Congratulations to the Fairfax High School golf team for winning the 2018 Patriot League!
Buice will perform in Orlando in November with National Association for Music Education Mixed Chorus
Fairfax High School Senior Noelle Buice has been named to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Chorus. Buice is one of only 13 students in the state to earn the national achievement. The group will perform at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in November with national winners from jazz, guitar, symphony orchestra and concert band.
Buice is a member of the Fairfax Fame Show Choir and A Capella Singers under choral director Luke Frels. At FHS, she initiated and led an extracurricular A Capella group, “Rebel Trebles” and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. As a student of the Nancy McArthur Smith Studio, Noelle won 2nd, 3rd or honorable mention from 2015-2018 at Regional NATS competitions in the musical theatre and classical categories. As a sophomore, she also starred as the Ladybug in Alliance Theatre’s “James and the Giant Peach.”
The All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (new this year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 47 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists and the concert band 121 instrumentalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.
Selected students will be rehearsing in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.
Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 550 2018 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website: nafme.org/ANHE.
Fairfax Academy students celebrated Chuseok, a harvest festival and Thanksgiving in Korea, in class this week. The celebration included making and eating Hoddeok, a filled Korean pancake; dancing to K-Pop music, and playing games. Students in levels 1-4, representing 23 different FCPS schools, took part in the celebration.
Students Join Less than One Percent of U.S. High School Seniors
Five Fairfax High School students, Isabelle Deadman, Evan Moore, Leo Ouyang, Sophia Rice, and Emily Sheng were named National Merit Semifinalists. The students are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2019.
Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2019. More than 1.6 million juniors entered the 2019 National Merit program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as the initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.These determinations are made by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2019: National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.
Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2019.
FHS head football coach Trey Taylor was profiled in the Washington Post as he takes the helm as the new leader. Sophomore starting quarterback George Ward is quoted as praising Taylor’s play calling and clarity.
To read the article, please visit the Washington Post website here.