Zahra Gordon


Name: Zahra Gordon
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2006
Zahra Gordon is 16-year old JUNIOR at Blair who is overwhelmingly proud of being from the Caribbean twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago (and she never fails to mention that). She has been living in Maryland for four years. If you're ever trying to find Zahra on a weekend, your best bet is to head on down to Hyattsville, MD, where she can be found just about every Saturday (and some Friday nights too) practicing with fellow band members on the only instrument invented in the 20th century; the steel pan. The pan is also the national instrument of Trinidad & Tobago (no, it's not Jamaican though they do play pan in Jamaica and that is not a problem). Moving on though, Zahra enjoys listening to a variety of music, reading, writing poetry, making lasagna, going for walks, long bus rides, dancing and being creative in general. Zahra is anxious to be a member of Online this year and hopes to do immensely well.


Stories (29)


Students to join immigration protest in D.C.

By Zahra Gordon | April 6, 2006, midnight | In Print »

Senior Sebastian Johnson, Student Member of the Board of Education, is helping to organize students in Montgomery and neighboring counties to participate in the "National Day of Action and Mass Rally" on April 10 at the Washington Monument.

Four Blazers win at NAACP ACT-SO competition

By Zahra Gordon | March 28, 2006, midnight | In Print »

Four Blazers received awards at the annual NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural Technological and Sciences Olympics (ACT-SO) regional competition, held on Sunday, March 26 at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus.

Honduras

By Zahra Gordon | March 5, 2006, midnight | In Print »

"I went to Honduras two years ago and it was different. I stayed in both the country and the city. After a certain time you couldn't be outside because it was kind of dangerous. I was there a month. They don't have stores like Giant or Safeway. They have markets that travel. They [the markets] came to the corner of my grandmother's house every Friday and they would sell coconuts, cilantro, oranges, other fruits and vegetables, clothes."

Rihanna performs at free concert in City Place Mall

By Zahra Gordon | Nov. 12, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Many Blazers attended a free concert on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at City Place Mall in downtown Silver Spring. Local radio station Hot 99.5 and Billboard chart topping singer Rihanna hosted the concert.

Blazer style for fall 2005

By Zahra Gordon | Nov. 2, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Blazers are following many fashion trends this fall, ranging from metallic colors to destroyed jeans to oversized jewelry. Here is a head-to-toe report of what's "in" this fall.

Blair students win Mark Curtis Awards

By Zahra Gordon | Oct. 29, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) presented four Blair students, along with other Montgomery County high school students and Montgomery College students, with Mark Curtis Awards at James Hubert Blake High School on Oct. 27.

SGA releases homecoming schedule

By Zahra Gordon | Oct. 12, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The SGA released the schedule for this year's homecoming events, including the dates for the Homecoming Court elections, the pep rally, Spirit Week, the homecoming dance and football game, which has been changed from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Taking a step back, to make a move forward

By Zahra Gordon | June 8, 2005, midnight | In Print »

It was not too long ago, the late 70s, when hip-hop was born. Many people fell immediately in love with the culture. Now, almost 30 years later, a few Blazers have started a Hip-Hop Club.

Amnesty International heads to Van Hollen's office

By Zahra Gordon | May 11, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Blair's Amnesty International will travel to the office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Friday, May 13 in hopes of discussing the Patriot Act and Safe Act.

2005 spring fashion: open up your mind and set your clothes free

By Zahra Gordon | May 9, 2005, midnight | In Print »

For the spring's cool breezes, you need cool clothes, and this spring, different people are finding various ways to express their style. However, most are choosing to go Bohemian. As the saying goes - what goes around comes around - and the 1960s are back. According to many Blazers, Bohemian, or hippy style, is very popular this year, and polo shirts, bright colors, big bags and jewelry are major hits as well.

Administration hopes to increase attendance of HSA tests through incentive program

By Zahra Gordon | May 5, 2005, midnight | In Print »

In an effort to increase student attendance for the High School Assessment tests (HSAs), during the week of May 23, the Blair administration will hand out three to four gift certificates each day for the Westfield Shopping Center, according to Susan Ragan, project director for Maryland Virtual High School.

Blazers visit exotic locales

By Zahra Gordon | April 27, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Blair is a diverse place with people from all over the world, which means many travel home during spring or winter break to see family in exotic countries. Others simply travel over the course of the year to visit new areas - some as far away as Hawaii, Bermuda and Europe.

Bias shows through when Blazers take the Implicit Association Tests

By Zahra Gordon | April 6, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Many people, including Blazers, say they are not prejudiced, but, in fact, they are, according to recent results from Implicit Association Tests (IATs).

Oprah Winfrey's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" receives mixed reviews

By Zahra Gordon Feza Kikaya | March 9, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The highly anticipated Oprah Winfrey presentation of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" aired on Sunday, March 6, at 9 p.m. on ABC and received mixed reviews from Blair staff and students.

Tragedy in Guyana

By Zahra Gordon | March 7, 2005, midnight | In Print »

It was hard for me to picture the cozy house in Friendship Village (where I had spent my Christmas vacation of 1996) drenched in rainwater. It was harder still to think about the difficulties my aunt, uncle, cousin and his family must have faced in being forced to leave this house and move miles away.

