Poorna Natarajan

Name: Poorna Natarajan
Position: Online Staff Writer
Graduation Year: 2010

Stories (19)

Many MCPS fees to be reprieved

By Poorna Natarajan | Jan. 13, 2009, midnight | In Local »

A memorandum to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education released on Jan. 7 by the Superintendent of Schools Jerry Weast states that fees charged by schools for course-related items will be reduced by more than 70 percent at the high school level and 60 percent at the middle school level.

National News for Dec. 20 - Jan. 2

By Poorna Natarajan | Jan. 4, 2009, midnight | In National »

Washington, D.C. Dec. 23 - President Bush granted 19 pardons and commuted one prison sentence for drug possession. Charlie Winters, who died in 1984 at 71, was the second person to ever be pardoned by a U.S. president after death. Winters violated the 1939 Neutrality Act by breaking an embargo on shipping weapons to Israel. Although he was praised by Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir for his efforts, Winters was jailed in the U.S.

An earful and eyeful of fun

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 22, 2008, midnight | In Movies »

With sweet rodents and much sought after soup, the animated feature "The Tale of Desperaux" may be reminiscent of Pixar's "Ratatouille." However, this fairytale focuses less on culinary success but rather on longing and hope – feelings that are all-too familiar in the literary world and even amidst the economic turmoil of today.

SGR Spectacular to be held on Friday

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 16, 2008, midnight | In Local »

The Students for Global Responsibility (SGR) Spectacular, an annual benefit show featuring Blair performers, will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 - 10 p.m. in the SAC. There is no entrance fee, but a $5 contribution is suggested. All proceeds will be given to the Grassroot Soccer organization, which uses soccer as a tool to educate and support children to live HIV/AIDS free.

Delicious mango mousse

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 15, 2008, midnight | In Food »

As a hopefully snowy winter nears, summer seems to have long passed away. But with this recipe for mango mousse, it's never too late to enjoy the holiday season with a flavor from the tropics! This easy-to-prepare, no-bake pie is sugary enough to sweeten anyone's day and light enough to be appreciated after several servings. Be ready to wow family and friends during this holiday season with a serving of mango mousse - a medley of cheesecake, Jell-O and, of course, mango!

Silver Quill to host open mic during lunch

By Poorna Natarajan | Nov. 18, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Blair's literary publication, Silver Quill, will host its first open mic on Nov. 20 during 5A and 5B in the Media Center. The open mic is a free show that allows Blazers to perform or watch their peers perform. Silver Quill intends to use this as an inaugural event to be conducted every six weeks.

Student athletes recognized at fall sports award night

By Poorna Natarajan | Nov. 18, 2008, midnight | In Local »

The 2008 Blair fall sports awards ceremony, held last night in the auditorium at 7, recognized over 300 Blazers. Two hundred and twelve athletes were distinguished as "Scholar Athletes," a designation given to Blazers who attained a minimum 3.25 grade point average (GPA) or higher, and many fall athletes were presented special awards based on their athleticism, sportsmanship and superb commitment.

A half-hour masterpiece

By Poorna Natarajan | Nov. 2, 2008, midnight | In News Blog »

With so many projects and tests crammed in before the quarter ended on Friday, I had tons of homework on Wednesday. But that didn't stop me from watching Barack Obama's half hour infomercial that aired primetime on three major networks - FOX, NBC and CBS.

Purple Line progresses on planning process

By Poorna Natarajan | Oct. 27, 2008, midnight | In Local »

The Maryland Transit Association (MTA) produced the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Purple Line on Oct. 17. The document that discusses the potential traffic flow changes, environmental effects, travel time reductions and cost effectiveness if the Purple Line is constructed. The draft is available for public viewing in the Purple Line web site.

Maybe "High School" is too childish

By Poorna Natarajan | Oct. 27, 2008, midnight | In Movies »

When the first High School Musical movie came out in 2005, it became an indelible fascination for billions of preteen girls. Its sequel, High School Musical 2, attracted around 17.3 million viewers and became the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie ever. Director Kenny Ortega returns with his cast in the brainless yet glamorous final installment, "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," that is sure to set elementary school girls into squeals of delight.

