December 14, 2017 by Carolynn Unger

Millbrook’s DECA Club and marketing students took a trip a few weeks ago to explore the Big Apple.  Business and Marketing teacher Ms. Keeler has been the sponsor for DECA for 15 years.  The students spent three days exploring different parts of the city and were introduced to new experiences.  “They get to see pretty […]

November 10, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

Junior Azariah Boy described Ursula, her character in Millbrook’s production of The Little Mermaid, as being “prim and proper, but insane.” Boyd is no stranger to the stage, as this is the fourth role she is playing during her time with Millbrook’s Drama Club, ranging from both musicals and a play, including Shrek: the Musical, […]

November 9, 2017 by Gwen Zirkle

Payton Deegan has a passion for music, theater, and musical theater. She’s been in love with the stage since she was little and performing for a very long time. She also had an obsession with mermaids when she was little. “When I was five when I went through a phase where I was obsessed with […]

November 8, 2017 by Carolynn Unger

In the upcoming musical The Little Mermaid, the role of Scuttle will be played by senior Grant Myers. Grant is involved with Millbrook Choir, Drama Club, and Secretary of the National Honors Society.  He was also involved in Winchester Little Theater for a few years and most recently got into the All-National Honor Ensembles.  “Music […]

November 3, 2017 by Grant Myers

Millbrook’s fall musical, The Little Mermaid, is only a weekend away. Rehearsals began in early August, and now sets, makeup, and costumes are all coming together as the “practice runs” come to a close. All of the cast has enjoyed the experience in one way or another, from the ensemble to the leads. Chira Bell […]

November 2, 2017 by Carolynn Unger

Dennis McAndrew is a junior at Millbrook High School.  He is currently involved in choirs such as Jazz, Concert, and Varsity Choir.  He has also been participating in the drama department.  In the past, he has been in elementary plays and in his eighth grade year he played the role of Schroeder in A Charlie […]

October 26, 2017 by Carolynn Unger

The Millbrook High School musical The Little Mermaid is filled with many talented students with beautiful voices.  The BlueXpress featured the ladies of the whimsical ensemble, but what about the gentlemen? The boys in the ensemble are made up of junior Brendon O’Donnell, sophomore Charlie Shepley, and freshman Liam Sinnathamby.   The oldest, Brendon, has […]

September 27, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

The ensemble is the backbone of any great musical and this group of girls are ready for the challenge. Girls from all different grades, choirs, clubs, sports—ranging from the Creative Writing club and SCA, to color guard and softball, to Key Club and NHS—have come together to form the ensemble of Millbrook’s upcoming production of […]

September 13, 2017 by Carolynn Unger

Do you love helping people? Want to interact with others and do fun activities with your friends?  Then Key Club is the right place for you. Key Club is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours and give back to the community.  Key Club is involved in fundraisers such as the “Trick-or-Treat” bucket for coins […]

September 12, 2017 by Carolynn Unger

The musical this year at Millbrook High School is going under the sea for The Little Mermaid.  It is a timeless story about a mermaid named Ariel desperately wanting to be human and be with the man she loves.  The show will be directed by Brian Kelly, choral director at Millbrook.  He has worked as […]

August 24, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

Sign up for an audition spot for the Millbrook Drama Club’s production of The Little Mermaid soon! Information regarding the auditions are on the Drama Club Google classroom, including forms, sheet music, and access to the Drama Club website. You will need access to the website to pick your audition time and date: either Thursday, […]

May 3, 2017 by Cara George

On Wednesday, April 26, the Millbrook FFA Chapter held their annual end-of-the-year banquet. At this banquet many awards were given out. The first award given was the Greenhand degree. In order to receive this award, an FFA member must meet the following requirements: Be enrolled in agricultural education and have satisfactory plans for a supervised […]

April 28, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

On April 11, the Knit 4 Charities club met with Nancy Mango of Bright Futures to donate the items of clothing that they’d created throughout the school year. The club was created by Ms. Thomas of the IT department because she wanted to find a way to combine sharing her passion for knitting with students […]

