Jialin Quinlan


Name: Jialin Quinlan
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2011
Jialin is an aspiring gymnast who started her career at the young age of 3. She was rated Maryland's number one pole vaulter in 2004 and her floor routine was widely considered able to compete with Shawn Johnson. However, a horrific addiction to peanut butter led her to gain 134 pounds forcing her to drop out of contention for the last spot in the 2008 olympic team. Her heroic return to gymnastics has been chronicled by the New York Times and she is being heralded as "the big wide hope."


Stories (26)


Celebrate a mad March, Chips-style

By Jialin Quinlan Natalie Rutsch | March 10, 2011, 11:29 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

It's March: The temperatures are finally rising, the Mardi Gras king cake is long gone and the only holiday to look forward to is St. Patrick's Day, right? Wrong. March offers a slew of holidays and observances so wacky you won't even have time to ask, "What exactly is the Great American Meat Out (March 20)?" Starting with Pig Day (March 1) and ending with Bunsen Burner Day (March 31), the third month really does have it all. Here are a few Chips-tested ideas on how to celebrate our favorite March observances.

Chips Trips: Curling

By Jialin Quinlan Gardi Royce | Feb. 9, 2011, 2:46 p.m. | In Print Sports »

As the wind whipped around the cold Scottish pond, two lone figures stared nervously at the ground. They whispered and checked their surroundings, making sure no one was watching them. They had been simply playing on the frozen ice when suddenly; they created one of the most dynamic and exciting games known to man.

Nando's Peri Peri spices up Downtown dining

By Jialin Quinlan Natalie Rutsch | Feb. 9, 2011, 11:47 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

With restaurants already spread across five different continents, Nando's Peri-Peri finally brings its cultural flavor to Downtown Silver Spring. Its famous Peri-Peri Flame-Grilled Chicken, which has delighted worldwide, is a fusion of Portuguese and Mozambican cuisine.

Dress to kill the winter chill

By Noah Mason, Jialin Quinlan, Gardi Royce, Eliza Wapner | Dec. 16, 2010, 7:04 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

With winter rolling around, it's time to break out the hats, scarves and puffy coats. But for those Blazers who are tired of looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters, anyone?), your trusty Entertainment Team, along with a couple of extra models, has braved the malls and the magazines to bring you what we believe are the season's latest looks.

Spy in the city

By Jialin Quinlan Natalie Rutsch | Oct. 7, 2010, 12:11 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Oleg Ledvekov is trying to steal American secrets for the Russians. He has an accomplice with dangerous access to important American secrets, and she's prepared to spill if her price is met. The only people standing between the Russian spies and top-secret American intel are your trusty entertainment editors. Our mission? SlyFox.

Classes canceled for 2011

By Jialin Quinlan | June 3, 2010, 11:58 a.m. | In Print News »

Six classes have been cut from the course offerings for the 2010-2011 school year, according to counselor Marcia Johnson. In addition, seven classes, a combination of new and reinstated classes, have been added to the course list, she said.

In case of emergency

By Jialin Quinlan | June 3, 2010, 11:45 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

It's a typical disaster drill, students calmly exiting their classrooms in single file lines toward their designated gathering sites…Let's not kid ourselves. In reality, bright lights flash as the automated voice repeating drill instructions is drowned out and altogether ignored by the thousands of students making their way to "safety.” The monotone voice is almost always greeted by fist pumps, the scraping of chairs being pushed away from desks and choruses of "yesssss.” In light of the recent surge in disaster drills, it has become this reporter's responsibility to inform readers of the most effective ways to escape the school with all their fingers and toes.

Lady Blazers maul Wildcats in first home game

By Jialin Quinlan | March 26, 2010, 12:08 a.m. | In Blair »

Blair's varsity softball team (2-0) won decisively against Walter Johnson in the first home game of the season. Dominating the plate and maintaining control of the field on defense kept the Blazers securely in the lead.

HSA waivers could be extended

By Jialin Quinlan | March 11, 2010, 4:03 p.m. | In Print News »

The proposal to extend the deadline for awarding Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) waivers for an additional year is to be passed in the State Board of Education meeting on March 23, according to Scott Pfeifer, the Director of Instructional Assessment for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Reaching the limit

By Jialin Quinlan | Feb. 5, 2010, 3:55 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

Imagine, 3,000 students milling about on a campus surrounded by two major roads. The cars whiz by at high speeds, as jaywalking students dodge their trajectories. Sound familiar? This is the situation that Blazers are faced with on a daily basis.

Country in profile: Pakistan

By Jialin Quinlan | Jan. 12, 2010, 7:44 p.m. | In Cultural Connection »

One finger reaches out to press against the black outline of the map. "This is where I grew up," junior Zohra Khan says, pointing to a space just inside the Pakistan border. "This is where I spent 15 years."

