Guest Speakers


2017-2018 school year:

  • Mr. Stasi Poulos joined us to talk about flying, aerodynamics, and his company, Mindstar Aviation.

  • Ms. Solitaire Carroll from One Sparrow stopped by to talk to us about her organization and their mission. One Sparrow is a non-profit working to reduce homelessness and extreme poverty around the world.

  • Ms. Danielle Nadler, a reporter for Loudoun Now and author of Without A Trace: The Life of Sierra Phantom, joined us for lunch to talk about self-publishing.

  • Mr. David Stewart, who wrote the book that the middle school students were reading, The Summer of 1787, spent an afternoon with us talking about his book and signing our copies.

  • Ms. Suzie Bartel joined us to talk about her Sources of Strength program.

  • Johnny Perez, the Director of U.S. Prison Programs for the National Religious Campaign against Torture, visited our school at the behest of The Marshall Project.

  • Spoken-word artist, educator, and motivational speaker Joseph Green led our high school students in a writing workshop.

  • Author Glenn Frankel, who wrote one of the books that one of our history classes was reading, The Searchers, came to talk to us. He lead a discussion and then signed our books.

  • Author Brian Jay Jones joined us to talk about George Lucas' career, and the biography that he wrote for Mr. Lucas, George Lucas: A Life.

  • One of our seniors hosted a State Government and Local Politics Panel featuring Delegate Jennifer Boysko and Delegate David Reid.

2016-2017 school year:

  • Ms. Mary Schaller from the Richard III Society, an organization that for years has labored to prove the innocence of King Richard III of England, accused of murdering his two nephews to seize the British crown, joined us.

  • Mr. Michael Cannon, the Director of Health Policy at the Cato Institute, shared a libertarian's viewpoint of the upcoming election with us.

  • Mr. Steve Connors joined us to talk about his documentary, On Shifting Ground, about the experiences of a group of organizations before, during, and after the April, 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal.

  • Mr. Mitch Yockelson, who wrote Forty-Seven Days, stopped in to talk to us and sign copies of his book which students read earlier in the semester.

  • Mr. David Lario, Senior Professional Staff Research Scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, joined us to talk about the heliosphere.

  • Singer/songwriter Mr. Reggie Harris told us stories about history through music.

  • Mr. James McGrath Morris spoke about: his new book, The Ambulance Drivers, which was recently reviewed in the The Washington Post and The Economist); the importance of cultural capital; and how empathy, gratitude, and complexity have shaped his beliefs.