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Ladle Fight plays a gig.
Senior Zak Scarano contributed against Wheaton in his last regular season home game as a Blazer.
Senior Nate Goodin has led the team all year, and added six goals against Wheaton.
An incoming storm at dusk sweeps over the Blair turf field during the Girls' Lacrosse senior night.
Junior shortstop Max Salzman scores on Schweickhardt's 3-RBI double in the first inning.
Junior Max Salzman scores on Schweickhardt's 3-RBI double.
Students mob to the exit of the building during a fire drill.
Sophomore Dio Cramer sees her sketches realized on the stage.
Junior John Ramsey delivers an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
No caption, it's a cover.
Senior pitcher Carson Schweickhardt gave up only two earned runs in five innings of work.
After his talk, Fauci answered questions from the audience.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIH gave a talk during third period Monday.
Panelists and organizers pose together in front of the White House after a tour of the Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
The student reporters anticipate the address in their designated front row press seats.
Astronaut Joe Acaba gives a patch honoring one of his missions to a student reporter from the "Time for Kids" publication.
Editor-in-Chief of Silver Chips Online Aanchal Johri interviews Tyrone Davis, who created a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 200 tons annually at his university.
Astronaut and former NFL player Leland Martin introduces a video from the International Space Station filmed for the SoSTEM Address.
President Obama’s Science Advisor Todd Park addresses the crowd.
The SoSTEM panel fields questions from students.
A local high school student asks a question to the panel.
Media flock to cover the student reporters who were given unique access to the speakers.
The SoSTEM discussion panel encourage STEM students in the second annual SoSTEM initiative.
United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park was a guest speaker at The White House SoSTEM.
A student interviews the STEM discussion pannel at SoSTEM.
Editor-in-Chief Aanchal Johri interviews Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. John P. Holdren.
Sophomore Kenneth Hill and Senior Alex Michell perform a spontaneous duet of the song "Valerie" at the SGR Spectacular.
Guard Erica Adarkwa shoots over a Wheaton defender.
Senior Guard Damar Bess dribbles baseline against Springbrook.
Senior Anthony Davis drives past Springbrook guard Andrew Robinson.
French 4 and 5 teacher Yolaine Siko has a strong appreciation for different cultures.
French Level 5 teacher speaks five languages.
Superintendent Joshua Starr took questions from Blair parents at the town hall style meeting.
Joshua Starr spoke at Blair last week.
Senior Amie Idriss plays Hippolyta, the Queens of the Amazons and betrothed to Theseus, the Duke of Athens (played by Junior Kalanzi Kajubi).
Hermia and Lysander, played by seniors  Mallory Rappaport and Langston Cotman spend a night together in the woods.
The Fairy King and Queen twirl around each other in a fiery, intense dance.
Titania, Oberon's wife and Queen of the Fairies, played by Senior Calley Mayer-Marks, sits among her attendants.
Part of the new Silver Spring library.
A flock of birds descends as a unit on the Blair practice field.
A student shows off a praying mantis he caught during the 5th period lunch block.
Senior captain Wako Wako battles a Sherwood player for the ball.
Senior captain Donald Benamna dribbles up the right wing.
A lonely leftover decoration from Spirit Week remains and reminds Blazers of this year's Senior theme of "Under the Sea."
Daniel Jones, an Eastern Middle School graduate, is the 2013-2014 freshman class president.
Homecoming tickets will be slightly more expensive this year.
Senior Dana Cook working on one of Blair's new laptops.
Senior Amy Yan will lead the lady blazer offense this fall.
Senior captain Lily Gates (pictured far right) and the rest of the cheer team hope to have a good season.
Senior forward Donald Benamna will be a big factor in the offense this season.
Blair's Keenthy Yeboah, who scored a goal in the game, controls the ball.
The varsity Girls Volleyball Team celebrates a point won over Seneca Valley during their first game of the season.
Football players practice agility drills for their upcoming games.
Defensive back coach Powell works with a few players during a practice.
Wako Wako heads the ball during a preseason scrimmage.
Junior Elana Rombro casts her election votes.
Senior Kayla McCaw performs her floor routine.
