McLean High Student Journalists Named Finalists in NSPA Individual Awards Categories

School News
November 19, 2020

Student journalists who work on McLean High’s The Highlander news publication have been named finalists in several 2020 National Scholastic Press Association individual awards categories. Being named a finalist in any of these categories means these student journalists are among the top 10 in the nation. McLean High is the only school in Virginia to be represented in any of these categories: Finalists in individual awards categories include: News Story of the Year: “Supporting Future Changemakers” by Marina Qu; Social Justice Reporting: “Coming Clean” by Heran Essayas, Kyle Hawley, Nicholas Lohman, and Ava Rotondo; Local Climate Change Reporting: “A Scorched Earth” by Ben Brooks, Dua Mobin, Marina Qu, and Rebeka Rafi; Newsmagazine Cover of the Year: Coronavirus edition cover by Dasha Makarishcheva; and  Artist of the Year: Dasha Makarishcheva.  A full list of finalists in individual awards categories is available online.