March 30, 2017 by Emily Keller

On March 27, the NHS had their meeting where they discussed upcoming projects. Those projects include working and running the Color Me Blue 5k on Saturday, April 1. They discussed the Highland Food Pantry that will be held on April 4 and putting Easter baskets together to donate to CCAP. Current juniors in NHS were […]

March 10, 2017 by Emily Keller

DECA members just returned from the state championship that was held in Virginia Beach. To compete at the competition, members have to pick a topic to research and write a thirty page paper on the topic that they have chosen. For example, one group’s topic was rebranding the Winchester Royals. Then at the competition DECA […]

March 8, 2017 by Sabrina Castillo

On March 4, FBLA had their Regional Leadership conference at Lord Fairfax. 14 students won a place in their competition. 11 students qualify for states in April.   Here are the 14 winners: Mackenzie Onl – 2nd place in Computer Applications (Qualifies for states) Melanie Arauz – 3rd place in Word Processing Logan Apple – […]

March 8, 2017 by Nelson G

On Saturday, March 4th, TSA had their Regional Fair at Stuarts Draft High School in Stuarts Draft, VA. Multiple events took place in which students from Millbrook’s TSA program competed against other members from a plethora of schools in multiple categories. Millbrook did extremely well in this year’s Regional Fair with multiple 1st place winners. TSA […]

March 3, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

Meeting the first Thursday of every month, Leo Club, headed by history teacher Mr. Arney, has been very busy in the past few months and are looking forward to a productive end of the year. Their last meeting was dedicated to planning for school activities and volunteering for what is left of the year. These […]

March 3, 2017 by Nelson G

This weekend on Saturday, March 4th, TSA is having their TSA Regional Fair at Stuarts Draft High School in Stuarts Draft, VA. Multiple events will happen in which students from Millbrook’s TSA program will compete against other members in multiple categories. Competitions and students from Millbrook that are competing are as follows: Joe Eisenhauer in […]

March 2, 2017 by Sabrina Castillo

FBLA helps students prepare to enter careers in business-related fields.  They focus on community service, leadership, and networking. On Wednesday, coaches from American Woodmark came to critique their performance events for competition to get ready for Regionals. Their Regional Leadership conference is on March 4 at Lord Fairfax. On March 22, American Woodmark is coming […]

March 2, 2017 by Emily Keller

NHS (National Honor Society) had their last meeting on Tuesday, February 21. At the meeting the members were thanked for making homemade Valentine’s Day cards for Hilltop House and talked about their upcoming projects. On Saturday, February 25, they went downtown to volunteer at CCAP. They are also participating in the Book Blast collection bringing […]

February 28, 2017 by Gwen Zirkle

FCCLA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, is a Millbrook Club that meets on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 2:30 until 3:30. Their next meeting hasn’t been scheduled yet so students hoping to attend should listen closely to announcements. FCCLA is accepting donations for Henry and William Evans Home for children and books for Read […]

February 28, 2017 by Cara George

Millbrook’s FFA chapter had their February meeting on the February 22. At this meeting, they participated in many games such as egg toss, nail driving, and milk chugging. They had a PLINKO game set up in the cafeteria from February 21-24 in honor of FFA week. During that week, they also took sign-ups for the […]

February 6, 2017 by Madison Lazenby

On Wednesday, February 1, Millbrook’s Forensics team, headed by English teachers Ms. Hillyer and Ms. Valois, went to John Handley High School to compete in their first competition of the year. Three members of the team placed in their categories: Sophomore Hope Baker came in third in Prose, Senior Jared Guardino came in third in […]

January 19, 2017 by Cara George

FFA hosted their monthly meeting on January 18, 2017. At this meeting, they discussed any upcoming events, including any competitions that take place during the spring. These events include cancer week, black history month, and FFA week.   The next FFA meeting will be February 22, 2017. At this meeting, members will be competing in […]

January 14, 2017 by Cara George

FFA will be hosting their monthly meeting on January 28 after school until 4:00. At this meeting, the members will be talking about personal finance, upcoming spring contests, and many volunteer opportunities. See Ms. Bethke or Mr. Borst in the AG Department for more information.