A student searches for her own "Wanted" photo. The Wanted Wall is intended to attract attention to help yearbook sales by displaying the names and pictures of students who have not yet ordered a yearbook.
Senior captain Lowell Ensel rounds third against the Vikings.
Senior Ebony Argaez adjusts the projector while painting a design for the spring musical, Into the Woods.
Seniors Justin Kung and Trevor Gibson pass the ball up field.
Junior Nick Porter cradles around a hit on his way to one of his three goals.
Sophomore Brian Orellana poses for a picture on Wacky Tacky Wednesday, one of the days of the senior spirit week.
Carmen's Italian Ice truck stops on campus to offer sweet refreshments to students after school.
The Washington Monument is currently closed and undergoing repairs to fix damage sustained during the earthquake two years ago.
An audience member enjoys getting involved in the concert, and reenacted a short sword fight with another fan.
 Kohei Hattori, of the J-Pop band The Asterplace, roars for the crowd.
A variety of Asian cuisine, ranging from Ramen to Stir-Fry was available, lining the edges of the street.
The festival, stretching six blocks, runs towards the Capitol.
The streets are lined with colorful Asian decorations during the street festival.
At the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, two martial artists duel on a stage.
One white bloom stands out from the rest.
Many tourists dress up for the occasion in Japanese-inspired outfits, such as this young girl in a traditional kimono and fan.
The main tidal basin area is incredibly crowded with tourists during the spring time.
Cherry blossoms emerge against a bright spring sky.
Junior Will Tien-Street blocks a Richard Montgomery player.
Senior Justin Kung attempts to keep the ball away from Richard Montgomery.
Junior Eli Fellows puzzles over the most recent Silver Chips Print crossword. The newest edition was released March 14th.
Junior Dana Cook recites a poem in the Sankofa teaser.
Junior Assistant Director Amie Idriss performs in the Sankofa teaser.
The "Into the Woods" has a  much smaller cast than typical Blair plays.
Seniors Peter McNally and Maya Davis starred in "The Taming of the Shrew and the Tamer Tamed," which had a large cast to compensate for the upcoming musical's small ensemble.
A parent listens to the panel's advice about college applications at the Los Padres meeting.
Jihan Asher from CASA de Maryland shares information about grades and SAT scores.
At the end of a school day, chair stacked on top of desks reveal the bright tennis balls on their feet.
Senior Justin Kung drives by a Whitman defender.
The Valentine's Day candy grams consist of a lollipop and a hand-written note.
Blair's Spanish Honor Society sold candy grams last week during both lunches.
Offensive tenacity was the key to Blair's success in the match against Blake.
Senior Alex Ortiz faces off against a Blake Defender
Co-captain Sebastian Rubinstein celebrates one of his goals
Petruchio (Peter McNally) and Katharina (Maya Davis) share a moment together.
A frustrated Katharina (Maya Davis) vents her anger.
In the morning light of a two hour delay, fresh snow partly obscures a board advertising the play currently being performed at Blair.
Despite the loss, the girls' team had a strong performance this week.
The Blair cheerleaders helped keep spirits high during the swim meet.
Sophomore Max Kronstadt skates down the ice.
In order to avoid getting sick, Bitonti suggests washing your hands frequently.
According to Greene, seeing students smoking in the Woodmoor Shopping Center parking lot helped convince businesses to adopt the policy.
Nelson H. Kobren gymnasium.
Sophomore Danny Canary followed up his 21 point performance with 27 against Northwood.
The Black Friday crowd refuels to continue on their journey.
Blair fans come out to support the team on Saturday afternoon.
The Blair cheerleading team, above, took home the spirit award for the eighth year in a row.
The Fillmore stage, above, has been used by many performers in the past year.
The Montgomery County Council discussed the
proposed arena at a recent youth town hall meeting.
The calm, homey atmosphere at Zed's provides a great space to study or hang out with friends.
The Cafe Mocha at Kefa Café is just the right mix of coffee and hot chocolate.
The Fenton Café offers a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes.
A Japanese class sings "If You're Happy and You Know It" in Japanese to the exchange students.
Ms. Johnson poses with a Japanese teacher dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono.
One of the Japanese teachers comes up to speak to Ms. Johnson.
