Jeremy Gradwohl


Name: Jeremy Gradwohl
Position: Online Op/Ed Editor
Graduation Year: 2010
Jeremy is a good, upstanding citizen. He likes the city of Takoma Park, baseball, good music and the Orioles back in the day when they had Cal Ripken Jr. Nature also plays a big part in his life.


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"Ear to the street, pen to the beat"

By Jeremy Gradwohl | July 15, 2009, midnight | In Features »

His beats thunder through car stereos, his lyrics encompass complex issues and his stage antics sweep the crowds. And it all started when he bought Jay Z's "Volume 2: Hard-Knock Life" in third grade. Hip-hop music has always played a large role in the life of Blair alum Tobi Adeoye, more recently known as his rapper alter ego, Kid Q.U.O.

A year at Blair: 2008-2009

By Jeremy Gradwohl | June 16, 2009, midnight | In Features »

As the temperature heats up and Blazers begin exchanging pencils and pens for bathing suits and ice cream cones, Silver Chips Online sums up the events and stories that occurred this school year.

Intoxicating laughs

By Jeremy Gradwohl | June 8, 2009, midnight | In Movies »

The remnants of a night in Las Vegas: a trashed hotel room, someone else's baby, Mike Tyson's tiger and a splitting headache. Only in Vegas can a well-respected dentist get married to a stripper and have no memory of it.

Stripped of her rights

By Jeremy Gradwohl | May 27, 2009, midnight | In Op/Ed »

After a fellow student accused then-13-year-old Savana Redding of possessing drugs, school officials in Safford, Ariz. acted quickly. Not content with a mere pat-down, they demanded a full strip-search to ensure that Redding in fact had no drugs on her person.

Blair students hold Darfur run

By Jeremy Gradwohl | April 27, 2009, midnight | In Local »

A group of eight juniors held their second annual five-kilometer Run for Darfur on Saturday along Sligo Creek Parkway. Registration fees from runners were donated to the Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that works towards raising awareness about the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Major League Baseball preview

By Jeremy Gradwohl Greg Kohn | April 20, 2009, midnight | In Professional »

Let's be honest: the only thing the Nationals had going for them last year was a brand-spanking-new stadium. Limping their way through a grisly 59-102 season in 2008, the Nats are desperate for a new direction - and with an 0-7 starting record, they have yet to find their rhythm. Will General Manager Jim Bowden's controversial departure barely a month before the season begins change anything for Major League Baseball's worst team, or are they doomed to face the same fate as last year's team?

Bengals edge Softball in extra innings

By Jeremy Gradwohl | April 2, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

In extra innings Monday night, Blair (3-2) softball fell to Blake (4-1), 2-1, in a pitching battle. Freshman Samantha Schweickhardt pitched a complete game, striking out 11 Bengals and allowing just one earned run, but the Blazer offense only accumulated five hits and brought just one runner home.

"Sweeney Todd" to premiere Friday

By Jeremy Gradwohl | March 18, 2009, midnight | In Local »

The Blair theatre program will premiere its production "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. The 1973 musical was based on a book of the same name by Christopher Bond, following the life of a villainous London barber who kills and robs his clients.

Blair holds Black History Month assembly

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Feb. 27, 2009, midnight | In Local »

Blair held its first annual Black History Month assembly yesterday during seventh period in the Nelson H. Kobren Gymnasium. Students in extracurricular activities performed songs, dances and speeches with an overarching theme celebrating black culture and achievement.

Redskins tight end visits Blair to announce scholarship

By Deepa Chellappa Jeremy Gradwohl | Feb. 18, 2009, midnight | In Local »

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley visited Blair during 5A lunch Wednesday to announce the Chris Cooley Education Fund scholarship, a $25,000 college scholarship that will be awarded to eight students at selected local schools. Through this fund, Cooley also made a $5,000 donation to Blair's academic programs and spoke to seniors about the importance of education in both his and their lives.

Panthers outpace boys' basketball

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Feb. 12, 2009, 1:47 a.m. | In Blair »

Blair varsity boys' basketball team (5-13) fell short to Paint Branch (16-3) on Tuesday night, 56-43. Although shaky through the first half, the Blazers kept up in the second half and mounted a fourth quarter rally which brought them within seven points of the division champion Panthers.

SCO's Inauguration survival guide

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Jan. 18, 2009, midnight | In National »

Millions are expected to turn out on Tuesday, Jan. 20, to see President-elect Barack Obama be sworn in. SCO brings you a guide of what to see, where to go and when to get there.

