Kristi Chakrabarti


Name: Kristi Chakrabarti
Position: Print Managing Opinions Editor
Graduation Year: 2006
Kristi Chakrabarti is finally a Magnet senior who is obsessed with basketball and is a die-hard Wizards fan. When she is not religiously following the NBA, she enjoys playing tennis and reading. Her favorite TV shows are Friends and ER and her favorite food is chicken. Her heroes are Lance Armstrong and Mahatma Gandhi. She is looking forward to her final year at Blair and is excited about attending college soon.


Stories (13)


BSA spending draws concern

By Kristi Chakrabarti | March 2, 2006, midnight

The Blair Sports Academy (BSA) is currently drawing questions from the community regarding its organization and the allocation of resources between the academic and recreational components of the program.

Pro/Con: Should Maryland outlaw the death penalty?

By Kiran Bhat Kristi Chakrabarti | Jan. 26, 2006, midnight

On Aug. 23, 1993, a man named Ruben Cantu was executed in San Antonio, Texas. Over 12 years later, he has been all but exonerated. According to The Houston Chronicle, a key witness recanted his testimony, a co-defendant accepted sole responsibility for the crime and the district attorney who sought Cantu's execution now wishes he hadn't.

Teachers lobby for retirement benefits

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Dec. 15, 2005, midnight

The Montgomery County Education Association's (MCEA) Annual Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 3 focused on teacher pension as part of a state teachers' union push to improve retirement benefits.

MCPS raises security at football games

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight

MCPS gave all county high schools a stipend as part of a larger collaborative effort between MCPS and the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) to increase security at football games countywide.

Countdown timers approved for Four Corners crosswalks

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Oct. 6, 2005, midnight

Construction of new countdown signals at the intersection of University Boulevard and Colesville Road is scheduled to begin in mid-October as part of a larger pedestrian safety initiative throughout the county.

Blair to enact grading policy

By Kristi Chakrabarti | May 31, 2005, midnight

MCPS plans to enforce its new grading policy for all county high schools next year. A committee is still writing regulations for the implementation of the new policy and hopes to have a final version drafted before the end of the school year.

Inclusion program to expand

By Kristi Chakrabarti | April 28, 2005, midnight

As a part of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requirement, Blair will expand the inclusion of special education students in general education classes beginning with next year's freshman class.

Blair prepares for standardized testing

By Kristi Chakrabarti | March 23, 2005, midnight

After Blair's failure to meet certain categories of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act based on last school year's Maryland School Assessments (MSA) scores, academic departments have begun to institute programs and strategies to improve this year's results, according to Blair administration.

Leftist teacher meets right-wing club

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Feb. 15, 2005, midnight | In Features »

Members of the Young Republicans Club have finally found a place to voice their political views. At after-school meetings, students discuss tax reform, Social Security, immigration laws and the war in Iraq. They support flat tax policies and believe that the media has a heavy liberal bias. But social studies teacher Kevin Shindel challenges their opinions. "How do you know what you think you know?” he asks at almost every meeting.

Leftist teacher meets right-wing club

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Feb. 7, 2005, midnight

Members of the Young Republicans Club have finally found a place to voice their political views. At after-school meetings, they discuss tax reform, Social Security, immigration laws and the war in Iraq. They support flat tax policies and believe that the media has a heavy liberal bias. But social studies teacher Kevin Shindel challenges their opinions. "How do you know what you think you know?” he asks at almost every meeting.

Christmas in October

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Dec. 6, 2004, midnight | In International »

People rush to the malls to purchase gifts for relatives and friends. Cities are crowded as people flood the streets to admire the gorgeous lights and decorations. Family and friends come together to eat delicious home-cooked food and exchange presents to celebrate the holiday season of Durga Puja.

Blazers fans continue to "Hail the Redskins" despite subpar seasons and bad breaks

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Nov. 15, 2004, midnight | In Features »

Nearly everybody at FedEx Field stands as Clinton Portis catches a pass from quarterback Mark Brunell. With each step Portis takes towards the goal line, the fans' cheers become louder. His final leap into the end zone after a 43-yard run is met with thunderous applause. With less than three minutes left in the game, Portis has scored the game-winning touchdown, until the referees take the lead away on a penalty.

The Rumor around Blair

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight