Mary Donahue

Name: Mary Donahue
Position: Online Managing Features Editor
Graduation Year: 2007
Mary Donahue is an 11th grade, vegetarian Honors student who is addicted to sugar. Whatever free time she can find is quickly swallowed up by Doback, "her" horse, or her crazy friends, with whom she scares mortals. She isn't happy unless she is moving, which leads to her participation in a wide variety of sports, including soccer. Though it doesn't really help in calming her down, she watches "The O.C." so that she can satisfy her Adam Brody fix. She currently resides in suburbia with her millions of animals, including her dad's Obese, Flying Squirrel of Death and her cannibalistic parrot, but no chinchilla. If you're nice to her maybe one day she'll make you a pretty cake.

Stories (33)

A feast fit for a valentine

By Mary Donahue, Ellie d'Eustachio | Feb. 14, 2007, midnight | In Features »

This Valentine's Day, Silver Chips Online sent two staffers off on a mission: to help you hopeless, and, more importantly, helpless romantics find the perfect Valentine's Day meal for your expectant Valentine. Seven grueling hours and two gallons of devils food cake batter later, those two staffers emerged (covered head to toe in flour and cocoa) with what could quite possibly be the fool-proof Valentine's Day feast.

Hallway sweeps planned to help eliminate tardies

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Starting Monday, Dec. 11, administrators will be begin enforcing the "locked-door" late policy previously optional to teachers in order to help deal with tardy students. After the late bell rings, teachers will be required to lock their doors and security guards will sweep late students from the hallways to give them detention slips.

Party with the penguins

By Mary Donahue | Nov. 21, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

Warning: this movie may cause audience members to get out in the aisles and dance. As hard as it may be, please refrain from this behavior, as it obscures the view of other audience members. Thank you for your consideration.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

By Mary Donahue | Oct. 29, 2006, midnight | In Food »

Halloween food fare tends to run a narrow range between Snickers bars and Skittles, but if you feel devishly daring this Halloween you might try this wickedly delicious pudding-based dish. Both creative and tasty, this is perfect for parties and can be made either in a casserole dish or parfait style in individual serving cups.

Silver Spring mosaic revealed at ceremony

By Mary Donahue | June 11, 2006, midnight | In Local »

"The Silver Pass" public art project was held at the Georgia Avenue and Blair Mill Road intersection this Friday. The project, which incorporated the efforts of 11 Blazers, includes four large mosaics and more than 300 feet of painted panels.

"Pericles" in the park

By Mary Donahue | May 29, 2006, midnight | In Plays »

Holding a performance outside is always a risky idea; between the biting bugs, unpredictable weather and complicated acoustics, audiences are usually scarce. For Shakespeare Theatre Company's "Pericles," though, open-aired Carter Baron in Rock Creek Park provides the perfect setting. Instead of detracting from the performance, the mystique of the woods adds to the sense of intimacy the humorous play conveys. Skillfully acted and creatively directed, "Pericles" is a wonderful experience and, best of all, it is free.

Spring Shindig postponed

By Mary Donahue | May 16, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Spring Shindig, a concert originally to be held in the SAC for Blair bands to perform in, was postponed until June because organizers of the event were unable to schedule a place to hold the event.

Free job fair scheduled

By Mary Donahue | May 12, 2006, midnight | In Local »

A job fair for youths featuring over 40 employers will be held at the North Bethesda Marriot Hotel on Saturday, May 13.

Tricks of the trade

By Mary Donahue | April 21, 2006, midnight | In Food »

As a picture-perfect hamburger flashes across a television screen, mouths water at the sight of the three-inch high morsel. But the flat, dry burger that appears on your plate looks nothing like what was advertised on television. So what got lost in translation? Well, that's where food stylists come in.

