Vivek Chellappa


Name: Vivek Chellappa
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005
As Vivek beings his final year in Blair, several new hobbies draw his attention: his passion for standup comedy and making lists with only one real piece of information. Vivek has recently developed a strong liking for the works of Mitch Hedberg, Dave Chapelle and Chris Rock, whose often inspirational words find their way into Vivek's daily conversations. Vivek is going to Brown to become a doctor.


Stories (43)


SGA elections results announced

By Vivek Chellappa | May 5, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The results of last week's SGA elections were released to the school today, May 5, 2005 after being certified by the SGA Review Board, according to sophomore Parliamentarian Eric Hysen. Junior Barun Aryal, who ran unopposed, was elected SGA President and junior Stephen Demarais was elected over sophomore Bao Nguyen and junior Soulyana Lakew for Vice President.

snoWatch: the snow just keeps coming

By Vivek Chellappa Ely Portillo | Feb. 27, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Well, here we are again, already writing another snoWatch column for you heathens to enjoy. We're fresh off a four day long, snow-induced weekend, and the weather services are predicting snow tonight and tomorrow.

snoWatch: bigger, better than ever

By Vivek Chellappa Ely Portillo | Feb. 23, 2005, midnight | In Print »

With the threat of snow approaching, we here at the Silver Chips snoWatch team would like to propose a system we feel would benefit MCPS snow team (since we are the ones with real experience).

Ask Chips 11: as juiced as MLB

By Vivek Chellappa, Allison Elvove, Katherine Zhang | Feb. 15, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Several issues ago, we asked our readers for nominations to make our list for the best teachers at Blair. We received over 30 nominations for teachers, and excited at our newfound power, we set off to root out the unworthy to find out who would crack our list. We decided upon three tough questions to test our teachers' mettle: Why do you think you deserve to be on the Ask Chips list of best teachers, why do you think you are better than all other teachers, and what are your best two qualities? We started with Mr. Honigsberg, of the foreign language department. Mr. Honigsberg jumped right into the top spot on our list with an unabashed proclamation.

snoWatch: better late than never

By Vivek Chellappa Ely Portillo | Feb. 3, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Yet again, the sky is wrapping Montgomery County in a chilly blanket of white powder (usually known as snow), and once again snoWatch would appear to be late getting an actual article up. Don't worry, Blazers – this time we have a bona fide excuse.

snoWatch: another Saturday posting

By Vivek Chellappa Ely Portillo | Jan. 29, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Fresh off a year when curses were broken (Red Sox winning it all, Redskins lost but Bush won) the weather team at snoWatch has noticed that a new curse has been started: snow on a Saturday night.

snoWatch: back again

By Vivek Chellappa Ely Portillo | Jan. 21, 2005, midnight | In Print »

As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours, and when it snows...it sometimes snows a lot. So buckle up and get ready for a wacky, wintry ride this weekend.

Amazing snoWatch

By Vivek Chellappa Ely Portillo | Dec. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

DECEMBER 19, 2004 The skies over Montgomery County are darkening again, and a chill wind nips at noses and under mittens. All around, merry children are wearing their pajama pants backwards, doing snow dances and praying for snow; the not-so-merry kids are doing things like sacrificing goats to the dark snow gods. As you breathlessly wait on the eve of this winter's first real possibility of snow, the snoWatch crew is working hard to bring you up to the second, vaguely accurate information and predictions.

Wake and funeral dates planned for Blair alum

By Vivek Chellappa Allison Elvove | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The viewing for Carlos Brenes, the 2002 Blair graduate who died in a car crash Oct. 2, will be today, Oct. 7, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. at 7400 Georgia Avenue NW, according to social studies teacher David West.

SMOB Profile: Sagar Sanghvi

By Vivek Chellappa | April 22, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Junior Sagar Sanghvi of Magruder High School, the incumbent SMOB representative will seek to serve for a second term based on a platform of promoting the student views he was elected to represent, including vending machine reform and clarifying the Grading and Reporting policy.

FAKE NEWS: School to shut down at 3:00

By Vivek Chellappa | March 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blazers place in epidemiology competition

By Vivek Chellappa | March 23, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Shansby climbs to the top

By Vivek Chellappa | March 23, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Top five upsets of the first round

By Vivek Chellappa | March 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Every year, pundits pound out the possibilities of which little-known Cinderella teams can upset the established programs. The Gonzaga's and St. Bonaventure's of the world captivate the country with their carefree attitudes as they beat programs with million-dollar coaches and budgets. Silver Chips Online breaks down the top upset possibilities for the early rounds of the 2004 NCAA tournament.

Malvo sentenced to life in prison

By Vivek Chellappa | March 11, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Lee Boyd Malvo, the 18-year-old sniper who helped terrorize the Washington Area in late 2002, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of FBI analyst Linda Franklin outside of a Falls Church Home Depot.

Muhammad sentenced to death

By Vivek Chellappa | March 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Marines enter Haitian capital

By Vivek Chellappa | March 5, 2004, midnight | In Print »

United States forces are now in firm control as a police force in Haiti, bringing stability to a region beset by violence during the last month.

Nader joins election

By Vivek Chellappa | Feb. 25, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Consumer-rights activist Ralph Nader announced Sunday that he would run as an independent for the 2004 presidency.