Country in profile: Pakistan

By Jialin Quinlan | Jan. 11, 2010, 8:04 p.m. | In Print Features »

One finger reaches out to press against the black outline of the map. "This is where I grew up," junior Zohra Khan says, pointing to a space just inside the Pakistan border. "This is where I spent 15 years."

"Up in the Air" soars above the rest

By Jialin Quinlan | Dec. 15, 2009, 11:12 a.m. | In Movies »

Director and co-writer Jason Reitman, best known for the hilarious "Thank You for Smoking" and the adorable "Juno,"; works his magic again in this high-flying hit. Reitman bases his film around the cliché of "finding yourself," and yet the final product is surprisingly refreshing - a closer look at what it would be like to simply fly through life without baggage.

Construction projects continue in the Downtown Silver Spring area

By Jialin Quinlan | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Construction of the new Silver Spring Civic Building, which has replaced the Astroturf in Downtown Silver Spring, is well under way. According to Ernest Lunsford, chief of the Montgomery County Building Design and Construction Division, the civic building is on schedule to be completed by July 2010.

Education budget protected

By Jialin Quinlan | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Despite the recent budget crunch, Governor Martin O'Malley refused to cut funds that have been set aside for education, due to a $2 billion state budget deficit.

Athlete of the Week: Varsity Soccer, Aaron Baldwin

By Jialin Quinlan | Nov. 12, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

All season long, senior co-captain Aaron Baldwin has been one to watch. At any time during a game, Baldwin can be seen making a game-changing play or rallying the team to score a goal. Baldwin has appeared several times in the local Gazette for his exemplary performance.

Vikings overtake Blazer's efforts, 1-3

By Jialin Quinlan | Nov. 5, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

Although entering the playoff season with strong momentum, the boys varsity soccer fell short of counteracting the Whitman Vikings. Blair (8-4-2) lost to Whitman 1-3 in the second round of the playoffs, still giving a performance exemplary of their hard efforts all season.

Blair knocks Churchill out of first round of playoffs

By Jialin Quinlan | Nov. 2, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

Surrounded by the chill of late fall, the boys' varsity soccer team (8-3-2) defeated the Churchill Bulldogs 1-0 in their first playoff game. Coming off six straight shut-out games, the Blazers were surging on a winning streak. But no one was more aware than this team of how hard they had to work to beat Churchill.

Varsity boys' soccer trounces Trojans on senior night

By Jialin Quinlan | Oct. 22, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

With another victory that has become trend for the team, boy's varsity soccer won the last home game of the regular season. The Blazers battled it out to win 1-0 against the Gaithersburg Trojans.

Boys' soccer brings down undefeated Sherwood

By Jialin Quinlan | Oct. 15, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

"Guys, we just shut out the number one team in Maryland," sophomore striker George de Rossi shouted to the mass of celebrating soccer players. Blair (5-3-1) defeated the Sherwood Warriors 2-0. Both goals were scored by senior co-captain Aaron Baldwin.

Varsity boys' soccer wins decisively over Walter Johnson

By Jialin Quinlan | Oct. 13, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

Boys' varsity soccer (4-3-1) won a decisive 2-0 match over the Walter Johnson Wildcats. After coming off an exhausting 3-3 tie to Wootton in double overtime, the Blazers were able to persevere over the Wildcats despite minor setbacks.

Blue Devils incinerate Blazers

By Jialin Quinlan Natalie Rutsch | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print Sports »

In their fifth game of the season, boys' varsity soccer (2-3) lost to the Springbrook Blue Devils 2-0 after a tough second half.

Boys' soccer overruns Paintbranch's weaknesses

By Jialin Quinlan | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

Varsity boys' soccer (3-3) soundly beat the Paintbranch Panthers in a well-played match, ending with a victory score of 3-0. After coming off a disappointing loss to Springbrook, the Blazers were determined and pumped to defeat Paintbranch.

Parents surveyed on venue for 2010 graduation

By Jialin Quinlan | Oct. 8, 2009, midnight | In Print News »

Blair PTSA remains uncertain about the graduation venue for the class of 2010 due to budget restraints and conflicting survey results, according to the PTSA co-president.

B-CC edges out Blair for the win

By Jialin Quinlan | Sept. 22, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

The disheartened Blazers (1-2) trooped off the field after the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons managed to secure a close 2-1 victory in the last two minutes of the game. Blair stayed in the game right until the end, when B-CC sneaked a goal in to pull ahead for the win.

Boys' soccer narrowly overpowers Northwood

By Jialin Quinlan | Sept. 10, 2009, midnight | In Blair »

The varsity boys' soccer team soundly won the Battle of the Boulevard against the Northwood Gladiators in a tight and exhilarating season victory. They defeated Northwood 3-2, by maintaining concentration throughout the game and keeping a dogged defense in strategic posts.