Montgomery Blair High School's Online Student Newspaper
Monday, June 18, 2018 9:26 am

Zoe Norvell

Online Graphics Editor
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Stories Authored (8)

Songs Reviewed (3)

Justin TimberlakeMy Love
4 stars
Nelly FurtadoManeater
4.5 stars
KT TurnstallBlack Horse & the Cherry Tree
4 stars

Galleries (7) Blair Fair 2006

Cartoons (13)

Pictures (195)

Sportswriter Michael Wilbon with some Silver Chips staff at The Washington Post. From left to right: Phil Allen, Pia Nargundkar, Elsi Wu, Payal Patnaik, Abe Schwadron and Josh Zipin.
Sportswriter Michael Wilbon with some Silver Chips staff at The Washington Post.  From left to right: Phil Allen, Pia Nargundkar, Elsi Wu, Payal Patnaik, Abe Schwadron and Josh Zipin.
Tim He and Allen Zhang jump up together to block the Rockville spikes.
Junior Max Wolf leaps to spike the ball to the floor in during the winning semi-final playoff game against the Rockville Rams on  May 17.
The girls Lacrosse team made it a special night for their loved Seniors at the last home game and Senior night.
At the blow of the whistle, senior Maddie Drikill fights for the ball after junior Dana Ballard's second goal ties the score at 2-2 in the first quarter.
The team's 6 seniors line up to be presented with flowers as appreciation from the team and a goodbye for their final season. The girls from left to right are Maddie Driskill, Gillian Couchman, Julie Spatz, Kiran Belani, Janice No and Diana Frey.
Senior Rachel Martin takes a bow when she is announced the 2006 Ms. Blazer.  The final two ladies were herself and Christiana Cassell.
Senior Rachel Martin takes a bow when she is announced the 2006 Ms. Blazer.  The final two ladies were herself and Christiana Cassell.
Runner-up senior Greg Donaldson bows down to this year's Mr. Blazer, senior Samir Paul. Paul won over the crowd using his quick lips and catchy beats with a talented performance of beat-boxing during the Mr. and Mrs. Blazer competition at Blair Fair on April 28.
Junior attack player Dana Ballard looks for an open girl while cradling the ball to maintain control against Sherwood.
Junior Devon Madison had four shots on goal against Sherwood but the game held on April 27 ended in a 2-14 loss for the Blazers.
Senior center Maddie Driskill charges past the Sherwood defense heading for the goal.  She scored one of the two goals for the Blazers during their game on April 27.
Goalkeeper Robert Ginsberg had over 25 saves against Sherwood's explosive offense, allowing only 10 to go in.
Defender freshman Andy Holmes forces the ball out of a Sherwood player's stick in the April 27th game that ended in a 10-5 loss for the Blazers.
A Keluka University representative tells junior Maura Druhan about the New York school during a college fair held for juniors in Gaithersburg on April 26.
Senior Sam Morris singles to left field  during Blair's game against Walter Johson on April 19.
Captain Sara Pierce ready to strike a Walter Johnson pitch that took her to first base in the 6th inning.
Junior Robert Riker winds up i nthe 5th inning of the Walter Johnson game which resulted in a win for the Blazers.
Junior love birds Eli Simon-Mischel and Maura Druhan attend the festival every year.  "We wouldn't miss it for the world!" says Simon-Mischel.  "You can't break tradition."
The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal the coming of spring with an explosion of life and color surrounding the Tidal Basin and the foot of the National Mall in a sea of pink and white.
Festival performances are held at the foot of the Jefferson Memorial including authentic Japanese dance and music.
Tourists flock each year from all over the country and many from Japan to experience the extraordinary sight and take pictures.
The 2006 festival marks the 94th celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912.
Couples laid in the sun together, families brought a picnic, tourists sat and took photos, and young adults played games.  The crowd was taking advantage of a beautiful day with spring fun in the sun on the Mall green.
Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists put on their flip-flops and shorts this week to see the Cherry Trees and their blossoming beauty at The National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin in downtown D.C. Click the above picture to view a gallery.
