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This Friday, May 24, the Girls Leadership Committee will be hosting guest speaker Alicia Plerhoples in the auditorium. Plerhoples is a professor of law at Georgetown university and the director of a nonprofit law clinic.
Girls Leadership Committee to host guest speaker event
Audrey Link, A&E Editor • May 21, 2024

On Friday, May 24 during Highlander Time periods five and six the Girls Leadership Committee (GLC) will...

Seniors Nathan Bass and Aldo Silva-Suarez play in a Sketchfest performance. All acts presented were directed by students and highlighted the creativity of the theater class. (Photo courtesy of Rafik Hanna)
TheatreMcLean holds sketchfest
Philip Rotondo, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2024

TheatreMcLean’s annual Sketchfest event was held on Wednesday, May 15. Five student acts were shown...

A GSA-made banner promoting pride and acceptance, planned to be put up for Pride month this coming June. The banner is planned to be installed with the two displays.
GSA to create displays in honor of pride month
JJ Steeg, Reporter • May 16, 2024

In honor of Pride month this June, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) plans to continue their long-term...

‘Virginia is for unions’ — Virginia Education Association, the parent
organization of the FEA union, held a large rally in support of education
sector labor organizing at the State Capitol in Richmond in Feb. 2024.
Collective bargaining on the horizon
Zakareya Hamed, Editor-in-Chief • May 15, 2024

Three years ago, a monumental bill came into effect legalizing collective bargaining—the process by...

Safety and Security Specialist Bart Bailey discusses the significance of painting the school rock for Black History Month in a video shot by McLeans News Channel, WHMS News. Quietkid4 screenshotted a frame of the video and posted it to Reddit, claiming the rock was his schools.
McLean faces school shooting scare
Aaron Stark, Managing Editor • May 13, 2024

“Is this the rock from your school?”  These words echoed in junior Sagan Pandita’s mind...

Left wing Josh Barnes scores the first goal in an away game against Langley on May 7. The Highlanders finished the evening with a 3-0 victory, ending their regular season on a high note.
Highlanders score 3-0 against the Saxons
Alan Tang, Online Opinions Editor • May 10, 2024

Quickly recovering from a rocky start to the season, the JV boys soccer team ended their season with...

Junior Sara Gladczenko poses her nails after getting them done for prom. Staying loyal to her favorite salon, she got them done at A Plus Salon.
Students prepare for a magical night in Paris
Kaelyn Mackay and JJ Steeg May 18, 2024

As McLean’s spring social event draws nearer, junior and senior girls are preparing themselves meticulously for the prom. This year, the theme of McLean’s prom is “A Night In Paris,” being held...

Pro-Palestine student protesters at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), including McLean alums, sit in on a campus lawn hours before a violent police attack on the UCLA encampment.
Campus crackdowns must cease
Zakareya Hamed and Sabrina Boughanem May 19, 2024

This staff editorial reflects the majority opinion of The Highlander's editorial board. As the sun set, the light stench of sweat filled the air in the yard while a microphone sounded in the distance....

Coach John Dowling talks to center fielder Gabriel Pegues during a Langley mound visit.
McLean defeats Langley in walk-off fashion to win district semifinals
Tanner Coerr and Andrew Lohman May 15, 2024
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Seniors Nathan Bass and Aldo Silva-Suarez play in a Sketchfest performance. All acts presented were directed by students and highlighted the creativity of the theater class. (Photo courtesy of Rafik Hanna)
TheatreMcLean holds sketchfest
Philip Rotondo, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2024
Soft serve, smoothies, milkshakes, sundaes and ice cream cakes are just some of the treats that Carvel serves.
A frozen tragedy
May 7, 2024


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Fashion Frenzy Episode 2: Red Carpet Edition
Fashion Frenzy Episode 2: Red Carpet Edition
Gabriela Herrera and Isabella Yawata April 4, 2024

In this episode, Isa and Ella discuss and rate outfits seen on the red carpet at the recent Oscars event. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6WL0BMFnvVFoXMKfQ8Fs0v?si=qCL4HKYeTQK9sEZm3iTPMQ

Senior Highlanders share what they’re most excited to do at college
Sabrina Boughanem and Madeleine Stigall

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