The SGA will reorganize next year to tighten its structure and enhance the student voice in school policy and procedure, according to SGA President Eric Hysen.
In 1999, Niels Hoven was a senior who'd never been on a date. His life consisted solely of school, swimming, playing the clarinet - and, of course, math team. In retrospect, Hoven admits that he was sort of, well, a dork. Fast-forward eight years, and Hoven has just starred in the third season of the CW's "Beauty and the Geek." The show, dubbed a "social experiment" by executive producer Ashton Kutcher, pairs eight young women who have relied primarily on their looks to succeed in life with eight young men who have relied primarily on their brains. The two-person teams compete in a series of challenges for a grand prize of $250,000. Although Hoven was eliminated from the show just before the finale, he says that the experience taught him more than just to wear his pants lower and not laugh in such a dorky way - he also gained a new perspective on life.
Junior Will Bucher will run against Walter Johnson junior Ben Moskowitz for next year's Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) in a countywide election on April 25. Bucher and Moskowitz were chosen as candidates in the 30th annual SMOB election by delegates from MCPS high schools and middle schools at the nominating convention, held on March 1 at James Hubert Blake High School.
All county high schools are slated to implement a new online grading system by the beginning of the next school year. According to the MCPS web site, the Online Achievement and Reporting System (OARS), consisting of two new integrated services — Pinnacle, an electronic grade book application for teachers, and Edline, an online tool to facilitate communication among teachers, parents and students — will be adopted county-wide by September.
Blair will expand the number of foreign languages it offers by one to two new languages next year, according to foreign language resource teacher and French teacher Arlette Loomis. The possible additions include Chinese, Japanese or Arabic, or a combination of them, Loomis said.
For some, it was the moment that Dr. Doug Ross left the ER after five seasons, leaving behind the woman he loved and the show we loved. For others, it was when "Felicity" lead Keri Russell cut off her trademark curls in a desperate bid for attention. Or when Dick Sargent replaced Dick York as Darrin on "Bewitched." (Did they really think we wouldn't notice?) Whenever it happens, every great TV show has one — that undeniable moment after which the plot becomes increasingly convoluted and the characters act more and more out-of-character. Finally, the storyline collapses, and the show devolves into an over-dramatic, sappy mess. Instead of dragging out this long and painful death, TV execs should be merciful and give these primetime staples the axe.
This year's revised ID policy sparked three controversies: first, over the stricter punishments for forgetting or refusing to wear an ID; second, about the color-coding that many students feel reinforces self-segregation; and third, a renewal of the perennial questions of the IDs' effectiveness as a security measure.
Watching TV has always been a battle with the clock. With seven national stations broadcasting 24/7, when does the madness stop? (Don't even get us started on cable.) Not to worry: Chips is here to pick out the shows worth your time. With our help, you'll be able to get your fix and still have time to finish your homework. Because there's nothing worse for a TV junkie than being grounded in his room... with a TV....
The Blair administration implemented a new ID policy this year that color-codes IDs by academy and increases punishments for students who continually do not wear their IDs. The change was the first major revision to the ID policy since the new Blair building opened nine years ago.
Winter is gone and your sweet tooth has been hibernating long enough — what better way to welcome summer than to indulge in frosty, frozen and oh-so-delicious ice cream? To celebrate the summer season, Silver Chips brings you a guide to the coolest spots for ice cream in the Washington, D.C. area. Because let's face it — we all scream for ice cream.
When she watched a small, pink piglet disappear into the Hundred Acre Wood in "Piglet's Big Movie," sophomore Cynthia Chavarria knew whom she could count on to save the day — her favorite big-bellied, honey-loving bear, Winnie the Pooh.
American moviegoers have encountered big apes before. There was Mighty Joe Young, the orphaned gorilla from Africa with whom Charlize Theron formed a special friendship. And there were those totalitarian primates in "The Planet of the Apes" who tried to kill Mark Walhberg. But these audiences have seen nothing like King Kong.
Every Friday afternoon, senior Indra Hidayat prays. After he takes off his shoes and rolls up his pant legs, he kneels down on the edge of a brightly colored rug and listens to an Arabic sermon given by a peer. He then lowers his head to the floor in worship, praying to acknowledge the holiness of God. All of this takes place, not in a nearby mosque or temple, but in room 131 at Blair.
The Blair Sports Academy (BSA) expanded its gang prevention and academic support initiatives to the formation of a basketball league that began Tuesday, according to Security Assistant and BSA Director Jose Segura.
The best way to describe Peter Hyam's new sci-fi adventure movie "A Sound of Thunder" is a good idea gone bad - horribly bad. Based on Ray Bradbury's short story of the same name, the movie combines the originally interesting themes of time travel and evolution and mixes them into a jumbled mess, leaving viewers wanting to thunder out the door.