Horseplay at Blair

By Mary Donahue | April 6, 2006, midnight | In Features »

As junior Margaret Sullivan canters around the ring at Meadowbrook Stables in Chevy Chase; her bright orange blazer stands out against the clear morning sky. Sullivan leans forward in the saddle, fearlessly urging her horse to take longer strides towards the looming jump.

A play for "All Seasons"

By Mary Donahue | March 29, 2006, midnight | In Plays »

Just as Laurence Olivier was born to be on the big screen and Ginger Rogers was born to dance, Blair senior Joe Lorenz was born to light up the stage. He did just that in the Pine Players' production of Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" with the help of other talented Blair students. Although the entire cast of the Pine Players' production was fabulous, Lorenz, who played the lead role, Sir Thomas More, carries the play from ordinary to extraordinary.

The best chocolate chunk cookies

By Mary Donahue | March 1, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

When it comes to chocolate cookies, certain recipes set the standard for what can be called "great." This ultimate chocolate fix leaves all these cookies in the dust — even the original chocolate chip cookie. Not only are they easy to make, but the taste will astound even the most hesitant chocolate lover. Though they require a lot of ingredients considering the number of cookies you end up with, they are undoubtedly worth it.

Chocolate crinkle cups

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 13, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This showy dessert is just one of those extra little details that makes your baked goods stand out from the rest. Lemon sherbet, any ice cream that blends well with chocolate, whipped cream, custard and mousse are all examples are very good fillings. The success of this recipe depends on using semisweet chocolate as indicated with no substitutions.

Classic chocolate mousse

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 13, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This delicious, traditional chocolate dessert is easy to make, but the time commitment that it requires limits mass production. So instead, invite a few of your closest friends over and show them that you care with individual chocolate crinkle cups filled with this creamy, delicious chocolate treat.

The traditional apple pie

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

Many things are associated with America: the American flag, baseball, Chevrolet and the apple pie. Whether it is for a Fourth of July picnic or to warm up the house in the middle of winter, this apple pie will be the star of the dessert table.

French chocolate cake

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This cake is simple enough to whip up in a moment, but decadent enough to please even your toughest critics. Try it with a thin chocolate glaze instead of traditional icings. Fresh fruit makes a perfect garnish to juxtapose the almost overwhelmingly chocolate experience.

Thin chocolate glaze

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 12, 2006, midnight | In Desserts »

This glaze makes the perfect addition to any cake that is strong enough to stand on its own. The glaze goes great with the French Chocolate Cake.

Cornucopia of curious celebrations

By Mary Donahue, Bridget Egan | Feb. 9, 2006, midnight | In Humor »

In lieu of the New Year—and the realization that there actually is a National Squirrel Day (Jan. 21)—we have decided to embark on an excursion through the year in hopes to discover all the random "holidays" that the world does not know of. Everybody has heard of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Thanksgiving, but there are so many other holidays out there that stir our curiosity.

A new kind of art

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 9, 2006, midnight | In Features »

Junior Lauren Atha spreads a thick coat of paint over her canvas, glancing every now and then at her reflection in a nearby mirror. As her self-portrait begins to take shape, junior Erin Fincher also works diligently on her self-portrait, looking contemplatively over her work.

Fundraiser held for Silver Spring art project

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 1, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The design plans for the Arts on the Block Gateway Underpass Project was unveiled at a fundraiser held in Silver Spring. Jackie's Restaurant and Lounge hosted the event on Monday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The money raised by the fundraiser will go towards buying supplies to build the mural.

PTSA fundraiser extended after communication error

By Mary Donahue | Jan. 28, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Due to an advertising error, the PTSA extended their El Golfo fundraiser for an additional evening, to Jan. 26. The event raised $595, more than any previous fundraiser held by other schools at the Silver Spring restaurant.

Rogers, Leslie

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 21, 2005, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

One of the fascinating things about Leslie Rogers is that he brews his own beer. And that he rides a motorcycle. And that he worked in Australia. And that he didn't start college until he was 26. Get the picture? Rogers is an all-around fascinating guy.

