Recognized for Special Achievement
June 11, 2002
On June 6th Principal Robert Snee and Assistant Principal Monika Bilby
presented awards of special merit to the following graduating seniors.
Secretary of Education
Belle S. Wheelan to Address Class of 2002
June 6, 2002
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, the first
African American woman to serve as the Secretary of Education for the state
of Virginia, will address George Mason’s class of 2002 at their commencement
exercises at D.A.R. Constitution Hall on Thursday, June 13.
Does it Again
By Tammy Ashworth (May 10, 2002)
George Mason High School senior
Viviana Cordova has been awarded first place in the painting category of
the Arlington Public Schools Juried High School Exhibition 2002 Visual
She Blows: White Whale Helps Odyssey of the Mind Team Capture State Title
By Juliana Pearson (April 19,
The Falls Church B.I.E Odyssey of
the Mind team, consisting mostly of George Mason High School students,
narrowly edged competition to emerge as the first place victor in the state
competition on Saturday, April 13, earning a coveted spot at the world
competition in Boulder, Colorado on May 22-26.
Team Came, Saw and Conquered
April 19, 2002
Five members of Ms. Cathy Caridi’s
Latin class earned second place honors at the Certamen Contest at Woodson
High School last week
UN Club Attends Final Conference of the Year
By Sara Kaplow (April 11, 2002)
This past weekend, George Mason
Model United Nations members attended the final conference of the season
at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Academic’ Closes out Great Year; Comes in Second to Richard Montgomery
By Juliana Pearson (April 4,
George Mason’s It’s Academic Team
finished a strong season Saturday March, 23 at NBC 4 studios in Washington
DC, placing second behind Richard Montgomery High School in a game against
the Montgomery County IB magnet and Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School.
French Students Head for Toulouse
March 22, 2002
In front of a mountain of luggage,
a few of the 24 French students prepare for today’s departure for Toulouse,
where they will hone their language skills while living with their host
Visits Mason in Search of Integrity Answers
By Juliana Pearson (March 22,
A camera crew from CNN visited George
Mason Tuesday to tape footage for a three-minute segment on issues of cheating,
plagiarism and honor in high school.
Johnston to Receive Prestigious Truman Foundation Award at West Point
By Becca Parson (March 21, 2002)
Seth Johnston, a 1999 graduate of
George Mason High School, today will be awarded the Harry S. Truman Foundation
Scholarship Award by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where Seth
is currently a junior.
Sisters Earn Pan-Hellenic Honors
March 21, 2002
Seniors Kaha Hashi and her sister
Fatima Hashi have been named Black Scholars by the Pan-Hellenic Council
of Northern Virginia.
New Spin on an Old Tale
Upon a Mattress’ Runs Tonight Thru Sunday
By Sara Kaplow (March 14, 2002)
What do you get when you combine
a bossy queen, a quirky princess, a mute king, ten mattresses, and a pea?
This year’s musical, Once Upon a Mattress.
Compete, Nine Win in Language Tournament
By Tammy Ashworth (March 13,
Fifteen George Mason French students
participated in the Fairfax County Modern Foreign Language Tournament this
past Saturday. Of those who competed, nine received trophies or medals
for their efforts, and five received first place within their category.
Box Celebrates Diversity Among Us
By Juliana Pearson (March 11,
Several times this year, colorful
hand-drawn announcements for the Crayon Box, one of George Mason’s newest
student organizations, have been a prominent feature in the halls. Perhaps
they have left some to wonder: what exactly is the Crayon Box?
Band Takes Top Honors at District Festival
By Curt Nette (March 5, 2002)
The George Mason High School concert
band received four perfect #1 rankings from the four judges at the three-day
District 10 Band Festival, Friday night at Jeb Stuart High School in Arlington.
Senior Class Charity Fashion Show to Open Tonight
By Liz Twentyman (Feb. 28, 2002)
Opening tonight is "Lights on Broadway,"
the annual senior class fashion show for charity. This fashion show, which
is in its fourth year, raises money for the Falls Church Winter Shelter.
Bowl Team Triumphs at States
By Juliana Pearson (February
The George Mason High School Schlolastic
Bowl team placed first in the state competition at the College of William
and Mary on Saturday, ending a nearly perfect season with a flawless win.
Josh Singer Crowned Mr. Mason In Spirited Annual Competition
By Liz Twentyman (Feb. 12, 2002)
After a grueling competition Saturday
night, including a talent competition and interview, George Mason senior
Josh Singer was crowned Mr. Mason for 2002.
Gould Win "Outstanding’ Awards
By Juliana Pearson (January 18,
Sophomores Evan Cunningham and Steven
Gould have won "outstanding interpretation" awards at the council level
of the Reflections Contest sponsored by the PTSA
Bowl Team Crushes Competition
By Juliana Pearson (January 15,
At a home meet on Monday the George
Mason High School Scholastic Bowl Team defeated teams from Strasburg and
Rappahannock, with scores of 200 to 55 and 185 to 95 points respectively,
continuing the team’s season-long winning streak.
Return to Mason to Receive IB Diplomas, Certificates, and Olom Memorable
By Sara Kaplow (January 5, 2002)
Mason graduates from the class of
2001 returned to the school last night for a ceremony in which they were
presented with IB diplomas and IB certificates.