Ms. Johnson cracks a joke to entertain the audience.
A Japanese exchange student pays attention to the speakers.
A Japanese exchange student wears a protective mask.
A Blair student explains how her day with her exchange student partner went.
Mr. Moose welcomes the Japanese exchange students to the goodbye event.
A blazer shouts in reaction to her balloon bursting during the water balloon toss.
The cheerleaders perform a variety of stunts during their routine.
Sophomore Shailee Bruck energetically waves to the section of the bleachers where the sophomore class is seated.
The Blair Blazer mascot poses during the pep rally.
Blair alumni teachers run onto the field.
Members of the Ultimate Frisbee team rush onto the field.
Blazers participate in the water balloon toss.
Brian "Hawaiian Brian" Griffin reacts to the Homecoming King announcement.
Seniors chant "1-3" to cheer on the their class.
Freshmen jump into the air congratulating each other after thinking they won the water balloon toss.
After scoring a goal in the first half, senior Stallon Ndawula fights for a free ball in order to extend the Blazer lead.
Junior Keenthy Yeboah gets scrappy as he battles with a Clarksburg defender in order to keep the Blair shutout alive.
George Pelecanos speaks to students about his career as a writer.
Junior Simon Kienitz-Kincade asks Pelecanos a question.
The Blair Steeple glows orange in the pre-first period morning sun.
Students raise their hands to share questions and comments at the Montgomery County Council town hall meeting Wednesday.
The fire started in the storage room of Silver Spring Stage.
The Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department responded promptly to the fire on Friday.
A line of caution tape marks the perimeter of the scene of the fire at the Silver Spring Stage in Four Corners.
Senior Aron Coste helped Blair come back from a 1-0 defecit as part of their speed line up.
Senior Charley Marshall was part of the tough Blair defense that countered Kennedy's offensive speed and kept the game close.
Senior Ana Cordon passes the ball on Blazer offense.
Junior Michelle McGhee fights for the ball in an aggressive game.
Co-president Diwakaran Ilangovan presents a lecture to biology club members.
The scoreboard was not working properly for this lacrosse game from last spring. A replacement could cost up to $60,000.
This year's edition of Silverlogue is going to be very different from those of past years. Above, the 2007-2008 edition.
Senior captain Simon Amato clears the ball away from two Wildcats.
Coste scored the only goal for the Blazers midway through the first half.
The Silver Spring Library will be open for two extra Sundays this year.
Sophomore cheerleader Shailee Bruck is thrown in the air during Blair's football game against Quince Orchard.
Blair's defense takes down running back Clay Shelton-Jones in one of only a few defensive stops for the Blazers.
Blair running back Darryl Blue takes the hand off as the Blair offense failed to score for the second straight game.
Many Blazers attended the "Blair's Got Talent!" showcase Wednesday night in downtown Silver Spring.
"The Flying Mighty" is a band consisting of Blair juniors Brendan Casey and Noah Elkind, as well as Finn Cohan and Lewis Andrews, who do not go to Blair.
Senior forward Stallon Ndawula helped set up the rest of the offense and get the Blazers a lead that they wouldn't relinquish.
Junior defender Dylan Crosson helped hold the B-CC offense to one goal before getting injured and having to leave the game.
Jenny Beech is one of the four senior captains in a relatively new field hockey team.
Allison Whitney is a player to watch for the girls' tennis team.
Despite losing key players last year, the Blazers are deep in junior midfielders.
Blair football started off their season with a 13-2 loss to B-CC.
Blair had trouble stopping BCC's John Sieber all night as he recorded one of BCC's two touchdowns.
The Blazer offense could not get anything going against the BCC defense.
A high school student vaults over a staircase at a parkour jam on the campus of the University of Maryland.
 “The Queen of Versailles,” Jackie Siegel, the star of the film by the same name, makes a surprise appearance to the screening of the film.
A member of the press interviews the two filmmakers of the film, “The Last Member.”
The marquee outside the AFI Theatre advertises the Silverdocs festival.
A line forms in the hopes of receiving standby tickets before a screening.
The sun sets, casting long shadows in Round House Theatre.
An audience member contributes her own story of adoption after the movie “A Girl Like Her.”
