Good News Bruins

February 2016

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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