opportu-nities for artists, art scholarships, and access to art for Herndon area citizens, young and old. The Tech Arts Com-petition, created in 2005, promotes high school students’ artistic expression through technology-based media, encourages development of artistic and technology skills, and adds creative thinkers to the workforce. The win-ning artists from LB were:

Name Project Grade Category
Ashreil Dennis Epsolon 11 Digital Other, 3D Print Sculpture
Thomas Lee Behind a Fake Smile 11 Digital Other, Comic Book
Sarah Douthwaite What If I Had Known 12 Digital Photo
Jairo Ayala A Rabbit's Pour Judgement 12 Animation
Jacqueline Godier Storm 12 Animation
Jacqueline Godier Dream within a Dream 12 Digital Art

Cappie Nominations
The 2015-2016 Cappie nominations have been announced. The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) is an international program for recognizing, celebrating, and providing learning experiences for high school theater and journalism students and teenage playwrights. Lake Braddock received seven nominations this year:
Special Effects - Sarah McDaniels
Makeup - Kendra Weingast
Props - Erin Bennett
Lights - Kyle Dannahey
Ensemble - Beast Folk Supporting Actor in a Play - Max Grove
Best Play - The Island of Dr. Moreau

Seven Bruins to attend Governor’s School
LBSS is proud to announce the students who have been chosen to participate in the 2016 Governor’s School Program. The sum-mer residential program provides gifted high school juniors and seniors with an intensive educational experience in visual and performing arts, humanities, mathematics, science and technology or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.
Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university cam-pus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.
Students representing LBSS in the 2016 Governor’s School Program are:
Chloe Baker Math, Science & Technology Allan Cate Agriculture
Timothy Ellis Visual & Performing Arts—Chorus Madison Hite Visual & Performing Arts—Chorus
Tiffanie Luong Agriculture Laura Mulrooney Visual & Performing Arts—Art
Elyse Nguyen Agriculture

Technology Student Association State Competition
Students believe that technology education holds an important place in life and in the technical world. Students strive to develop a cooperative attitude and will exercise tact and respect for other individuals. The students of Lake Braddock performed to the best of their ability and prevailed. Students lived up to the current year’s theme of Building a Legacy, winning nine trophies and living up to the TSA Motto “Learning to Live in a Technical World.”

Academy Student Awards
The following Edison Academy students received third quarter recognition with us. Please congratulate them on their accom-plishment when you see them.

Aly Al-Shammari Student of the Quarter Cosmetology 1
Jason Lux Student of the Quarter Cyber: Network Administration
Lindsay Shelton Student of the Quarter Animal Science 1
Ryan Kreidler Student of the Quarter Electrical Construction 1
Sarah Wolin Student of the Quarter Cosmetology 1

Blockheads reach Worlds Robotics competition!

Four Lake Braddock sophomores are part of a team that made it all the way to the FIRST World Robotics competition in St Louis, Missouri. Known as The Blockheads (a holdover from the team’s first year when they built their robot using Lego blocks and parts), our LB students are joined by two students from Thomas Jefferson. Together they designed and built an incredible competition robot that won the overall best team award at their first Virginia qualifier at Battlefield High school back in early December. They next won best robot design at the Virginia State Championships, and their robot then went on to become runner-up for the Control Award at the East Super Regionals, where there were teams from 12 east coast states. This victory earned the team a slot at the World Championships last week, where they finished with a winning record and placed 18 out of 64 teams in their division. Of the 5300+ teams that started the season, only 128 qualified for Worlds.
The Blockheads’ robot was unique in that it was made almost entirely of very colorful 3D printed parts.
The four Lake Braddock Blockheads are:
Roger Clanton
David Desrochers
Paul Han
Amanda Nguyen

Golden Knight’s geography knowledge takes him to States
Congratulations to Lake Braddock Golden Knight 7th GraderDaron Ohannessian, who placed 8th in the Virginia State Geography Bee. Daron’s journey to the State Bee, which was held at Longwood University on April 1, included competition at three different levels---class, team, and school.

April 2016

DECA Nationals in Nashville
Sixteen students traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to compete with just under 17,000 students from around the world at DECA’s International Career Development Conference. Following are the students who rep-resented Lake Braddock:

A special congratulations goes to Dillon Jacknin, Senior, for placing in the Top 20 in the Business Growth Plan category and being able to compete in the Finals. Dillon is the owner of Greencave, LLC, and is working with his team to develop gaming apps where the proceeds are donated to a charity. Look for his app, Water Wheel, soon in the iTunes store, or follow the progress on Twitter, @waterwheelapp.

Orchestra in Chicago
Orchestra students who traveled to Chicago this week participated in a clinic given by Professor David Eccles at Vandercook College of Music. The trip also included watching a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the strongest orchestra institutions in the USA and is well recognized on an international level as well.

Awesome news from today’s Penn Relays
Lake Braddock girls won the Championship of America Distance medley relay at the world famous Penn Relays. This is our first relay championship in school history. Winning team members all underclassmen, are Skyla Davidson, Kate Murphy, Shannon Browning, and Samantha Schwers.

Congratulations to Lake Braddock’s future college athletes!
On Thursday, April 28, student athletes, coaches, and parents gathered to celebrate the annual signing day for college athletics. Forty-two students, whose names are listed below, look forward to playing a sport when they begin their college careers next year.

Logan Driscoll George Mason University Baseball
Wade Strain William & Mary Baseball
Ryan Mullins Christopher Newport University Baseball
Andy Shreves Furman University Baseball
Abby Thibodeau Syracuse University Softball
Caroline Jones Villanova University Softball
Ciara Johnson Mary Washington Softball
Danielle Newman Mary Washington Softball
Brady Murphy Messiah College Lacrosse
Scott Lestz Lynchburg College Lacrosse
Anthony Gold Susquehanna University Lacrosse
Dillon Wells Bridgewater College Lacrosse
Katie Thompson Randolph Macon Lacrosse
Dwyer Neal Bridgewater College Lacrosse
Victoria Aung Mount St Mary’s University Swimming
Noah Carpenter Mary Washington Swimming
Ellie Weber Louisiana State University Soccer
Nico Quashie Virginia Tech Soccer
James Butler U.S Naval Academy Basketball
Annina Zelkin Yale University Field Hockey
Dante Wiles George Mason University Wrestling
Darius Wiles George Mason University Wrestling
Julia Speranzo U.S Naval Academy Track
Colin Schaefer University of Florida Track
Sonya Butseva McGill University Track
Jennifer Brunson Virginia Military Institute Track
Michael Rivera Mary Washington Track
Yonathan Eshetu Mary Washington Track
Cavanaugh McGaw Christopher Newport Track
Ben Fogg Brigham Young University Track
Spencer Jolley Virginia Tech Track
Daly Ferguson University of Florida Track
Kyle Edwards Bridgewater College Football
Johan Marin Fairmont State University Football
Kam Abolfotouh Fairmont State University Football
Aaron Lenhardt Wheaton College Football
Dan Dinges Coast Guard Academy Football
Nick Bruhn Wesley College Football
Trey Stephens Bridgewater College Football
Peyton Scott Marshall University Football
David Hibner Juniata College Volleyball
Tara Wulf Baylor University Volleyball


LB student is gold medal winner at SkillsUSA
This past weekend, over twenty Edison Academy students competed in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in Fredericksburg. Edison Academy students returned from the competitions with a total of 9 medals (6 GOLD, 2 SILVER and 2 BRONZE) and with five of our students eligible to advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on June 20-24, 2016. Overall, there were 11 GOLD medals earned by FCPS students this past weekend in the SkillsUSA competitions. Six of them were earned by Edison Academy students, and one of those golds was earned by Lake Braddock student Marco Fragoso in the Food Prep Assistant competition! Congratulations, Marco!

LB team takes third in Japan Bowl
Nine Japanese language students represented Lake Braddock at the recent Japan Bowl, with the level 3 team placing a proud third in the nation.
The Japan Bowl is a national Japanese language competition created by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC in 1992. What makes the Japan Bowl unique is that it goes beyond language and asks students about their knowledge of Japanese culture, society, daily life, geography, and current events.
The two-day National Japan Bowl, held each spring in the District, is widely recognized as the premiere national competition for high school students of Japanese. This year, 76 teams comprised of 228 students representing 38 high schools across the U.S. participated in the competition. The LB teams were composed of the following students:
Level 2 team: Arthur Asady-Kany (team captain), Uriel Kim, Saila Salam (7th place)
Level 3 team: Sophia Cheung (team captain), Rachel Flatt, Jieun Kim (3rd place)
Level 4 team: Yuhyun (Jenna) Le (team captain), Tiffanie Luong, William Ha (20th place)
Congratulations to all of our Japan Bowl participants!

Science Olympiad Results
I just wanted to share with everyone how our team did at the state Science Olympiad competition on Saturday. If you know any
of these students, please congratulate them on a job well done! We came in sixth overall. Individual medals won are listed after
the students’ names.

Grace Bergan (Alternate)
Thomas Burke – Wright Stuff (5th)
Jackie Chen – Bridge Building (4th), Disease Detectives
Priscilla Cruz
Kira Emmons – Bridge Building (4th), Write It Do It (1st)
Caroline Hanson – Astronomy (5th)
John Hurst – Cell Biology (6th), Green Generation
(2nd), Protein Modeling (3rd)
Divya Menon – Disease Detectives (3rd), Experimental
Design (5th), Hydrogeology (6th)
Abby Malone – Wright Stuff (5th)
Rachel Manhertz - Protein Modeling (3rd)
Eva Paleo – Cell Biology (6th)
Diyar Rashid - Green Generation (2nd)
Alexa Regnier (Alternate)
Helen Richard - Experimental Design (5th), Write It Do It (1st)
Kim Salac – Astronomy (5th), Experimental Design (5th)
Bailey Sasseville - Protein Modeling (3rd)
Maddy Sita (Alternate)
Beth Smith - Hydrogeology (6th)
Robert Thomas (Alternate)


Lake Braddock musicians impress with performances, conduct in Gaitlinburg
The concert band traveled with 202 students to perform in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Students visited Ober Gatlinburg, a tour of the Smoky Mountains, and Ripley's Aquarium.
We received first place with all 5 groups!
Advanced Color Guard
Advanced Jazz Band
Concert 2A
Concert 3A
Concert 4A
Students were terrific and served as excellent ambassadors of LBSS. We received great feedback from restaurant and hotel managers who said LB students were among the best mannered they had ever hosted!

FBLA success at State Leadership Conference
Congratulations to the Lake Braddock students who qualified to attend the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference. These students qualified by finishing in the top three of their respective competitions in the Northern Virginia region:
Cristin Choi – Introduction to Business Communications
Ayman Farid – Business Communications
Albert Wang – Securities and Investments
Edward Liu – Computer Problem Solving
At the state competition, which took place the weekend of April 9-10, we had the following top 5 finishers:
Cristin Choi – 2nd place
Ayman Farid – 3rd place
Albert Wang – 5th place
All three of them qualified for the National Leadership Conference (in Atlanta GA this summer).

Rocketry Team blasts off to Nationals
One of the three LBSSrocketry teams is a National Finalist for Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) 2016. The team scored in the top 100 out of almost 800 teams (that represented all 50 states) who participated in this competition. The team includes the following students: Karina Freeland (Team Leader), Connor O’Grady-Walsh, Savanna Box, Rachel Fogg, Matthew Taylor and Adin Weingast. We were one of only two high schools in FCPS who made the cut—the other was TJHSST.

