Allison Daitch




Name: Allison Daitch
Position: Online Managing Editor
Graduation Year: 2012
"Are you a mod or a rocker?" "No, I'm a mocker." I'm Allison, a.k.a. Allie. I love The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld and Harry Potter. I could live off of Cosi TBMs and Signature Salads, with the occasional Quattro Formaggio pizza thrown in for variety. I collect vinyl records, mainly of my favorite band, The Beatles. As John and Ringo said, "What was it that first attracted you to me?" "Well, you're very polite then aren't you?"


Stories (54)


Senior trip to take place at Kings Dominion

By Allison Daitch | April 30, 2012, 8:21 p.m. | In Local »

The second senior class trip will take place at Kings Dominion on June 5. The trip will occur after seniors complete their exams and will provide students with an alternative to beach week. According to senior class advisor Claudette Smith, a minimum of 100 students must attend or the trip will be canceled.

No misery in "Les Mis"

By Allison Daitch | April 26, 2012, 11:26 a.m. | In Plays »

The Montgomery Blair Players brought the classic story of love, promises and revolution to life in the student-run production of "Les Misérables." This timeless Victor Hugo novel was transformed into an opera-esque musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, which the Blair Players made their own with stunning vocals, music and set design.

VIDEO: Silver Spring in motion

By Allison Daitch Tolu Omokehinde | April 10, 2012, 11:50 a.m. | In Features »

After two months of strenuous work, 80 hours of taking pictures in 20 degree weather, two near arrests and many sleepless nights, my hard work isn't going unnoticed. The beauty of the bustling life in Downtown Silver Spring is captured in the 7,123 photos I sequenced together into this seamless timelapse. From the glimmering lights of the ice rink to the changing traffic lights of a common intersection, life in the boisterous city of Silver Spring is perfectly encapsulated through the lens of my camera.

Pro/Con: Government regulation of contraceptives

By Rachel Auerbach Allison Daitch | April 6, 2012, 12:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Beginning on Aug. 1, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require all health insurance plans to cover women's contraceptives.

Blazer sells out concerts at Strathmore

By Allison Daitch | March 13, 2012, 4:57 p.m. | In Local »

Senior Nathan Foley is performing his second sold out concert on March 28 at the Strathmore music center as an Artist in Residence.

Crew participates in Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprint competition

By Allison Daitch | Feb. 13, 2012, 5:43 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair crew team competed in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints on Feb. 4 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA and the National Capital Erg Sprints on Feb. 12 at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

International News Roundup for Jan. 8 – Jan. 22

By Allison Daitch | Jan. 25, 2012, 2:21 p.m. | In International »

Four of the suspected conspirators involved in the Megaupload.com charges were arrested in New Zealand. A cruise ship, The Concordia, crashed into a reef on the small Tuscan island, Giglio. The European Union will ban the import of Iranian crude oil and prohibit forms of trade. Standard & Poor downgraded European governments and stripped the bailout fund of its AAA status.

National Honor Society undergoes changes

By Allison Daitch | Jan. 21, 2012, noon | In Local »

This year, Blair's National Honor Society (NHS) implemented major changes pertaining to both its application process and club requirements. NHS began admitting sophomores this school year, raised the required number of Student Service Learning (SSL) hours earned in the program and became an official member of the National Chapter of Honor Societies.

County develops plans for upgraded bus transit system

By Allison Daitch | Jan. 4, 2012, 1:11 p.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery County Council proposed a revolutionary bus transit system to connect various cities together.

Goldberg, David

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 9, 2011, 2:21 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

A teacher who used to be a DJ? Who loves punk music? Who wants school to start later? This doesn't seem feasible, until you meet Mr. Goldberg.

The new Face of protest

By Allison Daitch | Nov. 21, 2011, 1:26 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Social media is the new way to protest. But the sudden boom of social media is only beginning to revolutionize the business world – utilizing technology to evoke change can and should happen.

