Oakton Accolades

November 2020

The 2020-2021 school year has begun virtually, but that could never stop our Oakton Cougars from shining in various venues.  We have many accomplishments to celebrate so far this year!  Please join me in celebrating the students listed below!  


Doodle for Google - State Winner

Congratulations to Sarah Naidich, 11th grade, for being recognized as the Virginia state winner in the Doodle for Google competition this summer!  Sarah’s piece “Reservoir” was absolutely beautiful and showcased her incredible talent.  Congratulations Sarah! 


Global Health Leaders Conference

Congratulations to Lucy Kim, Sara Razavi and Kevina Wang for their selection and participation in the Global Health Leaders Conference at Johns Hopkins University.  All three received high levels of accolades from the Johns Hopkins staff for the phenomenal job they did.  Their presentation titles and links are listed below: 

Economics for Leaders

Congratulations to Lucy Cai for her selection and attendance at the Economics for Leaders program that was held this past summer.  Lucy was one of 30 high school students from around the world to participate and gain a better understanding on how to integrate economics into decision-making.  

National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Commended Students 

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the following Oakton High School students on their tremendous achievement.  We are incredibly proud of their recognition and all the hard work that went into meeting this goal.  

Over 1.5 million students in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Of those 1.5 million students, 16,000 semifinalists were selected as the highest-scoring entrants in each state.  Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of each state’s high school seniors.  They are the only participants who qualify to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the Spring of 2021.  13 Oakton High School Students earned this recognition!  

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.  59 Oakton High School Students earned this recognition!  


  • Cheryl Bai,  Ranya Fischer, Ceasare Garrone, Zhiqin He, Haley Longfellow, Nora Mutarelli, Cecilia Schmitz, Carson Shin, Daivik Siddhi, Allison Silas, Caroline Stephens, Dhruv  Sundararaman, Jerry Wei

Commended Students: 

  • Disha Adapag, Maya Aryal, Eli Bailey, Katherine Bigley,  Lucy Cai, Jace Chanesman, Sally Chang, Abigail Chen, Sydney Chen, Suhani Chopra, Rohan Chowla, Lydia Church, Parker Crotty, Nicholas De La Cruz, Max Dolinh, Richard Dong, Andres Fonseca, Raymond Forman, Alina Galaria, Kelsey Goldwein, Simran Havaldar, Ava Hogan, Andrew Jones, Arnav Kachroo, Nairith Kalale, Ezo Karaca, Katrina Kestner, Abigail Kraden, Eric Lee, Woojoo Lee, Maya Marathe, Charles Minichiello, Pritika Modhukuru, Shevany Moharir, William Morris, Kartik Mukalla, Altan Murray, Andrew Nye, Bethany Phelps, Sindhoora Rangavajjula, Keelin Reilly, Om Roy, Jacob Russ, Yura Seo, Akshay Subramaniam, Marcus Tay, Margaret  Tong, Nina Vu-Gia, Kevina Wang, Ray Wang, Tian Wang, Peter Wright, David Yang, Helen Yao, Grace Yim, Carole Yin, Eric Yung, Alexander Yusman,  Yilun Zhou

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Induction 

This fall we had 56 members inducted into Oakton’s Sociedad Honoraria Hispanic!  Congratulations to the members listed below: 

  • Faizan Ali, Leen Almahdawi, Aya Bercovich, Amrita Bhattacharjya, Mackenzie Bram, Sydney Butler, Sophia Bywater, Emily Choi, Sarah Cortez-DeLaCruz, Gabriel Crutchfield, Spencer Dearman, Isha Devgan, Trisha Dineshkumar, Myla Gao, Emma Hoebler, Lucy Holt, Eva Howell, Elham Huq, Isha Jain, Summer Jakubowski, Katrina Jeweler, Zubin Kaul, Amita Kelkar, Saswat Khakurel, Lucy Kim, Abba Kodiaga, Sophia Kwok, Ishika Lal, Justyn Lewis, Catherine Lim, Mai Lim, Eric Liu, Haley Longfellow, Chaewon Min, Alexia Moreno, Reagan O’Brien, Kritika Parthasarathy, Uyen (Lily) Phan, Samuel Prudencio, Sara Razavi, Keelin Reilly, Isabella Ricci, Sydney Rico, Julia Sample, Miranda Sculimbrene, Maryam Sharif, Sarah Song, Sumner Spence, Kyle Tran, Ashley Turner, Shriya Vavilala, Samantha Vinh, Nikki Wagle, Ana Wyatt, Danile Yoo, Carissa Zhu

