Julia Penn


Name: Julia Penn
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005
Julia Penn is eccentric. The manner in which she lives her life is based on the fact that she would like to enjoy whatever she does. She is a vegetarian. She wears the same necklace every day. She does not watch very much television aside from almost religious viewings of "Survivor" and "The OC." She makes "To Do" lists for everything. She dresses in weekly themes. She thoroughly enjoys faking collisions with street signs just to see people's reactions. She is ecstatic to finally be a senior and would love nothing more than to the make the most of the short time she has left in this town.


Stories (20)


Exposing the iRritating side of iPods

By Julia Penn | April 28, 2005, midnight | In Print »

iPods are like this winter's North Face jackets, last winter's Uggs and 2002's Timbs. Everyone who is anyone has one.

God shows Blazers the light

By Julia Penn | March 17, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Everyone is always talking about it. Supposedly, guys are always thinking about it. Approximately 47 percent of teens are doing it. It - that loaded three-letter word that is the constant focus of everyone's attention: sex.

Rolling down the boulevard

By Julia Penn | Feb. 27, 2005, midnight | In Print »

They're awkward and annoying, big and bulky, clumsy and cumbersome, dorky and distasteful. For the sake of the remaining 22 letters of the alphabet, I'm gonna stop there. Suffice it to say, rolly backpacks are, when coupled with a jam-packed Blair Boulevard, quite possibly the worst idea ever.

Rolling down the boulevard

By Julia Penn | Feb. 3, 2005, midnight | In Print »

They're awkward and annoying, big and bulky, clumsy and cumbersome, dorky and distasteful. For the sake of the remaining 22 letters of the alphabet, I'm gonna stop there. Suffice it to say, rolly backpacks are, when coupled with a jam-packed Blair Boulevard, quite possibly the worst idea ever.

The secret lives of teachers

By Julia Penn | Dec. 19, 2004, midnight | In Print »

We judge them, test them, label them. We stare at them, terrorize them, pull pranks on them for an hour and a half, then abandon them. Beyond the classroom, we know nothing; below the surface is a mystery. Silver Chips is about to take you inside a different part of Blair, a part you've heard about but never seen, to uncover the secret lives of teachers.

Mobilizing forces to beat lunch line blues

By Alexa Gabriel Julia Penn | Nov. 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

After three beautiful years here at Blair, we're proud to say that our records are pretty clean. We wear our IDs. We don't cut class. We do our homework on occasion. But on one issue we're fed up. No, scratch that—we're hungry.

Show destroys wardrobe, self-esteem

By Julia Penn | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

When it comes to TV shows, I'm no PBS-watching elitist. I'll be honest: I love the reality shows. Survivor is my religion. The Simple Life is like a car accident that I can't help but watch. The slob in My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiancé is so chauvinistic, he's endearing. And I'm always on the lookout for a new, addictively trashy, voyeuristic experience.

A mosaic of talent

By Julia Penn | June 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Seniors Mark Tucker and Cesar Sosa don't have much in common. Sosa wears a backwards NBA hat, while Tucker sports a dog collar with metal spikes around his neck. Sosa is a regional champ in wrestling, while Tucker describes himself as "kinda goth.”

Girls' LAX goes out in a blaze of glory

By Julia Penn | May 13, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In their first round playoff game, Blair's girls' lacrosse team failed to exact revenge on the Wootton Patriots, who beat the Blazers 11-8 tonight, ending the Blazers post-season after only one game.

Blazers fall to Wootton in senior game

By Julia Penn | May 10, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In tonight's senior game, Blair's girls' lacrosse team fell to the Wootton Patriots 9-7. After an evenly matched first half, the Blazers failed to get the ball out of the defensive end of the field and the Patriots pulled away with a win.

Trojans can't stand Blazers' heat

By Julia Penn | April 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

After a sloppy start, the Blair's girls' lacrosse pulled together as a team and beat the Gaithersburg Hornets 16-3 tonight.

Blazers put up a fight against the top-ranked Hornets

By Julia Penn | April 24, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Coming off of a 11-1 victory over Springbrook last Thursday, at the start of tonight's game the Blazers faced the Damascus Hornets with their game faces on. But in the second half, the top-ranked Hornets pulled away, beating Blair 12-6.

On the scene with a Merry musical

By Julia Penn | April 22, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Upstage right, a mechanical lift hoists a crew member high above the set. Center stage, girls wearing petticoats over jeans waltz with guys with shirts tucked in. Baritone opera voices boom out from the tape deck on the left wing. The music abruptly stops as director Kelly Newman calls out, "Last time, from the top, this is for the Tony—1, 2, 3, 4.”

Blazers fall to Blake in a closely fought game

By Julia Penn | April 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In a hard fought and evenly matched game, Blair's girls' lacrosse team lost to the Blake Bengals 13-12. After playing a strong first half, Blair let the Bengals get back into the game and win.

Girls' lacrosse crushes Watkins Mill

By Julia Penn | March 25, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In the first home game of the season, Blair's girls' lacrosse team beat Watkins Mill 15-8.

Girls' lacrosse prepares to crush competition

By Julia Penn | March 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Spreading the cheaper holiday cheer

By Julia Penn | Dec. 18, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Hokey Pokey Elmo—$24.99. Bratz Formal Funk Super Stylin Runway Disco—$109.99. Barbie Cook With Me Kitchen—$129.99. Cutting back on holiday spending—priceless, and less pricey.

After hours, teachers shift gears

By Julia Penn | Nov. 13, 2003, midnight | In Print »

"Tu pas case mon coeur,” sings Karen Collins in Creole French. Her airy voice carries across the dance floor, floating between the two-steppers at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom on Oct 26. Then the song changes gears, and Collins breaks out her fiddle and jams with her band, Squeeze Bayou.

Spreading the cheaper holiday cheer

By Julia Penn | Nov. 13, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Hokey Pokey Elmo—$24.99. Bratz Formal Funk Super Stylin Runway Disco—$109.99. Barbie Cook With Me Kitchen—$129.99. Cutting back on holiday spending—priceless, and less pricey.

Hallway justice may not be color blind

By Julia Penn | Nov. 13, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Junior Namerud Admasu walks into her homeroom class without wearing her ID. Her teacher immediately reprimands her and makes an example of her to the class. As Admasu puts on her ID and shamefully retreats to her seat, another girl walks into the classroom without an ID in sight. The teacher looks at her, talks with her, but never mentions the absence of her ID. Same teacher, same time, same situation; the only difference Admasu can see is the color of their skins—she is black and her classmate is white.According to many students at Blair, Admasu's experience is not a unique one. Although many teachers and administrators maintain that they are "color blind” when searching the halls for students without IDs, a number of students allege that ID racial profiling exists at Blair.