The Yorktown High School crew team’s Oct. 2 car wash had everything a good car wash needs: Nostalgic setting at Preston’s Pharmacy on Lee Highway. Gaggle of short-shorted girls. Bagpipe boy. Bagpipe boy? “I was wondering, What would draw a lot of company?” says 16-year-old team member Andrew Shields, who serenaded passing traffic for over two hours with his Highland pipes. “I played one jig, I played a strathspey, and I played a bunch of marches,” says Shields, one-third Scottish by descent (of the Stewart clan) and the “token Republican” of his junior class at Arlington’s H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. “And it did draw in some cars,” he adds, including a driver who requested “Scotland the Brave.” Others expressed their admiration from afar: “Some [friends] drove by a few times and tried to nail me with an empty soda from a taco place.”

—John Metcalfe