It’s Academic Team

This fall, our It’s Academic team composed of Abby Cortez, Daniel Kim, Rishi Swaminathan, and Rijul Rajesh (Alternate) participated in a zoom taping of It’s Academic.  This was a completely new format and experience for all.  Congratulations to Abby, Daniel, Rishi, and Rijul for representing Oakton so well and becoming TV stars!  

Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Every year Oakton’s Best Buddies program participates in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.  They participate and raise money to support the inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our students participated virtually this year and came in second in the region, raising $11,611.00!  Congratulations to our chapter officers: Kendall Lokay, Meera Butani, Isabella Bray, Anna Cheng, Alex Choi, Gracie Mouzavires, Pranay Dhawan, and Samantha Vinh.  

Cougar Cabaret

Every year Oakton’s choral program puts on a Cougar Cabaret to showcase and highlight the amazing talent of our student body.  This year it was done virtually and students performed from their own homes.  The night did not disappoint and we were so proud of the amazing work that went into the program.  Below is a complete list of students who served as “masters of ceremony” and performed.  

  • Masters of Ceremony: Carson Cullen, Jackson Smith, Frank Smoot-Canty, Molly Manhoff, Teresa Ribeiro, Jake Trible
  • Performers (Individual and Group): Jonny Geerdes, Josh Lemons, Silvia Gusmati, Emma Thurman, Spencer Pryslak, Molly Manhoff,  Claire Bitner, Julia Stein, Shelby Tran, Sofie Fifield, Decibelles (student group), Sarah Janson, Cassidy Loria, Youjin Han,  Ana Jankovic, Abba Kodiaga, Sarah Driessen, Madison Shannon, Jackson Smith, Teresa Ribeiro, Fortune Picker (student group), Amanda Jacobson, Zubin Kaul, Matthew Wright, SK Cullen, Carson Cullen, Anna Kruse, Jake Trible, Sofia Mutarelli, Layla Abshire, William McKinley, Sophia Scotto

National Anthem Performance for the Washington Nationals 

Kayleigh Kim performed the National Anthem for the Washington Nationals for the second year in a row!  She also traveled recently to Philadelphia to record for NPR.  Here is a great story and video showcasing her incredible violin talent playing both parts!  


Equity Student Ambassadors

This year we are excited to expand our equity work and ensure that we have student voice as a part of our discussions.  Two students were selected to serve as Equity Ambassadors at the division level and additional students will serve locally at Oakton.  Our complete list of Equity Student Ambassadors is below!

  • Nour Alkaaby, Shanthi Ashok*, Mason Baldwin, Joseph Cieslowski, Vicky Coleman, Margaret Gick, Ava Hogan, Ara Jabar, Suhith Kanneganti, Amita Kelkar, Sarita Kelkar, Sameeha Khan, Annika Khandelwal, Daniel Kim, Yeonsoo Kim, Elsa Li, Mariella Lionato, Sara Mammadzada, Juana Marquez Lemus, Michelle Raiole, Bibechana Pandey, Hyoseo Park, Sung-Hyun Park, Sophia Lattanzio, Emmi Taylor, Amy Thiam, Andrew Udalov*, Elaine Yoon

*Denotes students selected to represent Oakton High School at the division level.  

“Athletes Taking It To the Next Level”

On Wednesday, November 11, we had the chance to celebrate our student athletes who have committed to play at the college or university level.  We are so proud of how they have represented Oakton during their time here, and cannot see what they accomplish at the next level.  Congratulations to the following students: 

  • Anthony Grimm - Swimming - University of Texas
  • Thomas DeSouza - Lacrosse - University of Lynchburg
  • Hannah Kaloi - Basketball - Christopher Newport University
  • Brooke Parrillo - Lacrosse - University of Detroit Mercy
  • Joshua Shipley - Diving - University of Delaware 
  • Ashlyn Casey - Lacrosse - College of Wooster 
  • Thomas Best - Lacrosse - Christopher Newport University
  • Maddie Reese - Diving - University of Tennessee 
  • Dylan Fagan - Lacrosse - Middlebury College
  • Abigail Zindler - Swimming - James Madison University 
  • Nick Morgan - Baseball - George Mason University 
  • Brett Harrelle - Baseball - Cabrini University   

Leadership Student Government Officers

Every year the Leadership class appoints Student Government Officers.  These students collaborate regularly with the Leadership teachers/class, student body and the administration.  Thank you to these students for taking on this leadership role!  

