Ashley Jurinka

Name: Ashley Jurinka
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005
Ashley Jurinka is currently a junior in the Magnet Program here at Blair. She's so excited to be a part of Silver Chips this year and hopes that everyone will take time to read the paper each cycle. Ashley spends her free time dancing Flamenco, listening to classic rock or alternative music, and doing work for school. If you see her in the halls, say hello! - she loves nice surprises.

Stories (6)

A hazardous policy on mercury

By Ashley Jurinka | May 2, 2005, midnight | In Print »

This past month, media frenzy erupted over Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C., where droplets of mercury were found on a hallway floor. The sighting of this neurotoxin was a nightmare for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which sent in experts to inspect every inch of the building and test all students for poisoning.

Answering the casting call of chance

By Ashley Jurinka | Dec. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Senior Sam Encarnación attributes it to chance. His friend wanted to go. The casting director wanted an African American who spoke Spanish and liked Encarnación's look. He was hired.

When a failing grade can cut it

By Ashley Jurinka | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Every failing high-school student's dream will come true next fall:Simply hand in a blank piece of paper (or no paper at all) for any assignment, and automatically get 50 percent credit. While it may seem appealing, this guideline of the new grading policy contradicts everything MCPS is trying to achieve: It will discourage student effort, inflate grades and allow false promotion from one grade level to the next.00

Turning pastimes into passion

By Ashley Jurinka | June 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

When sophomores Morgan Luker and Emily-Kate Hannapel caught sight of the staggering price tags on skirts at Urban Outfitters, they decided to save 30 bucks and put their own fashion sense to work. A trip to the local thrift store and a dusting off of the old sewing machine has now led to over 25 orders of the designing duo's custom-made skirts. And, much to their surprise, both have taken on a new hobby: entrepreneurship.

Classroom attitudes promote stereotype of women

By Ashley Jurinka | April 22, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In her NSL class, sophomore Nolan Burke's teacher assigns a brainstorming project. The teacher says that someone needs to be the recorder, and Burke's group of mostly boys looks in her direction. "I guess I'll get out some paper,” she says.

Should the morning-after pill be sold OTC

By Ashley Jurinka | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Having sex will be much easier when the morning-after pill is available on the shelves of the local CVS. Though the pill provides an alternative to abortions, granting easy access to it with no formal conversation about its repercussions will be harmful.