Kedamai Fisseha


Name: Kedamai Fisseha
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005
Kedamai Fisseha sorely misses the computer lab where Silver Chips was born and is daily reborn. He is currently living and writing from London, England where he is glad for the chance to continue his participation in the organization.


Stories (43)


British universities

By Kedamai Fisseha | Oct. 30, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The University years are a time for some of the best experiences in your life. That makes applying to college one of the most important things you will ever do. You'll want to make sure you give yourself a wide range of opportunities when deciding where to apply so that later on, you can have a good variety of schools to choose from.

An exchange of Olympic proportions

By Kedamai Fisseha | Aug. 23, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The end of one reign has made way for the beginning of another. The Ethiopians crowned and coronated a new king on the Olympic track after a stunning 10,000-meter competition that the East Africans dominated last Friday, August 20.

Students arrested for drug possession

By Kedamai Fisseha | June 4, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Police apprehended three juniors after security officials found the group to be in possession of marijuana shortly after 5B lunch on June 4. The students were subsequently brought into the main office and arrested, according to an unnamed source who was in the office at the time.

Students write essays for Brown v Board

By Kedamai Fisseha | May 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Students who recently wrote for a Washington Post essay contest submitted their entries to Silver Chips Online.

Perspectives on Brown from behind the front desk

By Kedamai Fisseha, Feza Kikaya, Robin Hernandez | May 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Silver Chips Online talked to long-time Blair teachers about their opinion of the changing conditions in public schools since the pro-integration ruling in Brown v Board.

Teacher hospitalized

By Kedamai Fisseha | May 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Math teacher Paul Grossman was taken to Holy Cross Hospital by ambulance after feelings of discomfort early Monday morning. He was admitted and listed as a

Gymnastics finishes with a flourish

By Kedamai Fisseha | May 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Finishing the season on a high note, the gymnastics team pulled its best team score ever, setting a school record at the county competition on May 4. With a score of 151.9, the team showed great improvement and dedication, managing to knock their previous record of 147.7 onto the mat.

Bad Boy produces a very good LP

By Kedamai Fisseha | May 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Who would have thought it? With the release of Too Hot for TV, entertainment mogul, Puffy Daddy's choreographed, synthesized and scripted da Band has managed to produce a debut album that surpasses my expectations and the expectations of everyone else, I'm sure. Just three seasons after being selected out of a pool of 40,000, on MTV's hit show, The Making of the Band (Part II), this group of six very different people has come together over some very nice tracks and made Puffy quite a bit of money, selling over 500,000 records.

Police embark on monthly traffic detail

By Kedamai Fisseha | April 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

County police held a day of high intensity safety enforcement at the intersections of Colesville Road at Georgia Avenue, East Jefferson Street at Rollins Avenue, and three others in the area on April 28, in an effort to promote traffic safety. This monthly detail is in response to increased pedestrian accident rates in the county.

Removal of troops means a removal of hope

By Kedamai Fisseha | April 27, 2004, midnight | In Print »

At the beginning of the war in Iraq, a select number of countries deployed troops and undertook a strong commitment. As one of those countries, Spain's decision to neglect its obligation at this point is irresponsible and detrimental to Iraq.

Gymnastics falls to 0-3

By Kedamai Fisseha | April 16, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The gymnastics team fell to Walter Johnson and Springbrook in the third meet of the season. Springbrook snagged first place with a score of 163.4 and Walter Johnson followed with 154. Blair's score of 144.35 is the second highest this season.

No Fooling: It's Time for a Revolution

By Kedamai Fisseha | April 1, 2004, midnight | In Print »

With the senior editors gone to attend some newspaper conference six thousand miles away, the Silver Chips Online juniors have definitely taken over. From here on out, Silver Chips is going straight for the juicy news – no more of the serious, in-depth reporting; the people want scandal!

Gymnastics satisfied, despite loss to B-CC

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 30, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The gymnastics team lost to a strong Bethesda-Chevy Chase squad in the first meet of the season on Friday, but a Blair gymnast claimed first place in the individual rankings.

FAKE NEWS: MCPS to adopt Half-Way Policy

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 30, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blair to hold instructional assembly for seniors

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Blair will hold its first annual "Making It Count” presentation on March 23 in an effort to provide seniors with information about opportunities after they graduate.

Gymnastics team ready for a winning season

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

UConn and the rest of the nation

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Amidst the latest swirl of predictions, there is one certainty this March. His name is Emeka Okafor.

Blair gymnastics stretched to new proportions

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 16, 2004, midnight | In Print »

After placing fifth out of eighteen teams last year, Blair's gymnastics team is currently looking to their third season with fresh enthusiasm and optimism. Numerous new members have brought a new spark to last year's group of veterans.

Recent MSA testing spurs questions

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 16, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In accordance with federal legislation passed last year, which established new accountability regulations for public schools, Maryland has implemented a new program of standardized testing. Blair sophomores recently took one of these tests, the Maryland State Assessment, which is now in its second year of administration, on February 25 and 26. The state also requires a similar group of tests called the High School Assessments (HSA), which have been in use since the 2001-2002 school year and which Blair students will take during the last week of May.

Other Bible based movies get Left Behind

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

With people are so caught up in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, this is probably the best time to go back and take a quick look at another Bible based movie, Left Behind. The film, which is based on the book series by Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins, was produced in 2000 and leaves that other religious venture way behind.

