Jon Kesten

Name: Jon Kesten
Position: Online Foreign Desk Editor
Graduation Year: 2009
Jon likes rocking out frequently. So if he's not playing or listening to music, he is usually found in his natural habitat of the ice rink or pool. Jon is also Silver Chips.

Stories (25)

A poignant end to Blair's varsity girls' lacrosse season

By Jon Kesten | May 12, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

Coming off a first round bye earned by an impressive 9-3 regular season record, which also distinguished them as divisional co-champions, the varsity girls' lacrosse team fell to the B-CC Barons 16-5 Sunday afternoon, a sour ending to an otherwise groundbreaking season. Senior co-captain Helen Anderson led Blair's offense, scoring all five goals in the effort.

Lady Blazers show Gladiators no mercy on senior night

By Jon Kesten | May 7, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

The varsity girls' lacrosse team dominated the Northwood Gladiators with all active senior players putting in a goal. The seniors - Helen Anderson, Lizzie Horne, Rachita Sood, Priyanka Gokhale and Julia Mazerov - were all celebrated before the start of the last regular season game. Mazerov was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

SGA announces election results

By Jon Kesten | May 5, 2008, midnight | In Local »

After Blazers' votes from last Thursday and Friday were counted, the new SGA officers for the 2008-2009 school year have been announced. The results are as follows, according to Montgomery County Regional SGA (MCR) Liaison and Co-Deputy of In-School Elections Walker Hatchett:

Wolverines get burned

By Jon Kesten | April 25, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

The varsity girls' lacrosse team battled the Watkins Mill Wolverines at home on Thursday and despite difficulty connecting on offense, capitalized on opportunities early in the match to win 13-6. Once again, senior co-captain Helen Anderson led the team, scoring five of Blair's 13 goals.

The Caps' historic comeback

By Jon Kesten | April 15, 2008, midnight | In Professional »

For the first time in five years, the Washington Capitals (yes, they still exist and so does the NHL) have made the playoffs, sporting a goal-happy left-winger and snazzy new uniforms. After spending 50 days at the bottom of the Southeast Division, the team's improbable surge into the playoffs has made them the Cinderella story of the D.C. area and beyond. With Alexander Ovechkin's incredible energy, new coaching and fresh uniforms, this long-awaited playoff push is the first step in returning the team to the NHL's biggest stage – the Stanley Cup.

Blazers tear up Cavaliers

By Jon Kesten | April 13, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

The varsity girls' lacrosse team took on the Kennedy Cavaliers at home on Thursday. The Blazer capitalized on offensive opportunities early in the match, eventually defeating Kennedy 21-9. Senior captain Helen Anderson, who scored seven goals, led the offensive attack.

Another prolific "Release"

By Jon Kesten | April 7, 2008, midnight | In Music »

Do a new album, a new producer, new instruments and a new look spell a new Black Keys? If the CD's first track is any indication, then the Keys are still very much among us, but with a new, original flavor on their April 1 album "Attack and Release."

Sensationalize the "Limits"

By Jon Kesten | April 6, 2008, midnight | In Plays »

A musical interpretation of prejudice, sexism, identity struggle and adolescent conflict can truly blend together in a raw, poignant batch of emotion, as the performers of "City at Peace" show. The problems that plague the teens in the show could not be any more different, yet somehow these teens are able to relate to one another on multiple levels. This adaptation of authenticity clearly plays out on the stage, as the group's performance "Disguise the Limits" shows the remarkable ability of youth to organize and cooperate.

Patriots strike first blood with Blazers

By Jon Kesten | April 2, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

After winning the boys' lacrosse tournament at Clarksburg High School over the weekend, Blair's varsity lacrosse team hoped to show a strong presence in their first home game against the Wootton Patriots. Although the Blazers came out faster and more competitive than in recent years, the team fell to the Patriots due to lack of precision of passing and inability to clear out the defensive zone. The Patriots, who were Maryland State Finalists in 2007, overwhelmed the Blazers 12-2.

Smashing cauliflowers

By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In Sides »

Although called smashed potatoes, this recipe contains no potatoes at all. In fact, this healthy variation on an American favorite is actually made out of cauliflower. It takes only 20 minutes to make and requires only a food processor and a microwave for a light and steaming side dish. If you have got a sudden party to plan for, or if you just want something hot and fast, smashed potatoes is a fresh relief from mundane dishes.

A mammoth disappointment

By Jon Kesten | March 11, 2008, midnight | In Movies »

Expectations from the director of such films as "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow" suggest an equally innovative spectacle from Roland Emmerich in "10,000 B.C." D'Leh (Stephen Strait) is young man from a hunter gatherer tribe who embarks on a journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his dying tribe and his blue eyed love, Evolet (Camilla Belle). During an age when woolly mammoths and saber tooth tigers roam our planet, the film has the exciting preface, proven director and a plot filled with potential to make an epic film.

Winter spirit week to begin tomorrow

By Jon Kesten | Feb. 18, 2008, midnight | In Local »

The second spirit week of the school year will begin tomorrow and includes a voluntary assembly celebrating Black History Month on Friday, which the administration decided to substitute in place of a traditional pep rally, according to Assistant Principal James Short.

Obama rally at University of Maryland draws more than 16,000

By Jon Kesten | Feb. 11, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Senator Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency held a rally from 11:30 – 2 p.m. today at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) Comcast Center, one day before the "Potomac Primary," featuring Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. According to "Students for Obama" member and UMCP junior Chris Wilhelm, the event attracted a crowd of upwards of 16,000 people, including many Blair students.

