Senior Stories

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As we begin to say goodbye to the Class of 2019, we would like to highlight just a few kids that made their mark on Fairfax High School. We asked teachers, coaches, advisors, and administrators to tell us about great kids they have enjoyed teaching over the past four years. Each day from now until graduation, we will introduce a new senior. We’ve also added the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts logo next to our dual FHS/Academy kids. Find us on Facebook and Twitter under #FHSSeniorStories.
 
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Yvett Ventura

Favorite FHS memory: Performing cheer routines at pep-rallies.

Favorite LMS teacher: Ms. Vejar

Favorite FHS class: Pro Photo (Academy)

Advice for rising 9th graders: get involved in as many activities as you can, it is a great way to make friends from upper classes.

Dorjkhand Buyantogtokh (Carly)

Dorjkhand Buyantogtokh (Carly)

Favorite FHS memory: The bus rides to away matches during tennis season.

Favorite FHS teacher(s): Ms. Herring, Ms. Melnick

Favorite LMS teacher: Ms. Mancuso

Something extra: Carly grew up in Mongolia and moved to Fairfax when she was in middle school.

 

Sara Han

Sara Han

 

Favorite FHS memory: Planning the annual DECA fashion show, “Fashion Through an Artists’ Eye”.

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Calculus

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz

 

Plans for next year: Sara plans to double major in Fashion Merchandising/Design and Chemistry at Virginia Tech.

Joaquín Pérez

Joaquín Pérez

 

Favorite FHS/Academy moment: Going to NYC with Arabic class and speaking Arabic there.

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Spanish and Arabic

 

Plans for next year: Joaquín will attend George Mason University and study abroad in Morocco with a Global Affairs major and a minor in Arabic.

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Tatiane Alycia Jones

 

Favorite FHS/Academy moment: Performing in the Academy cabarets and the spring show Honk!

 

Favorite Academy class: Advanced Musical Theatre Actor’s Studio

 

Favorite FHS/Academy teacher: Mr. Repogle (Academy) and Ms. Davids (FHS).

 

Plans for next year: In the fall, Tatiane Alycia will be attending the University of Mary Washington.

Montana Berry

Montana Berry

 

Favorite FHS/Academy moment: Taking photos and visiting art museums on the New York City field trip.

 

Favorite class: Computer Graphics 4

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Irving

 

Plans for next year: Montana will attend James Madison University.

Lee Allan

Lee Allan

 

Favorite Academy moment: The week leading up to the dance performance, all the group bonding and constant practicing.

 

Favorite FHS/Academy teachers: Mr. Bali, Mrs. Barnes

 

Favorite LMS teacher: Ms. Lewis

 

Plans for next year: Lee will attend NOVA and will major in Environmental Science and minor in dance.

 

Jimmy Thai

Jimmy Thai

 

Favorite FHS moment: Making food in Korean class.

 

Favorite LMS teacher: Ms. Lewis

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Smolinski

 

Plans for next year: Jimmy will attend George Mason University.

 

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Dai Hong

Dai Hong

 

Classes: Music Computer and Technology

 

Base School: Falls Church

 

Best Academy moment: When I had my orchestral piece premiered by the NOVA Annandale Orchestra and then stood up to present myself while the audience was clapping.

 

Plans for next year: Dai will attend Youngstown State University to study music composition.

Kaiti Bachman

Kaiti Bachman

 

Classes: Dance 4

 

Base School: McLean High School

 

Best Academy moment: Bonding with my class during May show tech week and the performances. We really came together socially, but also artistically and put on a great show.

 

Plans for next year: Kaiti will attend Boston Conservatory at Berklee to earn a BFA in Contemporary Dance

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Maya Cooper

Maya Cooper

 

Classes: Music Computer Technology, Musical Theatre

 

Base school: Woodson HS

 

Best Academy moment: Showing my friends how to use compositional software and playing keyboard in MCT.

 

Plans for next year: Maya will attend the Eastman School of Music and major in Music Education with a minor in piano.