The pedestrian bridge along Georgia Avenue at the Beltway, still under construction.
Pedestrian bridge along Georgia Ave. still under construction.
Junior Claire Harper is ready for lift-off.
A group of Chinese wushu fighters overwhelmed the audience with tantalizing acrobatic flips and kicks.
Assistant Visual Arts Coordinator Dana Cui, Visual Arts Coordinator June Hu, Deputy Executive Assistant Julie Zhu, and Executive Assistant Debbie Chang received special appreciation for their hard work behind the scenes in order to make the night a success.
Pratik Bhandari on guitar
Magnet performers and students in the audience were invited to the stage and dance during the YMCA finale.
Andrew Bort played the drums for the YMCA finale with Will Ardanuy on trombone.
Seniors Pratik Bhandari and Brett Holbert as the Village People.
Joe Dario accompanied Mimi Zou on the paino for their rendition of <i>Beauty and the Beast's</i> "Tale as old as time."
Mimi Zou's enchanting voice was nothing less than a "beauty" in her performance of "Tale as old as time."
Eric An, Wenbo Dou, and Mikey Tsai of the Wushu & Martial Arts performers.
Junior Diego Ardila performs "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin.
Samir Paul's (far right) magnet friends give him advice on winning his crush's heart in "The Magnet Love Story," a short romantic comedy and mockery of Magnet students.
Blair's student a cappella group belts out "Saturday in the Park" arranged by Nathan Blustein in perfect harmony.
Chao Xue, an acclaimed and award-winning oboist plays Benjamin Britten's "Six Metamorphoses after Ovid."
(From left) Mr. Levin, Linden Vongsathorn, and Mr. Donaldson harmonize "Long Black Limousine" acoustically.
Mitchell Katz performs a humorous stab at the Magnet program through song.
(From left) Esther Kim on drums, Merlyn Duang and Sally Huang on the zither, Chao Xue on flute and June Hu on the zither.  Together, the five mastered a Mongolian Folk Song.
(From left) Nina Yang, Natasha Coleman, Andy Jiang, Varun Gulati, and Jessica Bermudez brought their heart pumping dance show to an end flashing their senior pride in their "Shut Up and Dance" ensemble.
A group of girls performs a Bhangra Indian dance.
Juniors Olivia Buzek and Jeff Guo mastered the duet "Time Goes By" by Mutsuru Igarashi. They were accompanied by Justin Chow and Ann Sun on the violin, Justin Vlasits on guitar and Hailey Lin on the piano.
Juniors Justin Chow and Ann Sun perform "Times Goes By" by Mitsuru Igarashi.
Junior Alice Fan concludes her traditional Chinese peacock dance, in which she gracefully mimicked the movements of the elegant bird. (click picture for gallery)
Noori Chai on piano for "Take Me as I Am"
Christopher Silberholz and Mindy Or sing "Take Me as I Am" from the musical "Jekyll and Hyde." (click picture for gallery)
Hamster Huey & the Gooey Kablooies perform during Magnet Arts Night, held on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Senior Sara Pierce reaches up to block a Churchill shot on Feb. 8 at Blair.
Sophomore Franny Blume swims the 100 yard fly.
Sophomore Sam-Bullard Sisken does a backstroke start
Sophomore Sam Bullard-Sisken
Junior Andrew Bort gives Fox 5 reporter Tony Perkins a short lesson on playing the vibraphone after the Blair Jazz Ensemble's performance this morning at Silver Spring's Tasty Diner.  Fox 5 News broadcasted the event as part of a piece on the Silver Spring community.
Senior Jacob Wade sets up to grab the rebound after a shot. The varsity team played hard in a 64-58 loss to Magruder on Jan. 2.
Senior Jacob Wade sets up to grab the rebound after a shot. The varsity team played hard in a 64-58 loss to Magruder on Jan. 2.
Junior Darius Smith looks for a pass.
Senior Jacob Wade sets up to catch the rebound after a shot was made. The varsity team played hard but not enough to beat the Magruder Coronels. Monday's game resulted in a 58-64 loss.
Junior Larry Johnson and Senior Jacob Wade block a Magruder player from adding points to the score board.
Ross Williams sinks a lay up in Monday's varsity game against Magruder.
Senior Sara Pierce sinks a basket in the fourth quarter increasing her team's lead on the Magruder girls.
Senior Jessica DuBose is heavily covered by Magruder players but still manages to sink her shot to add to the team's winning score on Jan. 9.
The varsity girls' basketball team took on the Magruder Colonels on Jan. 9.