We have been invited to the TARC Final Fly-off at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia on Saturday, May 14 to compete for more than $100,000 in scholarships and the title of National Champion. We have also been invited to attend a “Rockets on the Hill” congressional breakfast reception on Friday, May 13 before the Final Fly-Off where the team members will display their rockets for congressmen, senators, and their staff.

HS History and Social Studies Teacher Michelle Devoti earns National Board Certification
Congratulations to Michelle Devoti! She has just been awarded her National Board Certification. Michelle was honored by the Fairfax County School Board for her outstanding achievement on Thursday, March 29.

Choir hits a sweet note at Disney
Students in the HS Choir program received high praise at their performance for Festival Disney on Friday, April 1st.
Choir Ratings:
Lake Braddock Singers: Superior
Select Women: Superior
Men’s Chorus: Superior
Women’s Chorus: Excellent
Special Award:
Outstanding Male Soloist:
Tim Ellis

Jazz Band earns Superior ratings
I am proud to announce that the Lake Braddock Jazz Band gave an outstanding performance at the Chantilly Jazz Festival, held Saturday, March 19. They received a Superior rating and earned a spot in the finals “Battle of the Bands” competition, where they came back and performed again that evening, winning 3rd place! To give an idea of the scope of their accomplishment, typ-ically the same three bands make finals every year and Lake Braddock has not made a finals competition since 1995. This was a huge step up for our Jazz Band!

Tech students represent at Regional competition
Competing in the Northern Regional Competition, our Technology Student Association members performed their best. LBSS has many students who qualified to move on to State competition during the weekend of May 6-8. Please help me recognize the following students who placed in the top three positions.
Middle School-
Structural Engineering Level I - 1st Place
Ester Kang and Maurico Darcourt

High School
Music Production Level II - 3rd Place
Timothy Ahn, Jackie Chen, Jason Lee, Elijah Park

Structural Engineering and Design Level II - 2nd Place
Jun DeBus and Bryan Nguyen

Transportation Modeling Level II - 3rd Place
Daniel Spack

We have quite a few 4-6th place winners, however we must wait to see if other schools will not attend States in order to move up and compete in those events.

March 2016

Science Fair Winner
Congratulations to junior Chloe Baker for winning Grand Prize in the Systems Software category at the Regional Science Fair earlier this month. Her project, User Authentication Based on Gait Analysis, paves the way for new security features on smart devices. She will move on to compete at the May International Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. Good luck Chloe!

Middle School Theatre Awards
On March 4th Lake Braddock's Middle School Drama class participated in the annual Shakespeare Secondary School Festival. Ms. Pearson would like to congratulate the following award recipients for their performance of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
For Most Dramatic Death Scene Award: Emily Whitestone, Soniya Madheyvan, Emma Woahlan and Maggie Corbin.

Lake Braddock 7th Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee
Congratulations to Lake Braddock Golden Knight 7th Grader Daron Ohannessian who has qualified to compete in the Virginia State Geography Bee. Daron competed at 3 different levels---class, team, school, before qualifying to take the State Bee. He will travel to Longwood University on Friday, April 1 to compete against 100 other students from Virginia. Good luck, Daron!

Robotics Team takes 1st Place!
After spending 6 weeks designing, constructing, and programming a robot from scratch, the RTR Robotics Team (a combined team of LBSS and WSHS students) earned first place at the F.I.R.S.T. Chesapeake District/Northern Virginia Event Robotics Competition which took place March 4-6 at Battlefield HS in Haymarket, VA.  The team will compete again March 24-26 in the Chesapeake District/Central Maryland Event at South River High School, in Edgewater, MD. Congratulations to the Lake Braddock team members:

Nick Doerry
Veronica Grant
Andrea Hatcher
Michael Kelly
Jason Lee
Edward Liu
Jessica Novis
Josh Piel
Zachary Polnow
Eric Smith
Julian Stapleton
Brandon Vaca
Jacob Vernon
Zach Wade
Andrew Watson

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Lake Braddock has three freshmen rocketry teams competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge this year. The teams are mentored by community member and volunteer Don Hooker, and they meet several times a month to build rockets and pre-pare for competition. Their faculty sponsor is Biology Teacher Betsy DeSouza-Wyatt, who notes, “I am really proud of my guys. I didn’t know anything about rocketry before this school year, and they have taught me so much.”
The team members launch their rockets at Great Meadows in The Plains one Saturday a month, but will be launching on both Saturday and Sunday in the next few months for the final leg of the competition.
More enthusiastic thoughts about rocketry come from LB grad and former rocketry team member Alex Altobelli, who recently sent an email to Physics Teacher Chris Beatty. Looking back on her experience, she wrote, “I wanted to write to you thanking you for your part in getting me involved in rocketry. I am currently studying aerospace engineering at Notre Dame, and I think it is partly because of Team America Rocketry Challenge. Little did I know when I signed up for rocketry to get out of the science fair project I also signed up to become a rocket nerd for life. I am now on the Notre Dame NASA Student Launch team. This past weekend the team had our first test flight of the year. At the launch there were some TARC teams and it made me think of how lucky I was to be part of a team in high school. I hope that TARC continues at Lake Braddock because it truly was a life changing experience.

Senior’s peace work recognized by local non-profit
LB Senior Renata Urbina de la Flor is one of 17 individual recipients of the Student Peace Award. Award recipients are named annually by the organization, Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, which established the accolade to recognize students who have worked to uphold peace and nonviolent conflict resolution. Renata was nominated by HS Counselor Jacquie Naughton for her work supporting LB’s Gender Equality Club. The Peace Award came with a $100 donation, which Renata donated in turn to LB’s Hispanic Student Association.

