Melissa Haniff


Name: Melissa Haniff
Position: Online Managing Editor
Graduation Year: 2012
Melissa loves music, One Tree Hill, traveling and experiencing new cultures. She is also a diehard Patriots, Red Wings, Pistons and University of Michigan fan...Go Blue!


Stories (60)


International News Roundup for March 5 – March 24

By Melissa Haniff | March 24, 2012, 7:11 p.m. | In International »

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of the U.S. Army allegedly killed 17 civilians in a shooting rampage near his military post in southern Afghanistan. As of March 22, the charges against Bales include 17 counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, along with dereliction of duty and other breaches of army law.

SGR holds book drive in the media center

By Melissa Haniff | March 5, 2012, 9:23 p.m. | In Local »

Students for Global Responsibility (SGR) is currently hosting a book drive in the media center to help at-risk students that will continue until March 6.

Game day grub

By Melissa Haniff | Feb. 3, 2012, 8:23 p.m. | In Food »

The biggest day of the year is finally upon us: Super Bowl Sunday. Here at SCO, we've compiled a list of recipes that are fast and easy to make so you can focus on all the gameday action.

Pro/Con: Longevity of chain bookstores

By Melissa Haniff Sarah Harper | Jan. 31, 2012, 2:01 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

But is online retailing really a better option as opposed to in-store shopping?

International News Roundup for Nov. 19 – Dec. 1

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 1, 2011, 10:10 p.m. | In International »

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck 115 miles to the southeast of Santa Ana, Bolivia at a depth of approximately 330 miles. Residents of La Paz, Bolivia's capital, located about 215 miles from Santa Ana, felt the quake.

SGA premieres revamped Freestyle Friday

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 14, 2011, 9:25 p.m. | In Local »

Last Friday, the Student Government Association (SGA) held its first "Wild 'n Out" in the Student Activities Center during both lunch periods. The monthly event, which is modeled after the MTV show of the same name, features two teams that battle each other in a series of freestyle battles.

National News Roundup for Oct.9 - Oct. 22

By Melissa Haniff | Oct. 23, 2011, 1:31 p.m. | In National »

The Drug Enforcement Adminstration (DEA) has taken emergency action to ban three chemicals used to make substances marketed as "bath salts" that can also be used as recreational drugs similar to cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

June Playlist: Bring on the summer

By Melissa Haniff | June 2, 2011, 12:45 p.m. | In Music »

As the final week of stress and exams approach, here are some upbeat, fun songs that'll have you ready to bust out the doors on June 16.

Until the world ends

By Melissa Haniff | May 24, 2011, 5:25 p.m. | In News Blog »

If you're reading this right now, it probably means the world didn't end. Sorry Harold Camping, once again you are officially 0-2 in predicting when we're all going to die.

Recap: 2011 Maryland General Assembly

By Melissa Haniff | May 4, 2011, 9:44 p.m. | In Local »

On April 11, the Maryland General Assembly ended its 2011 legislative session, which began on January 12 in Annapolis. Together, the House of Delegates and the Senate introduced over 2,000 bills. Several major bills and resolutions introduced by House and Senate members were passed into law, including the Maryland Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and a law which will raise the alcohol tax from six percent to nine percent.

Protesting a broken promise

By Melissa Haniff | April 26, 2011, 9:53 p.m. | In Features »

The crowd is packed, not a single individual is able to move his or her arms freely. Buses line up as teachers wait for their opportunity to disembark. The noise from the crowd is overpowering and it becomes increasingly harder to hear as teachers attempt to communicate with each other over all of the chanting.

The social network showdown

By Melissa Haniff | April 23, 2011, 11:41 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Remember MySpace? A few years ago, the website died out among most teenagers and even adults after numerous tries to update the website to make it equivalent to its biggest competitor: Facebook.

SCOping out Blazer breakfast spots

By Melissa Haniff | April 11, 2011, 12:55 p.m. | In Restaurant Reviews »

This SCO expert decided to check out some of sit-down restaurants, preferred by most Blazers, to see what exactly makes these spots stand out among the rest.

Blair Robot Project places seventh at regional competition

By Melissa Haniff | March 29, 2011, 7:41 p.m. | In Local »

The Blair Robotics team placed seventh out of 63 teams at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition in Washington, D.C. on March 25.