International News Roundup for Oct. 22 – Oct. 31

By Allison Daitch | Nov. 1, 2011, 9:39 p.m. | In International »

After a powerful earthquake struck Turkey a few days ago, rescuers are still working around the clock in all types of weather to retrieve victims who are buried underneath the rubble. The earthquake killed 534 people and has left thousands of people without homes.

A ridiculously raunchy ride

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 17, 2011, 10:11 p.m. | In Entertainment »

Not even a ravaging tornado could stop 8,000 Aziz Ansari fans from seeing his Homecoming Comedy Show at the University of Maryland on Oct. 13.

Administration to begin Pedestrian Safety Program

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 14, 2011, 2:21 p.m. | In Local »

A team of Blair administration and Montgomery County officials participated in the Pedestrian Safety Program's first meeting at Blair on Oct. 12 to increase pedestrians' safety at Four Corners.

National News Round Up for Sept. 17 - Sept. 24

By Allison Daitch Sarah Harper | Sept. 24, 2011, 10:39 p.m. | In National »

President Obama offered to waive provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, which has been at the heart of educational controversy for nearly a decade. As early as this November, the Department of Education will allow states to apply for the removal of test standards, the expansion of state input in school and district curriculums and the increase of flexibility in federal education spending.

How did Dumbledore know?

By Allison Daitch | July 15, 2011, midnight

After Harry Potter's final year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to a close and the final battle for Hogwarts was won, many questions were answered. But almost all of the questions that remain have to do with the same concept – "How did Dumbledore know?"

Till college do us part

By Allison Daitch | June 9, 2011, 12:13 p.m. | In Features »

No challenge compares to the life-changing day when twins separate, usually for college, and are given the opportunity to develop themselves as an individual, instead of a package deal.

International News Roundup for May 7 – May 20

By Allison Daitch | May 24, 2011, 1:24 p.m. | In International »

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) jets attacked three Libyan sea ports overnight and destroyed eight Libyan warships. The campaign was intended to weaken Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces, which Gadhafi used to attack civilians.

Blair gymnastics wins state competition

By Allison Daitch | May 20, 2011, 2:06 p.m. | In News »

The Blair girls' gymnastics team won first place in the Maryland state competition in Anne Arundel County on May 11. This was the first time Blair gymnastics has won the division and state title in the 10 years since the program was created.

Blair gymnastics places second in county

By Allison Daitch | May 4, 2011, 1:07 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair gymnastics team placed second in the county competition with a score of 169.975, which allows them to move on to compete in the state championship.

Royal wedding remakes

By Allison Daitch | May 2, 2011, 10:32 p.m. | In Movies »

The wedding of the year is none other than that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, who were married this past Friday.

SCOping out the best froyo

By Allison Daitch | April 29, 2011, 12:55 p.m. | In Food »

Spring is finally here to stay, but this reporter knows how to make it feel like summer even though we have about a month of school left.

D.C.'s hidden gems

By Allison Daitch Liv Jacobson | April 22, 2011, 3:06 p.m. | In Features »

Another spring break, another week spent alone while your friends travel the world (unless you are the one doing the traveling – in that case, hooray for you!). We here at SCO do not wish for you to be lazy and rot on the couch your entire break, so we have compiled a list of some of the quirkiest and most unknown museums right in our great backyard.

Blair gymnastics overpower Vikings and Wildcats

By Allison Daitch | April 13, 2011, 2:32 p.m. | In Blair »

On the gymnasts' senior night, the Lady Blazers (2-1) entered the tri-meet with skill and focus which allowed the them to defeat the Whitman Vikings and Walter Johnson Wildcats by a score of 159.4-152.1-146.05 respectively.

A funny Brand of "Arthur"

By Allison Daitch | April 12, 2011, 7:17 p.m. | In Movies »

Surely there is no better way to spend time than watching the frivolous shenanigans a billionaire buys himself into and there is no better person to play the part than comedian Russell Brand.

Blair gymnastics defeats Gaithersburg

By Allison Daitch | April 6, 2011, 2:06 p.m. | In Blair »

In their first home meet of the season, Blair gymnastics (1,1) executed each event with strength and focus, soundly defeating the Gaithersburg Trojans by a score of 148-83.7.

