Last weekend was a successful weekend for BASIS Independent McLean academic teams! Both the Model United Nations and Quiz Bowl teams competed with successful outcomes.
We are proud of Charan R. ’20 and Maria-Teresa T. ’21, who placed first and third, respectively, in the Mandarin Chinese Speech Contest sponsored by Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools. Both competed in the intermediate group for the D.C. region against other area schools.
Pop culture, college football, chemistry, opera, ancient history—the BASIS Independent McLean Quiz Bowl team is ready for it all! The Quiz Bowl team will compete in the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament and the Small School National Championship Tournament. The team’s third place standing at the Mountain Vista Governor's School Open II in January earned them a spot at these national events hosted by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments in Atlanta in May.
Laughter filled the BASIS Independent McLean Theatre during three rousing performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For months, 22 students in grades 6 through 9 rehearsed after school to learn their lines, perfect their blocking, and nail their comedic timing. The students studied iambic pentameter, analyzed their character's arc, and worked on character motivations to perfect their craft.
Enjoy photos from the performance below.
Way to go Team SWEEP! Our MATHCOUNTS team earned first place in the state championships in Richmond this past weekend. This year’s team, dubbed Team SWEEP as a combination of their initials, included: Sam W. ’23, Eleanor K. ’22, Ethan Z. ’23, and Pravalika P. ’22.
This marks the BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team’s second time participating and second time winning in the annual statewide MATHCOUNTS competition. Both Pravalika and Ethan were on last year’s winning team as well.
For the second year in a row, the BASIS Independent McLean MATHCOUNTS team won the Northern Virginia Region Chapter Competition, which took place on February 3. The team, Eleanor K. '22, Pravalika P. '22, Sam W. '23, and Ethan Z. '23, will compete in the state championships on March 17. The BASIS Independent McLean team is the defending state champion.
December has been filled with community winter fun in the form of an advisory door decorating contest, a winter music concert, and WinterFest winter activities. The contest and concert bonded students through hours of planning and practice, but WinterFest was a surprise afternoon of fun.
Door Decorating Contest
All grades participated in a LET class/advisory door decorating contest. Students spent a week collaborating and creating their winter wonderland doors. “The activity encouraged team building in a fun, friendly competitive atmosphere,” says Upper School Dean Sara Conyers, who initiated the contest. Doors were judged by division. Winners were:
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