Boys' basketball unable to hand Blake first loss

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Jan. 8, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's boys' varsity basketball team (3-6) could not hold onto a first half lead against the undefeated Blake Bengals (10-0) Wednesday night, falling 49-40 and extending their losing streak to six games. Although the Blazers dominated the first half and held a 23-21 halftime lead, their defense fell short and their offense stagnant during the second half.

Brief fire lit in third-floor bathroom

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Jan. 5, 2009, midnight | In Local »

Building services workers worked to extinguish a fire in a third-floor boys' bathroom at 10 a.m. today. Somebody lit a fire in a trash can, according to security personnel. It was quickly extinguished and nobody was injured.

"Sweeney Todd" to be spring musical

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Jan. 2, 2009, midnight | In Local »

The Blair theatre program will be performing "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" for its 2009 spring play. Director and English teacher Kelly O'Connor will work with music teacher Paul Newport to recreate the 1973 Broadway musical written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.

Varsity boys' basketball topples Einstein in season opener

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Dec. 6, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's varsity boys' basketball team (1-0) started their season on a promising note Friday night, overwhelming Einstein (0-1) in a convincing 67-47 win on the Titans' home court. Play was roughly even through the first two quarters before the Blazers extended a three-point halftime advantage to nine during a dominant third quarter. Blair never trailed again as they insulated their lead on sharp defense and fast break execution.

SmartBikes: a smart choice

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Nov. 29, 2008, midnight | In Op/Ed »

In Barcelona, they call it "Bicing." In Paris, it's "Velib." The wave of public bicycle sharing programs that has swept through Europe has finally arrived in the U.S., with a successful system implemented in Washington, D.C. as of August. Now, Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin is proposing a similar pilot program for Montgomery County. The program is vital to the citizens in their efforts to conserve the environment, save money and reduce traffic.

Weast: don't ruin this historic opportunity

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Nov. 24, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

We are in Obama era. Barack Obama is poised to be the 44th President of the United States of America, and with a majority of Democrats in Congress, Obama should have a successful term. Regardless of his race, Obama has been an incredibly unifying force. Obama supporters go out of their way to be nice to each other. I've noticed that drivers with Obama-Biden stickers have been less aggressive. Even some John McCain supporters are jumping on the Obama "love train."

Silver Quill offers thrills

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Nov. 23, 2008, midnight | In Features »

The juniors sat in front of a crowd at least one hundred strong. Alex Denton instructed the crowd to clap along with his next song, a cover of Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane." But the eager crowd started clapping before an antsy Denton, with Ezekiel Leeds on guitar, could begin. "No, you guys aren't supposed to clap until we start," Denton said, and the crowd tittered. Denton gave a signal as Leeds opened the soothing melody on his acoustic guitar. The crowd started clapping again. This time, they got it right. And they liked it.

Redskins underplay and underwhelm

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Nov. 2, 2008, midnight | In Sports Blog »

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about the upcoming Monday night football game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many a Blazer has boasted and bragged about the Skins' explosive rushing offense and forceful, hard-hitting defense - yet the team's hopes of a crucial win could easily be shattered.

It's all in the family

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Oct. 30, 2008, midnight | In Movies »

Of an all too familiar genre of cop dramas, "Pride and Glory" had to create a dynamite, new angle to sell to film cynics. The movie does just this by creating an urban incest of conflicting police activity between two brothers-in-law. When Edward Norton's character is being questioned by other police officers, it's as if he speaks directly to film skeptics, "this isn't going to go how you want it to." "Pride and Glory" combines high-quality acting with intriguing visual artistry to rejuvenate its tired genre.

Girls' soccer advances to regional semi-finals

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Oct. 29, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's varsity girls' soccer team (14-1) battled through high winds and near-freezing temperatures to beat Winston Churchill (6-6-1) 1-0 in overtime, advancing to the regional semi-finals. The Lady Blazers, coming off a bye, dominated the entire game but were unable to find the net in regulation. Blair finally broke the tie on a sudden death goal when senior captain Annie Worden poked in a bouncing ball through a crowd of Bulldogs late into overtime.

At issue at the polls

By Jeremy Gradwohl, Poorna Natarajan, Kevin Teng | Oct. 26, 2008, midnight | In National »

Ten days remain in what has been a long, tiring, historic race - one dubbed the most important of a lifetime - between Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (Ill.) and Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (Ariz.). For those undecided or just plain confused Blazers, Silver Chips Online has summed up the ideals of these candidates that are the most important to the Blair community.

Girls' varsity soccer crushes Northwood on senior night

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Oct. 23, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

Blair's (13-1) varsity girls' soccer team soundly defeated Northwood (3-8-1) 7-0 to close out the regular season Tuesday night. Because it was the final home game before playoffs, the Lady Blazers had their senior night and, as if purposely, seniors scored six out of Blair's seven goals.