No "Limits" crossed

By Melissa Haniff | March 21, 2011, 1:33 a.m. | In Movies »

The combination of jarring cinematography and expert suspense buildup are sufficient enough to incite interest in the audience; however, the rest of the film does not set itself apart from "Inception" aspirants.

Overworked or overpaid?

By Melissa Haniff | March 17, 2011, 8:48 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

Let's be honest – most people didn't think it would go this far and were hoping for a quick fix so there would be a guaranteed football season this coming September.

Poms win second place at Counties

By Melissa Haniff | Feb. 20, 2011, 12:13 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair varsity poms squad came in second place at the Division III county competition held at Richard Montgomery High School on Saturday.

InToneNation a semifinalist in International Championship of High School a Cappella

By Melissa Haniff | Feb. 17, 2011, 10:33 p.m. | In Local »

InToneNation, Blair's student- run a capella group, competed in the annual International Championship of High School a Cappella semifinals in New Jersey on Saturday. The event is a nationwide a cappella competition run by Varsity Vocals. The group did not place overall and received scores of 71, 78 and 94 out of 100 for each song they performed respectively.

NFL Super Bowl Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Feb. 6, 2011, 11:54 a.m. | In Professional »

After an exciting year of NFL action, two of the most storied NFL franchises, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, will go head-to-head to see which team holds football supremacy in 2011.

Searching for sanity

By Melissa Haniff | Jan. 29, 2011, 9:52 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In mid-December, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) began random inspections of carry-on bags at two Metrorail stations. The purpose, according to Metro, is simple: to keep riders safe and stop explosives or any other harmful devices from entering a train. But considering the limited resources and capability of the Metro system, the program is flawed and terribly inefficient.

NFL Conference Playoff Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Jan. 23, 2011, 11:25 a.m. | In Professional »

It's conference championship time, and that means this week will determine who goes to Dallas in two weeks, and who gets sent home.

Navigating the Golden Globes

By Melissa Haniff Sarah Harper | Jan. 16, 2011, 1:36 p.m. | In Entertainment »

As the days have wound down before the stars come out to celebrate their accomplishments in the film and television world, these SCO experts have been awaiting Sunday's Golden Globes for months.

NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Jan. 15, 2011, 2:08 p.m. | In Professional »

The Packers, on the other hand, pulled off an upset beating Michael Vick and the Eagles 21-16 – reminding us all that anything can happen in the playoffs.

NFL Wildcard Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Jan. 9, 2011, 12:03 p.m. | In Professional »

The playoffs are finally here. After a wild regular season, our SCO NFL experts turn their attention to the post-season, starting with the wild card round.

NFL Week Seventeen Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Jan. 2, 2011, 3:27 p.m. | In Professional »

Week 16 brought some huge upsets -- the Vikings beat the Eagles by ten with a rookie quarterback and the Packers demolished the Giants.

NFL Week Sixteen Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Dec. 26, 2010, 3:18 p.m. | In Professional »

Eli has led all season long and hasn't faltered to date, but Blake and Melissa aren't finished yet.

'Tis a gift to be simple

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 23, 2010, 6:14 p.m. | In Features »

You've finally found all of your gifts and now it's time to get to wrapping. Thinking of ways to spice up your gifts this holiday season? Well look no further because here at SCO, our experts have come up with ways to make your presents appear extra special. Presentation is key during the holidays, and from ribbons to wrapping paper, these simple ideas will make the gifts you give stand out from the rest.

NFL Week Fifteen Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Dec. 19, 2010, 2:30 p.m. | In Professional »

After week 14, fans around the country were left shocked as the Lions somehow beat the Packers and the Chargers shutout the Chiefs, 31-0.

The right winner

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 16, 2010, 8:14 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

Whether Cam had knowledge of the scheme or not cannot be proven, but one thing is for certain - he deserved the Heisman.

A majestic "Black Swan"

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 13, 2010, 12:25 p.m. | In Movies »

Ballet is known for its beauty and grace, two aspects that director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) exposes beautifully in his newest film "The Black Swan."

