Though many things about fall 2020 were unfamiliar, our students continued to shine through clubs and contests that were held virtually. Here we highlight our students’ accomplishments from the first part of the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations, Red-Tailed Hawks!

Congratulations to our eight seniors who have been named National Merit Commended Students. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the country are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. The following students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT:  

  • Jamal B. 
  • Monali G. 
  • Louis H. 
  • Jacob J. 
  • Junliang (Peter) L. 
  • Eric M. 
  • Pallavi M. 
  • Adelia Z. 

Representing our high school, Shaun J. '24, Anjali J. '23, and Nadia A. '22 virtually attended the NAIS National Student Diversity Leadership Conference. The conference is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of high school student leaders from across the U.S. and abroad. SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. 


  • At the 2020-2021 Mathleague VA Qualifying Round held online on Dec. 12, five students qualified for thState Round to be held in spring 2021. Congrats on qualifying and their placement in the competition: 
    • 3rd Grade Individual: Owen H. '30 (1st Place) 
    • 6th Grade Individual: Anna W. '27 (1st Place), Chloe G. '27 (2nd Place), Lillian S. '27 (3rd Place), Natalie H. '27 (5th Place)  
    • Grade 6 Team, 1st place: Chloe G.  '27., Natalie H. '27, Lillian S.  '27., and Anna W. '27 
  • In the local Middle School Mathleague Contest, the BIM team won first overall in the Sweepstake round. In grade 6, Rebecca C. '27 placed first. In grade 8, Aiden F. '25 placed first. Rebecca, Aiden, and Owen H. '30 have qualified for the next round at the state level. 

Quiz Bowl 

  • The High School Quiz Bowl team participated in an 11-hour tournament on December 5 hosted by VCU. The team of Cavan G. '23, Ram T. '23, and Raleigh W. '23 placed 7th, which has qualified them for two national Quiz Bowl tournaments, the PACE National Scholastic Championship and the NAQT High School National Championship. In the individual rankings, Cavan came in first! 
  • Cavan G. '23, Rithik P. '23, and Raleigh W. '23 earned a perfect score and advanced to the semi-finals on It's Academic, the high school quiz bowl show on NBC4.  
  • In the 2021 LARGESSE (Lockout Affair Requiring Grade Eight/Seven/Six Entrants), Abhiram G. '26 ranked No. 5 out of 178 players and won an All-Star Award in the preliminary rounds. 

Additional Clubs 

  • In the Public Forum Debate, the debate team of seniors Saranga B. and Sreeya R. were undefeated tournament champions in the varsity division. 
  • At the McMUNC VI Model United Nations (virtual) Conference, Abhiram G. '26 won Best Delegation Award on the Hunger Games committee. 
  • The Science Olympiad Team (middle school division) placed 12th (out of 89 teams) at the LB Invitational Tournament. The following partners placed/medaled (top 10) in their events that contributed to the overall School placement:  
    • Machines, 3rd - Phoenix D. '25 + Caden Z. '25  
    • Vehicle Design, 4th - Phoenix D. '25 + Brandon D. '26 
    • Crime Busters, 3rd - Cate D. '26 + Hera L. '26  
    • Anatomy & Physiology, 9th - Abhiram G. '26 + Kaavya B. '25 


  • Leo L. ’21 has been named as top 300 Scholars in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. His project title is An Old Bird with New Feathers: Classic SIR Model Incorporated with Novel Neural Network Achieves a Better Prediction on COVID-19’s Infected Population. He was selected from 1,760 students who entered from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and 10 countries, and will receive $2,000. He is now in the running to become a finalist. 
  • Sophia W. '29's watercolor painting won Third Place in Student Art Competition sponsored by Chinese American Museum DC and CCACC Art Gallery. Her artwork will be on display from February 12 to March 31, 2021 at the Chinese American Museum in DC. View her art here. 


We look forward to what our students accomplish for the rest of this year and beyond! Go, Red-Tailed Hawks!