Celebrating Success

Friday night I went to our school’s spring musical.  Chantilly Drama put forth an incredible performance of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.  Watching our students up there, on stage, I noticed how many of them we have celebrated recently for all sorts of reasons.  I have been thinking about how we tell our school’s story – that we are more than sports scores in the newspaper (though that is an important piece too!), that our students are multi dimensional people who succeed in all sorts of activities.

Recently we’ve highlighted the following with our #ChantillyPride unifying hashtag:

  • Leadership Students excelling at a leadership conference
  • DECA students competing in and placing 3rd in an international competition
  • Pyramid art show
  • Environmental Science and Biology students working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Sharing completed PBL (Project Based Learning) work in English and history
  • 50 student leaders together with Mike Erwin of the Positivity Project, CHS is one of the first 5 high schools to take on P2 this coming year.
  • JEA Press Freedom Award
  • Fairfax County Government Assistive Technology for Seniors Shark Tank Award Winners
  • Leadership students creating blankets for the homeless shelter
  • Young Arts National Award Winner
  • Debate – regional champs!

And that’s just in April!! This doesn’t take into account any of the recent state titles (Forensics, One-Act Play) and all of our great finishes by our winter sports teams.

High school is so hard for many students.  Finding a group or club or team or class where they feel that they really, truly belong is incredibly important.  Celebrating and sharing a variety of ways that students can succeed is so vital. It shows students that there is a place for them. That there are people “like them” in all of these activities.  It builds a sense of community as we celebrate and lift each other up.

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