NFL Week Fourteen Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Dec. 12, 2010, 12:18 p.m. | In Professional »

There was no lack of exciting NFL action in week 13. The big question on everyone's mind is what's up with Peyton Manning?

Spectacularly unified

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 5, 2010, 10:21 p.m. | In Features »

The individual performers mingled with group acts, and the collaboration between the performances was symbolic of the greater union that all the attendees created when they came together for a noble cause.

NFL Week Thirteen Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Dec. 4, 2010, 12:16 p.m. | In Professional »

Week twelve was filled with highlights—but the biggest football moments of the week had nothing to do with football.

NFL Week Twelve Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Nov. 25, 2010, 10:55 a.m. | In Professional »

Happy Thanksgiving, football fans! Grab a plate of that delicious holiday turkey and settle in for another week of exciting NFL action.

NFL Week Eleven Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Nov. 21, 2010, 6:48 p.m. | In Professional »

Last week's match-ups left fans stunned and a bit confused. The Cowboys won their second game, beating a strong New York Giants defense that was expected to steamroll over the 'Boys.

NFL Week Ten Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Nov. 14, 2010, 1:54 p.m. | In Professional »

We saw a lot of ups and downs in week ten. After the Cowboys lost (again) - they've now only got one win this season - the management fired head coach Wade Phillips and hired the team's offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as an interim coach.

A valueless campaign

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 13, 2010, 5:06 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

"Did you know…it's cheaper to buy a school lunch than to pack one from home with the same nutritional value?" the flyer read. I began to laugh loudly, thinking to myself, "This couldn't possibly be true."

NFL Week Nine Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Nov. 7, 2010, 2:48 p.m. | In Professional »

Week eight left a lot of Redskins fans around the DMV stunned - the Lions were able to beat the 'Skins by 12 points after coach Mike Shanahan decided to bench starting quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Where do you like it?

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 6, 2010, 5:38 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The instructions had a very clear message—women were supposed to update their statuses but leave men in the dark about what the statuses meant.

Athlete of the Week: Kevin Fallet, Boys' Varsity Soccer

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 3, 2010, 7:28 p.m. | In Blair »

With one strong kick, junior center back Kevin Fallet sends the ball soaring across the field to another Blazer, who finishes the play with a short kick into the goal. Cheers erupt from the bleachers as Fallet retreats, grinning with pride from ear to ear.

Blazers lose playoff to Patriots in overtime

By Melissa Haniff | Oct. 30, 2010, 11:51 a.m. | In Blair »

The boys' varsity soccer team (8-5-1) lost to Wootton (5-7) by a score of 1-1 (5-4), in a game decided by penalty kicks in overtime.

NFL Week Eight Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Oct. 29, 2010, 3:22 p.m. | In Professional »

Trick or treat! We've reached the halfway point of the season, and our experts are still going strong.

Blazers beat Bengals on Senior Night

By Melissa Haniff | Oct. 27, 2010, 8:30 p.m. | In Blair »

The boys' varsity soccer team (8-4-1) solidly defeated the Blake Bengals (3-6-2) by a score of 4-1 on Blair's senior night. The Blazers dominated defensively and kept Blake from maintaining possession of the ball throughout most of the game.

NFL Week Seven Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Oct. 21, 2010, 11:50 p.m. | In Professional »

Week Six brought football fans to the edge of their seats with intense nail-biting games that had people buzzing on Monday morning.

Boys' varsity soccer defuses Rockets

By Melissa Haniff | Oct. 19, 2010, 9:46 p.m. | In Blair »

The boys' varsity soccer team (6-4-1) defeated the Richard Montgomery Rockets (7-5) by a score of 2-1 on Monday night. Having lost to Sherwood and Walter Johnson in the past two games, the Blazers were looking to earn a win.

NFL Week Six Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Oct. 14, 2010, 1:19 a.m.

It's been a roller coaster of a season so far with no team really asserting itself above the rest of the league. Overall, Eli's still ahead of the pack while we gear up for a week six that should provide plenty of intriguing match-ups.

NFL Week Five Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Oct. 10, 2010, 1:21 p.m. | In Professional »

Last week offered up several intense and interesting games for the fans.