Shirley Chisholm

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 24, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Legendary politician Shirley Chisholm died on Jan. 1, 2005 at the age of 80, but her spirit lives on. She was the first black woman elected to Congress and worked endlessly for the rights of women and minorities.

Spike Lee

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 22, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Undoubtedly, one of the most controversial directors in America is Spike Lee, a man who has enjoyed a prosperous career of more than 15 years. Lee has not only created great films but has built a production empire consisting of his own record label, 40 Acres & A Mule Musicworks, his own production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, and his own chain of clothing stores, Spike's Joint.

Dorothy Dandridge

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 21, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Dorothy Dandridge was born on Nov. 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her acting career began when she and her sister, Vivian, performed as part of "The Wonder Children," a group Dandridge's mother, Ruby Dandridge, who was an actress herself, created. During the 1930s, Dandridge left high school and established "The Dandrige Sisters," a performing group consisting of three women, including Dandrige, her sister and a friend, Etta James.

Ella Fitzgerald

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 19, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The list of Ella Fitzgerald's achievements is more than a mile long. The woman, who has been called the "first lady of song," has received 13 Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, recorded more than 2,000 songs, sold more than 40 million albums and earned four honorary degrees from Yale, Talladego, Howard and Darthmouth. Fitzgerald has also been attributed with being the innovator of the singing style known as "scat."

2004-2005 PTSA mini grants awarded

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 18, 2005, midnight | In Print »

The Blair PTSA Mini Grant Committee received 23 requests for funding and was able to meet the needs of all applications, according to the PTSA newsletter. The committee awarded nearly $7,000 in grants in the areas of arts, communications, counseling and mentoring, tutoring, academic support and enrichment.

Nat King Cole

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 16, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Jazz musician Nat King Cole, like many great black entertainers, was first introduced to music in church. Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama to Reverend Edward James Coles, Sr. and Perlina Adams Coles. Cole was one of 13 children, but only five of his sisters and brothers grew up to be adults.

Finding the best way to stay warm during the winter

By Zahra Gordon | Feb. 2, 2005, midnight | In Print »

As the temperature drops in the D.C. area and snow begins to fall, many teenagers are looking for the best but still fashionable way to keep warm. And as warmth gets higher on the necessity list for many Blazers, The North Face outerwear craze has risen in prominence right along with it.

Jacobson, Paul

By Zahra Gordon | Jan. 9, 2005, midnight | In Print »

Outside of school, if you were ever looking for Paul Jacobson, you would most likely find him listening to his all time favorite band, Echo and the Bunnymen. Or to any one of his thousands of CDs and records, which he collects. Other bands Jacobson favors are Franz Ferdinand, Pedro the Lion, Decline of British Seapower, Mclusky and Guided by Voices. At school, you are sure to find him in either room 123 or 216, where he teaches Honors and regular Modern World History.

Grandmother of previous Blair student dead in fatal accident

By Zahra Gordon | Dec. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »

One woman died, and two children are in critical condition after being injured in a fatal car accident in Wheaton on Sunday, Nov. 28, according to police. The victims of the crash were relatives of a previous Blair student.

Silver International featured in German magazine

By Zahra Gordon | Nov. 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

The staff of Blair's Silver International was featured in the August issue of Info Atlas, a German magazine, in an article that discussed the relationship between German students and the Silver International staff.

Phonebook directory distribution delayed

By Zahra Gordon | Nov. 18, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Distribution of the student phone directories has been delayed this year though the PTSA expects them to be delivered to Blair on Dec. 3, according to directory editor of the PTSA, Laura Steinberg.

Chips goes to London

By Zahra Gordon | Oct. 11, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Sometime in Feb. 2003, President George W. Bush picked up the phone,called Tony Blair and said "Hey, I'm planning on invading Iraq prettysoon. You think Britain would mind giving me a hand?" Then, Tony Blairreplied, "I don't see why not. When's a good time for you?" And thePrime Minister and the President chit-chatted away, choosing attackdates, weighing pros and cons of using bombs, deciding how many troopsto send abroad.

What turning 18 really means

By Zahra Gordon | Oct. 6, 2004, midnight | In Print »

For those bent on seeking independence, turning 18 means not having to listen to parents. For those who enjoy the occasional smoke, it means being able to buy and smoke cigarettes legally. However, for the more politically minded, such as the 212 eligible Blazers, in view of the 2004 presidential election, turning 18 most importantly means gaining suffrage rights.

Positions 2004: Bush v. Kerry

By Jeremy Goodman, Zahra Gordon, Allison Elvove | Sept. 30, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Many see this election as a crossroads in determining the direction of America's future. On November 2, Americans will vote to determine the U.S.'s domestic and foreign policies. The following is a non-partisan compilation of viewpoints of the candidates, Senator John Kerry and President George Bush, for the 2004 presidential election. This is meant to inform, not to persuade.



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Photo: rihana city place

By Zahra Gordon | Nov. 8, 2005, midnight

Sophomore Junior Bah went to city place mall staight after school. He saw Rihana while shooping and she said hi to him.