December 16, 2016 by Madison Lazenby

December has finally come, the month of giving, no matter what holiday you celebrate. Millbrook is in full swing, with several clubs and organizations doing their part to raise donations for their chosen charity. According to Ms. Keeler, the DECA Timbrook Toy and Food Drive, which ended on Friday, December 9, was “very successful” this […]

December 2, 2016 by Cara George

The FFA fruit and meat sale orders are in. They can be picked up at the following times: Sunday (12/4) from 12-7 Monday (12/5) from 2:30-6 Tuesday (12/6) from 2:30-6 If there are extras, people will be able to come back on Wednesday (12/7) from 8-2:30 to buy more.

December 2, 2016 by Gwen Zirkle

On December 13, Knit for Charity will have their next meeting in room 513. A coordinator from FCPS Bright Futures, Nancy Mango, will attend the meeting to speak to students about Bright Futures and collect donations on their behalf. They will also be taking their group photo for the BlueXpress and Ms. Thomas and Ms. […]

November 21, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

FBLA went on a trip to Daytona Beach for the National Fall Leadership Conference. On Friday, they attended the opening session and there was a guest speaker, Felecia Hatcher. “She started a popsicle business. It was really neat to hear her talk,” said Mrs. Emily Carper. They attended several workshops such as Using Social Media […]

November 18, 2016 by Madison Lazenby

The Forensics Team met again on Wednesday, November 16. The supervising teachers, English teachers Ms. Hillyer and Ms. Valois, stressed the importance of getting a piece prepared for competition and when you do–get it memorized! The pair also discussed the idea of having meetings dedicated to the individual student. The idea is to have one […]

November 10, 2016 by Luke Rangel

Today, students that were accepted into National Honors Society were greeted into the club by a letter and a carnation (a white flower). Senior NHS students went to their first period classes to hand them out to the new members. The club is sponsored by history teacher Mr. Hammer. Mr. Hammer couldn’t recall how the […]

November 10, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

FBLA will be going to Daytona, Florida from November 9 to November 13 for the FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference. They will be joining with James Wood and Sherando FBLA for the 12 hour bus ride. Once there, they will attend the opening and closing ceremonies and attending workshops. Millbrook FBLA members are also going […]

November 4, 2016 by Madison Lazenby

The Millbrook Debate Team was founded by Junior, Daniel Ludwig and will be supervised by history teacher, Mr. Lewis. Daniel, who aspires to be a lawyer, was drawn to create the debate team when he noticed that several of the other schools in Frederick County, such as Handley High School and James Wood High School, […]

November 3, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

FBLA helps students prepare to enter careers in business-related fields.  They focus on community service, leadership, and networking.  This year is the 75th anniversary of FBLA and the theme for the year is Legacy of Leadership. On October 28, FBLA joined with FCCLA and FFA to create a Halloween carnival for elementary students. A full […]

November 2, 2016 by Gwen Zirkle

Knit for Charity is a club that allows students to earn various amounts of community service hours by knitting. Their fourth meeting will be held on November 15 after school in room 513 and will last for about an hour. They will be making hats and fingerless gloves that will be donated to those in […]

November 1, 2016 by Cara George

FFA, FBLA, and FCCLA joined forces to put together a Halloween Carnival for elementary school-age children on October 28. Held in Millbrook’s commons, Redbud Elementary students came dressed in costumes, ready to play games and get candy. The games included ring toss, mini golf, mini bowling, musical chairs, bingo, and many others. There was also […]

October 28, 2016 by Madison Lazenby

Millbrook’s Forensics Club, supervised by English teachers Ms. Hillyer and Ms. Valois, has started meeting every Wednesday. The club is in the early stages of yearly start up and is currently only focusing on finding pieces to work on. Ms. Hillyer has shared resources on public speaking and available pieces to use on the Forensics […]