Lake Braddock has outstanding showing in national science showcase
Projects conducted by two freshmen (biology) teams and three sophomore (chemistry) teams placed in the top 10%
of more than 5,000 projects submitted to the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition. Projects were submitted
from all over the United States and Canada. About 50% of the LBSS students in biology and chemistry participated
in this competition.

Project Title Coach Group Members Grade Level
Wireless Battery Converter Betsy DeSouza-
Quentin James, Santiago Solis Salguero, Gabriel
Adjustable Lenses Betsy DeSouza-
Joshua Baker, Brendan Manya, Chanyoung Park,
Victor Pham
Using Recombinant Gene
Therapy to Treat Mental
Komal Jain Laura String, Megan Steele, Catherine Pournelle 10
Project SAFETY: Using
Surveillance Cameras to
Make the World Safer
Komal Jain Lisa Wardinski, Shreeya Lohani, Lucia LaNave 10
Blood Testing for Anxiety
Komal Jain Emma Pirozzi, Katherine Klemmer, Alexandra

PTA Reflections Winners Announced
Seven of our participants placed in one of the first three places in region 4 of Fairfax county. They are all invited to the 2016 Reflections Awards Ceremony and Reception and enjoy student stage performances on Friday, April 1, 7:00-9:00 pm, Falls Church High School Auditorium.

Outstanding Interpretation (1st)      Award of Excellence (2nd)
    Patrick Moloney                                     Emma Booth
    Bridget Keenan E.C                                Rachel Flatt
    Elyse Nguyen                                Award of Merit (3rd)
    Stewart Schofield                                  Biruh Haptu

Also,The NoVA District Reflections results have been published.  Two of our students are moving to the State level. Here are the results:
1st Place (Outstanding Interpretation of Theme)
Bridget Keenan
Elyse Nguyen
3rd Place (Award of Merit)
Stewart Schofield
Patrick Moloney

DECA Program Earns Honors at State Leadership Conference
Sixty-eight Lake Braddock students attended the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference on March 3-6, presenting their papers and projects and role-playing for judges in competition with 3,000 students from around the state. Congratulations to all of our students who participated. Students who qualified to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference that will be held in Nashville, TN at the end of April. Shoshana Warshavsky was also recognized as President for District 15.
The Lake Braddock Chapter received recognition as a whole for its Program of Work, Promotion Campaign, DECA Day activities and
School Based Enterprise Bronze Level Certification. Ericka Symonette was recognized for her efforts as a 10-year advisor.

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference
Deena Dubrow & Holly Leinz
Winner – 1st Place Overall
School Based Enterprise
Juliet Eiseman & Sydney Marrs
Winner – 2nd Place Overall
Advertising Campaign
Abigail Henderson
Winner – 3rd Place Overall
Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Lisa Wardinski
Winner – 3rd Place Overall
Franchise Business Plan
Elophia Mengestu & Dwyer Neal
Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making Event
Finalist – Top 10 Overall Score
Evan Granrud & Noah Hale
Financial Services Team Decision Making Event
Finalist – Top 10 Overall Score
Dillon Jacknin
Business Growth Plan
Finalist – Top 10 Overall Score
Jennifer Nguyen & Lexie Novis
Financial Literacy Chapter Project
Finalist – Top 10 Overall Score

The following students also received recognition for their efforts:
Katie Thompson
Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series Event
Madison Hertig
Professional Selling Event
Jacob Laub
Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event
Bryson McDaniel
Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling Event
Maggie Mrowka
Apparel & Accessories Series Event
Evan Flatt
Marketing Management Series Event
Garrett Niles
Human Resources Management Series Event
Sana Subramanium & Avery Reeves
Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
Noah Adcock-Howeth & Connor Truong
Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making
Diana Camacho & Jaira Rahman
Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Hannah Kim & Shoshana Warshavsky
Marketing Communications Team Decision Making
Lauren Bachinsky & Eliza Peterson
Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making
Top 10 Score– Case Study


Lake Braddock Science Fair Winners!
On Thursday, February 11, the HS Science Department held the annual science fair. A huge thank you goes out to all of our teachers who organized and coordinated the event. Many hours were devoted to giving our kids this opportunity to showcase their amazing skills.
Students submitted projects in a variety of areas — Animal Science, Microbiology, Environmental Science, and Systems Software, to name a few.
Congratulations to all of our participants and good luck to those who qualify for Regional Science.

First Place Winners
Janet Nguyen
Biodegrading Plastic with Wax-Worms

Sion Kim and Paige Meno
The Effect of the Type of Orange on the Amount of Vitamin C

Faiz Khan
Effect of Common Vitamins on Blood Thickness

Annelise Miller
The Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Fat Cells

Deepa Gajulapalli
Effect of Enzymes in Laundry
Detergent on Rate of Chemical Reaction

Eddie Rosensteel, Bryce Sturtz, and William Cullen
Effect of Diatomaceous Earth on the Efficiency of Clumping Oil

Eric Smith
Controlling the Flight Time of a Model Rocket

Brenden Duffy
Helping Solar Panels Reach Their Full Potential

Tewodros Mitiku and Dylan Es-sandoh
Hermes Board

Joshua Buontempo
The Hovercraft Project

Nicholas Blake and Connor Strauss
Fuel of the Future

Adriel Kim
Degradation of Rubber

Rachel Manhertz and Margo Szipszky
Disappearing Buildings, The Effect of Metal Type on Rate of Corrosion

Osman Farouq and Connor McLellan
The Effect of Radiation on Sexual Reproduction

James Zhu
The Effect of Temperature on the Rate of Food Spoilage

Jake Thompson
The Effect of Car Shape on the Amount of Drag

Luke Mrini
The Effect of the Radius of a Centri-fuge on Centrifugal Force

Garrett Greenwood and Troy Young
Effect of Magnets on the Germination and Growth of Plants