The official “puperazzi” enjoys attention after a screening of a movie. Brutus McCracker is wearing a camera on his collar which takes a picture every 5 seconds.
An audience member watches the introductory Silverdocs video before a film.
“A Girl Like Her” is shown at Round House Theatre, one of the five theaters participating in the festival.
A subject of the film “The Revisionaries” defends a point made by director Scott Thurman.
One of the filmmakers of “Big Easy Express” responds to a question from the audience on the closing night of Silverdocs.
The subject of the movie “Trash Dance,” choreographer Allison Orr, and subject of the short “Sparkle,” dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams laugh at a joke made during the Q&A.
An audience watches a documentary included in the AFI Silverdocs festival.
A duck lands in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in DC.
Junior Caren Holmes was a key player in the game, showing great effort whenever she got the chance to score a goal.
Senior Sean Reilly takes the ball downfield.
Sophomore Michael Reilly celebrates after Blair scores one of its seven goals.
On a field trip, students from Blair's Spanish 2 classes cluster around the entrance of Sol Azteca.
Sophomore Zack Scarrano takes a shot at goal.
Sophomore co-captain Neil Gahart slides into home during the Blazers sixth-inning rally while  senior co-captain Richard Griner looks on.
Junior Justin Kung attempts to run past a Bengal defender.
Senior Eric Colbert pushes the ball past a Blake defender.
After the fight, a father and son team attempt to return personal items lost during the fight.
A fighter announces his birthday on his pillowcase.
While other fighters didn't hide their amusement.
A fighter gets a height advantage by sitting on the shoulders of his friend.
In the middle of the battle, the fights are most intense.
One fighter finds that the Two-Pillow strategy is more efficient.
While the crowd is mainly composed of 20 and 30 year olds, young children also find a place in the fight.
Many fighters maintain a serious air about the fight.
While there were no serious injuries reported after the fight, many sunglasses and other personal objects met their end on the battlefield.
The center of the fight is a tightly packed group constantly revolving around a couple fighters in the very middle.
Two pillow fighters, one armed with a stuffed cow, gang up to attack another fighter.
There are no opposing sides involved in the pillow fight, the only strategy is to hit as many people as possible.
Crowds gather around to watch the intense battle.
Pillow fighters rush to the heart of the fight, between the Washington Monument and the Capitol.
A member of stage crew paints a wooden musket in preparation for Blair's upcoming production of Les Miserables.
The Blair ice hockey team’s club status means they are governed by looser restrictions and can accept members from other schools.
The goalie of the Gaithersburg boys' varsity lacrosse team attends his goal during a game at Blair on Tuesday. Tuesday's game was Blair's first win of the season.
The goalie of the Gaithersburg boys' varsity lacrosse team attends his goal during a game at Blair on Tuesday. Tuesday's game was Blair's first win of the season.
Senior Alex Stuart fights for possession of the ball.
Senior co-captain Sean Reilly brings the ball into Baron territory early on in the game.
Sophomore Sam Lewando raises his hand to volunteer to read a part in the Mean Girls script during a video production class on Wednesday.
Freshman Jacob Popper catches a frisbee during an ultimate frisbee match after school.
As the moon rises, the varsity boys' lacrosse team huddles up before a late scrimmage against Wheaton.
Seniors enjoy the unseasonally warm temperatures in the senior courtyard during sixth lunch on Tuesday.
The Washington County North Stars defeated the Blair ice hockey team by a score of 5-1 on Friday night.
Senior Sid Nanda plays guitar during the cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here."
This year's emcees (from left to right): Alice Mukora, Ben Holland, Elizabeth Billings and Andrew Lu.
A student decorated their locker with paper hearts to celebrate Valentine's Day.
The finale of the parade was a lion dance near fireworks, which drew a vast crowd.
At the end of the morning, a young boy who was in the parade takes a ride on his father's shoulders.
The colors of the ornate gate in Chinatown are mirrored in the crowd.
A chinese lion costume (often mistakenly referred to as a "dragon costume") roars at the crowd during a traditional dance.
The Parade Royalty waves at the crowd from a horse-drawn carriage.
