2019 is off to a terrific start for our students! In January, they participated in a variety of in and out of school academic and athletic competitions. Students were not only awarded for their hard work, but they had fun! Congrats to all our Red-Tailed Hawks!

  • Justin Ward-JV Champ-NOVA Hist Bowl Jan 21 2019Sophomore Justin W. ’21 won the Northern Virginia National History Bowl Championship. He was undefeated, competing solo in a team competition. He advances to nationals later this year.
  • In the 2019 Regional Scholastic Art Contest, Jinglin J. ’23 earned multiple Gold Keys and a Silver Key for her paintings and drawings, Tina Z. ’20 earned a Gold Key for her drawing, and Kelly W. ’19 earned a Silver Key for her paintings. 
  • The Debate team competed at the Broad Run Invitational. The team of Alan H. ’23 and Charan R. ’20 went undefeated with a 4-0 record and took second place in the junior varsity division.
  • Spelling Bee 2019 final 3 800-1Neha R. '24 won the School Spelling Bee (gr. 4-8) with the word "effulgent." She will compete in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee. Holyn M. '23 and Vivian X. '25 were the runners up.
  • Geo Bee 2019 final 3 800-1William S. '25 won our School Geography Bee (gr. 4-8). He took an online test and will learn in March if he advances to the state competition this spring. Brian L. '27 placed second and Matthew S. '24 placed third.
  • Charan R. ’20 represented BASIS Independent McLean at the Poetry Out Loud Regional competition after winning our school contest.
  • On Jan 26, BIM had two Quiz Bowl teams compete in Mountain Vista Governor's School’s Quiz Bowl. In a field of 30 teams, BIM Team A (Anna Y. ’21, Kiran J. ’20, Annie W. ’21, and Justin W. ’21) won third place. BIM Team B (Peter L. ’21, Charles T. ’20, Mimi Y. ’21, and Jiaming Z. ’21) finished 12th of 30.
    • Anna, Charles, Jiaming, and Justin finished in the top quarter for individual scores.
    • Justin placed 2nd in a field of 134 players.
    • Team A had already qualified multiples times for the Small High School and All High School Nationals in May.
  • swim2On Jan. 26, six swimmers (Andy F. ’23, Charles H. ’24, Derek L. ’23, Willie S. ’25, Roberto W. ’23, and Andy Z. ’25) competed as the BASIS Independent McLean team at the Washington Metropolitan Private Middle School Swimming Championships. The relay team of Andy F., Derek, Roberto, and Charles came in third in the 200 Yd. Medley Relay, crushing their seed time by 6 seconds. The six students that represented BIM all scored in at least one event, and four scored in all of the events they swam.  Below is a list of all the events in which BIM scored:
    • 200Y Medley Relay: 3rd place: Andy F., Charles, Derek, and Roberto
    • 200Y Freestyle Relay 5th place: Andy F., Charles, Derek, and Roberto
    • Andy F.: 50Y Freestyle 1st place, 50Y Butterfly 4th place
    • Andy Z.: 200Y Freestyle 7th place
    • Charles: 100Y Individual Medley 14th place, 50Y Backstroke 10th place
    • Derek: 100Y Individual Medley 2nd Place, 50Y Breaststroke 2nd place
    • Roberto: 50Y Butterfly 6th place, 200Y Freestyle 6th place
    • Willie: 200Y Freestyle 15th place

DSC_0828Basketball – All five of our BASIS Independent McLean basketball teams—Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys, JV Boys, Middle School Girls, and Middle School Boys—are headed to the playoffs! Cheer on the Red-Tailed Hawks in their first playoff games:

  • Jan. 31 @ 5:30 PM – Boys Middle School vs. Berman Hebrew Academy at home
  • Feb. 1 @ 5:00 PM – Girls Middle School at The French School
  • Feb. 6 @ 4:30 PM – Girls Varsity at GW Community School
  • Feb. 7 @ 5:45 PM – Boys Varsity at GW Community School
  • Feb. 7 @ 5:00 PM – Boys Junior Varsity at The Lab School of Washington