Jordan Greenlee

Jordan Greenlee

 

Classes: Dance 4

 

Base school: Chantilly HS

 

Best Academy moment: Going on the NYC trip and getting the opportunity to take dance classes and see professional shows.

 

Plans for next year: Jordan will attend Southern Methodist University to pursue a BFA in dance.

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Sadie Drummond

Sadie Drummond

 

Favorite FHS memory: The photo lessons with Mr. Biver, the New York trip and photo shoots with friends.

 

Favorite Fairfax Academy class: Pro Photo

 

Favorite Fairfax Academy teachers: Mr. Smith and Mr. Datoc

 

Plans for next year: Sadie will attend VCU.

 

Kira Kerr

Kira Kerr

 

Favorite FHS memory: Studying abroad in Leipzig, Germany and opening my last school production “Good News” as the stage manager.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Dicenzo and Mr. Repogel

 

Something extra: Kira was nominated for a Cappies for lighting for Good News.

 

Plans for next year: Kira will attend Christopher Newport University as a Stage Manager major.

 

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Jalyssa Dossmann

Jaylssa Dossmann

 

Favorite FHS memory: The photo lessons with Mr. Biver, the New York field trip and becoming a producer in TV production.

 

Favorite LMS teacher: Mr. Dowell

 

Something extra: Jaylssa was named “Academy Excellence Award” for Fairfax Academy which is voted by all of the Academy staff.

 

Plans for next year: Jaylssa will attend NOVA and will create her own photography business.

JT Thomas

JT Thomas

 

Favorite FHS memory: Beating Madison my junior year in baseball.

 

Favorite FHS class: Geospatial Analysis

 

Favorite LMS teacher: Ms. Puckett

 

Plans for next year: JT will play baseball at Frostburg State University.

We wrote about JT in January – see the article here!

Kaydy Vu

Kaydy Vu

 

Favorite FHS memory: Volleyball senior night – I loved celebrating four years of hard work and memories with my teammates, family and friends.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Ascarruz

 

Plans for next year: Kaydy will attend the University of Virginia.

Leo Hogroian

Leo Hogroian

 

Favorite FHS memory: Cross country camps

 

Favorite FHS class: Auto Tech

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. King

 

Plans for next year: Leo will attend Virginia Tech and will do Corps of Cadets.

Dylan Wilkinson

Dylan Wilkinson

 

Favorite FHS class: Advanced PE

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Miller

 

Something extra: Dylan was named to the First Team All-Patriot League for third base.

 

Plans for next year: Dylan will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to play baseball.

We wrote about Dylan in January – see the article here!

Earl Brewer

Earl Brewer

 

Favorite FHS memory: Beating Woodson 15-14 in football my junior year.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Dr. Nichols-Cocke

 

Favorite FHS class: Advanced sports marketing

 

Plans for next year:  Earl will attend Merchant Marine Academy and will continue to wrestle.

Earl was profiled on ABC 7 earlier this year – check it out here.

Alexandra Lawson

Alexandra Lawson

 

Favorite FHS memory: My teammates and I went to Nationals for the co-ed 4×4 and became All-American in track.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Doyle

 

Advice for a rising 9th grader: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and make new friends.

 

Plans for next year: Alexandra will attend Mount Saint Mary’s Unversity, majoring in marketing and continuing her track and field career.

Connor Smith

Connor Smith

 

Favorite FHS memory: Going to Stotesbury Regatta with the crew team.

 

Favorite LMS teacher: Ms. Woodill

 

Something extra: Connor attends the Chantilly Academy to study animal sciences.

 

Plans for next year: Connor will attend Virginia Tech to study pre-vet sciences.

Bobby Kestyn

Bobby Kestyn

 

Favorite FHS memory: Breaking the indoor shot put school record and winning the region on Valentines Day.

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Computer Science

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mrs. Hodgson

 

Plans for next year: Bobby will attend George Mason University and be a part of the GMU track and field team.

Claudia Flores

Claudia Maiveli Pinto Flores

 

Favorite FHS class: Chemistry

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Abraham

 

One piece of advice for a rising 9th grader: Put effort in everything you do. Don’t let anyone doubt yourself.