Red, a traditional color of good luck in Chinese culture, dominates the outfit of a child dancing in the middle of the street before the parade.
Strings of Chinese and American flags blow in the breeze of the cold morning.
Good luck cats wave to the parade crowd from a store window.
A cook prepares food with a dramatic flair to entertain a passing toddler.
Miss District of Columbia walks to a Chinese restaurant before the parade.
Junior Julian Smith-Jones grabs a loose ball in Blair's overtime loss on Friday night.
Senior Rick Narcisse attempts to dunk as Northwest sophomore Rodney Snider contests from behind.
Members of InToneNation sell candygrams at lunch on Tuesday.
Junior Langston Taylor finishes at the rim in Friday's 1st annual Chips Showdown.
Senior sports editor Eli Schwadron dishes off to junior Langston Taylor for the assist.
Online beat Print, but at the end of the day we're all winners!
Members of the Blair cheerleading team smile after winning the Spirit Award.
The Blair cheerleaders performed a variety of routines at the Panther Cheer Competition on Saturday.
Snow from the weekend blankets the ground on a dreary Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, a fire alarm in the middle of ninth period forced students to evacuate Blair.
The first snow of winter falls on the empty Blair field towards the end of the day.
Over the years, this house has continuously expanded their Christmas lights.
Bokeh is out of focus light that can look very colorful with Christmas lights.
This house setup a tree of Christmas lights in their lawn.
Many houses use a wide range of different Christmas lights.
Colorful bokeh can be seen in the background of these Christmas lights.
Christmas lights arranged in the form of a reindeer.
On the third floor, freshman Dylan Goldvale carries his model of a cell project carefully.
Senior forward Rick Narcisse is defended by Luc Sebrechts and Nigel Crayton.
Senior guard Theo Remy was crucial in Wednesday night's win. He scored eight of Blair's twenty points in overtime.
Senior guard Tucker Canary scored 17 points in Blair's overtime victory against BCC.
Blazers hang out after school at the Chipotle that opened today at Four Corners. This caused some security issues during lunch when many Blazers left campus to have lunch at Chipotle.
The Jewish Culture Club held an open meeting during both lunches today. The event included a presentation by Israeli-American students from Walter Johnson and a question and answer period afterwards.
Some zombies chose to wear typical street clothes and only wear zombie make-up in order to stick with the idea that zombies had taken over present day society.
A zombie dressed as a beauty pageant winner grabs at the camera.
Humans weren't the only ones who were able to participate in the race, numerous zombies dressed up their dogs as well. These two pugs are uneasy with all of the commotion.
A zombie couple stares deeply into each others eyes, though maybe not with love but with hunger- for brains.
A "zombie-fied" Amy Winehouse enjoys the lighthearted atmosphere of the crowd. Winehouse Zombie wasn't the only recently deceased celebrities to appear at the walk.
Fog machines were set up on Ellsworth drive to add increased suspense to the march.
A member of the resistance flees the oncoming zombies while warning the gathered crowd to evacuate the area. Most resistance costumes included armor of some type and a large nerf gun.
While the overpowering number of people came dressed as zombies, some dressed as the zombie "resistance," the last few remaining humans attempting to save the race. Dramatic battles between the two sides were entertaining for the crowd to watch but the violence, even joking violence, required supervision from the police.
The zombie crowd prepares for the march on a street closed off by police outside of the restaurant Jackie's.
All of the zombie costumes this year were convincing and creative. This man wears a body bag and which includes minute details such as a toe tag.
During an unexpected fire drill on Tuesday at the beginning of fourth period due to a faulty smoke detector on the second floor, sophomore Clarisse Callahan keeps a birthday balloon afloat to stay warm.
A young boy films President Obama's inspiring speech, which was delivered not at the main stage but privately in the memorial near the "Stone of Hope."
Many notable figures, including Tommy Hilfiger, delivered speeches in the shadow of King.
After the initial seating area filled up in the early morning, the crowd overflowed to an area fenced off behind the first one.
A man from Alabama gives an interview about his experiences participating in the Civil Rights movement.
Not only filmed for public broadcast, the event was also covered by many news organizations.