October 26, 2016 by Cara George

Juniors Sarah Allder and Cara George met up with teammates Madalyn Swaner and Stuart Hackney, who are both college freshmen, and traveled with Ms. Bethke to Indianapolis for the FFA National Convention. They all piled into a bus with James Wood High School, Sherando High School, James Wood Middle School, and Admiral Byrd Middle School […]

October 5, 2016 by Cara George

On Wednesday, September 26, two FFA members, Emma Krise and Hannah Sampson, placed first in a Horticulture demonstration contest. For this contest, they had to prepare a horticulture based presentation. They had to create a script and put a demo together. They chose to do their demo on mason jar aquaponics, which is a combination […]

September 28, 2016 by Emily Keller

Children With Hair loss is a nonprofit organization that gives children who are 21 years or younger who have lost or who can’t grow their own hair. This organization takes a donor’s hair and turns it into a beautiful wig for a child. All hair that is donated and made into wigs are free of […]

September 27, 2016 by Gwen Zirkle

Twenty students traveled with Ms. Powers and Ms.Tharp to the FCCLA State Fair, a promotional fair to encourage students to join FCCLA. Each student had to create a project that promotes Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Thirteen of Millbrook’s students entered the accessories category, four entered the clothing category, and three made […]

September 26, 2016 by Cara George

The Millbrook FFA had their first meeting of the year on September 22. The members and advisors all piled into the minibus and drove off to Appleland. There, they spent time getting to know each other, while playing a few games of mini golf.   It’s safe to say that the main goal for all […]

September 23, 2016 by Abby Varricchio

Latin Club held its first meeting on September 21st. At this meeting, the club discussed officer positions and meeting times. Officer elections will be held next meeting. Latin Club meets every other Wednesday. Latin Club is an opportunity to delve deeper into the Latin language and Roman culture. For more information about joining Latin Club, […]

September 21, 2016 by Ryan Crosson

During Spanish Club on September 19, they went over and played a trivia game on Spanish heritage. The person who won the trivia game got a $25 gift card to Chipotle. The next Spanish Club meeting is on October 17 and all are welcome.

September 19, 2016 by Gwen Zirkle

Knit for Charity is a club run by Mrs. Kaminski where students can come and learn how to knit items to donate to charity. They’ve already had their first meeting, but their second will be on Tuesday, September 20 and new members are always welcome to join. At the meeting, new students will get started […]

September 19, 2016 by Cara George

Attention all Bingo players and Vera Bradley/Thirty One lovers! FFA is hosting their annual fall bingo fundraiser on Friday, September 30 at Millbrook High School. Doors open at 5:00 pm and games start at 6:00 pm. There will be a total of 15 games and every winner will receive a Vera Bradley/Thirty One bag packed […]

September 15, 2016 by Dylan Boyer

History Club is a relatively new club at Millbrook, as it started last year. It is run by Ms. Kaminski in room 513.They meet about once a month, every third Wednesday. There are currently about 15 members. During their meetings they talk all things history. They have discussions, lessons, and occasionally watch videos related to […]

September 14, 2016 by Luke Rangel

Interact Club is a club that is set out to improve our community by doing community service. The club is led by Mrs. Harrison. Right now, the club has about twenty-five members, but they are always looking for more members. Interact Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. At the next […]

September 7, 2016 by Sabrina Castillo

According to club advisor, Ms. Emily Carper, FBLA helps students prepare to enter careers in business related fields.  They focus on community service, leadership, and networking.  This year is the 75th anniversary of FBLA and the theme for the year is Legacy of Leadership.     The FBLA officers this year are:   Presidents : […]

September 1, 2016 by Ryan Crosson

Spanish club is a new after-school club that is aimed at celebrating the Spanish culture. The club was created for students who are in Spanish or have taken Spanish to study and celebrate the culture of the language and culture. They haven’t officially had a meeting yet but the first one is coming up on […]

September 1, 2016 by Cara George

Contrary to popular beliefs, FFA is not a club for only farmers. FFA is for anyone who is interested or looking for a career in agriculture. Since FFA at Millbrook is a small club, they get to know their fellow members very well and eventually become a second family. They have meetings once every month, […]