 

Plans for next year: Claudia will attend NOVA in the fall and will work.

Curtrell Trott

Curtrell Trott

 

Favorite FHS class: Computer Science

 

Advice for rising 9th grader: Stay on task, things can add up.

 

Something extra: Curtrell is part of the 4×400 relay team that won the district, regional and placed in the state.

 

Plans for next year: Go to college and study computer science.

Kate Meade
Kate Meade

Favorite FHS memory: When my volleyball team advanced to the regional quarterfinals, going further than any team in recent history.

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Physics

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mrs. Geeta

 

Plans for next year: Kate will attend the University of Michigan to study science and engineering.

Zahir Saiyed

Zahir Saiyed

 

Favorite FHS memory: Spending time with my classmates, teachers, teammates, and coaches just talking about the oddities and wonders of life.

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Calculus and Economics

 

Advice for a rising 9th grader: Take risks. Get out of your comfort zone. Join clubs you are interested in.

 

Plans for next year: Zahir will attend Carnegie Mellon University and major in economics and computer science.

Hana Lee

Hana Lee

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Environmental Science

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz

 

Advice to rising 9th graders: Get enough sleep.

 

Plans for next year: Hana will attend Penn State College of Engineering and continue with her wrestling career at a Regional Training Center with the goal of wrestling at an international level.

Hana is ranked second in the state for her weight class in wrestling.

Bryce Johnson

Bryce Johnson

 

Favorite FHS memory: Beating Madison High School on a walk off in baseball.

 

Favorite FHS class: English or Geospatial Analysis

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Smith or Mr. Miller

 

Plans for next year: Bryce will attend Davis and Elkins school in West Virginia to play baseball.

We wrote about Bryce in January – see the article here!

Michael Vu

Michael Vu

 

Favorite FHS memory: Being a part of Auto Tech for three years.

 

Favorite FHS class: Auto Technology 3

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. King (Auto Tech)

 

Plans for next year: Michael will attend George Mason University

Krista Brzezynski

Krista Brzezynski

 

Favorite FHS memory: Beating Woodson in football with a last minute field goal my junior year.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Spector

 

Favorite FHS class: Leadership or 9th grade Biology

 

Plans for next year: Krista will attend Virginia Tech and major in Biology and pre-med.

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Justin Dodson

Justin Dodson

 

Favorite FHS memory: Mr. Smith and Mr. King telling me how good of a student I am.

 

Favorite FHS class: Professional Photography Studio (Fairfax Academy)

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Pullis

 

Plans for next year: Justin will attend NoVa Community College in the fall.

 

Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards

 

Favorite FHS memory: Winning first place in the 4×200 relay in our last Indoor Track meet.

 

Favorite FHS class: Animation

 

Favorite FHS teachers: Mr. King, Ms. Irving and Ms. Coffin.

 

Plans for next year: Nigel will attend NOVA and then wants to go into an automotive training program.

Noelle Buice

Noelle Buice

 

Favorite FHS memory: Junior year my lightweight boat placed in the top 10 in the nation at the Stotesbury Regatta and then I went to prom the same night.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Weaver

 

Something extra: Noelle created and ran the nonprofit Cancer Kickin’ Critters four years ago. She crochets stuffed toys and donates them to hospitals.

 

Plans for next year: Noelle will attend UVA in the fall.

We wrote about Noelle in the fall of 2018 where she was named to the 2018 All-National Honors Chorus – see the article here.

Alexa Brzezynski

Alexa Brzezynski

 

Favorite FHS memory: Being a part of the FHS field hockey team. Winning district and regional titles and hundreds of memories over the four years.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Hall

 

FHS activities: Field hockey, soccer, leadership, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Crush Cancer Club, class council

 

Plans for next year: Alexa will attend Virginia Tech next year to major in biology and pre-med.

Sydney Robinson

Sydney Robinson

 

Favorite FHS memory: Hanging out with friends in the choir room during lunch every day.

