Maya Calabrese


Name: Maya Calabrese
Position: Online Managing Editor
Graduation Year: 2008
Maya is a SSEEENNNIIOOORRR! Her guilty pleasures include MTV, chocolate, boys and blasting music in her granny mobile with the windows down.


Stories (23)


Hamantaschens are on point

By Maya Calabrese Miriam Ragen | March 19, 2008, midnight | In Food »

With Halloween long over, Purim offers another chance to dress up, eat sweets and celebrate. The Jewish holiday, celebrated this year on March 21, honors Queen Esther, who stood up to the evil Haman when he made plans to annihilate the Jewish people. Similar to the largely celebrated Halloween, kids dress up as the main characters of the story and act out modern interpretations, including making loud noises to block out Haman's name. To add to the festivities, triangular Hamantaschens, resembling Haman's hat, are eaten. These easy desserts can be made in any flavor of filling, to satisfy even the pickiest taste buds.

Grammy gab

By Lucas Alvarado-Farrar, Maya Calabrese, Josie Callahan, Johanna Gretschel | Feb. 7, 2008, midnight | In Music »

The 50th annual Grammy Awards show is approaching and for once, people are showing some interest. With the striking Hollywood writers announcing that they will not picket the yearly music extravaganza, the Grammy Awards may be the only major awards show to fight its way onto a live telecast this year.

Blair senior named finalist in Intel Science Talent Search

By Maya Calabrese | Jan. 30, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Senior Louis Wasserman was named a finalist in the 67th annual Intel Science Talent Search today. He is one of 40 high school students nationwide - and one of two in the state - to advance in the prestigious research competition and will present his original research to nationally recognized scientists in March at the Science Talent Institute in Washington, D.C.

Budget cuts may hurt Magnet

By David Meyer Maya Calabrese | Jan. 26, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) budget cuts as a result of the county's $400 million deficit could lead to Magnet courses and teacher positions being eliminated next fall, according to Magnet Coordinator Dennis Heidler. The Board of Education will vote on the fiscal year (FY) 2009 budget Feb. 5 and send their proposal to the county executive on March 1.

SCO Holiday Mixtape

By Maya Calabrese | Dec. 20, 2007, midnight | In Music »

Christmas trees are up, gingerbread houses are constructed and stockings are hung. The holidays are in full swing, which means its time to break from hardcore rock and rap and sing along to some holiday classics. But instead of listening to the radio and waiting for that perfect song to come on amongst the commercials, Silver Chips Online has compiled a playlist that will have you in the holiday spirit in no time.

"Fred Claus" deserves a Christmas cheer

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 12, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

With Christmas fast approaching, everyone is focused on finding the perfect tree, buying presents and writing their letters to dear Santa Claus. Amidst the chaos of a season dedicated to jolly ol' Santa, everyone seems to forget about his brother, Fred. But after watching "Fred Claus," it will be hard for anyone to forget about him, especially with the film's impeccable casting and integration of humor for all ages.

"Anatomy of a Boyfriend," just your average class

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 5, 2007, midnight | In Books »

Instant messaging, sex, e-mail and more sex- "Anatomy of a Boyfriend" contains all the stereotypical teenage-novel elements possible in 260 pages, and even more that should be left to the imagination. But the worst part is, it's hard to put down.

Class of 2008 is biggest yet

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 1, 2007, midnight | In Local »

The number of public high school graduates in the nation is projected to peak this school year, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an organization created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education institutes of the west. It also predicts that the number of Hispanic graduates will increase significantly by 2014.

Seven tips for 07

By Maya Calabrese | June 3, 2007, midnight | In Humor »

Graduation. After four long years of high school, seniors can finally celebrate…by sitting in a room for what seems like another four, long years. The sad truth is that graduation is like the Academy Awards – without the designer dresses, lavish goody bags or George Clooney.

Blair's budding businessmen

By Maya Calabrese Rachita Sood | May 31, 2007, midnight | In Features »

At age eight, senior Thomas Dant picked up his first camera – an old Nikon from his uncle – and spent hours snapping photographs of flowers, people and whatever else he could find in his neighborhood. Now, nine years later, Dant's photography has blossomed into a thriving business, Fine Foto, and earned him honors in a national business competition.