Emily Key
The Effect of Organic and Non-Organic Fertilizer on Arabidopsis Plants

John MacMichael
Codename O’ Dark Thirty

Chloe Baker
User Authentication Based on Gait Analysis

Second Place Winners
Aliya Magnuson
Water Quality and Respiration Rate of Daphnia magna

Chloe Shudt
The Effect of Salinity Levels on the Hatching of Artemia

Ziyuan Wang and Laveleen Saini
The Effect of Caffeine on the Heart Rate of Daphnia

Alessandra Morris and Julia Joachim
The Effect the pH has on the Efficiency of the Enzyme Invertase

Irtiza Faruque
The Effect of Vitamin D on the Height of Radish Plants

Kaitlyn Conti
The Effect of Exertion during a Cheer Section on Heart Rate

Raneem Tipu and Su Ryeon Kang
The Effects of Ammonia on Dyeing Hair

Erik Wells
The Effect of Liquids with Different pH on the Corrosion of Wood

Lori Ohannessian and Eve Lee
The Effect of the Amount of Sugar on Crystallization

Catie Nguyen
Method of Taking a Drub on the Drug’s Ability to Enter the Bloodstream

Jessica Gold and Eliza Peterson
The Effect of Laundry Detergents on Raspberry Jam Stains

Mihir Prahlad
The Effect of Temperature on the Photosynthesis of Anacharis

David Morgan
The Effect of Bridge Structure on Bridge Height

Alexandra Rashid
Termite Mound Thermoregu-lation: A Biomimicry Bewil-derment

Jacob Peter
The Effect of Preservatives on Bread Mold Growth

Heidi Weston
The Effect of Mass of a Pen-dulum’s Bob on the Distance Traveled

Isabella Gonzales
The Effect of Different Genres of Music on Plant Growth

Kevin Jackson
The Effect of Acid Rain on Plant Growth

Connor Culbertson
The Effect of Organic and Chemical Fertilizers on Plant Growth

Caleigh Garcia and Rodbod Bagheri
Reproduction of Arabidopsis

Third Place Winners
William Sande
Ashley Portch
Hein Lee
Brian Duong
Erin Mullin
Maria Euripides
Kara Park
Elizabeth Tyler
Molly Sander
Geraldine Rivera
Ruchi Bhandari William Anwara
Peter Bleicken
Jordan Clark
Margaret Wathen
Uriel Kim
Hassan Osman
Luke Teasley
Eton Weber
Michaela Webb
Angela Nell
Abigail Parker
Marlee Grant
Darius Zorin
Jacob Oliver
Elisabeth Nylander
Gabriella Segears
Fatima Rehmatulla
Wesley Smith
Michael Swapp
Mark Schubert
Rojo Prarie
Christopher Kwon
Emily Zhai
Sinclaire Jones
Sieun Cho
Laly Reyes



All State Chorus Honors
Congratulations to the following students on their successful auditions for All State Choir.
Renata Botelho
Erin Coughlan
Rachel Sowa

Edison Academy Students of the Month
Congratulations to the following students for earning “Student of the Quarter” recognition in their academy class at Edison High School.
Valeria Silva … Cosmetology 1
James Braxton Foster …. Heating, Ventilation & AC 1
We also want to extend a huge congratulations to Marco Fragoso for earning a GOLD medal in Food Preparation at the February 5 Skills USA Competition.

February 2016

LB student actors are impressive at Regional One-Acts
With their performance of The Katrina Project: Hell AND High Water, the Lake Braddock Theatre Arts Team placed third at the February 13 Regional One-Act Play Festival. Lake Braddock competed against schools from throughout Region 6A, placing behind Mclean and Langley. In addition, two actors from LB took individual awards. Kim Salac was named one of three Outstanding Performers, while Asjah Heiligh was named Best Actress.
Congratulations to Director R.L. Mirabal and his troupe of talented thespians!

More team updates
The Lake Braddock Girls Track and Field Team captured the 6A Regional Championship!!!
LB WRESTLING emerged from the regional tournament with 2 regional champions, Dante and Darius Wiles. Tyler Matheny was regional runner-up. Andrew Niedring-haus finished 4th. Rastin Baghari finished 6th. Four LB wrestlers continue on to the State tournament.

Rifle Team Earns Honors
The Lake Braddock rifle team did an outstanding job at its recent Regional competition. Congratulations to all who shot including Bryce Sturtz, Matthew Miller, Anna Herms, Kevin Kuck, Katie Huddleston, Heather Murad, Michaela Webb, and Tyler Shedd. Katie Huddleston, with a score of 564, was the top shot for LBSS. We finished in 5th place for the season and 5th place for Regionals. Over past recent seasons we have sent only the four person team to Regionals, but this year we sent the team of four plus an additional four individuals, which speaks well for everyone's performance and competitiveness. The league director pointed out during the awards ceremony that this is the stiffest competition he has ever seen in the league. Keep aiming for perfection!

Some good news from the world of marksmanship!

Junior Olympics
Bryce Sturtz was selected to go out to Colorado Springs to the Olympic Training Center.
Regionals LB Team
(top 4 shooters)

Bryce Sturtz
Matthew Miller
Anna Herms
Kevin Kuck
2016 All Metro Honorable Mention
Bryce Sturtz
Matthew Miller
Anna Herms
Kevin Kuck
Katie Huddleston
Regional At-Large Invitees
Katie Huddleston
Heather Murad
Michaela Webb
Tyler Shedd

LB’s new Special Olympics basketball team enjoys proud start
Lake Braddock’s new Special Olympics basketball team made its debut in a double header this past Sunday at Holmes MS. They played teams from Oakton and Woodson High Schools and won the game against Oakton. The inspiration for the team came from LB junior Jamie Hunstad, who witnessed the enthusiasm that surrounded Robinson’s Special Olympics basketball program and thought, why not LB? Faculty members involved with organizing and coaching this spirited group of athletes are Adrian Morgan, Ashley Ward, and Caitlin Smith.
Mark your calendar! The team’s next game is set for Sunday, February 28, with the time and location tbd, and they would love to have fans from LB in the bleachers to cheer them on.

