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“Success is... knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

John C. Maxwell


Cappies Nominations

Please join me in congratulating the following students on their Cappies Nominations for their performances in our recent production of Legally Blonde: The Musical!

Allie L. was nominated for Lead Actress in a musical for her portrayal of Elle Woods.
Isatu F. was nominated for Comic Actress in a musical for her role as Enid Haupt.

The Cappies, "Critics and Awards Program," is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers.  We are thrilled they have recognized two Hornets for their outstanding performances! 

Please consider joining us at the Kennedy Center Gala on June 12th at 7 pm?  Contact me for tickets by May 23rd.


National Merit Scholarship

Please congratulate Olivia Strahan on being one of 44 FCPS students named a $2,500 National Merit® Scholarship winner!  The students are part of a group of approximately 2,500 National Merit® finalists chosen to receive scholarships primarily financed by the NMSC.  Click here for press release.


Global Awareness Technology Project

A number of our students represented Herndon at the county Global Awareness Technology Project fair at Lee HS. Out of 70 total projects from high schools around FCPS, 3 out of the 6 Herndon projects won honorable mentions in their categories!

Adriana Mejia & Valeria Guevara – Honorable mention, Interdependence category
Anna Asatryan – Honorable mention, Change Over Time category
Jean Carlos Quispe – Honorable mention, Science and Math category
Juanita Barragan & Enrique Aguilar
Adjoa Adekambi & Nataly Gutierrez
Wendy Chicas & Manuel Lopez

If you have any of these students in your classes, please congratulate them on all their hard work and success!


Career & Technical Education Students bring home the Gold and Much More



Please congratulate the following Future Business Leaders of America members.  They returned to Herndon with 21 medals from our Regional competition.

Event Name



Accounting II


Kevin Archambeault

Database Design & Applications


Lindsay Timbrook



Kevin Geissler

FBLA Principles & Procedures


Ryan Terrell

Global Business


Maddie Joseph, Andrew Koss, Aaron Goldman

Help Desk


Duncan Murphy

Introduction to Business


Nita Ghale

Intro. to Business Procedures


Kedar Kulkarni

Intro. to Financial Math


Rahbar Chowdhury

Intro. to Parliamentary Proc.


Amberly Silva-Arriaga

Management Info. Systems


Erick Emelio, Connor Pace, Meghan Greene

Parliamentary Procedure


Cyril Antoney, Rochelle Barasona,Mary Ogborn,
Judy Rodriguez

Spreadsheet Applications


Dan Asif

Largest Local Chapter Membership





On March 5th, Eighteen HHS students competed against 4,000 other students from the state of Virginia and earned a total of 17 awards included two of our most notable -- Largest Chapter Growth by Number & Percentage Increase. Based on these two awards our chapter is recognized as a Platinum Chapter. Please congratulate the following students for their respective achievements at the conference:

Sofia Caballero – Human Resources Management – 2nd Place overall, won medals for test score, role play 1, and role play 2

Allison Boone – Business Finance Services – State Finalist, won medals for test score, and Role play 2

Shriya Boppana – Retail Merchandising Services – Role play 1, and role play 2

Maddie Joseph & Ellen Wait – Advertising Campaign – Role play

Sofia and Allison will be representing our school against 14,000 other students across the globe in Nashville this year at the International Career Development Conference.



On Friday, February 5, Shawauna Brodhurst, Jade Haywood and Shynettra Foxworth, participated in the SkillsUSA District 5 Competition at Edison High School and earned gold medals in their respective contest and will advance to the state competition in Fredericksburg Virginia on April 15th – 16th. 

Promotional Bulletin Board -
Topic: SkillsUSA: Connecting You with Career Success and Further Developing Skills and Attitudes Business and Industry are Demanding – (Designed and created collectively by a team of students – Presented at local competition by Shawauana, Jade and Shynettra )  Each student earned a gold medal and  Jade Haywood will advance to the state competition in this category.

Job Interviewing Skills
Shawauna Brodhurst  earned gold medal and will advance to the state competition in this category.

Employment Application Process
Shynettra Foxworth earned gold medal and will advance to the state competition in this category.

Please join me in congratulating these students on their accomplishment.


HHS Girls Basketball Team

Girls Basketball team had a great season this year. They competed in the state tournament and were able to reach the semifinals after taking down #1 Woodside last Friday, March 4th, in the quarterfinals- which has never been done before. They didn’t win it all but it was certainly a great season with many accomplishments. We are very proud of the team. Please congratulate these young ladies if you see them!