  • Sarah Gomez - Student Body President 
  • Alina McEvoy - Vice President 
  • Ava Jones - Treasurer 
  • Emily Barner - Secretary
  • Gauri Ravandu - Executive Officer
  • Autria Aidun - Executive Officer
  • Paolita Cabo - Executive Officer 
  • Carley Saah - Executive Officer 

December 2019

USA Short Track World Cup Team 

Congratulations to Hailey Choi, 10th Grade, for making the USA Short Track World Cup Team.  She is the youngest of 6 ladies and 6 men to represent team USA in World Cup Circuits! Hailey also qualified to compete in the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland where she will be one of three athletes representing Short Track.  


2019 Aspirations in Computing Award

Oakton High School is fortunate to have three students/alumni recognized in the 2019 Aspirations in Computing Award.  Congratulations to Riya Jain, 12th Grade, and Minhvy Van, Class of 2019, for being named Affiliate Winners and Sirena Yu, Class of 2019, for being named an Affiliate Honorable Mention.  Each year, the National Center for Women & Information Technology recognizes students and educators for their accomplishments and goals in computing and technology. The 2019 awardees are recognized for their academic excellence, leadership and future goals for girls and women in computing and technology!  


National Honor Society 

In November 2019 we proudly inducted 281 students into our National Honor Society.  This brings our current NHS chapter up to 527 students!  


National Merit Scholars

In November 2019 we had the opportunity to celebrate and recognize our National Merit Semifinalists and Commended students.  Oakton High School is incredibly fortunate to have 9 Semifinalists and 39 Commended Scholars. This is a huge accomplishment and one we are proud of all of our students for!  


Semifinalists: Albert Ding, Aditi Igyengar, Margaret Mark, Mahi Nair, Anna Sparling, Amanda Taylor, Christina Wang, Gloria Wang, Nathaniel Yoon 

Commended Scholars: Anusha Allamesetty, Shonjoy Bhattacharyya, Erin Burgenson, Tasereba Chowdhury, Mateo Cobo, Ireno Do, Amber Donaldson, Nicole Fritsch, Wendy Gao, Jonathan Guo, Christopher Hillen, Charles Huang, Asha Iyer, Riya Jain, Aman Kalyandurg, Julius Kiewel, Andrew Kim, Caroline Kim, Justin Kim, Erin Lee, Allison Lou, Shritha Mandava, Matthewos Mesfin, Evelyn Park, Elizabeth Paul, Neha Pavuluru, Rebecca Rainhart, Harshvardhan Sahay, Aashana Sawhney, Evan Schmader, Alexis Singer, Emily Steindl, Liam Tolbert, Sreecharitha Vennapusa, Claire Wang, Shumann Xu, Dong Yang, Caleb Yu, and Lawrence Zhu. 


1st Quarter Academic Success

Congratulations to all of our students who are on Oakton’s Honor Roll for the first quarter.  We had 229 students earn all A’s and 1,050 students earn all A’s and B’s. Student names are proudly on display in the entry near Door 4.  


OPUS Literary Magazine - Silver Linings 2019 Edition Recognitions 

Congratulations to our OPUS Literary Magazine students!  The Silver Linings edition earned multiple recognitions from the Virginia High School League and Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  

Virginia High School League: 

Columbia Scholastic Press Association: 

Trophy Class: 

  • 1st Concept Packaging - Catarina Medas and Sayrin Kang
  • 1st Drawing - Irena Sun, “Inner Peace”
  • 1st Painting - David Park, “Korean, Peruvian, and American Self” 
  • 2nd Painting - Wen Ip, “Year of the Dragon” 
  • 3rd Nonfiction, Heather Gordon, “To The Words I Never Wrote”
  • 3rd Poetry, Gloria Wang, “Home is Far From Where I Stand” 
  • 3rd Short Fiction, Charlie Williams, “Jack” 

