Amanda Pollak

Name: Amanda Pollak
Position: Print Public Relations Director
Graduation Year: 2008

Stories (17)

Election 2008

By David Fegley, Amanda Pollak | Dec. 3, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

In anticipation of the upcoming 2008 presidential primaries, Silver Chips brings you the first installment in a political analysis series that will track six leading candidates and their positions on the issues most important to students.

The "Devil" that haunted the world

By Amanda Pollak | Sept. 17, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

If you can get through Brian Steidle's poignant new documentary, "The Devil Came on Horseback," without being affected by the vivid images of genocide, you're probably not human.

Grievance hearing held over April SMOB election

By Amanda Pollak | June 5, 2007, midnight | In Local »

The election grievance filed by former Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidate junior Will Bucher was heard before a committee Monday in the MCPS Board of Education meeting room. Bucher called for a re-vote for the April 25 SMOB election, if one is feasible, or a shared-SMOB title for the 2007-2008 school year. He also requested that Moskowitz be formally reprimanded and that clarified election procedures be drafted for next year.

"Acceptance" gets in

By Amanda Pollak | April 25, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The dreaded college admissions process, the culmination of 12 years of toil, is portrayed in a surprisingly amusing light by Susan Coll, who is clearly writing from experience. In her latest novel, Acceptance, Coll's depiction of the college fervor that three families go through is a spot-on parody of the college applications process in Montgomery County.

Remembering a guardian angel

By Amanda Pollak | March 18, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

It happened while senior Braulio Salas was at a party, lost in the beat of the loud salsa music. Salas felt something was wrong, so he left. When he got home, his fears were confirmed - Salas's cousin and close friend, 25-year-old Sintia Mesa, was missing. That was Friday, Jan. 26. Three days later, Salas's cousin was found dead in the trunk of her car in Baltimore. Her disappearance and murder have created a flurry of media attention - the night she was found dead, camera crews swarmed outside her Prince George's County home as relatives grieved inside - but to Salas, junior Carlos Mesa and others in the Blair community, she was much more than a face on TV. These two students recall the initial days spent searching and the subsequent weeks spent mourning for the cousin they loved and admired so much.

A dire and depressing "Situation”

By Amanda Pollak | March 5, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

"The Situation" has it all – tragedy, romance, action, mystery, suspense and, in the not-so-traditional-but-simply-because-it's-Iraq way, horror.

God grew tired, but the camera loved them

By Amanda Pollak | Jan. 28, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

In the early 1980s, war tore through Southern Sudan. A death warrant was placed on every boy in the region, prompting an exodus of 27,000. "It was as if, as people say, in the last day in the Bible, people will be judged," says one such boy, John Dau. "I thought God grew tired of us and he wanted to finish us."

The "Black Gold" that makes the world go round

By Amanda Pollak | Dec. 17, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

As you sip your next latte, savoring its rich bitterness and creamy texture, think of the workers of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union, who toil away, malnourished, often for 50 cents a day, to make your caffeine surge possible. Or at least that's what "Black Gold," a new documentary by Nick and Mark Francis, would like. Though it may not get in the way of the global empire that is today's modern coffee giants, it serves as a poignant reminder that everything good comes at a cost — which in this case are the millions of people of the third world who remain dependent on the trade.

Girls' tennis falls in counties

By Amanda Pollak | Oct. 23, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

OCT. 23, BLAKE The girls' tennis team finished a tough season with a largely new crop of players last week, with a 5-7 record and a disappointing show in the county tournament. Because only three starters returned from the 2005 season, the entire team was forced to step up and fill the large shoes of talented graduates.

Girls' tennis dominates Kennedy

By Amanda Pollak | Oct. 16, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

Oct. 16, KENNEDY– The girls' tennis team finished its season with a 7-0 rout of Kennedy and raised its record to 5-7.

Girls' tennis turns fortunes to go gold against Northwood

By Amanda Pollak | Oct. 10, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

OCT. 10, BLAZER COURTS— The girls' tennis team destroyed the Division III Northwood tennis squad without losing a single game in their last home match, raising their record to 4-7.

First live show aired

By Amanda Pollak | Oct. 8, 2006, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Yesterday, Blair Network Communications (BNC) broadcast a live television show for the first time in almost a decade.

Girls' tennis suffers frustrating loss to Richard Montgomery

By Amanda Pollak | Sept. 27, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

SEPT. 26, BLAZER COURTS— The girls' tennis squad was soundly defeated by Division I Richard Montgomery 6-1, dropping Blair's record to 2-4.

A noble and notable "Nobelity” is the change we wish to see

By Amanda Pollak | Sept. 21, 2006, midnight | In Movies »

As director Turk Pipken declares throughout his new, globally conscious documentary, "Nobelity," fixing the problems of the world may be simple, but it's not going to be easy. Likewise, buying tickets to his film may seem simple, but sitting through and fully comprehending the message of "Nobelity" is anything but easy. Nonetheless, it is not a film to miss.

Churchill bombs Blair tennis

By Amanda Pollak | Sept. 19, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

SEPT. 19, BLAZER COURTS— The girls' tennis team lost 0-7 to Churchill, dropping their record to 2-3. The game started well enough, with strong shows by first and second singles players, juniors Bonnie Ding and Priyanka Gokhale. However, their play was inevitably no match for their faster and stronger Churchill opponents and they lost 0-6, 0-6 and 1-6, 0-6, respectively.

Blazer tennis paints Paintbranch silver, black and red all over

By Amanda Pollak | Sept. 13, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

SEPT. 13, BLAZER COURTS" The girls' tennis team defeated Division II Paint Branch in a 7-0 rout, recovering and learning from their Friday 0-7 loss at the hands of Magruder.

Even without graduates, girls' tennis trounces Springbrook

By Amanda Pollak | Sept. 6, 2006, midnight | In Blair »

SEPT. 6, BLAZER COURTS— A 6-1 pummeling of Division III Springbrook Blue Devils marked a strong first step for a young girls' tennis team. It was the first game for the relatively young team but will be followed by a more difficult match against Magruder's Division I squad.