Learning in translation

By Jon Kesten | Nov. 25, 2007, midnight | In Features »

For senior Danielle Tarr, every day at school is a trip around the world and a mouthful of dialects. She is greeted first period with "Assalam alaikum," fourth period with "Hello," sixth period with "Konichiwa" and seventh period with "Salve." Tarr takes four different language classes – Arabic, English, Japanese and AP Latin – two of which, Arabic and Japanese, are being offered for the first time this year.

Golf shoots under par

By Jon Kesten | Nov. 8, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's first co-ed golf team finished the 2007 season fourth in the Kohut Division, one of two divisions in Montgomery County. With a 9-8 record and an average of 253 strokes, the squad placed 20th out of 25 teams in the county.

Patriots win rainy battle against Blair

By Jon Kesten, Greg Kohn | Oct. 20, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

Blair varsity football dropped their seventh game in a row after a tight loss on Friday at home to Wootton, 19-6. The Blazers stayed close, going into the fourth quarter down only 6-0, but a much-needed offensive spark came too late as the Patriots commanded the last 12 minutes of the game.

Blazers still searching for first win

By Jon Kesten, Greg Kohn | Oct. 6, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

Blair varsity football stayed winless after a loss on Friday at home to Magruder, 35-12. Blair (0-5) climbed back to within one point after the Colonels took an early 13-0 lead, but was unable to overcome five turnovers.

Rock for Renovation to be held Saturday

By Jon Kesten | Sept. 27, 2007, midnight | In Local »

Two Blair seniors will host a benefit concert on Saturday, Sept. 29 entitled "Rock for Renovation" in the auditorium from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Money raised will be used to help renovate the old Blair auditorium at Silver Spring International Middle School.

One-sided Trojan War for Blair football

By Jon Kesten, Greg Kohn | Sept. 21, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The Blair varsity football team was shown no mercy on Thursday night, as they fell to 0-3 after a brutal loss at home to the Gaithersburg Trojans, 45-0.

Last-minute heartbreak for varsity football

By Jon Kesten, Greg Kohn | Sept. 15, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

The hyped-up match between fierce rivals Blair (0-2) and Northwood (1-1) ended sorely for the red-and-white, as the Gladiators took the lead for the first and final time in the last minute of play to win by a score of 18-13.

Bengals defeat Blair in home opener

By Jon Kesten, Greg Kohn | Sept. 8, 2007, midnight | In Blair »

BLAZER STADIUM, Sept. 7 – The hype surrounding the varsity football team's opening home game came to a crashing halt, as the Blazers fell to the Blake Bengals, 21-12, once again starting their season off with a losing record.

"Bourne" to be wild

By Jon Kesten | Aug. 6, 2007, midnight | In Movies »

With superb cinematography and action sequences, "The Bourne Ultimatum," basically a two hour chase and fight scene, leaves the viewer feeling like an innocent bystander witnessing some of the most top secret events in the world. The heart-pounding action makes up for the movie's extremely thin plot, allowing "Bourne" to deliver for its third and final time.

Peterson Cos. does right, allows photography

By Jon Kesten | July 30, 2007, midnight | In Op/Ed »

The recent ban on photography in Downtown Silver Spring caused enough uproar to start a protest, a photographer rights group and now a change. Peterson Companies., the corporation who once claimed that Downtown Silver Spring is private property, has backed down and allowed photographers to freely take pictures in the area again. Nevertheless, these actions seem overdue and still leave the question of why the ban was placed to begin with.

Painting the new face of the Blazer

By Jon Kesten | June 27, 2007, midnight | In Features »

Suspended thirty feet in the air, muralist Stacy Ridgeway carefully paints the black outline of Montgomery Blair's nose while sporting a gray jumpsuit with a "Batman" symbol on the back. Near the main staircase down below rests a paint-splattered stereo playing jazz tunes. After putting on final touches, Ridgeway descends on a hydraulic machine lift and selects another, smaller paintbrush, and the front of his paint-covered jumpsuit is revealed to show a picture of Dora the Explorer. Ridgeway glances above him to admire the nearly finished portrait of Montgomery Blair. However, his work here is not yet done.

Prange, Eric

By Jon Kesten | June 23, 2007, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

A Frisbee spins tightly on his index finger while he sits at his desk. Sporting a white lab coat and yellow goggles, Eric Prange then pours 50 ml of hydrochloric acid into a graduated cylinder.

Images (13)

Photo: smashingEnjoy

By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »


Photo: smashingRemoveGreen

By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Remove green and black parts from the cauliflower.

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By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Strain the water from the cut up cauliflower.

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By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Wash the cauliflower.

Photo: smashingScoop

By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Pour the hot and steamy smashed potatoes into a bowl.

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By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Gather the materials for the recipe.

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By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Microwave the cut up cauliflower.

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By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper to the cauliflower once it is in the food processor.

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By Jon Kesten | March 20, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Cut up the cauliflower and place into a covered bowl.

Photo: rockForRenovation

By Jon Kesten | Sept. 27, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Fighting Janes, one of the acts at Rock for Renovation, performing at Sangha Cafe in August.

Photo: DTSS Photo Ban

By Jon Kesten | July 30, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A sign in Downtown Silver Spring advertises the First Annual Photo Competition, sponsored by Peterson Cos.

Photo: Ridgeway Blair Mural

By Jon Kesten | June 27, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Ridgeway, in his Batman jumpsuit, paints a mural of Montgomery Blair.

Photo: Eric Prange

By Jon Kesten | June 23, 2007, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Chemistry teacher Eric Prange sits at his classroom desk.