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.

Season finale offers Blazer tennis delight

By Poorna Natarajan | Oct. 9, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

The girls' tennis team satisfyingly concluded the season on Tuesday with a bold win against the Blake Bengals by a score of 7-0, setting the overall season record to an even 6-6.

Girls' tennis annihilates Magruder

By Poorna Natarajan | Oct. 4, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

After an exhausting season, the girls' tennis team pulled an amazing win against the Col. Zodak Magruder Colonels by a score of 6-1. Boosting their season record to 5-6, the tennis team felt spirited for their next divisional game against Blake.

Experiencing the "life is life" in Egypt

By Poorna Natarajan | Sept. 24, 2008, midnight | In Features »

Almost every morning this summer, senior Vanessa Hoy rode a rickety minibus, watching a little boy stand hanging out the door, collecting fare and yelling out the bus's destinations. The bus passed through a barren desert strip where the wind blew, raising dust into the air. At her stop, Hoy entered into a bustling street, where vendors handed out sweet fruit juice in glasses. As she crossed the street filled with traffic to go to school, Hoy could hear the distant but loud trains rolling across the tracks. Hoy finally reached her summer school, located half a world away from Blair in the city of Cairo, Egypt.

Rockets blast Blazers away

By Poorna Natarajan | Sept. 12, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

After an overwhelming victory at the home opener on Monday, the girls' tennis team was taken by surprise, falling to Richard Montgomery 6-1. The Rockets defeated the Blazers with their incredible focus, strong volleys and consistency. Coach David Ngbea feels that the Blazers could have done better and found new needs of improvement.

Blazers slam Titans in home opener

By Poorna Natarajan | Sept. 9, 2008, midnight | In Blair »

The nice weather - a respite from the seemingly relentless summer heat - complimented the girls' tennis team's winning match on Monday. The Blazers crushed the Einstein Titans by a score of 7-0. The game was the team's home opener and the win left the spirited and eager girls even more enthusiastic in securing the Division I championship.

Unbelievably "X"-asperating

By Poorna Natarajan | July 28, 2008, midnight | In Entertainment »

Six years after the TV sci-fi series "X-files" went off air, its second feature film, "X-Files: I Want to Believe," hits the big screen with a ridiculously unattractive title, a self-destructive plot line, amazing actors and lackluster special effects. The first half of the movie is actually compelling, but the movie ends up a thought-boggling mess that leaves the audience wanting to believe that it was not a waste of their money and time.

Short leaves Blair for Lackey

By Poorna Natarajan | July 23, 2008, midnight | In Local »

Assistant Principal James Short left Blair to take duties as acting principal of Henry E. Lackey High School, his alma mater, on July 7. The Charles County Board of Education approved Short as acting principal on July 4.

Darwish, Sawsan

By Poorna Natarajan | June 30, 2008, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Wearing a black headscarf and clutching a rolling backpack that follows the short steps of her petite frame, language teacher Sawsan Darwish stands out at Blair. But in just a year, Darwish has managed to merge into the Blair community with her charismatic personality.

Images (6)

Photo: IngredientsMMousse

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 15, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Add cream cheese and mango pulp into blender.

Photo: PouringMMo

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 15, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Mix gelatin into warm water, so that the gelatin completely dissolves.


By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 15, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blend all of the yummy and "healthy" ingredients - sugar, cream cheese, mango pulp, and gelatin solution.

Photo: PANMMo

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 15, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Once the ingredients are blended completely, the mixture is ready to be poured to a pie crust or glass pan.

Photo: FInalMMO

By Poorna Natarajan | Dec. 15, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The mango mousse is now ready to be refrigerated!

Photo: darwish

By Poorna Natarajan | June 30, 2008, midnight | In ‎Latest »

After a fantastic first year as teaching ESOL and Arabic at Blair, Sawsan Darwish is excited for the years to come.