Senior Kate Rassman looks for a pass in the Varsity girls' victory over Magruder which ended in 58-53.
Jenny Williams takes a shot from mid court  in the Varsity girls' victory against Magruder which ended in 58-53.
Senior John Ore puts the ball up with Northwood defense all over him in Friday's game that ended in a 53-51 loss for the varsity Blazers.
Senior John Orr puts the ball up with Northwest's defense all over him in Friday's game that ended in a close 53-51 loss for the varsity Blazers.
Varsity boys soccer, along with other fall sports teams, gathered in the auditorium Monday night to bring a close to the past season and honor selected seniors and star athletes who excelled on Blair fields and courts.
The Hispanic Club performed at the second annual freshmen social.  These girls presented a traditional Bolivian dance wearing the formal garments of their country.
The freshman social that was held in the SAC on Nov. 10, consisted of live entertainment, the video games Madden and Dance Dance Revolution and free photos in front of an '09 backdrop. If the freshmen were feeling creative, they could use props such as Blair memorabilia to pose with in their photo.
The Hispanic Club performed at the second annual freshmen social.  These girls presented a traditional Bolivian dance wearing the formal garments of their country.
Throughout the performance, Rihanna kept the beat strong and the audience screaming for more.  She sang clips of the latest hits, "If It's Lovin' That You Want" and "Here I Go Again," then a brief rendition of Kanye West's hit single "Golddigger."  She ended the night with her single "Pon De Replay," from her debut Album "Music Of The Sun."
Before the show Rihanna signed autographs for adoring fans that pushed and shoved their way to the front of the mosh.
Rihanna, Def Jam Records' hot new artist, made her debut visit to Silver Spring to perform at a free concert at City Place Mall tuesday to help raise money for the hurricane relief fund for victims in New Orleans.  The concert was organized by DC area radio station Hot 99.5 who sold bracelets to raise a total of $6000.
The free performance at Cityplace was coordinated by local DC radio station, Hot 99.5 FM.  Before introducing Rihanna, "Mark and Chris," the station's morning DJ's, thanked those fans who contributed to the hurricane Relief fund.
Hundreds of fans, including many Blazers, filled the floors of city place to get a glimpse of Rihanna's fundraising performance.
From left to right: Josh, Abe, Phil and Pratik.
Junior Robert Ginsburg is one of Blair's students that continues to succeed in school despite his disability.
The Poms were the last performance of the halftime show before introducing the senior cheerleaders and band members.  This particular synchronized portion of the show attracted cheers from the crowd as loud as the screaming at the peprally when it was debuted.
The Diva Dancers made an appearance on the field with an intricate routine accompanied by the band's rendition of Usher's hit Hip-Hop song "Yeah."
The band's first two numbers were Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and 'Karma Chameleon' by Culture Club to bring back some oldies for alumni weekend.
For the band, halftime is gametime.  Their new routines lit up the field for the fans' eyes and ears.
In recognition of the 1961/1962 alumni visiting for homecoming weekend, a sleek 1957 red convertible rode across the field  during halftime with featured alum, Ms. Fus, Ms. Madden and the Blazer.
The varsity football team shut out Einstein, 25-0, at Blair's homecoming game on Oct. 29. The win raised the team's record to 5-3.
With minutes left in the second quarter, the Blazers are stopped short of the ten-yard-line in an attempt to add more numbers on the scoreboard before the half is up.
This year's Blair Cheerleaders are reaching new heights with stunning routines including this multi-person pyramid at Saturday's homecoming game.
These wacky and tacky Blazers get 'a leg up' on possible Halloween costumes and still show school spirit.
Sophomore Francesca Blume wears layers upon layers of clothes while fellow sophomore Molly Martinez rocks a bright turquoise dress. These Blazers, along with  many others, went all-out for Wacky-Tacky day on Oct. 26.
Seniors Yolanda Aguilera and Edith Berrios match their outfits down to each accessory.  Real life twins Jonathan and Joshua Brown don't have to try as hard to be a part of this year's Twin Day.
