MPHS Senior Named National Merit Semi-Finalist

Manassas Park High School senior, Brayden Wence, has been named a Semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Brayden is one of only 16,000 students from across the nation to be named as a semi-finalist in the 67th annual program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semi-finalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

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MPHS Band Program Receives Grant

Mr. Claude Legrand, Jr., Director of Bands at Manassas Park High School accepted a $1000 dollar grant this month from the GRAMMY Recording Academy in Washington, DC. The Academy contacted Legrand in the late winter of 2021 after word spread of his dedication to music in the high school. In a review of the band program at MPHS, the Academy found the instrumental program as unique and worthy of recognition and support.

The GRAMMY Recording Academy represents performers, songwriters, and music professionals. As the world's leading society of music professionals, the Academy works to ensure that the recording arts remain a thriving part of our cultural heritage through various music programs including the Grammy awards- music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement.

Legrand is excited to use the funds to continue replacing instruments. He is looking forward to using the grant money to continue to support his band program this year. Legrand has a strong dedication to the band program at Manassas Park High School, a program he has been a part of in some capacity for 17 years.

According to the GRAMMY Recording Academy, "Music is the original melting pot- a unifying blend of creeds and cultures. It makes us dance, helps us celebrate, and reminds us that at our heart, we're all the same."

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Hispanic Heritage Month

We are excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our families and community!

Did you know Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have inspired others to achieve success
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MPCS Welcomes Administrators

Manassas Park City Schools is pleased to welcome incoming leaders in the following roles:

Ms. Tricia Williams has accepted the position of Manassas Park High School Assistant Principal. Williams come to MPHS after seven years at Colonial Beach High School where she most recently served as Principal.

Ms. Sabera Rahyab accepted the position of Assistant Principal of Manassas Park Elementary School. Rahyab joins MPCS from Fairfax County Public Schools after serving as ESOL Department Chair at Herndon Middle School.

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