Ten Blazers participate in annual Montgomery County Science Fair

By Allison Daitch | April 5, 2011, 9:54 a.m. | In Local »

Ten Blazers participated in Montgomery County's 55th Annual Science Fair from March 18-20. The fair took place in the Armory Building at the University of Maryland and was open to students throughout the county.

CVS Pharmacy to arrive at Downtown Silver Spring

By Allison Daitch | April 4, 2011, 9:31 p.m. | In Local »

CVS Pharmacy will come to Downtown Silver Spring on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street in October 2011. Local shops including Art Spring and IMPACT Silver Spring will relocate later this month. The Silver Spring location will be 7,800 square feet and will contain a full service pharmacy, health and beauty products, general merchandise, food and a digital photo lab. According to CVS Public Relations Director Mike DeAngelis, the location is desirable due to its convenient placement.

The sting of stereotypes

By Allison Daitch | March 20, 2011, 4:50 p.m. | In Features »

Everyday, the choices we make leave us open for judgment. Deciding to wear nice clothes or choosing to wear sweats. Getting a haircut or going all-natural. Even the nicknames we choose to go by can make us seem pretentious. Then, there are judgments, generalizations and stereotypes based on things that we don't choose – including race, accent and gender. Stereotypes are all around us; they're made on a daily basis, and they're unavoidable.

Catastrophic cuts

By Allison Daitch | March 12, 2011, 11:05 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

Similar to the delicate balance in an ecosystem, each department in the Blair community performs a crucial job. If something were to happen to one position, whether it is a reduction or a complete cut, there will be a brutal chain reaction.

Show-stopping sweets

By Allison Daitch Anya Gosine | Feb. 25, 2011, 8:30 a.m. | In Desserts »

Our resident food and film SCOnnoisseurs Allison and Anya are here to bring you sensational ideas for baked goods inspired by this year's Oscar nominations for Best Picture.

Lady Blazers crush Colonels

By Allison Daitch | Feb. 2, 2011, 5:54 p.m. | In Blair »

The girls' varsity basketball team (12-4) defeated the Magruder Colonels (1-14) by a score of 73-58 last night. Despite the unusually large amount of fouls, the Lady Blazers remained dominant and improved on weaknesses of previous games.

Girls' basketball to run a bracelet fundraiser

By Allison Daitch | Jan. 25, 2011, 8:39 a.m. | In Local »

The girls' basketball team is selling bracelets to Blair students and staff to raise money for the Lady Blazers. The bracelets will be sold at basketball games and other sporting events, during both lunches and after school.

Attached to "No Strings"

By Allison Daitch | Jan. 23, 2011, 6:09 p.m. | In Movies »

Stick two versatile, experienced actors in a movie with superb dialogue and adorable characters. What do you get? An enjoyable, funny flick starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, who make up the cutest couple of the year.

SCO's movie remake battle of 2010

By Allison Daitch Molly Nicholson | Jan. 7, 2011, 11:46 p.m. | In Movies »

With today's new cinematic technology, it is hard for films of the past to hold their ground any longer. Luckily for you, these SCO movie experts have scoped out 2010 film remakes and compared them to the originals.

Home Properties to redevelop Downtown's Falkland Chase apartments

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 22, 2010, 7:29 p.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery County Planning Board (MCPB) approved preliminary plans to redevelop the northern parcel of the Downtown Silver Spring Falkland Chase apartment complex.

Merry munchies

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 16, 2010, 10:23 p.m. | In Recipes »

There is no better time than the holidays to catch up with family and eat terrific food, and nothing is more special than trying out a new recipe with the ones you love.

Shopping bytes

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 7, 2010, 8:49 a.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

When you're lucky enough to finally think of that perfect Christmas present, it then depends on whether you can find it in stores, is the price right, and is it available or sold out.

Lax to the max

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 1, 2010, 7:30 a.m. | In Features »

In a nondescript third-floor classroom, science teacher Chris Brown practices the slow, calming process of tending to plants in preparation for his horticulture class. Brown's interests allow him to spend much of his time a mild-mannered, laid-back teacher. But in contrast to his behavior, Brown has an undying passion for the hardcore, fast-action sport of lacrosse.

