Blair Fair and Mr. Blazer showcase school and students


April 26, 2002, midnight | By Joe Howley | 19 years, 1 month ago

Sean Cooney wins Mr. Blazer; Jaron Aikens takes second place


Blair held its annual Blair Fair and Mr. Blazer competition this evening, with senior Sean Cooney taking the title of Mr. Blazer.

More photographs are available here.

Cooney performed an original vocal and trumpet piece. Senior Jaron Aikens took the Runner-Up place with a performance of original rap.

The Blair Fair allows school departments, clubs and organizations to showcase themselves to the Blair community. Blair Network Communications (BNC), The English Department, and the Frisbee club were among those represented in the open house, which spanned the length of Blair Boulevard.

The Mr. Blazer contest is a talent show in which Blair students compete for the title of "Mr. Blazer." Despite the name, the contest is open to either gender, as evidenced by Tracy Lin. Lin this year was the first ever female entrant in Mr. Blazer, with an intense karate demonstration to the music from the movie "Mortal Kombat."

As part of Blair Fair, Blair actors and musicians performed a series of songs from Blair's spring musical "She Loves Me," which shows on April 27 and 28 and May 2, 3 and 4.

Other Mr. Blazer acts included senior Tony Tran, performing Usher's "U Got It Bad," junior Tom Johnson performing an original skit, and senior Chris Jackson performing an original rap with electric guitar.

Seniors Ximena Levander and Salma Alli were the Masters of Ceremonies for Mr. Blazer.

Silver Chips Online Editor-in-Chief Joe Howley was summoned onstage during Mr. Blazer to cover for a band setting up by demonstrating his ability to speak backwards.

While the judges reached their decision, Cooney was joined by fellow contestant senior Jon Leiner on the guitar in performing "Twist and Shout," the Phil Medley and Bert Russell tune popularized by the Bealtes. The passionate performance brought the house to its feet.

The judging panel consisted of teachers John Haigh, Jacob Lee, Daniel Levine, Summer Roark and Cindy Villavicencio.

During the Blair Fair, Silver Chips Online tested a new coverage method by attaching an automatically-updating web camera to a wireless laptop to provide constantly updated images of the event.

Chips Online did take photographs of Mr. Blazer and will be posting them with the next update of this story



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