Boys' soccer overtakes division rival Wootton

By Melissa Haniff | Oct. 7, 2010, 11:39 a.m. | In Blair »

The boys' varsity soccer team (4-2-1) defeated their division rival, the Wootton Patriots (4-2), by a score of 4-1. The Blazers gained and maintained an early lead and are now tied with Wootton for second place in the 4A East division.

NFL Week Four Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Sept. 30, 2010, 11:42 p.m. | In Professional »

All of our experts had a winning record this week, which can be attributed to how smart we are...or to the lack of upsets that went down.

Boys' soccer dominates Blue Devils

By Melissa Haniff | Sept. 29, 2010, 11:57 a.m. | In Blair »

The boys' varsity soccer team (3-2-1) annihilated the Springbrook Blue Devils (2-5) by a score of 6-0.

Colonels shut out boys' soccer

By Melissa Haniff | Sept. 28, 2010, 11:45 a.m. | In Blair »

On a windy and rainy afternoon, the boys' varsity soccer team (2-2-1) lost to the Magruder Colonels (5-1) 1-0. In a game where team morale seemed as gloomy as the weather, Blair's lack of teamwork prevented goals and allowed for a mostly scoreless match. Magruder scored the only goal late in the second half; Blair was unable to retaliate with a goal, allowing Magruder to keep their late lead.

NFL Week Three Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Sept. 23, 2010, 10:48 p.m. | In Professional »

After week two, Eli has secured his lead over the other football experts, going 11-5 both weeks. Blake is not far behind after making some excellent picks last week.

MCPS students earn record-breaking SAT and ACT scores

By Melissa Haniff | Sept. 19, 2010, 4:58 p.m. | In Local »

The MCPS class of 2010 had the highest ever combined score on the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) according to the College Board.

NFL Week Two Predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Sept. 17, 2010, 1:43 a.m. | In Professional »

After week one, Eli is out in front with Blake not far behind. Meanwhile, Melissa falls behind early, failing to cash in on a few too many upset picks.

Troops out, now what?

By Melissa Haniff | Sept. 11, 2010, 8:43 a.m. | In News Blog »

In his Oval Office Address on Aug. 31, President Obama declared the removal of combat troops in Iraq, something many Americans have been waiting for over the years.

NFL Week One predictions

By Melissa Haniff, Eli Schwadron, Blake Morgan-Gamber | Sept. 9, 2010, 10:44 p.m. | In Professional »

Get out the chips and dip, grab a couple friends, your favorite team's apparel and your remote control because this Sunday marks the start of football season.

Northwest edges out boys' varsity soccer

By Melissa Haniff | Sept. 8, 2010, 11:57 a.m. | In Blair »

In a game marred by player injuries, the varsity boys' soccer team (0-1) fell to the Northwest Jaguars (1-0) by a score of 1-0.

A predictable "Switch"

By Melissa Haniff | Aug. 22, 2010, 9:54 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Switch," directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon ("Blades of Glory"), is a warm romantic comedy that leaves the audience just barely satisfied.

Building religious freedom

By Melissa Haniff | Aug. 15, 2010, 11:55 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Aug. 3, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to deny a 19th-century building the historic status it needed to prevent the building from being demolished.

MCPS awarded federal grant and sponsorship

By Melissa Haniff | Aug. 10, 2010, 11:48 p.m. | In Local »

MCPS was awarded $5 million in federal grant money from the Investing in Innovation (i3) program last Thursday.



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Photo: Quesooooo

By Melissa Haniff | Feb. 3, 2012, midnight

Some of the items that you will need to make the queso dip!

Photo: Creative gifts

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 24, 2010, midnight

Wrapping gifts in newspaper or plain wrapping paper is a cheap and efficient way to cover your gifts! Add some simple bows and you have a great surprise waiting under the tree!

Photo: Creative gifts

By Melissa Haniff | Dec. 23, 2010, midnight

Wrapping gifts in newspaper or plain wrapping paper is a cheap and efficient way to cover your gifts! Add some simple bows and you have a great surprise waiting under the tree!

Photo: MSDE/NSLP flyer

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 13, 2010, midnight

Students received flyers from the Maryland State Dept. of Education in advisory on Thursday. The flyers advocated for the sale of school lunches and promoted their nutrition.