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Senior Anna Reachmack bats for the Blazers.
Senior Noah Buchholz threw six strong innings on Monday night.
The team lines up for the national anthem.
Senior Joe Maher had a huge senior night, collecting a couple clutch hits and dropping down a safety squeeze.
Senior Bobby Pfefferle starts off the bottom of the 10th with a triple.
Sophomore Zach Dunne embraces the victory with senior captain Bobby Pfefferle
Sophomore Zach Dunne celebrates his walk-off walk that ended the 11 inning marathon.
The Blazer's strong second half showing finished with a huge first round playoff win.
Senior guard Tucker Nosal embraces the lead.
Junior forward Julius Cobb swats a Churchill shot.
Senior guard Jared Williams looks to attack.
The Blair cheerleaders and packed crowed played a huge role in the momentum shift in the second half.
Senior forward Alexis Moses looks to dish the ball to a teammate.
Senior Captain Camille Estrin directs the offense.
Senior guard Camille Estrin attempts to avoid the hand of a Churchill defender on her way up.
Sankofa 2016's celebration of Black History and Culture featured two energetic performances that left audiences amazed, moved and wildly engaged.
Audience members were encouraged to join the cast on stage, enjoying the music and reacting to the cast members who took the spotlight.
The Sankofa Band, featuring Noah Dagne, Kendall Delille, Nathaniel Marshall, Marco Saah, Kiya Wakene and Reid Williams, supported Brianna Powell-Cooper as Yuchabel Sanon led the dancers on stage.
The show, however, was far from over. Brianna Powell-Cooper led a reprise of a Chuck Brown tribute version of Adele's "Hello."
The Sankofa cast takes it's final bow, after joining the audience in singing the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," with Kendall Delille on piano.
Andre Colon models during the fashion show portion of Sankofa.
The fashion show featured the cast members in traditional African clothing parading across the stage and followed a behind-the-scenes slideshow designed by student director Brianna Moreno.
Anoa Hawkins teams up with Marty Jiffar and Andre Colon on John Legend and Common's "Glory."
 This dance was one of many medleys that featured the whole cast on stage invoking various traditional and modern dance forms.
The Sankofa cast dances to "Can You Feel a Brand New Day," choreographed by director Michelle Edwards.
 Mahlet Siltan sings "Be Free" by J. Cole, accompanied by Saba Teferra on guitar and the Sankofa Band during the second act of the show.
Jenny Garcia, Zakariya Gordon, and Ramatha Sesay perform their adaptation of Gil Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which was met with thundering applause.
Marty Jiffar gives a reading of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech" following a reading of Malcolm X's "After The Bombing" speech by Essam LaBoone.
Kayin Mazyck and Patrick McNeilly perform "This Is The Legend Of Cassius Clay" by Muhammed Ali.
Asha Richards reads "When I Think About Myself" by Maya Angelou as part of a series of poems read by members of the cast.
Soloist Noelle McKoy tap dances to Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer."
Octavia Russell, supported by backup singers, performs "Go Down Moses" as Joelle Nwulu dances on a red-lit stage.
Mildred Goode strikes a pose at the conclusion of a combined traditional and modern African dance.
Sankofa Blair's 2016 Sankofa: A Celebration of Black History & Culture show drew a large and participatory audience Friday night. Drawing from their energy, Yuchabel Sanon, Brianna Moreno, Anoa Hawkins and Mekailah Jackson framed the song and dance numbers with a narration written by Blair English Teacher Vickie Adamson.
Senior forward Jordan Cobb puts up a shot attempt.
Senior guard Jared Williams makes a break for the basket.
LGBTQ+ youth of color are at a curious intersection of identities.
LGBTQ+ youth of color are at a curious intersection of identities.
People gathered together for a candlelight vigil to honor Takoma Park resident Anita Datar, who was killed in the Mali terrorist attacks.
Blair administration changed their cell phone charging policy.
Freshman Maddie Merrill leads a counterattack.
The sun sets on senior night.
The Blazers embrace after their victory on Senior Night.