A policeman surveys the crowd. There were very few disturbances in the well-planned dedication, with the exception of a brief outburst of angry protestors shouting during Obama's speech.
A sign celebrates King's influence on America and its development. This theme was mentioned in many of the speeches of the day.
A man, wearing a crown in tribute of King, records the performances.
Members of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir sing during the "Morning Joy" segment of the dedication.
The dedication struck close to many in the crowd who were involved in the Civil Rights movement.
Two women signal their location to friends. Meeting up with others was difficult due to the crowded seating area.
A man stands proudly at the dedication. Many in the crowd traveled a long way to experience the dedication.
Early in the morning, empty chairs near the front of the stage await VIPS.
A volunteer goes over the hundreds of boxes full of thousands of hats. The hats, designed and sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, were given away at the entrance.
The crowd contained people of all ages, including this local boy, from Virginia.
During president Obama's speech, the crowd begins to cheer "four more years" indicating their support for Obama to win another term in office.
Eager visitors started a line before 5am to get the best seats at the memorial. The line stretched around two blocks.
A new poster announcing the Halloween Open Mic scheduled for October 28th lays on Blair Boulevard after school on Tuesday.
Senior  Kevin Fallet, an integral part of the Blair offense, steals the ball from an opponent.
Sophomore Donald Benamna, who eventually scored the winning goal, races after the ball.
Freshman Molly Beckett cheers while on the shoulders of a crew teammate.
A cheerleader recites a chant towards the end of the second pep rally.
Marlee McPherson and Edie Hopkins pose for a photo in the athletic hallway to pass time before running out into the gym.
A varsity football player pumps up the crowd during the pep rally.
A long amount of mesh cloth hangs overhead of seniors cutting out hallway decorations.
A freshman wears a batman mask and cape, though it clashes with his teddy bear keychain.
Two blazers take a more subtle route on Superhero day, dressing up as undercover superheros, rather than the superheros themselves.
Senior Kevin Fallet heads the ball out of Blazer territory.
Senior co-captain Olivia Nono and sophomore Christine Jean lost their doubles matches, 6-1 and 7-5.
Junior Allison Whitney sends a volley to the BCC side. Blair fell 6-1 to the Barons on Monday night.
A robot from the Blair Robotics Club chases a couple students down the hall during the 6th period lunch activity fair on Tuesday.
The Fillmore opened in downtown Silver Spring on Sept. 15.
A band plays on the Fillmore's stage, while audience members look on.
A couple waits in line to pick up tickets for an event at the Fillmore.
Viewed from a second floor balcony behind the stage, Tramps Like Us performs to the crowd at the venue, which can seat 500-2,000 people.
The saxophonist Brian Ognan from the Bruce Springsteen cover band, Tramps Like Us, performs a solo. The band played a song in tribute of the E Street Band's Clarence Clemons, who died in June due to complications from a stroke.
A spotlight shines through the front rail, which separates the audience from the stage.
The audience admires the live music from the second floor balcony, directly above the main space.
A patron appreciates the gallery of past concert posters from other Fillmore venues from famous artists such as Pink and David Bowie.
The Radio DJ Cerphe Colwell from WVRX-FM 105.9 The Edge announces the schedule of the Silver Spring Community Night, which included live music and a chance to see the venue before it opened to the public two days later.
The DJ entertains the audience before the live act of the night, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, took the stages.
 A sound tech adjusts some of the equipment while multitasking on his phone.
The Fillmore stage is lit by many colorful lights and includes the large trademark chandeliers for which the Fillmore is known.
A box holding technical sound equipment sits on the edge of the stage.
A bartender processes a patron's order at the basement level "Vertigo" lounge.
A line of cars for Back to School Night on Tuesday runs along the overcrowded parking lot on the University Boulevard side of Blair.
The crowd at the temple listen attentively to the Muslim Call to Prayer, performed by Sharif Ramadan Abdulmalik, a student at Howard University.
Prayer candles from a Greek Christian Orthodox church welcome participants of the walk into the church.
A Muslim woman assists a Christian woman in putting on a hijab. All women must cover their heads, shoulders and legs before entering the mosque.
Those entering the mosque must also take off their shoes in order to preserve the carpet.