Wildcats shatter win streak for girls' varsity soccer

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Oct. 15, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

After a close, defensive battle, Walter Johnson (10-2) defeated Blair's varsity girls' soccer team 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night, extinguishing Blair's hope of finishing the season undefeated. The Lady Blazers (10-1) held a 1-0 lead late into the second half, but a lapse with just over ten minutes to play allowed the Wildcats to even the score and send the game into sudden-death overtime. Walter Johnson then promptly ended the game, scoring just three minutes into the extra period.

Blazers hold off Colonels

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Sept. 25, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

Through explosive offense and comprehensive defense, Blair varsity girls' soccer (6-0) defeated Magruder 2-0 to remain undefeated. Senior co-captain Annie Worden led a fierce offense to score both goals within the first eight minutes of the game.

Varsity girls' soccer stays unbeaten

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Sept. 23, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

In their fifth game of the season, varsity girls' soccer found themselves trailing for the first time – a 0-1 deficit at halftime – against a Blake program that has had the better of Blair for the past four years. Yet the Lady Blazers demonstrated once again why they are top division contenders, stepping up their offense for three goals in the second half, including two by senior forward Susie Branson, for a 3-2 victory. Blair remains undefeated with a perfect 5-0 record.

On your marks, get set, TiVo!

By Sophia Deng, Jeremy Gradwohl, David Zheng | Sept. 22, 2008, midnight | In Television »

After a turbulent and chaotic television season distinguished by countless cancellations, dooming delays and screwed-up story-lines (thank you, writers), the industry has finally moved on with the show. Regrettably, most of our lives are still held up in high school (and not the glamorous "Gossip Girl" kind of place), and many will have to face the delicate dilemma of balancing dreaded homework with fall television premieres: what to do, watch the premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" or write that pesky English paper due the following day? Fortunately for those going back and forth, Silver Chips Online is here with a preview of the fall's hottest television shows - including the essential information on all of last season's cliff-hangers, upcoming guest stars and the confusing plot lines. We'll tell you everything you need to plan out your TV-viewing schedule and premiere parties.

Varsity girls' soccer defeats Whitman for first time

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Sept. 17, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

In a fierce, back and forth battle, the night's only goal belonged to Blair's varsity girls' soccer, handing them a 1-0 victory over Whitman for the first time ever on Tuesday. The Blazers were able to control the pace of the game and keep Whitman from getting to the goal, improving their record to 4-0.

Takoma Park Folk Festival draws crowds despite heat

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Sept. 16, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Masses of locals attended the 31st annual Takoma Park Folk Festival on Sunday. The festival featured local musicians and dancers as well as stands by local organizations and craftspeople. The festival took place at Takoma Park Middle School in Silver Spring and went from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be given to local groups, including the Blair After-Prom Committee.

"Bangkok Dangerous" shoots and misses

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Sept. 8, 2008, midnight | In Movies »

"Bangkok Dangerous" rehashes an all-too-common Hollywood action flick plot: cold-blooded assassin discovers love and compassion, which ultimately interferes with his job. The movie does not offer any new plot twists or any fresh perspective about hired killing. The lack of originality, while masked through intricate fight sequences and progressive cinematography, leaves the audience with cynicism.

MCPS holds first annual Back-to-School Fair

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Aug. 19, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Thousands of parents and students swarmed the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Rockville headquarters for the first annual Back-to-School Fair on Saturday. Students participated in various kid-friendly activities, while their parents circulated booths to obtain information about the upcoming school year. The event featured local entertainment and speakers while encouraging a family approach to MCPS education.

The Force is weak with "Clone Wars"

By Jeremy Gradwohl | Aug. 18, 2008, midnight | In Movies »

"Star Wars: Clone Wars" is the epitome of a stretched-out series, milked for all its worth. In this case, Warner Bros. tries to stretch out Twentieth Century Fox's "Star Wars" series until what is left is an inartistic sequence of battle scenes with brief intervals of dialogue that is more clichéd and uncreative than the other "Star Wars" films. It is surprising that George Lucas would even associate his name with this stain on the "Star Wars" name, let alone produce it.

Holt, John

By Jeremy Gradwohl | June 30, 2008, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Technology teacher John Holt idly twirls a file in his hands as he sits on a mini-stool in a third-floor tech lab on the third floor overlooking the courtyard on a bright blue-skied afternoon in May, as he recalled how he had made his career choice and ended up at Blair. Having grown up right down the street from Blair, Holt is accustomed to such afternoons.



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