Gold Circles: 

  • 1st Cover Design
  • 2nd, Gloria Wang, “Home is Far From Where I Stand,” Poetry
  • 3rd Design Portfolio
  • CM Audrey Craig, “Self Entropy, Photo Illustration



Cougar Commendations Recognitions

In December 2019 we had the honor of recognizing over 150 students who were selected by a member of the Oakton staff to be recognized because of their character and the way they behave even when they believe no one is looking.  Each student was recognized for the various ways they have impacted our community. Each certificate highlights the portrait of a graduate skill that the teacher felt each student best exemplified.  

  • Communicator

  • Collaborator

  • Ethical and Global Citizen

  • Creative and Critical Thinker

  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual


Underclassmen Academic Awards

In November 2019 we recognized over 700 students who earned a 4.0 Grade Point Average or higher for the 2018-2019 school year.  This is a tremendous accomplishment and we commend the academic success that each of these students has achieved through their hardwork and determination. 


May 2019

Foreign Language Governor’s Academy

Three of our students were accepted to attend the Foreign Language Governor’s Academy this summer.  This is a great honor and we offer congratulations to the following students for their accomplishment:

  • Isabella Ordonez (French

  • Evelyn Pak (French)

  • Gloria Wang (Latin)


Future Business Leaders of America

Nine Oakton students competed in various events at the Virginia FBLA State Conference in Reston, VA this spring. Congratulations to Melvin Myint (Business Law), Kendall Rogers (Accounting II) , and Vic Velraj (Impromptu Speaking)  for capturing 1st place in their respective events, Yanie Wong (Accounting I)  for placing 4th in hers and Jessica Moore (Journalism), Dhriti Gampa (Business Plan- Team), and Hayley Longfellow (Business Plan - Team) for taking 5th.  Melvin, Kendall, Vic, and Yanie all qualified to compete at the FBLA National Conference to be held in San Antonio, Tx in late June.


US Figure Skating - 2019 Graduating Seniors Program

The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school; awards are given at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level based off a skater’s level of competitive achievement in high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors.

  • Erin Lyons has been awarded the Silver level Graduating Seniors Award

  • Sylvie Hautbois has been awarded the Silver level Graduating Seniors Award


USASF Dance Worlds

Jack Odell (11th grade) was one of eight FCPS students who competed in Orlando at the USASF Dance Worlds representing the United States in an All Male Hip Hop team. There were approximately 4,000 athletes with over 400 teams representing 32 countries. Jack's team won the gold medal in their category making them world champions. Congratulations to Jack and his team!


Governor’s School

Oakton High School is excited to congratulate ten of our students who were accepted to Governor’s School.  This is a huge accomplishment and we cannot wait to hear about their experience this summer!

  • Rohan Chowla                   VPA - Instrumental

  • Alina Galaria                      Agriculture

  • Chris Hillen                         Marine Science

  • Tyler Hyun                          VPA - Instrumental

  • Julius Kiewel                      Math, Science & Technology

  • Kendall Lokay                    Humanities

  • Sitara Sastry                       Agriculture

  • Ankisha Singh                    Agriculture

  • Anna Sparling                    Agriculture

  • Dhruv Sundararaman     Math, Science & Technology



Oakton High School was fortunate to have many of our students qualify and participate in ICDC for DECA.  Congratulations to all of our students for a successful competition!

  • Phillip Helms & Matthew DeSouza - Top 10 Finish (Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service)

  • Nikki Wagle - Top 10 Finish (Principles of Hospitality & Tourism)

  • Ally Silas - Top 20 Finish (Human Resources Management)

  • Shritha Mandava - Top 20 Finish (Marketing Communications)

  • Alex Penny and Meghan Sweeney - Top 20 Finish (Business Services Operations Research)

  • Spencer Schwartz, Charlie Minichielo, and Brett Schmader - Top 20 Finish (Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research)


Oakton Rocketry Club

Oakton’s Rocketry Club won the 2019 Battle of the Rockets Sounding Rocket Event.  - Medium Powered division! We are so proud of these students and all of their hard work.  Congratulations to the following members of the club: Sai Duduru, Allison Lou, Advait Menon, Jonathan Kim, Divya Polavararum, Harsh Sahay, Shalomi Arulpragasam, Troy Neubauer, and Juna Kim!