Conference Champions!
Our winter sports and activities teams are in the midst of championship competition after very successful regular seasons.
Congratulations to all team members and coaches!

Wrestlers finish a strong second in conference
The Varsity Wrestlers finished 2nd in the conference as a team but had five wrestlers capture individual conference titles in their weight class.

LBSS Student Selected to US Olympic Development Program
Jessica Berlin, a junior at LBSS and starting goalkeeper for the girls soccer team for the past 2 seasons, has been selected by the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as a member of the U-17 girls team representing the US Northeast Region in Barcelona, Spain this March 19 – 29th at the Mediterranean International Competition.  She was also a member of the U-16 girls team that represented the US Northeast Region in competition in Germany in February, 2015. There are 4 US Regions in the Olympic Development Program and the Northeast Regional team is selected from the 14 individual state teams that make-up the Region.

January 2016

LB counselors once again earn prestigious designation
For an impressive third time, Lake Braddock Middle and High School Counselors will be awarded the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation, this time during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Very few schools can claim to have earned this designation for as many times. Both our middle school and high school were previous RAMP honorees in 2010 and 2013. They will be honored on July 11 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.
The RAMP designation, which is awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, highlights Lake Braddock counselors’ commitment to meeting the needs of all students through comprehensive and data driven school counseling programs. Lake Braddock is among the more than 600 schools nationally that have earned the RAMP designation since the program’s inception in 2003. Schools now must reapply every five years to maintain the RAMP designation.
Congratulations, Counselors!

Middle School Band eclipses competition at Honor Band auditions
Lake Braddock’s Middle School Band members won a record-breaking number of chairs at last weekend’s District XI MS Honor Band Auditions. While well over 1000 students participated in the auditions, which took place at Robinson Secondary, only 100 students were selected from District XI, which, along with Lake Braddock, includes Irving, Robinson, Stone, Lanier, Frost and Liberty. Of those 100, 44 were from Lake Braddock! This is a new record that was made all the more impressive by the fact that 17 of the 44 were 7th graders (another record), and 7 students earned first chair (also a record!!) in the honor band.
I am very proud and pleased with these results. The performance workshops will be held February 4 – 6, and the actual concert event will be held at Woodson HS at 2 PM on February 6. I hope many of you will be able to attend!
The students selected for honor band are listed next, along with chair numbers. I hope you will congratulate them as you are able for their talent, hard work, and remarkable achievements.

Teagan McCullough (2)
Leah Carr (8)
Sofia Lorenzi (9)
Katherine Nguyen (10)
Bass Clarinet
Caitlyn Rose (2)
Jena Chanaa (3)
Thomas Baehm (4)
French Horn
Anikait Dhond (1)
Katie May Kretzer (3)
Rowena Gaughn (5)
Camille Robillard (7)
Emily Shank (8)
Jacob Macrina (1)
Alex Coley (2)
Valerie Bays (6)
George Gilbertson (2)
David Cha (1)
Sydney Cha (3)
French Horn
Anikait Dhond (1)
Katie May Kretzer (3)
Rowena Gaughn (5)
Camille Robillard (7)
Emily Shank (8)
Megan Smith (6)
Emily Baires (7)
Mohammed Messouak (8)
Jenny Li (1)
Samuel Lin (2)
Josh Anderson (4)
Clare Sawyer (8)
Grace Moore (10)
Abigale Johnson (16)
Kai Cuya (17)
Ryan McGowan (23)

Alto Sax
Ian McCullough (3)
Sydney Shawver (6)

Tenor Sax
Grant Fischer (1)
Thomas Kang (11)
Jared Levenson (12)


Ainsley McCullough (1)
Robert Merriman (2)
Aadi Dass-Vattam (6)

Max Jensen (2)
David Duff (6)

High School Band places 51 in All District Band auditions
Members of the high school bands had an outstanding showing at the All District Band audi-tions this past weekend. The number of students seated in the band or named alternates was up with 40 kids being selected and 11 as alternates. Students earned first chair four of the 13 sections. Ten students qualified for All State Auditions in February.

Caroline Hanson (1st Alt)
Jane Long (3)
Erica Shin (14)
Elizabeth Lee (16)
Aven Kelly (1st Alt)
Roxy Paleo (3rd Alt)
Seong Woo Cho (3)
SooBin Cho (5)
Chaen un Park (6)
Lily Fischer (1st Alt)
Sagada Penano (1)
Noah Khan –Rafii (3)
Claire Toussaint (5)
Sana Ahmad (8)
Aaron Lee (5)
Brian Park (11)
Jonathan Ogebe (30)
Audrey Shawver (33)
Panhlauv Panh (44)
Dominique Cox (45)
Grace Jacknin (47)
Joanne Yoon (5th Alt)
Bass Clarinet
Aparna Cheran (6)
Alto Sax
Jan Trick (1)
Joseph Gopiao (2nd Alt)
Tenor Sax
Mark Jaskot (4)
Bari Sax
Patrick Bays (1st Alt)
French Horn
Caitlin Henry (3)
Kiri Nicholson (8)
Corrissa Smith (14)
Sophia Robillard (1st Alt)
Sam Thomas (6)
Ben Clark (9)
Beth Moore (11)
Isaac Joo (19)
Jonathan Russell (21)
Ava Lucero Carter (23)
Ryan Sander (1st Alt)
Noah Marietta-Perez (1)
Charlie Baird (4)
Eugene Song (1st Alt)
Bass Trombone
David Meskill (4)
Michael Baker (2)
Megan Forbes (10)
Kevin Poussard (4)
Robel Mengesha (7)
Orion Sias (10)
Jack Kelley (4th Alt)
Alvin Macasero (1)
Kelvin Chau (9)
Gabe Earle (11)


Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program
Danielle Bierman, Evan Chase, and Marcell Subert were recently selected to serve as Lake Braddock’s Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program interns for 2016. This highly competitive year-long internship provides an opportunity for high school juniors interested in public service to gain firsthand knowledge of local government by participating in monthly meetings with elected and appointed county officials. Additionally, each student will serve a three week summer internship with a Fairfax County government agency. Our interns are very excited to represent Lake Braddock and look forward to sharing their experiences with our school and community.

Rifle Team Update
The Lake Braddock Rifle Team earn their third and fourth victories of the sea-son this week against the Mavericks and Patriots. Congratulations to our kids on their continued success on the range.

Lake Braddock DECA Pitches Redskins’ Morgan Moses
Offensive tackle Morgan Moses typically educates defenses on the field, but on December 8, he focused on giving real-life lessons to a special group of local high schoolers. Moses, a 2014 Washington Redskins draft pick, hosted a competition at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, where teams from marketing classes and DECA programs at Marshall and Lake Braddock Secondary presented community engagement plans for his soon-to-be launched foundation.

String Quartet honors military service members with holiday performance
The Lake Braddock String Quartet performed for our men and women in uniform at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital on Wednesday, December 16. Their talent and showmanship helped spread the holiday spirit to the wounded warriors, family members, and staff throughout the hospital. The musicians were presented with a certificate of appreciation by the hospital's Army chief of staff for their exceptional performance and dedication to the support of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The hospital thanks the Lake Braddock String Quartet for their commitment to the mission and the Fort Belvoir community. Job well done!

Tots drive pulls in mountain of toys!
The LBMS SCA would like to thank all the teachers, staff, and students who brought toys in during our Toys for Tots drive. We collected over 1195 toys. The Marines came to pick up the toys on December 17 and were shocked to find over 1000 toys! Congratulations to the Blue Dolphins for bringing in the most toys with 367!

December 2015

2015 DECA District Leadership Conference Results
Forty one students took the risk and competed at the District 15 Leadership Conference on November 2 here at Lake Brad-dock. There were three categories of competition: the individual series events, principle events for first year marketing students, and freshmen only events. Students com-pleted a written exam and one, realistic situation role-play with a judge. Congratulations to the following student for reaching proficiency in their scores:

Noah Adcock-Howeth
Lauren Bachinsky
Nina Boone
Alex Burke
Diana Camacho
Madison Farrell
Evan Flatt
Carlos Franco
Jessie Gold
Izzie Gonzales
Abigail Henderson
Victoria Hernandez
Dillon Jacknin
Elbie Kaleb
Truc Lam
Andrea Londono
Brooke Manor
MacKenzie Mendez
Sydney Miller
Maggie Mrowka
Eliza Peterson
Laly Reyes
Emily Robinson
Eddie Rosensteel
Katherine Thompson
Connor Truong
Grace Vandelac
Lisa Wardinski

More DECA district leadership conference triumphs!
Students competed with a written test and a role play. The following students placed in these categories:
Marketing Management: Congratulations to Evan Flatt for finishing first in his role play.
Principles of Business Management and Administration: Congratulations to Madison Farrell for finishing second in
her role play.
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism: Congratulations to Noah Adcock-Howeth for finishing third in the written test.
Business Finance Series: Congratulations to Dillon Jacknin for finishing second in the written test.
Principles of Marketing: Congratulations to Grace Vandelac for finishing second her the role play.
Human Resources Management: Congratulations to Garrett Niles for finishing first in his role play.
Principles of Business Management and Administration: Congratulations to Crystal Ngo for finishing first in her role
Apparel and Accessories: Congratulations to Maggie Mrowka for finishing second in her role play.

Year’s first match is a win for Rifle Team
The Lake Braddock CoEd Varsity Rifle Team beat Yorktown on Wednesday, December 5 in the team’s first competition of 2015-16. The Bruins defeated the Patriots 1097 to 1008. Congrats to those members who participated in Wednesday's match. What a great way to start the season!

November 2015

Lake Braddock Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams Take States!
Congratulations to our Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams who captured state VHSL championships last Friday at The Plains. Kate Murphy led the girls to victory by winning the 6A girls race. Colin Schaefer led the boys to victory, placing 4th in the boys 6A race. This was the first time since the late 1980s that both the boys and girls won titles in the same year. In addition to the state meet, both girls and boys captured the conference and region 6 titles for a sweep of the cross country VHSL meets. Congratulations Mike Mangan, Jason Switzer, all of the coaches and all of the girls and boys team members.

Thank You For Serving Our Community and Country
A small but enthusiastic group gathered this week to honor Lake Braddock veterans. Led by JROTC students and instructors, the Veterans Day event recognized faculty and staff who served in the Armed Forces prior to their careers in Fairfax County Public Schools. Our thanks goes out to these very special members of the Lake Braddock family:
Jim McLellan
Chris Wells
Wayne Wiles
Carol Morehouse
Pat Smith
Jesse Strom
Mike Burbach
Charlie Brewer
Shaun Conlin
Bill Meyers
Felix Caraballo
Carl Doren
Clayton Allen
Luann Hoyseth
Venetia Edwards

MS students participate in Veterans Day program to honor WWII Vets
The Golden Knights students went to the WWII Memorial to meet up with the Honor Flight Veterans on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11. In addition to the trip to the WWII Memorial, the Golden Knights students wrote a grand total of 332 letters to our honored veterans, to be delivered to them on their flight home during “Mail Call.”
Among the many distinguished veterans the Golden Knight students were able to meet and thank for their service was The Honorable “Bob” Dole, Senator and Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. Presidential election.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices on behalf of our nation. They transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans, and World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.