Dean drops out of race

By Vivek Chellappa | Feb. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean announced Tuesday that he would end his campaign for the presidency, while rallying his supporters to continue their efforts to unset President Bush this November.

Sherwood High School vandalized

By Vivek Chellappa | Feb. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blair graduate draws for Gene Weingarten

By Vivek Chellappa | Feb. 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Recent Blair graduate Eric Shansby is the new cartoonist for Gene Weingarten's column Below the Beltway, starting with the February 8th edition of The Washington Post Magazine.

Senator Joseph Lieberman

By Vivek Chellappa | Feb. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) has distanced himself from the rest of the six candidates through his centrist policies, designed to attract independent voters who in the past have supported 2000 presidential candidate John McCain and former President Bill Clinton.

SAT makeup plans announced

By Vivek Chellappa | Dec. 12, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The College Board has announced its plans for making up the December 6 SAT that was cancelled because of the recent snowstorm.

Earthquake felt in area

By Vivek Chellappa | Dec. 9, 2003, midnight | In Print »

An earthquake, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, was felt in the Washington area around 3:59, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter of the quake was about 30 miles west of Richmond.

Youthful Terrapins rebuild in tough conference

By Vivek Chellappa | Dec. 4, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Muhammad convicted on two counts of capital murder

By Vivek Chellappa | Nov. 20, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Blair student involved in crash

By Vivek Chellappa | Nov. 12, 2003, midnight | In Print »

A Blair student driving to school collided with another vehicle in front of the firehouse on University Blvd on the morning of November 12 between 7:15 and 7:20.

Sinclairs finish close to top

By Vivek Chellappa | Nov. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Youngest sniper victim testifies

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 31, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The youngest victim of the sniper spree, testified in court on October 29, 2003 against John Allen Muhammad, describing the events that led to the attack on October 7, 2002 outside of Benjamin Tasker Middle School.

Update: Sniper suspect trials

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 29, 2003, midnight | In Print »

XC finishes strongly at county meet

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 25, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Disarray in California

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 21, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Silver Chips Online World Series preview

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 18, 2003, midnight | In Print »

As the bleary-eyed fans of the Red Sox and Cubs move on with their lives, it's time to remember that there will be a World Series played this year. Although Fox won't be able to advertise a battle between cursed teams, the Yankee/Marlin match up will feature the clash of two very differently structured teams. The Yankees, carrying their $180 million price tag will face off against the $50 million Marlins. Silver Chips Online takes a position-by-position analysis to see which team will prevail.

Marlins show mettle

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 16, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The storylines were everywhere. The Cubs would finally win the World Series, lifting a hundred year drought since winning the World Series. The fans were supportive: thousands of them flew to Florida to cheer on their team. But in the aftermath of the so-called "collapse” by the Cubs, one underlying fact has been glossed over. The Marlins were simply the better team.

XC falls to Whitman, but routs Wheaton

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Limbaugh Signs Off

By Vivek Chellappa | Oct. 3, 2003, midnight | In Print »

XC falls to Damascus

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 30, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Sinclair twins continue dominating performances

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 25, 2003, midnight | In Print »

SEPT 25, MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, GERMANTOWN CAMPUS—The Blair Cross-Country team competed in the Knights Invitational at the Montgomery College Germantown campus, running a difficult 5k course against top teams in the county.

Cross-country blown away

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 23, 2003, midnight | In Print »

In the second meet of the year, Blair's cross-country team lost both to Sherwood and Wootton at a tri-team meet on September 23, 2003. The event was the first time many players ran since Hurricane Isabel disturbed the team's practice schedule.

Boys start season with a win; Girls struggle with depth

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 15, 2003, midnight | In Print »

At the first regular season cross-country meet, Blair's cross-country team split the decision against Quince Orchard Sept 15. The girls' team lost by a score of 36-25 and the boys' team won by the score of 22-33.

Sinclair twins dominate Woodward relays

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 9, 2003, midnight | In Print »

A team of two freshmen took first place in the girls section of the Woodward relays on September 8,2003 at Walter Johnson High School.

Increase in lunch prices surprises blazers

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Regular customers of Blair lunch services were surprised on the first day of school to find that prices had increased since last year – the first such increase in three years.

Controversy dominates US Open

By Vivek Chellappa | Sept. 7, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Unfortunately, the 2003 US Open will not be remembered as the event where star Pete Sampras retired, or the year of any American victories. It will be remembered as a disaster for the most part, and even an insult to some of the finest tennis players in the world. The confusion that players dealt with on Tuesday and Wednesday, during which only two out of 198 matches were played because of miserable weather, is unprecedented in professional tennis.



Images (4)


Photo: Potential Snow Distribution

By Vivek Chellappa | Jan. 29, 2005, midnight

Photo: Actual Snow Distribution

By Vivek Chellappa | Jan. 29, 2005, midnight

Photo: Fire Drill in the Snow

By Vivek Chellappa | Jan. 19, 2005, midnight

Amid the wind and snow, students gather in the stadium for an unexpected fire drill.

Photo: Snow fire drill

By Vivek Chellappa | Jan. 19, 2005, midnight

Students and staff fight the snow during the sixth period exam fire drill.