The New York Times Student Editorial Contest - Winner

Several Oakton juniors submitted a Capstone editorial to the New York Times student editorial contest.  Out of 10,509 editorials the New York Times received, one OHS student made it to the winner’s circle!   Congratulations to Laila Al Mukhtar for her editorial, “Activism for Sale.”   


Student Publication - I Am the Night Sky

Fatima Rafie (11th grade) has been involved with a project through Shout Mouse Press since the summer of 2018.    Shout Mouse Press began intensive art and writing workshops with ten young artists and writers of then Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI).  Their purpose was to produce an original collection of stories, essays, poetry, and art that confronts anti-Muslim discrimination and explores multiple perspectives of what it means to be young and Muslim in America today.  The end result was a book, I Am the Night Sky.  Fatima was the graphic designer and illustrator for this book. She also appears on the front cover.  Congratulations Fatima!

April 2019

Oakton Leadership Students

Our two Oakton Leadership classes have taken it upon themselves to restart the Cougar News show this year.  Each class produces a 5-10 minute show that helps students know what is going on throughout the building and helps the student body get to know each other a little better.  This is a huge undertaking considering we do not currently have a broadcast studio. They have done all the filming and editing and made a positive impact on the school climate.  We are very proud of all of their efforts. We would also like to recognize Blake Switzer who has also been the lead editor for the Highlander Hype and Veterans’ Day video this year.


OPUS Literary Magazine

Congratulations to Ms. Susan Sullivan and the OPUS literary magazine for earning the NSPA 2018 Magazine Pacemaker finalist.  This makes Oakton’s magazine one of 28 nationally to be named a finalist. Congratulations to all of our students, especially our editors Sayrin Kang and Catarina Medas.  This is a huge honor and we are incredibly proud of all they have accomplished.  


National Merit Scholar/Regeneron Talent Search

Congratulations to Carolyn Qu for becoming a National Merit Scholar!  This is an incredibly competitive pool of students nationwide.  Carolyn was also named a top 300 scholar in the 78th Regeneron Science Talent Search.  


Coca Cola Scholar/Harry Byrd Jr. Scholarship

Congratulations to Catherine Xiang for becoming a Coca Cola Scholar for 2019!  The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.  Catherine also received the prestigious Harry Byrd Jr. scholarship earlier this year!


Regional Science Fair

This year at the Regional Science Fair, Oakton HIgh School had a total of 22 projects with 28 students participating.  Below is a list of all the awards and recognitions earned by our students. We are very proud of all of them!


CATEGORY AWARDS( all first place winners qualify for States)

Grand Prize and First Place Winner and qualification for International Science Fair: Jerry Wei -Robotics


Grand Prize Nominees and First Place Winners: Team -Maggie Tong and Sydney Chen-Environmental Engineering, and Akshay Subramanian-Chemistry


First Place Winners:

Sitara Sastry, Ankish Singh, Team Charlotte Peterkin, Harin Ok & Wen Ip-Earth and Environmental Sciences-

Grace Brown- Environmental Engineering

Helen Sparling- Materials Science


Second Place Winners:

Clare Sparling and Anusha Allamsetty- Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dhruv Sundararaman and Charitha Vennapusa-Microbiology

Alex Heise-Physics and Astronomy

Team -Tristan Scott and Leah Zarlenga-Engineering Mechanics


Third Place Winners:

Sena Flo- Animal Sciences

Abby Cortez- Biomedical and Health Sciences

Emily Mui- Physics and Astronomy

Neil Suri-Robotics and Intelligent Machines


Honorable Mention Winners:

Team-Haley Longfellow and Madelyn Flickinger-Biomedical and Health Sciences

Berk Kasimcan- Engineering Mechanics                          

Other Participants: - Nandita Venkataraman, Team- Madison Thompson and Mika Nair- Earth and Environmental Sciences