CAP Coordinator announces retirement

By Maya Calabrese | May 26, 2007, midnight | In Local »

Blair's Communication Arts Program (CAP) Coordinator, Dolores D'Angelo announced she is retiring at the end of the 2006-2007 school year after 15 years of working at Blair. The announcement was made in a letter sent out to all CAP students May 19.

College fair for juniors to be held April 19

By Maya Calabrese | April 10, 2007, midnight | In Local »

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors will be hosting its National College Fair on Thursday, April 19 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Agricultural Center. Over 300 colleges will be present at the fair.

The rainbow of "Gray Matters"

By Maya Calabrese | March 15, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," unless you are Gray (Heather Graham). For her, one night in Vegas carries emotional baggage back on the plane ride home, teaches a valuable lesson about homosexuality and intrigues the audience with new twists. Unfortunately, her spastic persona throughout the process of self-discovery, in addition to the quirks of those around her, detracts from the overall quality of the movie.

Minimum wage needs more than just a raise

By Maya Calabrese | March 6, 2007, midnight | In Op/Ed »

For Blazers the typical after school job pays anywhere from $5.15 to $8.00, adding up to just enough for the latest gaming system or pair of sneakers. But what if you had to live on that money? For minimum wage workers this is just the case.

Spirit week themes announced

By Maya Calabrese | Feb. 3, 2007, midnight | In Local »

The second spirit week of the year will run the week of Feb. 12 and features a winter formal on Friday, Feb. 16.

SAT optional colleges on the rise

By Maya Calabrese | Jan. 28, 2007, midnight | In Local »

With the increased use of standardized tests to measure students' academic abilities, colleges across the nation are working to divert the attention away from the SAT and on to other components of students' profiles.

The stitch of giving

By Maya Calabrese | Jan. 28, 2007, midnight | In Features »

Every Wednesday, room 157 is transformed from English classroom to knitting palace. Balls of yellow, red, purple and blue yarn are pulled apart and looped around needles as quiet voices exchange helpful hints and laughs. Heads down and fingers moving, the girls of Blair Stitch Project are hard at work.

The wonderful world of Christmas trees

By Maya Calabrese | Dec. 16, 2006, midnight | In Features »

You have done all your shopping, put up the lights and baked the cookies. Now there is only one thing missing: the tree. Unless you have an artificial tree in your basement, waiting to be set up and plugged in, the time to get the perfect tree is passing by. To make your search a little easier, here are a few local places that have satisfied Blazers' tree needs year after year.

The power of Black Friday

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 23, 2006, midnight | In Humor »

"Everyone get up!" – It's 4 a.m. and the house is buzzing. The coffee is made, the kids are eating their cheerios and Mom is frantically getting everything together. "Where is my list? I need my list!" By 4:26, everyone is dressed and ready to go. Mom buckles up the kids, jumps in the car and floors it. Ten minutes and three rolling stops later, they have finally arrived. Everyone piles out of the car, running to grab a place in line before the sacred event of Black Friday begins.

Help the Homeless Walkathon to take place Nov. 18

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 9, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The 19th annual Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless Walkathon will take place on the National Mall on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Walkathon is part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for over 180 Washington metropolitan area organizations working to prevent homelessness. Early registration is due by Nov. 12, but onsite registration is also available.

Pumpkin Perfect

By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 9, 2006, midnight | In Food »

Now that the Halloween festivities are over, some of you over-zealous decorators may find that you have a problem on your hands. You remember those 18 pumpkins you carved to look like the Adams Family? Yeah, well now they're just sitting there rotting on your doorstep. If you're looking for the tastiest possible way to get rid of some pumpkins, or just some great recipes to experiment with in the upcoming weeks before Thanksgiving, look no further. While it's probably not such a great idea to use pumpkins that have been sitting outside for anywhere from several days to several weeks, these recipes are still a great way to get rid of new pumpkins.

Blair conducts first fire drill of the school year

By Maya Calabrese | Oct. 3, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blazers participated in the first fire drill of the school year after receiving their IDs during a special homeroom today between periods one and three. This was the first evacuation not monitored by former safety coordinator Mark Curran, who left his job at the end of last year.

ID policy finalized

By Maya Calabrese | Sept. 30, 2006, midnight | In Local »

After weeks of deliberation, the SGA and administration have finalized an ID policy to be implemented after all students receive their IDs next week. Although the SGA worked extensively with the administration to form a more acceptable ID policy for students, they still disapprove of some of the changes.



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By Maya Calabrese | Nov. 26, 2007, midnight