 

One piece of advice for a rising 9th grader: Don’t stretch yourself too thin thinking that it will look good on college applications. Do things you’re actually passionate about.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Frels

 

Plans for next year: Sydney will attend VCU to study fashion merchandising and design.

Cory Faber

Cory Faber

 

Favorite FHS moment: Friday night football games in the student section.

 

Favorite FHS class: Auto tech

 

Favorite Lanier Middle School teacher: Ms. Dubray

 

FHS Activities: Marching band, Auto tech, Music in Computer Technology (Academy class)

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Sloan Soyster Heinz

Sloan Soyster Heinz

 

Favorite FHS moment: Shooting off a cannon full of confetti at our pep rally while a very talented student played Dr. Dre on the piano.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Lyons and Mr. Horn

 

Activities at FHS: Leadership, SGA officer, class council president, varsity cross country, swim and dive, track  – all 9-12.

 

Something extra: Sloan worked as an EMT in Fairfax County for almost two years and also worked as a reading coach and a swim coach.

Xavier Herring

Xavier Herring

 

Favorite FHS moment: Scoring the winning run in a walk off against Madison in baseball.

 

Favorite Lanier Middle School teacher: Ms. Sengstack

 

FHS Activities: Baseball, Leadership, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Class Council

 

Plans for next year: Xavier will attend the University of Mary Washington to play baseball.

We wrote about Xavier in January – see the article here!

Charlotte Modes

Charlotte Modes

 

Favorite FHS moment: Competing at states for DECA and winning first place at a dance team competition.

 

Favorite Lanier Middle School teacher: Ms. Dubray

 

FHS activities: DECA (officer, district and state competitor for four years), dance team captain and varsity member for four years.

 

Plans for next year: Charlotte will attend VCU this fall.

Elizabeth Breslin

Elizabeth Breslin 

 

Favorite FHS moment: Beating Woodson in the district final junior year in field hockey.

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz

 

FHS activities: Field Hockey, Swim and Dive, Soccer, Leadership, 2019 Class Council Officer and works at PJ Skidoos.

 

Plans for next year: Elizabeth will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

Michael Chih

Michael Chih

 

Favorite FHS moment: Getting chosen to be the sole student member to sit on the panel to select a new principal.

 

Favorite FHS class: AP Economics

 

FHS Activities: Baseball, Student Advisory Council, Director of Athletic Leadership, Rebel Athletic Council Director, Spanish Honor Society.

 

Plans for next year: Michael will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

 

Shaiann Sarkhosh

Shaiann Sarkhosh

 

Favorite FHS moment: Beating Woodson in football on their senior night.

 

Favorite Lanier Middle School teacher: Mr. Dejo

 

Something extra: Shaiann worked through high school in retail and at Inova.

 

Plans for next year: Shaiann will be attending VCU in the fall.

Brigid Smullen

Brigid Smullen

 

Favorite FHS moment: Opening night of “Little Mermaid” –  finally seeing hard work and talent come to life onstage.

 

Favorite Lanier Middle School teacher: Ms. Woodill 

 

One piece of advice for a rising 9th grader: “Don’t be afraid to explore different areas of interest. High school is all about finding where your true passion lies.”

 

Plans for next year: Brigid will attend Belmont University and study music composition and German.

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Bailey Morris

Bailey Morris

 

Favorite FHS moment: Making varsity softball as a freshman

 

Favorite FHS teacher: Ms. Lyons

 

Something extra: Bailey was active in DECA, Leadership and Fairfax Minds Matter.

 

Plans for next year: Bailey will attend VCU in the fall.

Jackson Smith

Jackson Smith

 

Favorite FHS moment: Winning first place at DECA state leadership conference as

a junior.

 

Favorite Lanier Middle School teacher: Mr. Wilkinson

 

Something extra: Jackson runs his own business throughout high school named Mobile Battles where he hosts nerf gun parties for kids in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.

 

Plans for next year: Jackson will attend the University of North Dakota to study commercial aviation and become a pilot.