  • Jerry Wei-Aerospace Corp-1st place and a $100 gift card and invitation to present, Armed Forces Communications-2nd place and $400 cash award and banquet invitation, Intel-Excellence Award and $200 award

  • Maggie Tong and Sydney Chen-Dominion Energy-1st place and S50 Amazon and certificate, Stemtree of Vienna-1st place and $100 Amazon card, VA Lakes and Watershed-$60 Target gift card

  • Clare Sparling-American Water Works Association-1st place and $200 cash and certificate, Federal Water Quality Association-2nd place, ribbon and  t-shirt, VA Water Environment Association-2nd, $75 cash, Stockholm Junior Water prize and certificate, Washington Statistical Society-HM Certificate

  • Sitara Sastry - American Water Works Association-2nd place and $100 cash and certificate, 1st, $150 cash, Stockholm Junior Water prize and certificate, Federal Water Quality Association-2nd place, ribbon and t-shirt

  • Helen Sparling-Patent and Trademark Office Society-1st place certificate

  • Ankisha Singh- American Water Works Association-3rd place and $50 cash and certificate, Federal Water Quality Association-1st place, $50 award, lunch invitation

  • Anusha Allamsetty-American Meteorological Society-2nd place and certificate, Express Search-the Rodger Flagg Memorial Award and $300, Geological Society of Washington-1st place and invitation to present, VA Tech-2nd place and certificate

  • Charlotte Peterkin, Harin Ok and Wen Ip- American Meteorological Society-3rd place and certificate, Geological Society of Washington-=3rd place, NASA Earth System Certificate

  • Charitha Vennapusa-American Society for Microbiology-2nd place and $30, Ricoh Americas Corp-Outstanding Engineering Award, $25 gift card, Washington Statistical Society-HM Certificate

  • Aakshay Subramaniam-VA Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment-3rd place and certificate

  • Dhruv Sundaraman- American Society for Microbiology-3rd place and $20

  • Emily Mui-Optical Society of America-1st place in Optics and Photonics certificate

  • Neil Suri-Aerospace HM and invitation to present, Office of Naval Research-$50 certificate and medal

  • Haley Longfellow and Madelyn Flickinger-American Industrial Hygiene 1st place and  $300 cash and certificate, Commissioned Officer Association, U.S. Public Health-HM, certificate and medal

  • Tristan Scott and Leah Zarlenga-Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Technology Certificate

  • Madison Thompson and Mika Nair-Geological Society of Washington-HM and certificate, VA Lakes and Watersheds Association-$60 Target gift card

  • Nandita Venkatarman -Stemtree of Vienna-HM and $50 Amazon gift card


Miss India USA Pageant

Congratulations to Anagha Sreenivas, Oakton High School senior, who participated in the Miss India USA Pageant and placed Top 5!  


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year Campaign

Oakton High School students were represented in this national, philanthropic, leadership campaign this past winter and went on to raise $72,000.  This team was led by Hannah McNeal and included: Cami Brown, Grace Brown, Lydia Church, Isabella DeLew, Carson Kabance, and Kennedy Kabance.  They earned a Top Fundraiser Award and the opportunity to link their names to a LLS research grant!


2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards



This year four Oakton students earned recognitions for 11 works of writing at the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers.  


• Emily Bach, 11th grade, Regional Silver Key for "panic attack" (Personal Essay/Memoir)

• Emily Bach, 11th grade, Regional Honorable Mention for "why i didn't report" (Poetry)

• Emily Bach, 11th grade, National Silver Medal (and Regional Gold Key) for "rahmah" (Personal Essay/Memoir)

• Daniel Hong, 11th grade, Regional Honorable Mention for "A Writer's Confession" (Personal Essay/Memoir)

• Gloria Wang, 11th grade, Regional Silver Key for "Letters, Love Aldo" (Poetry)

• Gloria Wang, 11th grade, Regional Silver Key for "When the Dinner Bell Rings" (Poetry)

• Gloria Wang, 11th grade, Regional Silver Key for "A Race for Inclusion: Women in Single-Seater Auto Racing" (Critical Essay)

• Gloria Wang, 11th grade, Regional Silver Key for "The Fight for a Voice: African American Language in Schools" (Critical Essay)

• Gloria Wang, 11th grade, Regional Gold Key and American Voices Nominee for "16th and Euclid" (Poetry)

• Gloria Wang, 11th grade, National Gold Medal (and Regional Gold Key) for "Home Is Far from Where I Stand" (Poetry)

• Charlie Williams, 10th grade, National Gold Medal (and Regional Gold Key) for "Jack" (Flash Fiction)



This year we had a grand total of 41 pieces of artwork that earned a gold key, silver key, or honorable mention at the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards!  This includes 13 Gold Key winners from 11 students, 10 Silver Key winners from 10 students, and 18 Honorable Mentions from 15 students. This is an incredibly talented group of students and we are very excited about their recognition!  


