Samir Paul

Name: Samir Paul
Position: Print Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2006
Samir Paul, a Magnet senior, spent the better part of his junior year at Blair brooding over everyone's favorite high-school publication and wooing Room 165's menopausal printer. He prides himself in being THE largest member of Blair Cross Country and looks forward to one more obsessive, consuming, educational and utterly intoxicating year on Chips, possibly followed by a brief stint in college. Left: Samir thoroughly enjoys, among other things, the frequent trips to his local Krispy Kreme.

Stories (35)

Magnet coordinator announces retirement

By Pria Anand, Samir Paul | Jan. 26, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Magnet Coordinator Eileen Steinkraus has announced plans to retire on Jan. 31 after a 14-year term during which she helped elevate the program to international repute and increased schoolwide access to Magnet electives. Magnet computer science teacher Dennis Heidler will succeed her as acting coordinator for the remainder of the school year.

Chips Picks: Back to the basics

By Samir Paul | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Nobody saw Kanye coming.

Budget negotiations leave funding for schools, gang prevention hanging in the balance

By Pria Anand, Samir Paul | May 31, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Community organizations troubled by potential cuts in school funding and gang and drug prevention efforts expressed concern over negotiations within the Montgomery County Council over property tax cuts. The Council is expected to take final action on the budget in its meeting today.

Indoor soccer league begins

By Samir Paul | May 2, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Blair Sports Academy's (BSA) indoor soccer league began last month and is now running smoothly, organizers say. The academy will continue to seek funds to expand the program for this summer and next year.

Stuck between a block and a hard place

By Samir Paul | Dec. 9, 2004, midnight | In Op/Ed »

Northwood freshman Cory Babazadeh can finally play on his school's JV basketball team. That's because after failing algebra and being ruled ineligible last year, he is re-taking the class and has managed to earn a high C—a grade that his parents say hasn't stopped improving. But all that may change next fall when MCPS pulls the plug on one of the best programs it has started in a long time.

Night School adds to Blair overuse

By Samir Paul | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The MCPS Adult Education Office and the MCPS Division of School Plant Operations (DSPO) have given no extra support to Blair Building Services staff to help them absorb the additional responsibilities that come with the 750 students who are currently attending the newly-relocated Night School program at Blair.

Post issues open call to school communities

By Samir Paul | Sept. 4, 2004, midnight | In Local »

The Washington Post Magazine has requested that parents, students and staff-members from schools around the area nominate what they believe to be the best local high schools.

Grading policy delayed

By Samir Paul | June 7, 2004, midnight | In Local »

The Board of Education (BOE) decided on May 11 to move forward with implementation of MCPS' new grading and reporting policy for grades one through eight but to delay implementation for high schools.

May 2004 Newsbriefs

By Samir Paul | April 22, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Eligibility study ordered

By Samir Paul | April 22, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

April 2004 Newsbriefs

By Samir Paul | April 22, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Revised grading policy and training draw criticism

By Samir Paul | March 31, 2004, midnight | In Local »

Staff training and implementation of MCPS' revised grading plan, which began last month, have drawn criticism from the vast majority of high-school principals and teachers. The objections are largely due to costs involved with implementation and a provision that would grant 50 percent credit to a student who turns in no work.

Blazer featured in The Washington Post

By Samir Paul | March 25, 2004, midnight | In Local »

March 2004 Newsbriefs

By Samir Paul | March 18, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

PTSA proposes new freshman eligibility plan

By Samir Paul | March 18, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Debate excels at County Championship

By Samir Paul | March 5, 2004, midnight | In Local »

In what may be the Debate Team's strongest season in several years, senior co-Captain Nick Stone was named the Montgomery County Debate Champion at yesterday's County Debate Finals.  Sophomores Kiran Bhat and Armin Rosen finished in the top four and the top eight, respectively.

The Passion: whose gospel is it?

By Samir Paul | March 4, 2004, midnight | In Movies »

The full moon casts an eerie glow over the light fog that permeates Gethsemane. A man, wrought with fear, rebukes his closest friends for falling asleep in his time of greatest need. Moments later, he is bound in chains, being prodded along by a band of soldiers. His friends have fled, and he is alone. This? The long-awaited Messiah?

School confronts gangs head on

By Samir Paul | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Following several gang-related incidents at Blair before winter break, administrators highlighted initiatives that aim to battle gangs, including publicly-funded programs and communication with parents, teachers and the Blair community at large.

Blair ties for most finalists in Intel science competition

By Samir Paul | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Seniors Melis Anahtar and Gordon Su were finalists in the 2004 Intel Science Talent Search (STS). Blair tied for the most finalists with two high schools in New York, Byram Hills and Half Hollow Hills.

February 2004 Newsbriefs

By Samir Paul | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In ‎Latest »

February 2004 Newsbriefs

Board votes to implement revised grading policy

By Samir Paul | Jan. 20, 2004, midnight | In Local »

In a 7-0 vote last Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) ratified a five-year implementation plan for its controversial new grading policy, which will base students' academic grades solely on

Blair places second most Intel semifinalists in the nation

By Samir Paul | Jan. 16, 2004, midnight | In Local »

December 2003 Newsbriefs

By Samir Paul | Dec. 18, 2003, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Additional Reporting By Kristina Hamilton and Han Hu

Blair ranked 33rd most challenging public school in area

By Samir Paul | Nov. 29, 2003, midnight | In Local »

November 2003 Newsbriefs

By Samir Paul | Nov. 13, 2003, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Luther: The real monk

By Samir Paul | Oct. 8, 2003, midnight | In Movies »


Should the LC policy be abolished?

By Samir Paul | Oct. 2, 2003, midnight | In ‎Latest »

"Sometimes you just want to catch up with friends,” sophomore Janaye Lamadine suggests. "Or maybe you have a boring fifth period teacher or class.” Regardless of the reason, skipping class is anything but a serious offense to most students. However, attendance is indicative of a student's dedication to schoolwork. Administrators are required by law to stop skipping. The LC policy is an effective tool used to ensure good attendance and, in the process, a better education.

Tennis aces division

By Samir Paul | May 22, 2003, midnight | In ‎Latest »

With a stellar 9-4 season overall and a 6-1 record within their division, the boys tennis team captured the Division II title and will move up to Division I next year.

Netmen soar to Division I

By Samir Paul | May 16, 2003, midnight | In Blair »

Boys' tennis mangles Rockville

By Samir Paul | April 23, 2003, midnight | In Blair »

The Netmen overpowered the Rockville High School boys' tennis team, upping its record to 7-3 with a 6-1 win.

Netmen thrash Magruder

By Samir Paul | April 22, 2003, midnight | In Blair »

The boys' tennis team defeated the Magruder Colonels in its fourth 7-0 sweep of the season, bringing the team's record up to 6-3. No matches went into three sets.

Boys' Tennis mauls Wheaton

By Samir Paul | April 10, 2003, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Blazer netmen trampled the Wheaton High School Knights, today, in their third 7-0 sweep of the season, raising the team record to 5-2. The losses came against Division I teams Whitman and Walter Johnson.

Netmen inch by Rockets

By Samir Paul | April 3, 2003, midnight | In Blair »

In an Apr 2 match at Richard Montgomery High School, the boys tennis team scraped by with a 4-3 win.

Boys tennis trounces Damascus

By Samir Paul | March 31, 2003, midnight | In Blair »

In a Division II match-up on Monday, Mar 31, Blair's boys' tennis team defeated Damascus High School 6-1.

Blazer netmen destroy Blake

By Samir Paul | March 25, 2003, midnight | In Blair »