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Winner of the 2004 National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker Award.

Winner of the Marylander Award for best online high school publication in 2004 and every other year the award has been presented.

2004 MSPA Individual Writing and Editing Contest Winners for Online
Front-page Design - 1st: Jeffrey Dunn, Keith Costanzo & Branden Buehler, "Silver Chips Online Red Design"
2nd: Jeffrey Dunn, "Silver Chips Online Blue Design"

Inside-page Design - 1st: Jeffrey Dunn, Keith Costanzo & Branden Buehler, "Ninja Turtles Page Design"
2nd: Kedamai Fisseha, Seema Kacker: "Brown v. Board Chart"
3rd: Kedamai Fisseha, "Brown v. Board Banner"

News Writing - 1st: Cori Cohen, Adedeji Ogunfolu, "MCPS Issues Water Alert"
2nd: Anthony Glynn, Elliott Wolf, "Breakdancing Banned"
3rd: Katherine Zhang, "Blair Fails to Make 'Adequate Yearly Progress'"

Sports Writing - 1st: Ellie Blalock, "Student Athletes Play It To The Bone"
2nd: Ellie Blalock, "From the Court to the Classroom"
3rd: Kristina Yang, "Blazer Volleyball Burns Patriots"

Silver Chips Online is the most popular high school newspaper in the country, according to yahoo.com.



Print Awards

Silver Chips is a 2003-2004 NSPA Pacemaker winner.

National Scholastic Press Assocation 2004
Best Front Page Design: Renee Park
Second Best Feature Story: Sherri Geng

Maryland Scholastic Press Assocation 2004
Newspaper - Comic
2nd Place: Branden Buehler and Terry Li
Big Moco - volleyball
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Newspaper - Editorial Opinion
1st Place: Lauren Finkel
In Memory of Ba
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2nd Place: Izaak Orlansky
Blair's Growing Pains
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3rd Place: Nora Onley
Fading Ethics in the World of Journalism
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Newspaper - Features
1st Place: Amina Baird
Inside the Salvatrucha
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2nd Place: Renee Park
Go-go-ing Places
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3rd Place: (tie) Easha Anand
Athletes' Cult of Skin & Bones
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Easha Anand
Love & Marriage Go Hand In Hand
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Honorable Mention: Arianna Herman
Body Art: When Beauty Is Skin Deep
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Anna Benfield
Immersed In Another Universe
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Karima Tawfik
Diversity at Blair After 50 Years of Brown v. Board
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Karima Tawfik
A Balancing Act of Books and Bucks
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Alexa Gabriel
Rolling Back to their Boarding Roots
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Julia Penn
A Mosaic of Talent
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Sherri Geng
A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Please
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Sherri Geng
Tired of Teaching: Rising Pressures Upset Educators
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Olivia Bevacqua
Escaping a Broken, War-Torn Homeland
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Newspaper - In-depth Story
2nd Place: Sherri Geng
Continuing with life after death
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3rd Place: Renee Park
Go-go-ing places
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Honorable Mention: Olivia Bevacqua
The looming effects of shrooming
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Sherri Geng
A battle against cancer, a love for life
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Newspaper - Informational Graphic
1st Place: Fidan Kerimova
Weighty Obsessions
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2nd Place: Christian Brown
Decision 2004
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3rd Place: Sheila Rajagopal
Maximum Penalties for Juveniles with Psilocybin Mushrooms
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Honorable Mention: Sheila Rajagopal
What Club Players Bring to the Plate
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Newspaper - News
1st Place: Easha Anand, Elena Chung, Izaak Orlansky
Principals, Weast Clash
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2nd Place: Han Hu
School Buses Overcrowded
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3rd Place: Elliott Wolf
Senior Murdered
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Honorable Mention: Kristina Hamilton
Police Stationed at Four Corners
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Sherri Geng
Social Worker's Departure Leaves Students Without Help
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Yicong Liu
Former Blazer Killed
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Stephanie Nguyen
Chiller Upgraded, Complaints Persist
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Sheila Rajagopal
Lead Found
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KC Costanzo
Vending Restricted
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Newspaper - Profiles
1st Place: Sherri Geng
On the Path to Excellence
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Honorable Mention: Yicong Liu
Blazer Cook Serves Up Classy Culinary Delights
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Newspaper - Review
1st Place: Eric Glover
The Bullet-time Bandwagon
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2nd Place: David Kim
Fab Indian Food
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Newspaper - Signed Editorial Column
1st Place: Easha Anand, Amina Baird
Education Alone Cannot "Close the Gap"
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2nd Place: Abigail Graber
TV's Portrayal of Gays Goes Too Far
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Honorable Mention: Kedamai Fisseha
Should The Draft Be Reinstituted for Iraq?
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Newspaper - Sports-game Coverage
1st Place: Lauren Finkel
Lax Gives Bengals A Sound Licking
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2nd Place: Zach Mellman
Hornets Sting Blazers, 17-7
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Honorable Mention: Luke Bostian
Boys' B-ball Breaks Five-Game Slump
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Newspaper - Sports-News or Feature
2nd Place: Easha Anand
Cutting weight to make the cut
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Newspaper - Sports-opinion Column
Honorable Mention: Kent Anderson
Unfinished Business Leaves Field A Dump
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MAGAZINE

Magazine - Inside-page Design
1st Place: Maya Kosak
The '60s
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2nd Place: Anna Benfield
The '70s
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Magazine - Prose
2nd Place: Eric Glover
Blazers Answer A Call to Battle
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WEB

Front-page Design
1st Place: Jeffrey Dunn, Keith Costanzo & Brandon Buehler
Silver Chips Online Red Design
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2nd Place: Jeffrey Dunn
Silver Chips Online Blue Design
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Inside-page Design
1st Place: Jeffrey Dunn, Keith Costanzo & Brandon Buehler
Ninja Turtles Page Design
Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md.

2nd Place: Kedamai Fisseha, Seema Kacker
Brown v. Board Chart
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2nd Place: Kedamai Fisseha
Brown v. Board Banner
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News Writing
1st Place: Cori Cohen, Adedeji Ogunfolu
MCPS Issues Water Alert
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2nd Place: Anthony Glynn, Elliott Wolf
Breakdancing Banned
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2nd Place: Katherine Zhang
Blair Fails to Make "Adequate Yearly Progress"
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Sports Writing
1st Place: Ellie Blalock
Student Athletes Play It To The Bone
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2nd Place: Ellie Blalock
From the Court to the Classroom
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2nd Place: Kristina Yang
Blazer Volleyball Burns Patriots
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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2004
News Story: Han Hu, "Air quality in question"

Winner of third place in the National Scholastic Press Association best of convention "Newspaper 17+ Pages" for the 2004 spring convention (December edition)

2004 Quill and Scroll International Writing and Photo Contest National Winners
Sports Story: Eleanor Blalock, "Playing for a new dream team"
Editorial Writing: Lauren Finkel, "In memory of Ba"
General Column: Abby Graber, "Au revoir french fries", "Blazer hikes on the campaign trail"
Feature Story: Sherri Geng, "A battle against cancer..."
News Story: Sherri Geng, "Blair overpopoulated"



Children's National Medical Center's 17th Annual Student Journalists' Health Writing Contest
First place: Easha Anand, "Athletes' cult of skin and bones"
Second place: Abigail Graber, "High heels bring teenagers down"
Third place: Arianna Herman, "Body art: When beauty is skin deep"