Sophomores Brhan Berh and Asqual Getachew show Blazer pride participating in twin day and pride for one of their favorite bands, Comeback Kid.
All the way down to the shoes, juniors Odir Sarto and Zach Shephard know how to rock twin day.
Freshman buddies Yelena Johnson and Suzie Branson are Pretty-in-Pink!
"No, we're not real twins!" the two freshmen exclaim.  These best friends, Adelaide Waldrop and Anna Snapp, are often mistaken for being sisters.  Wearing matching outfits for twin day made the resemblance even more striking.
Marissa Goodman and Hoa Pham take a walk in the shoes of fellow juniors and real-life twins, Jonathan and Joshua Brown, dressing in matching outfits on twin-day.
Junior CAP students visited the Freer and Sackler Smithsonian Galleries Oct. 17 to explore the Asian art exhibits as a part of the AP World History unit on Ancient Asia.
One of the rare benefits the exhibit offers is having more than one copy of Warhol's famous portraits for each celebrity.  This allows the viewer to fully appreciate his depth of color and variation of design by being able to compare the two next to each other.
Two juniors of the Corcoran College of Art & Design admire the popular Marilyn Monroe portraits, one of Warhol's signature subjects.
The Warhol exhibit entrance is located on the first floor of the Corcoran Gallery.
A series of Warhol's trademark Campbell Soup cans entertained diners in the Corcoran's cafe, adjacent to the exhibit entrance.
Senior Carl Fortenberry adjusts to his new    classes at Blair after going to school in New Orleans his whole life.
Senior Carl Fortenberry starts a new life at Blair after leaving New Orleans to escape Hurricane Katrina.
Guidance Counselor Lynn Wood addresses questions and concerns at Senior Parent Night on Sept. 27 from parents of seniors who are about to start the strenuous college admission process.
Acclaimed author and education policy expert Jonathan Kozol attracted a large crowd of about 150 teachers, students, and supporters on Saturday to hear him talk about his new book, The Shame of the Nation, and reforming public education in America.
Teachers and students lined up to have their copy of "The Shame of the Nation" signed by author Jonathan Kozol on Saturday, Sept. 17. The line stretched around the perimeter of Blair's auditorium by the time the signing began.
Audience members including Blair's history teacher, George Vlasits, line up to have their questions answered by Kozol at the end of his speech.
The admiring crowd responds to his speech with a well-deserved standing ovation at the conclusion of his 90 minute talk
Acclaimed author Jonathan Kozol spoke at Blair on Saturday afternoon to promote his new book, "Shame of the Nation," and to discuss segregation in American public schools.
The penalties for driving with passengers during the first five months after receiving a provisional license are paying a fine and restarting the five-month process.
A young boy holds up a sign reading "STOP THE WAR," and his mother carries a sign displaying a quote from Cindy Sheehan: "Before one more mother's child is lost."
A vigil participants carries a sign reading "Meet With Cindy." Cindy Sheehan has demanded a meeting with President Bush, and has pledged to remain camping outside the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, until a face-to-face meeting takes place.
Demostrators line the corner of Georgia Avenue and Spring Street in Silver Spring. An estimated 210 people attended the vigil.
Families from the Silver Spring area hold a candlelight vigil at the intersection of Spring Street and Georgia Avenue in support of Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, on Wednesday, August 17. More than 1,600 peace vigils were held across the United States on Wednesday night, including 14 in Maryland and one in front of the White House. <i>Click on the photo to view a gallery of the protest.</i>
The team split themselves up as rinsers, washers, and dryers in order to get cars in and out more efficiently. Often, they had 4 cars arrive at once.
Coach Franceschini helps the team "start the program off right with money in our account" as she prepares a bucket with JV Coach Cutner.
Senior Christine Hayek and junior
Jessie Hallberlin scrub with sponges together towards the end of the day during the Field Hockey team's first annual carwash.