Quizmasters Win ‘It’s Academic’;
Sidwell Friends, George Marshall
By Jamie Scharff (Dec. 10, 2001)
George Mason’s academic competition
team came away victorious Saturday when they defeated neighboring Fairfax
school George Marshall and DC private school Sidwell Friends in a hard-fought
close game of the TV quiz show It’s Academic.
JV Show This Thursday and Friday Features
in Format; Variety First, Bands Second
By George Huff (Dec. 3, 2001)
This Thursday and Friday, December
the sixth and seventh, at 7:30 pm the Las Vegas themed JV show
will be held in the George Mason auditorium. The JV show is an annual talent
show at George Mason held to raise money for the junior prom.
Leaves GM for Fairfax Position
By Juliana Pearson (November
After more than 2 years of service
to the George Mason High School community, Judy Bracken, the school’s college
and career counselor, reported to work for the last time today. Bracken
is leaving George Mason to do similar work at Fairfax High School.
One Act, Off to States as Regional 2nd Place Winner
by Lasso Staff (November 27,
Frank Marino’s theater arts class
will compete at the state level this coming Monday as they perform "All
I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten" in the one-act play competition
at the University of Virginia.
Election Right on Target
Overwhelmingly Elect Warner, Kaine
By Sara Kaplow (November 8, 2001)
Tuesday’s mock election that took
place during TA was a fair indicator of the actual results of the Virginia
elections held on the same day. Mason students elected Mark Warner, the
Democratic candidate, as Governor with 63% of the vote.
Week 2001 Comes to a Close with an Enchanting "Once Upon a Time" Dance
By Sara Kaplow (October 31, 2001)
Another homecoming game, dance and
spirit week have come and gone. This year’s dance is sure to be remembered
for its spectacular decorations, courtesy of the senior class.
Lead After Sci-fi Day
By Juliana Pearson (October
After the third day of spirit week,
the point total climbed to first place status. The sophomore class had
a total of 600 points. The second place senior class trailed behind with
a point total of 475. The third place freshmen had accumulated 450 points
and the juniors 350.
Week Heats Up as Inter-Class Rivalries Abound
By Juliana Pearson (October 24,
At the end of the second day of
Homecoming Spirit Week sophomores and seniors were tied for the position
of first place. As usual, the week before homecoming is filled with the
hustle and bustle of inter-class rivalry, and the competition remains fierce.
Picnic Attracts 250, Called ‘Huge Success’
By Paige Dorsey (October 23,
George Mason’s International Club
held its annual International Picnic last Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill
Park. An incredible attendance of 250 people from all over the world made
the day "a complete success" in the words of ESL teacher Grace Rissetto
He Real or Not?
Opens Tomorrow for Three-Night Run;
Marino Promises An Evening of Laughs
By Alexis Baker (October 17,
"Harvey," a comedy in three acts,
will be presented by the George Mason drama department this coming Thursday,
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 on the GM stage.
Battle of High School Bands Features 2 George Mason Groups
By George Huff (October 17, 2001)
The Falls Church Community Center
will play host to the first-ever Battle of the High School Bands on Saturday,
October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Conferences Mighty Successful
(October 16, 2001)
Named New Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach
(From press release) October
George Mason High School’s junior
varsity basketball coach David Garrison has been elevated to head coach
of the varsity boys’ basketball team, following the departure of coach
By Juliana Pearson (October 3, 2001)
Lasso, the school newspaper that George Mason students know and love,
is undergoing a make over. Instead of issuing a printed paper, Lasso is
pioneering into the New World of online publishing.
Hosts 268 Delegates from 11 Schools
By Sara Kaplow (October 3, 2001)
This past weekend, George Mason
hosted its 14th annual Model United Nations conference. The
conference, which included 268 students from 11 different schools, was
one of the largest ever. The conference lasted from 6-9 PM on Friday night
and resumed from 9-4 PM on Saturday.
Retreat Mixes Business, Fun
By David Oglethorpe (October
Whether you enjoy team building
activities, hay -rides, or cooking "weenies" over an open fire, the SCA
retreat was the place to be. On the 23rd of September 43 students
piled into two busses and headed off to the annual retreat grounds.
Others Protest VHSL’s Choice of Liberty U.
By Betsy Breen (October 3, 2001)
George Mason High School Principal
Bob Snee along with a number of parents in the community, have once again
petitioned the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to change its state basketball
tournament from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, to another site.
Debate at George Mason - Two Views
House Candidates Debate at GM
By Irene Farrow (October 3, 2001)
Incumbent Delegate Jim Scott and
challenger David Snyder met yesterday in George Mason Auditorium and engaged
in a lively debate, adjudicated by Seniors Meghan Baer and Josh Singer.
The government students of Mr. Peloquin and Mr. Pikrallidas, and voting
seniors were present, as were various members of the community.
Collide on Center Stage
By Gordon Daisley (October 3,
On Tuesday, October 2nd,
200 Mason students from grades 10 – 12 filled the auditorium to see the
candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates square off in a heated debate.
Incumbent Delegate James Scott (Dem.) and his district opponent, former
Falls Church mayor David Snyder (Rep.), were given the chance to present
their platforms and argue over key issues of the November 6 election.