It’s March Madness! No, BASIS Independent McLean doesn’t have a bracket, but our students have been in many tournaments, championships, and involved in other great ventures this month (and last!). They participated in a variety of in and out of school academic and athletic competitions, and we are thrilled to share the results here:

  • The BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team is the 2019 Virginia State Champion for the third year in a row (and third year competing). Congrats to the team of Brian L. ’23, Sam W. ’23, Max Y. ’24, and Ethan Z. ’23! Read more here.
  • Justin W. ’21 won the Virginia State JV History Championship in both the Bowl (solo competitor in team event) and the Bee (individual player event). BASIS Independent McLean is now the 2019 History Bowl and Bee State Champion. Justin will compete in the JV Nationals later this year.
  • In the first-ever National Science Championship Quiz, the following students qualified for the regional competition!
    • Grade 4: Alexandra H., Harman S., Lillian S., Anna W.
    • Grade 5: Abhiram G., Edward S., Cate D.
    • Grade 7: Charles H., Andy Z., Brian Z.
    • Grade 8: Eric F., Spencer F., Brian L., Raymond Z.
    • High School: Sam K., Anna Y., Mimi Y., Andy Z., Jiaming Z.
  • The Quiz Bowl team of Anna Y. ’21, Sam K. ’22, Justin W. ’21, and Kiran J. ’20 swept the William & Mary James Blair Bowl (8-0). 
  • Our Science Olympiad (Division B middle school) participated in the Virginia State Finals at the University of Virginia. As a notice team, reaching the state competition on its own is a great accomplishment. The following students placed in their events!
    • Mystery Architecture, 2nd place: Cameron C. ’25, Phoenix D. ’25
    • Disease Detective, 3rd place: Kaavya B. ’25, Alexander D. ’25,
    • Thermodynamics, 5th place: Sev H. ’25, Caden Z. ’25
    • Anatomy/Physiology, 5th place: Anika R. ’27, Sriya Y. ’26
  • Ethan H. ’20, Leo L. ’21, Samuel W. ’23, Max Y. ’24, Ethan Z. ’23, and Raymond Z. ’23 took the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME), which is given to students who score in the top 5% for the AMC 12 or the top 2.5% for the AMC 10. Ethan H. and Sam qualified via the 2019 AMC 12; Leo, Max, Ethan Z., and Raymond qualified through the 2019 AMC 10. Ethan Z received a perfect score of 150 on the 2019 AMC 10. The AIME is a 15-problem, three-hour exam involving very difficult non-routine problems. Students who score very high on both the AIME and AMC 10/12 contests will be invited to take the USA Math Olympiad or the USA Junior Math Olympiad contest later this year. 
  • Willie S. ’25 qualified for the State Geography Bee. He was selected out of the top 100 students in the state. He will compete for a top prize of $1,000 cash and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Championship.
  • Neha R. '24 placed third (second runner up) in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee!
  • Jaden Y. ’23 won the Scholastic Writing Gold Key in the DC Metro Writing Region for his essay "The Faucet Runs Dry." He will now be considered for the national level of Scholastic Writing Awards in the Critical Essay category. He also received one of two Regional One Earth Awards in Virginia with a $500 scholarship. The regional award is given to two students whose creative works encourage the awareness of, and meaningful responses to, pressing issues of human-caused climate change.
  • At the Virginia Scholastic and Collegiate Chess Championship, Charles T. ’20 went undefeated (5-0) and is the K-12 U1400 division state champion. Andy Z. ’20 went 3-2 in the K-12 championship section while only playing higher rated opponents. Andy finished 19th place out of 45 in his division.
  • Sean J. ’21 is the U-16 Boys Singles Champion at the United States Tennis Association/Mid-Atlantic Section B16 L4+ Championships. He is now ranked number 4 in Virginia and number 9 in the Mid-Atlantic Section (this includes Virginia, Maryland, DC, Delaware, and West Virginia).
  • Anahit H. ’25 won 1st in the Floor routine, 1st in the Ball routine, and 2nd for the Rope routine in the Xcel B level at the Winter Cup in memory of I. Polyachenko
  • Logan A. ’24 was selected to participate in the 2019 Southhampton Football Club Player ID Tour, an opportunity to train at an English Premier Academy. 

Congrats to all our Red-Tailed Hawks!