Grant approved for "Edline After Hours"

By Allison Daitch | Nov. 10, 2010, 8:30 p.m. | In Local »

Last week, the Montgomery County Educational Foundation (MCEF) approved Blair's grant to sponsor the "Edline After Hours" program in the Media Center.

Extreme makeover: House edition

By Allison Daitch | Nov. 7, 2010, 10:53 a.m. | In News Blog »

The race is over and Congress has had an extreme makeover. Now that they have considerably more power, the GOP says they will not compromise on the issues - but until they do, the country will be in a vicious stalemate which will benefit no one.

French Young Ambassadors to visit Blair

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 30, 2010, 11:38 p.m. | In Local »

On Oct. 29, Blair families started hosting 10 French Young Ambassadors (FYA) under the American Field Service (AFS) International Cultural Program and the Maryland Campus Compact (MCC).

Girls' tennis places sixth in counties

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 29, 2010, 3:55 p.m. | In Blair »

The girls' tennis team (8-4) began their season with low expectations after losing six starting players, but they were pleasantly surprised by ending with a strong winning record. The Lady Blazers placed sixth out of 25 schools in the county.

Blazer tennis ravages Rams

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 12, 2010, noon | In Blair »

After beginning the season with low expectations, the girls' varsity tennis team (8-4) finished the season on a high note by defeating the Division III Rockville Rams (4-8) in an overwhelming 7-0 victory.

Girls' tennis shoots down Rockets

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 6, 2010, 12:17 p.m. | In Blair »

The Lady Blazers (7-3) fought hard and played well, ultimately winning 5-2 against the Richard Montgomery Rockets (5-3).

Déjà boom

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 3, 2010, 6:44 p.m. | In News Blog »

The French remain on their toes to the terrorist plots and the British and Germans have also just uncovered the possibility of a planned attack. Ring any bells?

Athlete of the Week: Ann Choi, Varsity Girls' Tennis

By Allison Daitch | Sept. 25, 2010, 9:46 a.m. | In Blair »

Amidst the tension and concentration that surrounds a girls' tennis match, senior co-captain Ann Choi, who always has a smile to share, emits a subtle calming aura.

Patriots' agility trumps Blair tennis

By Allison Daitch | Sept. 22, 2010, 11:49 a.m. | In Blair »

In a match filled with errors, deuces and broken rackets, the Lady Blazers (3,3) succumbed to a 5-2 loss to the Wootton Patriots (4-2).

English department struggles with overcrowding

By Allison Daitch | Sept. 21, 2010, 8:16 a.m. | In Local »

The English department is facing scheduling problems resulting from overcrowding in 12th grade Honors English classes.

Girls' tennis dominates Warriors

By Allison Daitch | Sept. 14, 2010, 11:54 a.m. | In Blair »

After suffering a defeat a few days earlier, the girls' tennis team left the Sherwood Warriors in the dust.

Vikings victimize Blazer tennis

By Allison Daitch | Sept. 11, 2010, 11:03 a.m. | In Blair »

In their first divisional competition of the season, the girls' tennis team made numerous avoidable mistakes in a match that had no room for errors.

Junior moves on to final round at Apollo Theater

By Allison Daitch | Sept. 7, 2010, 10:06 p.m. | In Local »

Junior Nathan Foley won first place in the third round of Amateur Night at Harlem's Apollo Theater on Sept. 1. Foley will return for the last round on Oct. 27 to compete for the grand prize of $10,000.

More members, more risks, more problems

By Allison Daitch | Aug. 3, 2010, 10:23 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

As the celebrations begin marking the 500 millionth member of Facebook, the reality behind the monumental occasion is slowly creeping out.

"Despicable Me," exceptional glee

By Allison Daitch | July 12, 2010, 10:57 p.m. | In Movies »

It's Steve Carell's magic - everything he touches turns to gold, and his newest movie only confirms this theory. With well-known stars and lovable characters, "Despicable Me" is a can't-miss comedy.