Gold Key

Student Name



Hussam Ali


Patterns In The Backseat

Rachel Bloom



Isabel Day


Head In The Clouds

Jacob Johnson



Julia Lopresti

Art Portfolio

What Lives Inside Our

Julia Lopresti

Digital Art

You’re Dreaming

Kenan Murray


Puerto Rico

Sung-Hyun Park



Morgan Rogers


Far Outside And Deep

Morgan Rogers


All At Once

Ethan Waple

Art Portfolio

The Art In Artist

Joe Wong



Jessica Xing


Girl And Cat


Silver Key

Student Name



Amara Brown


Photo Flip

Tyler Chapman



Audrey Craig


Self Entropy

Namchi Dao

Mixed Media

Lucid Dreaming

Monica Kwon



Angela Liu


Drowning In Stress

Kenan Murray



Fatima Rafie

Digital Art

Touch The Sky

Daniela Reyes Atencia


Brothers For Life

Erik Reynolds


190 Days Of Literally


Honorable Mention

Student Name



Saya Butani

Mixed Media


Bryce Buttrey

Digital Art

Escape The Dead

Namchi Dao



Isabel Day

Art Portfolio

Merging Worlds

Luis Fonseca

Art Portfolio

Stencil Parade

Jasmine Foo

Digital Art


Yurie Hattori

Digital Art


Yurie Hattori


Blackened Image

Jay Hetman

Digital Art

Head In A Fog

Herbert Ho

Digital Art


Aliya Kaplan



Aliya Kaplan


Stand Up

Julia Lopresti

Digital Art

Baby City

Alexandra Martschenko



Kenan Murray



Kenan Murray



Sung-Hyun Park


Beyond The Boundaries

Kaitlyn Stanton

Digital Art



Emerging Visions: Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

Several of our art students had the opportunity to include their artwork as a part of the Youth Art Month “Emerging Visions” exhibition at the Greater Reston Arts Center.  For the first time this exhibit included artwork by students from all grade levels and included Oakton High School, South Lakes High School, Herndon High School, Rachel Carson Middle School, Dogwood Elementary, Hunters Woods Elementary, and Hutchinson Elementary.  The following students had artwork included in the exhibit: Dawn Bangi, Felipe Fonseca, Erik Reynolds, Lucy Han, Kenan Murray, Lilah Fortin, Rebecca Rainhart, Stephanie Suh, Daniela Reyes Atencia, and Logan Zimmerman.  


VHSL State Forensics

Two Oakton students represented our school at the VHSL State Forensics competition!   Jay Deshmukh, a senior and one of the co-captains of the team, won 1st place in the category of Extemporaneous Speaking! While he wasn't able to place for the championship round, Nick Garrone made a good show for his first year of competition, coming in at 5th overall in the Original Oratory category.


Performing Arts: Assessment and Festival Disney Results


VA District Assessments

Orchestra – String Ensemble, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras all received Superior ratings from all judges.

Chorus – Treble Basso Choir received an Excellent rating, Chamber Choir and Oakton Singers received Superior ratings

Band – Concert Band 2 received an Excellent rating, Concert Band 1 and Symphonic Band received Superior ratings


Since the top performing ensemble in all disciplines received Superior ratings, Oakton High School qualifies again this year as a Blue Ribbon School for the 6th year in a row!


Additionally, the Band program is now a 24-year Virginia Honor Band.  Half of the Honor Band award consists of the marching band earning a superior at the state marching assessment in the fall, and the other half consists of our top concert band earning a superior at Concert Band Assessment!  