Indeya Sanders- JR- 1st Team All Concorde District, Player of the Year All Concorde Defense, 1st Team All Region, 1st Team Northern Virginia Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Reached 1000 point for career

Shawnice Gresham- SR-  1st Team All Concorde District, All Regional Tournament Team

Devyne Newman- SO- 2nd Team All Concorde District

Janiece Loney- JR- 2nd Team All Concorde District

Sabrina Tolbert- SR- 2nd Team All Defense Team

Marlise Brunson- SO- 2nd Team All Defense Team


Step Team

The Herndon High Step Team had the honor and privilege of performing at the Strathmore this on Saturday, January 16th to celebrate and honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   This effort was partnered with “Step Afrika” and 6 other step teams from New York to Southern Virginia. 

Please congratulate our students on a job well done.  They performed with excellence, served the community at large and proudly represented Herndon at this prestigious event.  They were given a standing ovation and crowd support throughout the performance. 

For more information on Step Afrika, please visit their website.



Congratulations to the HHS Band students who earned chair or alternate positions in the All-District Band this year!  The All-District Band event will take place at HHS on February 4-6.  Students were selected for:

  • Wind Ensemble (and eligible for All-Virginia Band)
  • Symphonic Band
  • Alternates


The Debate Team

The Herndon Debate Team had its first tournament of the year on October 28th--and swept it!

The team of Divya Shrivastava and Will Carty won 1st place in Public Forum Debate and Will Curtis took 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

This is all the possible debate in our league, and Herndon won it all. Go Hornets! If you have these students in class (or Joyce Lee, who came in 4th in Lincoln-Douglas and thus very narrowly missed a medal as well), please congratulate them!


Liz Grozis honored with Math Hero Award

This morning, Raytheon presented our Liz Grozis, math teacher, the Math Hero Award. As the award winner, she received a $2500 grant as well as a matching grant to Herndon. We initially announced this award at the beginning of the year faculty meeting. The Math Hero award recognizes Liz’s dedication to her students as well as the field of mathematics. Liz has been inspiring students and positively influencing young lives for years! The presentation was a complete surprise and occurred during her 2nd period class.

Pictured above Mrs. Grozis, Adminstration, and special guests with award.    


HHS Senior Receives Award of Excellence student award

The Medical Advisory Board of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists awarded their Award of Excellence to Herndon High School senior, Myriffeah H., for outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine. Myriffeah attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in June 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Myriffeah attended McNair Elementary, Herndon Middle, and is now a senior at Herndon High School taking multiple Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Courses. Congratulations to Myriffeah!

The picture attached is Myriffeah and the Senior Class of 2016 Administrator, Maria Sneed.



This summer, Eight Herndon High School Latin students traveled to the National Junior Classical League Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  Kyle Nielsen, an HHS Junior, was instrumental in winning Virginia's first National Certamen Title in five years! The trophy will be coming to HHS at some point this year!  Here are some other highlights:

Dora Drezga (11th grade)--
5th place in the Roman History test
10th place in the Ancient Geography test
6th place in Intermediate Level Certamen

Christina Ngo (11th grade)--
5th place in Traditional Photo
5th place in Girls 800 meter track

Selina Shupp (10th grade)--
6th in Jewelry Creative Arts
8th in the Girls Costume Contest

Mary Ogborn (11th grade)--
24th in Latin Vocabulary and Latin Grammar

Kyle Nielsen (11th grade)--
9th place in the Roman History test
10th place in the Latin Derivatives test
4th place in Boys 800 meter track

We also had some freshly-minted HHS Alumni with us!  

Grace Bailey (HHS '15)--
1st place in Small Models Graphic Arts for her Lyre
8th place in the Ancient Geography test
8th place in the Mythology test

Angie Ngo (HHS '15)--
5th place in the Literature test
10th place in the Mottoes, Abbreviations and Quotes test

Charlie Shen (HHS '15)
1st place in Reading Comprehension Prose
2nd place in Advanced Latin Grammar
3rd place in Reading Comprehension Poetry
4th place in Academic Heptahlon, Latin Derivatives, AND Latin Vocabulary
5th place in Mottoes, Abbreviations, and Quotes
(And several others--leading to Charlie placing 10th OVERALL in Academic contests!)
He also placed high in 6 Swimming contests leading to his 5th place finish OVERALL in Olympika Contests

The students are coached by Herndon Latin Teachers, Emily Anne Lewis and Bethany Abelseth.