Images (24)


Photo: Aziz Ansari

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 17, 2011, midnight

Aziz Ansari produced a night full of laughter, even if it was slightly inappropriate.

Photo: Aziz Crowd

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 17, 2011, midnight

Over 8,000 people attended the University of Maryland's Homecoming Comedy show featuring Aziz Ansari.

Photo: Fruity Yogurt

By Allison Daitch | April 29, 2011, midnight

Fruity Yogurt is a self-serve froyo venue with 12 unique and delicious flavors.

Photo: Wasabi

By Allison Daitch | April 29, 2011, midnight

Wasabi Bistro offers the best froyo and topping combination - taro froyo with mochi on top.

Photo: Propeller

By Allison Daitch | April 22, 2011, midnight

In between the Navy Museum and the Display Ship are unique artifacts such as this giant propeller from a ship.

Photo: Cannon

By Allison Daitch | April 22, 2011, midnight

Also in the Washington Navy Yard is this enormous canon which was once used during warfare.

Photo: Lincoln bullet

By Allison Daitch | April 22, 2011, midnight

The bullet that killed President Lincoln is displayed within the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Photo: Display Ship Barry

By Allison Daitch | April 22, 2011, midnight

Just a short distance outside of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy is the Display Ship Barry which visitors can walk through and experience the life of a sailor.

Photo: National Aquarium

By Allison Daitch | April 21, 2011, midnight

Behind the construction and below the U.S. Commerce Building is the small and unknown National Aquarium.

Photo: Lincoln

By Allison Daitch | April 21, 2011, midnight

A face and hand mold of President Lincoln accurately replicates the president.

Photo: Face

By Allison Daitch | April 20, 2011, midnight

This sign tells it like it is by informing readers to "Stop Faking."

Photo: Eating Animals

By Allison Daitch | April 20, 2011, midnight

In the heart of Takoma Park, Maryland, this sign informs drivers to stop eating animals in addition to stopping the war.

Photo: Old

By Allison Daitch | April 20, 2011, midnight

Across the street from a police station, this old fashioned wooden stop sign marks the entrance to an old fashioned neighborhood.

Photo: Stop Emo

By Allison Daitch | April 20, 2011, midnight

Along Colesville Road, this sign has been painted on with the words "Stop Emo."

Photo: Fac

By Allison Daitch | April 20, 2011, midnight

Along Dale Drive in Silver Spring, this sign has been graffitied on the back to showcase a face with its tongue sticking out.

Photo: Black and White Cookies

By Allison Daitch | Feb. 24, 2011, midnight

These Black and White cookies exude an elegance very much like that of the ballet performances in "Black Swan."

Photo: Jessie's Cowgirl Hat cookies

By Allison Daitch | Feb. 24, 2011, midnight

Like Jessie in "Toy Story 3," these cookies have a sassy appearance but are also sweet.

Photo: Rock Cakes

By Allison Daitch | Feb. 24, 2011, midnight

These traditional teatime snacks resemble small rocks (very delicious rocks, that is.)

Photo: Bball bracelet

By Allison Daitch | Jan. 25, 2011, midnight

By selling bracelets, the girls' basketball team is hoping to spark support for the team. The bracelets will be sold during games, lunch and after school for $3.

Photo: Sugar coated pecans

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 16, 2010, midnight

We're honestly not sugar-coating anything: these pecans are a fantastic, sweet delight!

Photo: Spinach balls

By Allison Daitch | Dec. 16, 2010, midnight

These tasty spinach hors d'oeuvres are holiday-colored, healthy and delicious!

Photo: FYA and Blair host

By Allison Daitch | Oct. 30, 2010, midnight

Junior Leila Farrer (R) and her French student Nesrine Sersef in Downtown Silver Spring.

Photo: Daitch, Allie

By Allison Daitch | Aug. 8, 2010, 9:25 p.m.

Photo: Facebook homepage

By Allison Daitch | Aug. 3, 2010, midnight

Facebook's rapidly-growing popularity has created many new dangers for users.