Individual Student Recognition:

All-Virginia Chorus

Julia Ferri – Alto 2

Molly Manhoff – Soprano 2

Zubin Kaul – Tenor 2

Tarun Sivanandan – Bass 1


All Virginia Orchestra/Band

Devon Petrecca – Bassoon, 2nd alternate, Concert Band

Justin Li – Clarinet, Concert Band

Bennett Meale – Trombone, Concert Band

Danny Harkin -French Horn, Orchestra

Harin Ok, 1st Violin

Soni Bae, Viola

Tyler Hyun, Viola


Standout Auditions

Three students were recognized for having standout auditions in the whole commonwealth!

Olivia Schmitz – Principal Contra Clarinet in the Concert Band

Ray Wang, Principal Viola in the Orchestra

Ying-yin Chen – Principal Flute in the Symphonic Band


Festival Disney

Orchestra – Both ensembles received Superior ratings with String ensemble receiving the Bronze Orchestra Award and Chamber Orchestra receiving the “Best in Class” and Gold Orchestra Awards!


Chorus – Treble Basso Choir received an Excellent rating, Chamber Choir and Oakton Singers received Superior ratings.



VA DECA State Leadership Conference

We had 100 students compete at the VA DECA State Leadership Conference in VA Beach.  Two Oakton students ran and were elected to the VA State DECA Officer team, Shritha Mandava was elected President, and Ally Silas was elected Executive Vice President.


We had 51 students qualify for Internationals which will take place at the end of April in Orlando, Florida.   Congratulations to all!


Jimmy Bach, Akshath Burra, Kalli Cannistraro, Ashlyn Casey, Anna Chen, Kirsten Clements, Arnaud Dahourou, Kaitlyn DeHarde, Viraaj Dhawan, Jane Gustafson, Zarif Hasan, Simran Havaldar, Chris Hillen, Chas Huang, Hayley Jones, Cody Kennedy, Sarah Kenny, Tyler Kimble, Abigail Kraden, Jena Lahham, Zina Lahham, Ishika Lal, Erin Lee, Louis Mancusi, Shritha Mandava, Maya Marathe, Zach Marshall, Lauren McMichael, Charlie Minichiello, Kevin Nguyen, Ryan Odell, Alex Penny, Andrew Pierce, Keelin Reilly, Kiara Riley, Matthew Sabatella, Julia Sample, Evan Schmader, Brett Schmader, Spencer Schwartz, Allison Silas, Alexis Singer, Lizzie Sleight, Meghan Sweeney, Emma Szczesniak, Maggie Tong, Alessia Ucci, Nikita Wagle, Kevina Wang, Zach Weber, Jonathan Wu


November 2018


1st Quarter Honor Roll:

Congratulations to all our 1st quarter students who made the All Honor Roll!  We are proud to say that a total of 1,032 students finished the first quarter with grades of all A’s and B’s.  We had an additional 290 number of students finish the first quarter with all A’s. Their names are proudly hanging in our entryway near Door 4.


Miss India DC 2018

Congratulations to Anagha Sreenivas for being crowned Miss India DC 2018 in September!  Anagha is a senior at Oakton. With this honor she will now represent Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia in Nationals in December.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Students of the Year

Congratulations to Hannah McNeal for being accepted as a candidate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Students of the Year campaign.  Hannah is a senior at Oakton and was nominated for her leadership, involvement in the community and her passion to find a cure for blood cancers.  Hannah will work to raise funds and awareness for the fight against blood cancers.


National Merit Semi-Finalists

Eleven of our students were named as National Merit Semi-Finalists: Hongze Chen, Emily Fang, Jonathan Guo, Sayrin Kang, Andrew Li, Justin Li, Megan Liu, Carolyn Qu, David Siamon, Alex Wang, and Catherine Xiang!  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.  We have a lovely display case with their pictures in the main hallway nearest to Door 3 to highlight their achievement.


National Honor Society

On November 19, we inducted 244 new members to our National Honor Society.  Students were accepted based on their commitment to scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Congratulations to all of our newest members!


Underclassmen Awards

On Monday November 19 during Cougar Time we honored over 750 underclassmen students who earned a 4.0 GPA or higher for the 2017-2018 school year.  We are so proud of their hard work and dedication in the classroom and look forward to their continued academic success.