Spartan Spotlight

Broad Run High School's Newsletter May/June 2023

Principal's Message


Summer is upon us, and we are finalizing plans for the 23-24 school year. Please be sure if you are returning to Broad Run High School you have the right courses selected. You should be able to see your student schedule on or about August 14. Look for an email from me in early August with more information.

I would like to congratulate the class of 2023. As we celebrate you at graduation on June 1, we also thank you for your contribution to Broad Run through the years. Having school shut down halfway through your ninth-grade year was a huge challenge--one that you overcame together, and we are proud of you. Please stay in touch.

I would also like to thank the outgoing PTSO Board: Ms. Reidy, Ms. Vinay, Mr. Sharma, Ms. Miller, and Ms. Towle. Congratulations to the New Board! Please consider joining the PTSO and attending our meetings on the second Monday of each month.

Have a good summer.

David Spage

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World Languages Department Hosts Exchanges

French students visit Broad Run HS

Four groups of French high school students visited Broad Run HS this spring. More than 100 students from Roubaix, Soissons, Lille, and Bourg-en-Bresse, France visited BRHS on April 12, 24 and May 1.

Each French student was hosted by a BRHS student who is studying French. The French students loved experiencing a typical American high school day, including lunch in the cafeteria.

German Exchange

School will be out for summer soon! Not so much for the participants of GAPP (German American Partnership Program). They will travel to Leipzig, Germany June 15 and will stay with their hosts for fourteen days. Aside from field trips to beautiful castles and churches in Dresden, wandering through Weimar in the shoes of the famous poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, and making chocolate in Berlin, students will participate in the German classroom at our partner school - Neue Nikolaischule in Leipzig.

In addition, 20 students from Neue Nikolaischule will experience the American lifestyle from 9/11 - 9/25 2023 and are looking for host families to share this experience with. They will be visiting New York, Washington, DC, the Luray Caverns and Topgolf. Students of participating host families are welcome to attend field trips with the German students and can visit "their" student in Germany, when we are returning to Leipzig in June 2024 for a two-week exchange. If you would like more information about the exchange, please email the German teacher (Anne Friedrich,

World Languages Department Inducts Honor Society Members and Awards Biliteracy Seals

On April 19, 2023, the World Languages and Cultures Department held their honorary induction ceremony and also recognized those seniors who earned the Seal of Biliteracy.

American Sign Language: Hannah Jensen and Siena St. James

French: Aayan Asad, Fabianna Gerome, Angelina Illesca, Anna Korsunsky, Aidan Lavigne, Saketh Majeti, Mohamet Ndiaye, Javier Sanchez Hightower, and Angelo Sian

German: Grace Bazar and Rujuta Bhakre

Latin: Hema Chanamolu, Logan Crouch, Rudyard Sagilir, and Sheridan Stephens

Spanish: Arlianne (Arlee) Belleza, Tia Bindra, Matias Delellis, Kate Fisher, Skylar Ko, Mateo Loza, Vicky Melendez Rivas, Gabriel Otchere, Izzy Rotaru, and Shreya Sharma

Seniors who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy:

Arabic: Mark Kamel and Kermena Sameul

Bengali: Nathian Islam

German: Isaiah Smith

Hindi:Tanmay Nagar and Shyla Sarkar

Korean: Bokyoung Kim

Latin: Grace Martinez Cora, Erin McLoughlin, and Lydia Wang

Marathi: Manas Patkar

Spanish: Pamela Caballero, Alessandra Caceres, Nina Duarte, Sofia Gamboa Ketterer, Caitlin Laborce, Natalia Molina, Juan Perin, Val Ricardo-Agudelo, Natalie Smith, Esha Venkat, and Michael Vidal-Quinteros

Broad Run Creative Writing Recognized by the VHSL

The Broad Run Creative Writing classes, through their flagship publication Unbound, received recognition from the VSHL for the 2022-23 school year. They earned one SUPERIOR rating, three EXCELLENT, and two GOOD ratings, placing 13th out of 33 participating schools statewide.

The following writers contributed their prose or poetry for the competition:

Natalie Combs, Yasmine Houff, Yasmin Hussein, Sam Lombard, Lana Muhagir, Alana Rhinehart, and Julia Widding.

Cup of Spartan News

A Cup Of Spartan is celebrating their second year in the coffee business!

The student baristas have been busy creating new coffee drinks. Their specialty mocha's have been a huge hit, especially with students who enjoy stopping in the coffee shop. BRHS teachers and staff have been so supportive! A Cup Of Spartan greatly appreciates all the support this year, especially to the staff who donated beautiful mugs, dishes, cookie dough, baked goods and their time helping with coffee shop events.

The coffee shop held their last event on May 8. The theme was everything beach and it was a lot of fun!

Mr. David won best Hawaiian t-shirt contest. He received A Cup Of Spartan gift card and a floatie for his summer pool days.

Climate Change Blackout Poems from the AP Environmental Science Class

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From top to bottom:

Tiffany Vo

Isabel Will

Caroline Atkins