The best of the burritos

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 20, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Americans like their food. More specifically, Americans like to eat out, spending an average of over $2,000 a year on food away from home. Three new, cafeteria-style Mexican restaurants in the metro area offer students a chance to put more money towards eating out.

All hail "Macbeth"

By Mary Donahue | Dec. 7, 2005, midnight | In Plays »

As far as "the Scottish Play" is concerned, there have been so many different interpretations that it is hard to keep any production original. Regardless, Lumina Studio's production of "Macbeth" managed to shed light on a unique perspective of the play with a talented and barefooted cast.

Seat, Kenneth

By Mary Donahue | Nov. 18, 2005, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Kenneth Seat does not like to talk about himself. "I've never really felt comfortable talking about my personal life," he said, taking a sip from his mug, which is adorned with Japanese characters. "But if you want to get personal, here's a recent picture of my daughter."

International visitors speak at Blair

By Mary Donahue | Nov. 10, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A group of representatives from 13 different countries spoke to third period history and psychology classes yesterday. They are part of the Hubert H. Humphrey International Fellowship Program, which brings mid-career professionals from developing nations to study for a year in the United States.

Controversy arises over American flags on ice hockey team's jerseys

By Mary Donahue | Oct. 28, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Community Ice Hockey team, which held its first practice on Oct. 19, is considering putting American flags on their jerseys, provoking controversy within the team.

The answer to our energy crisis is not in Alaska

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 30, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

While it is painful to look at the gas pump these days, we may indirectly benefit from $3 to $4 gas prices. In response, people may start to walk more and consider alternative energy sources, such as hybrid vehicles, over gas-guzzling SUVs. But these environmentally beneficial changes are futile if we just use the rise in gas prices as an excuse to drill for oil in Alaska.

Hurricane Katrina evacuees find hospitality at D.C. Armory

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 25, 2005, midnight | In Features »

As the sun rises above the D.C. Armory on Sept. 10, Billy Allen sits on the concrete steps reading his Bible. "God makes things happen for a reason," he sighs, closing the book and turning to look reflectively at the people beginning to gather at a Red Cross booth across the street.

Fajita Coast: An alternative to fast food

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 12, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

The Four Corners area does not offer students much more than fast food and one or two small sit down restaurants. However, Fajita Coast, located where the old seafood restaurant Fred and Harry's used to be, is a sit down restaurant with fresh and appetizing lunch and dinner options.

Concert held at Sangha

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A concert to benefit the victims of hurricane Katrina was held at the fair trade store Sangha in Takoma Park today, Sept. 11. All the proceeds collected at the concert will go to the Community Service Agency in D.C.

Great pizzas, great artwork - great time!

By Mary Donahue | Aug. 21, 2005, midnight | In Restaurant Reviews »

Nestled inside the Rock Creek Shopping Center, three miles from downtown Silver Spring, the redDog Cafe offers a modern alternative to the typical family night out. Providing an extensive menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the cafe attracts many couples and families.

A panda prescription for an ailing zoo

By Mary Donahue | July 24, 2005, midnight | In Op/Ed »

Between the continuous death of animals and a deteriorating physical appearance, the national treasure status of the Washington National Zoo seems to have been lost. But that glorious status can be restored by none other than a baby panda, roughly the size of a stick of butter. The baby panda cub's birth will not only help restore the positive image of the zoo, but the cub will also provide a much needed moral boost in light of recent animal deaths.

Images (4)

Photo: Silver Spring Mosaic

By Mary Donahue | June 11, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A collage of Silver Spring mosaic pictures.

Photo: sangha cafe picture

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Event organizer Clay Harris talks with Sangha Cafe owner, Jennifer Carter before the start of the concert.

Photo: sangha cafe hatchawai

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Musician James Hachwai preforms at the hurricane relief concert held at Takoma Park store Sangha.

Photo: sangha cafe setup

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Preformers of the band Clubfoot Whiskey set up before the concert.