NAACP to hold multicultural youth summit

By Kedamai Fisseha | March 9, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In collaboration with Montgomery College and MCPS, the NAACP has organized Unity 2004, a multicultural youth summit set for March 27. The conference, which will be at the Montgomery College campus in Rockville, will start at 9 am and end at 3 pm.

Semesterization makes for a full schedule

By Kedamai Fisseha | Feb. 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Every five months, Montgomery County high schools reorganize classes, reconfiguring class rosters and rearranging student schedules. These semester changes give students the ability to tailor their courses to meet their needs, creating college-like flexibility without the tuition.

Arson strikes close to Blair

By Kedamai Fisseha | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In Print »

An apartment fire in Silver Spring early Saturday morning has Blair students apprehensive and law enforcement officials calling for an arson investigation.

State legislators forced to step in

By Kedamai Fisseha | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The Baltimore school system is getting some much needed relief from the state on the heels of a $58 million deficit. The deficit comes along with massive protests from teachers and union officials.

Blair administrator set to retire

By Kedamai Fisseha | Feb. 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Ninth grade vice principal Richard Wilson will be leaving Blair on February 23. He worked as a Blair administrator for the past three and a half years and as an educator for 40 years before that.

Reverend Al Sharpton

By Kedamai Fisseha | Feb. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Currently working as an activist and minister, Al Sharpton is an outspoken advocate of civil and human rights legislation. His current campaign slogan is

The Black Album illuminates rap music

By Kedamai Fisseha | Jan. 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Proclaimed to be Jay-Z's final work, The Black Album offers listeners no type of closure. Thoughtful, fresh lyrics make The Black Album one of, if not the best, Jay-Z record to date.

Education budget cuts meet resistance

By Kedamai Fisseha | Jan. 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Governor Robert Erlich's (R) plan to cut educational funding by $45 million has been protested by state legislators and teachers throughout Maryland. The Maryland State Teachers Association (MSTA), select state university professors and state legislators have taken an initiative to help increase funding for public colleges and universities.

Reports of gas leak turn out false

By Kedamai Fisseha | Jan. 12, 2004, midnight | In Print »

After teachers reported smelling gas and hearing a beeping noise in room 215 this morning, building services officials thoroughly checked the room and concluded that there was no problem.

DMV customers in Va. see change in policy

By Kedamai Fisseha | Jan. 8, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Driver's license applicants in Virginia are encountering heavier restrictions at the DMV due to a new state law requiring proof of legal residency. The law, passed just recently in Virginia, is part of new anti-terrorism efforts intended to deter illegal immigrants from obtaining a drivers license.

Hall sweeps hope to clean up Blair

By Kedamai Fisseha | Dec. 12, 2003, midnight | In Print »

In response to problems with tardiness and ID's at Blair, administrators adopted new punishments for students in violation of these rules. A new hall sweep policy is meant to seriously address this problem, administrators said.

DC Voucher Program delayed

By Kedamai Fisseha | Dec. 11, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Effective implementation of a voucher program in DC is less likely after further delay by legislators, officials reported.

School Board releases annual report

By Kedamai Fisseha | Dec. 11, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The disparate academic and economic conditions amongst different races in Montgomery County were highlighted in the Fall 2003 report mailed to MCPS students and staff. The report also cited rises in diversity and academic achievement.

Blair's pedestrian problems signal bigger trend

By Kedamai Fisseha | Nov. 26, 2003, midnight | In Print »

In addition to the two pedestrian accidents at Blair this year, the total number of pedestrian accidents has risen in Montgomery County. A safety campaign was initiated to battle the problem, according to officials.

Camera crew visits Blair

By Kedamai Fisseha | Nov. 12, 2003, midnight | In Print »

A crew from MCPS Instructional TV and a representative of the MCPS Food and Nutrition Services Division were at Blair during 5B lunch on Tuesday. The group was taking footage for an instructional video series about Food and Nutrition in MCPS.

MCPS reaches diversity landmark

By Kedamai Fisseha Robin Hernandez | Nov. 4, 2003, midnight | In Print »

The Board of Education announced that the 2003 graduating class was the final student body in Montgomery County to be majority white. The change has been attributed to increases in minority populations in select areas of the County.

Study finds Langley Park housing unsuitable

By Kedamai Fisseha | Oct. 23, 2003, midnight | In Print »

A Montgomery County housing study found that many people, including many Blair students, in the Langley Park area face unhealthy living conditions.

Montague, Gezelle

By Kedamai Fisseha | Oct. 21, 2003, midnight | In Print »

A math teacher at Blair with a flair for interior decorating, Gezelle Montague found teaching unexpectedly and fell in love with it.

SGA raises money for murdered senior

By Kedamai Fisseha | Sept. 16, 2003, midnight | In Print »

In an email to Blair faculty on Tuesday, September 16 the SGA requested that contributions be made to a fund for the transportation of Rokiatu Ba, the Blair senior who was murdered on Friday.

Newsbrief: Planbook errors

By Kedamai Fisseha | Sept. 11, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Plan books arrive after delay

By Kedamai Fisseha | Sept. 2, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Blair plan books have arrived after an unexplained delay. The setback pushed the delivery from Friday, August 29th to late Tuesday afternoon.

Miller, Dale

By Kedamai Fisseha | April 22, 2003, midnight | In Print »

An office hidden in the busy Blair Boulevard is although hectic, a home away from home for Blair's athletic director.

Burlbaugh, Marcia

By Kedamai Fisseha | Nov. 27, 2002, midnight | In Print »

Marcia Burlbaugh, a dance and weights instructor at Montgomery Blair High School, loves her job and has a colorful and competent background in regards to the classes she teaches.