School Notes: High Marks For SLHS, Herndon Bands

SLHS Wind Ensemble/Credit:  Joanne Yi

The South Lakes High School wind ensemble received across-the-board Superior ratings for the Virginia Band Assessment held Saturday, March 15.

The Symphonic Band received an Excellent rating for their performance on Friday, March 14.

Saturday’s Superior rating, combined with the Superior rating awarded to the Marching Band in the fall, means the South Lakes Band will be named a Virginia Honor Band for the second time in four years.

Saturday’s show featured a traditional Sousa march Bullets and Bayonets, an orchestral transcription of the opera, and ended with the very complex, jazz- and blues-inspired Blue Shades

Meanwhile, Five musicians from Herndon High have earned spots in the All Virginia Band. They will travel to Virginia Tech in April to perform. Honors go to Lewis Morgan (first chair, trombone), Dasha Bradfield (clarinet), Jacob Reeves (percussion),  Trevor Little (trumpet) and Aimee Toner (flute).

South Lakes musicians in the All-State band include Alex Arshadi  (principal percussionist), Joel Ladwig (alternate, contra-bass clarinet) and Dylan Reiser (flute).

Help The All Night Grad Party — The 2014 All Night Grad Party is holding a spring plant sale. Orders can be placed online at the ANGP website or by downloading an order form and mailing it in.

Kudos to Scientists —  South Lakes Scientists had a great showing at the Regional Science Fair.

  • Corporate Recognition Awards: Ian Larson, Dilan Wickramratne, Alicia Malmberg, Alina Cartwright, Charles Quinn, Chris Jones, Everest Gromoll, Sage Raphael, Natalie Simmons, Sabrina Groves, Jeremy Schonfeld.
  • First Place Winners – qualifying for the state tournament are: Alina Cartwright (also a Grand Prize
  • Nominee), Everest Gromoll, Julian Levy-Myers, Amar Singh, and Sabrina Groves.
  • Second Place: Dilan Wickramrathne, Emma Cantwell, Alicia Malmberg, Chris Jones, Helena Clark
  • Third Place: Kajal Chandrabhatla, Kaitlin Lee, Taylor Rauch, Ian Larson, Charles Quinn, Benjamin
  • Constantine, Abigail Bossie, Taylor Mauceri, and Tahmeena Salahin.
  • Honorable Mention: Jeremy Schonfeld, Abigail Wickman, Juwairiyah Brown

Art on Display at GRACE —  Artwork from FCPS high school students will be on display beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) as part of the Emerging Vision:  Complexities exhibit.  Student artists from Herndon High, Oakton High, and South Lakes High have submitted drawings and paintings, mixed media works, and photography that will be on display in GRACE’s professional gallery.

The students have worked directly with GRACE curatorial staff, focusing their energies on projects that reflect complex issues, such as forgiveness and love, environmental stewardship, identity, and memory.  The high school exhibit runs through April 5.

Do You Have A Green Thumb? — The SLHS Teaching Garden Committee could use a “parent gardener” for next year. Interested? Contact [email protected].

Have some school news? Send it to [email protected].

Photo of SHS Wind Ensemble/Credit: Joanne Yi.

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