Congratulations Bruin Marching Band on 35 Years of Superior Ratings
On Saturday, October 31, the Lake Braddock Marching Band performed in the State Marching Band Festival. This event is band’s equivalent to the Standards of Learning exam at the end of many courses. The band, for the 35th year in a row, earned superior ratings. To date, this is the longest string ever in the state of Virginia.
Congratulations Mike Luley, Pat Smith, Lou Bean, Sofia Moten, and all of the teachers/directors who work with our marching band.
The following is a link to their assessment performance on October 31.

MS Orchestra Dazzles with Star Spangled Banner Performance
The Lake Braddock Middle School Chamber Orchestra was selected to play for the November 5th meeting of the FCPS School Board. Playing prior to the meeting at Luther Jack-son MS, the orchestra performed the Star Spangled Banner. The Chamber Orchestra consists of 33 students and it is the highest middle school orchestra and is open to students by audition only. The students worked very hard on this performance and even memorized our national anthem in preparation for this performance and were rightfully rewarded by a long round of applause by the FCPS school board and audience members.

October 2015

Boys and Girls Cross Country are Conference Champions
Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams for capturing the Patriot Conference Championship on Thursday, October 29 at Burke Lake Park. The girls were led by Kate Murphy, who finished first in the girls race. The boys were led by Colin Schaefer, who won the boys race. Both teams will compete in the Region 6 Championship next Wednesday at Burke Lake .

JROTC Team takes two firsts at Mid-Atlantic competition
On Saturday, October 17, 19 members of the Bruin Battalion Drill and Ceremony Team participated in the inaugural Kings Dominion Invitational JROTC Drill & Ceremony Competition. Our team took first place in both Unarmed Regulation Inspection and Unarmed Regulation Drill. After the trophy presentation, the "Drill Master," retired USAF TSgt Marshall, provided additional instruction to all cadets present to im-prove their techniques and understanding of Drill & Ceremony scoring.
Then, once all the formal part of the trip ended, the cadets changed clothes and enjoyed several hours in the Kings Dominion Amusement Park. We were even there for the beginning of "The Haunt," their pre-Halloween festivities after dark. This was a great way to begin the 2015-2016 Drill & Ceremony season. Thank you to everyone who supported this event, especially the parents who volunteered to help drive the team to and from Kings Dominion: Mrs. Araps, Mrs. Chang, and Mr. Westbrook.

U.S. Navy Band Performs In Little Theater
On Thursday, October 14, the United States Navy Band performed a concert here at Lake Braddock. 11 of our students had the rare chance to join Navy Band members on stage in a performance of “The Washington Post,” a march composed by John Philip Sousa in 1889. This is just one example among many of the exciting things going on at Lake Braddock every day.

MS Readers Spend Summer … Reading!!
Over 150 Middle School students participated in the Top 10 Readers Challenge this past summer. On Friday, October 16, they were recognized in a day-long celebration that started in Kathy Williams’ room at 7:30 AM. Students were invited to pick up a souvenir Top 10 Readers Challenge filled with a few goodies and then find their English teacher for more goodies. Each student was invited to participate in a book club which was held during MS lunches.
Hurray MS Readers!!

Congratulations to our National Merit Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to our recently named National Merit Semi-Finalists.
Divya Menon
Alyssa Rucker
Kathy Tao
James Smith
Liam Twomey
Lake Braddock’s semi-finalists are among 238 in Fairfax County Public Schools which covers 18 schools. Five is a LBSS high. These seniors will be able to compete for scholarships and awards totaling $33 million. Finalists will be an-nounced in the spring of 2016. Congratulations to these bright and hard-working students.

Congratulations, Custodians!
The Lake Braddock custodial staff has been recognized for keeping our school shipshape! The custodians are graded on their performance through a series of inspections conducted by our plant operations manager throughout the year. They consistently achieve top marks, resulting in an award for successfully maintaining a clean and safe learning environment and keeping our grounds well groomed during the 2014-15 school year. Please make a point to thank our custodians for their excellent work in maintaining a clean and well functioning campus that benefits us all. Kudos to our custodians!

LB Business earns Blue Star Designation for financial literacy
Congratulations to our Business Department, whose students have earned LB the designation, Blue Star School, for the 2014-2015 academic year. To earn the designation, a school, testing more than ten students, must have achieved a 75% passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85% or higher. This is no small feat. Congratulations to our students for their accomplishment. Congratulations to our teachers who helped them become Certified Financially Literate™. Because of their dedicated and tireless commitment, the Economics and Personal Finance CT has given students vital knowledge about their personal finances. They have also provided students with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults.
Blue Star schools will be honored at the annual Money POWER Conference for Financial Literacy in New York City on November 3rd.

Marching band earns gold at Oakton competition
Congratulations to the Lake Braddock Marching Band for their award winning performance in the 30th Annual Oakton Classic Invitational Marching Band Competition. The Classic, which took place on Saturday, September 26, features many of the region’s best bands each year. The Marching Bruins scored highest in Music for the day and won the Oakton Gold Award for top band of Class 3A-5A. Overall, they scored second for the day. Regarding the band’s impressive achievements at this early point in the year, Director Mike Luley commented, “We are pleased to be moving in a good direction and have made significant progress in our marching.” The band is practicing for an upcoming competition at James Madison University as well as their assessment festival later this month.

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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