Senior Lusia McGarvey shoots on the Northwest defense. Blair however, was unable to score.
Senior Sabrina Zhou brings the ball downfield.
The Field Hockey game lasted the entirety of regulation in a 0-0 tie.
Brown works with the beekeeping equipment
Christopher Brown will start a bee hive at Blair this year
What really is the Blazer?
A student parades around in the Blazer mascot costume.
The boys' basketball team will turn to rising seniors such as Max Burke for success next season.
The baseball team went to their first regional championship in over twenty years this season, and will look to continue their success next year.
Laugh Riot was the name of this year's One Acts production.
SCO has made a playlist of songs for you to listen to while you study for final exams.
Mr. Engelmann and his cards.
Senior Max Salzman celebrates after his leadoff double
Center Fielder Jorge Noda takes a swing against Gaitherburg pitcher Anthony Felitti
Varsity Coach Eric Zolkiewicz shares a word of advice with Senior Alex Frandsen (14) in Blair's last playoff game of 2015.
Pfefferle (8) started the Blazers' eventual loss to Gaithersburg, ending their playoff run.
Senior Captain Max Salzman (5), reacts after leading off the game against Gaithersburg with a double.
Senior Aaron Clingman (1) makes a play at third base against Gaithersburg.
Blair's Varsity Baseball team entered the 2015 playoffs as the 1 seed, after a hard-fought season in which they went 14-3.
Blazers celebrate after routing Walt Whitman High School.
Blair was ready from the beginning.
Senior Ian Keifhaber tees off against Walter Johnson.
Following their 15-4 win against Whitman, Senior Captain John Ramsey (15), Noda (17), and Pfefferle (8) remember Lowell Ensel while looking ahead to the next game.
Kiefhaber (3) enjoys the Blazers' offensive outburst during the fourth inning of their game against Whitman.
Senior Ian Kiefhaber dives home safely to put his team ahead against Whitman.
Senior Peter Berger (4) pitches his way to a 1-2-3 first inning, charging up an emotional Blair crowd.
Pfefferle (8) warms up before the Blazers' game against Whitman.
A day before Blair's scheduled third round game against Walt Whitman, former varsity captain Lowell Ensel passed away. He was honored by his parents (front), coaches Gordon Pavey (second row) and Eric Zolkiewicz (Third Row), and the Blair Varsity Baseball and Softball teams, led by Senior John Ramsey (15).
Junior Bobby Pfefferle (8) crosses the plate to greet Senior Aaron Clingman (1) in the Blazers' eventual 12-1 win against Walter Johnson.
Senior Jorge Noda (17) slugs a ball to center field to kick start the Blazers' offensive outburst.
Junior Richard Moglen (13) slides home safely after a passed ball by the Walter Johnson catcher.
In the second round match-up with Walter Johnson (Blair had a first round bye), Junior Ian Donaldson (10) comes up big with a hit in the fourth inning.
The dead pig resides in its cage, which keeps out other animals.
Senior Ishaan Parikh volleys a ball back across the court.
Senior Rahul Bhale hits a ball.
Jorge Noda was one of many Blazers to have a multi-hit game against RM
Midfielder Max Scribner carries the ball into Blair's offensive third.
Senior Eyal Li fires a shot past the Kennedy goalie.
Blair baseball has only been able to get on their field to practice a few times since the start of the season.
The Blair baseball diamond has been unused in weeks.
Senior Ishaan Parikh hits a backhand rally
Junior Karylena Cruz pitches the ball
The extra twenty minutes will not make a difference to our sleep schedules.
Senior Michael Winer is one of forty finalists in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search competition.
Kalanzi Kajubi recites an original poem.
The cast of Sankofa wear traditional African clothing during the fashion show.
Haja Kolakoh showcases one of the dozens of outfits that was exhibited during the fashion show, during which the audience rose and joined the cast in 'Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing,' the Black National Anthem.
Sankofa was brought to a close with a fashion show, exhibiting traditional African clothes that brought color to the stage.
Andre Colon sings John Legend's 'All of Me', a performance which drew the loudest applause of the night.