The Islamic Center of Washington Mosque stands in front of a backdrop of sunny skies. Though scattered showers were predicted on the day of the walk, the weather was enjoyable.
Standing on the steps of the Islamic Center of Washington, Imam Abdullah Khouj delivers a welcoming speech to the walk participants.
A young Muslim boy, who accompanied his father on the Unity Walk, peers cautiously around a pillar near the courtyard of the mosque.
As is the annual tradition, the prominent local St. Augustine’s Gospel Choir performs a version of "Amazing Grace" on the steps of the mosque.
Many of the religious leaders who spoke at the event gather for a photo-op at the request of the press before the walk participants moved on to the final destination, the nearby Gandhi memorial.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of the celebrated nonviolence advocate, Mahatma Gandhi, speaks under the shadow of his grandfather's memorial, located near Dupont Circle.
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf delivers a rousing speech to the crowd at a Hebrew temple before the walk begins.
During practice, sophomores Fiona Kavanagh, Katrina Golladay and Delia Trimble attempt to gain control of the ball.
Mimi Verdonk attempts to steal the ball away from Elisha Taney seconds before it hits the ground.
Sophomore Jenna Kanner runs the ball down the field.
During a practice drill, junior Eloise Goldsmith passes the ball to a teammate.
Sophomore Dillon Sebastian and Junior Camille Newell fight for the ball during a drill.
Sophomore Katrina Golladay and sophomore Delia Trimble fight for a loose ball in practice. Junior forward Lisa Bianchini led Blair to victory against the Trojans, scoring three of the team's five goals.
Senior Julia Lewando controls the ball during a varsity girls' soccer practice. Blair beat Gaithersburg 5-0 on Friday night.
Less than an hour after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit, most of Blair's sports teams had practice as scheduled in preparation for the upcoming season, though field hockey practice was canceled for the day.
On another sweltering and humid day in Washington, DC, a young boy cools off in the environmentally friendly sprinklers provided by the National Zoo.
The Peace Corps was featured during this year's festival, allowing food from varying countries, such as West Africa, to be sold.
Rows of empty chairs crowd the Soulsville Stage after the festival winds down for the day.
Fred Wesley and The New JBs perform R&B songs on the Motor City Stage.
Many tents, including six large stages and frequent food tents, line the National Mall for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Moroccan weavers demonstrate their skills at the loom, weaving rugs out of brightly colored, hand-spun yarn.
Bottles stuffed with trash line the inside of a wall, demonstrating a new technique for building in developing nations. These walls hold up just as well in earthquakes as typical walls.
Near the Peace Corps section of the fesitval, a tree is decorated with cards that had wishes for the world written on them.
In the RCP Village tent, large bulletin boards were available for past and present Peace Corps volunteers to post messages and notes to other volunteers.
The signpost points in the direction of different cities all over the world.
While the Trapeze School of New York is best known for flying trapeze lessons, other acrobatic classes are also available, such as aerial silks, lyra, trampoline and conditioning.
Flying trapeze students wait for their afternoon classes.
The catcher on the flying trapeze swings back and forth between catches.
Aerial silks is a discipline that requires students to gracefully climb up two pieces of silk hanging from the ceiling.
A student pauses take a break and sit in midair during a lesson.
While resting between practicing her aerial silk moves, a student watches the trapeze class.
A flying trapeze student performs a pike before her catch.
A student reaches for the catcher, only to miss by a couple inches and fall to the safety net below.
An aerial silks student performs a complicated drop that leaves her hanging upside down.
Empty lockers are left open after they are methodically inspected and their combinations are changed by the security guards.
On the last full day of the school year, students rush to get signatures for their yearbooks.
Girls' varsity soccer made quick work of Kennedy.
The Blair Track and Field team held their end of the year party Wednesday after school to celebrate a successful season and say goodbye to Coach Penn. This was Penn's last season as the Track and Field coach.
Senior Billy Griffis gives an acceptance speech after receiving a certificate at the Blair Theatre End of the Year Banquet, a banquet celebrating the casts of both the fall production of Macbeth and spring productions of Guys and Dolls.
Blair's resident geese, including 10 young goslings, wander the field at lunch on Wednesday.