Anoa Hawkins and Masongo Ogora perform 'The Message' by Grand Master Flash to bring modern hip-hop into the show.
Senior Kayla Williams performs a rendition of Aretha Franklin's 
'R-E-S-P-E-C-T', drawing wild applause.
Andre Colon sings Bob Marley's 'I Shot The Sheriff' during the second act of the show.
Eunice Muchemi performs Maya Angelou's 'Phenomenal Woman' as part of a slam poetry set involving many cast members.
Junior Camille Franks sings 'Age of Aquarius' by The Fifth Dimension to open the second act of the show.
Junior Kayin Mazyck performs a dance with scarves to 'Age of Aquarius.'
Senior Conor James performs 'Times They Are A Changin' by Bob Dylan.
Erin Obaonrin dances in traditional swing style to Louis Prima's 'Sing Sing Sing.'
Junior Anoa Hawkins performs as part of an ensemble tap dance to Scott Joplin's 'Maple Leaf Rag.'
Senior Kayla Williams, Senior Kebron Mihrete, Junior Lela Gaye, and Senior Conor James provide backing vocals to 'Banana Boat Song', sung by Jirah Querubin (not pictured).
Jared Williams reached around the Churchill defender in a layup attempt.
Jordan Cobb out-rebounded the Churchill big men all game long
Senior forward Jordan Johnson shoots over a BCC defender.
A Blair student dances Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that contains elements of dance.
Capoeira performers must move acrobatically to link moves of the dance.
Ian Brown plays guitar with Alexa Gross on piano as they perform a song.
Ravyn Malatesta, Jamie Moses, Lucy Glenshaw, Samantha Chyatte, and Kayla Williams sing Acapella.
Students perform a traditional group dance in which each member dances a unique solo.
Senior Gary Omeir emcees the Talent Show, introducing and offering humor in between acts.
Senior Kebron Mihrete, another emcee of the evening's events, sings a semi-improv group piece with Gary Omeir and Noah Dagne.
Junior Noah Dagne plays guitar for an ensemble piece towards the end of the show.
Mahlet Siltan sings and Yonatan Mengesha beatboxes to open the second act of the show.
Haja Fatmata Kalokoh performs a rendition of 'Lean on Me' to close the show.
Senior Jordan Johnson goes up for a layup.
Senior Landon Harris faces off against a Wheaton defender.
The Blazers opened up the season with a win over Northwood
Senior guard Danny Canary scored 19 in the win over Northwood
 Forensic scientists described the various types of evidence they handle.
Maryland State attorney John McCarthy spoke about murder cases he had handled.
 Liam Mendizabal-Betancourt seems to don a perpetual smile wherever he goes.
"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!"

-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Blair students sit through grueling 90 minute class periods every day.
 Sophomore Eleanor Cook fights for the ball while her team watches on from the sidelines.
Junior Kelly Mayo manages to keep the ball away from a Blake player.
Participants enjoy the post-run festivities, which involved music, color throws, and crowd surfing.
Many of the participants towards the front of the crowd got sufficiently colored by the packets, adding to an already vibrant scene.
After the 5k concluded, a stage was set where a large crowd of participants could dance, party, and throw color into the air.
Many runners simply enjoyed the day's events, such as this participant emerging from the blue station.
The third station proved too tough for some runners, but most powered through the swaths of powdered yellow.
Color runners make it through the first color station, purple, with their first taste of the color powder thrown by the volunteers.
The new lunch trays can be recycled, incinerated, or composted
Mbaya Subayi teaches French 1 and 2.
Amy Li took home the Gold Medal in Wushu at the Youth Olympic Games.
Coach David Ngbea gives his team a pregame pep talk
Nicotine gum on CVS shelves
Freshman Emma Shillerstrom's decisive win helped Blair overcome Poolesville
Priscah Rodenhuis prepares to hit a backhand
A Blazer works in the Blair career center.
Many students struggle to afford higher education that leaves them with massive amounts of debt.
Christine Cho gets ready to return a serve.
Junior Daliah Barg takes a swing.