Helen Bowers


Name: Helen Bowers
Position: Print Managing Entertainment Editor
Graduation Year: 2000


Stories (11)


Black friday tips and tricks

By Ruth Aitken Helen Bowers | Nov. 17, 2011, 11:18 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Jolting juices and energy elixirs for sleep-deprived Blazers

By Helen Bowers Simrin Gupta | Nov. 10, 2011, 11:47 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Chips Trip: Zumba

By Sarah Wilson Helen Bowers | Oct. 7, 2011, 11:07 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

The last time I danced, I performed a solo interpretation of The Ugly Duckling at age seven. I admit now that my smug self-satisfaction over my feathered boa and ambitious decision to portray a bird may have hurt my ability to gauge the audience's reaction. I can now only imagine the parents' shocked horror in what surely appeared to be a disappointing plot twist: I transitioned from awkward duckling to graceful swan but the terrible dancing continued without change. I quit shortly after that.

Off the wall at Walmart

By Helen Bowers Simrin Gupta | June 7, 2011, 11:40 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Whether you're a fan of the low prices and vast selection or if you greatly oppose the environmental impact and harsh mistreatment of their workers, there is no denying that Walmart is one thing and one thing only: a playground. With vast, unattended spaces and a labyrinth of shelves of objects to be misused, it is almost impossible to resist temptation. And how better to prepare ourselves for the incoming Walmart branches in the DC area (one on Georgia, New York, New Jersey Avenues and another on East Capitol Street) than to try out some of the online tips for having fun at Walmart. So your two daring, brave Silver Chips star reporters decided to breech the rules of consumer etiquette and wreak havoc at Walmart.

Pro/Con: Are academy programs at Blair effective at motivating students?

By Helen Bowers Eliza Wapner | June 7, 2011, 11:08 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

Blair has five academies: Entrepreneurship, Media Literacy, Human Services Professions, International Studies and Science and Math and Technology. Academies allow students to take classes in fields that interest them. However, the academies program has faced criticism for ineffectiveness and lack of focus.

Blair Pair - Hip-hop, Hugh Hefner and no teapots make for the perfect marriage

By Jewel Galbraith Helen Bowers | March 10, 2011, 12:10 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Ah springtime, the season of love. In high school, finding that special someone requires more than just instinct; it requires time, money and patience. But Silver Chips has a solution for your stale love life: Blair Pair, where we pair prospective soulmates on dates!

Blair Pair - Food for thought: Senior Blazers bond over aspirations for the future

By Helen Bowers | March 10, 2011, 11:50 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Ah springtime, the season of love. In high school, finding that special someone requires more than just instinct; it requires time, money and patience. But Silver Chips has a solution for your stale love life: Blair Pair, where we pair prospective soulmates on dates!

Fun for less doesn't mean less fun

By Helen Bowers | Feb. 9, 2011, 11:44 a.m. | In Print Entertainment »

When the weekend rolls around and you're trying to impress someone with a great date idea or just wanting somewhere new to chill with your friends, it can seem like the only thing to do in Downtown Silver Spring is to watch a movie or to eat at a restaurant. Not only does that routine get boring pretty fast, it can also cut a big hole in your pocket. But if you venture a little farther out of your comfort zone, you can find some great places that won't set you back more than $10.

Get ready, get set, get stressed

By Srividya Murthy Helen Bowers | Dec. 16, 2010, 2:55 p.m. | In Print Features »

The light darkens in the auditorium as students and teachers gather to watch their everyday lives projected on the screen. Teachers recognize the difficult job of teaching in a system focused on testing. Students recognize the stress of their common goal: admission into top colleges and an assurance of a successful life ahead.

Sixteen going off seventeen

By Sebastian Medina-Tayac Helen Bowers | Nov. 11, 2010, 12:17 p.m.

Four days. Three challenges. Two Blazers. Two magazines. One mortifying, scandalous, flirty, awkward, stylish, tedious, allergenic competition. For one week, we wore uncomfortable clothes, put ourselves in uncomfortable situations and made complete fools of ourselves. "Why?" you may ask; because apparently it's "in." Inspired by the popular blog the Seventeen Magazine Project, in which blogger Jamie Keiles lived by the "gospel" of the magazine for a month, Chips staffers Helen and Sebi religiously immersed themselves in the lifestyle mandated by Seventeen and Esquire magazines. In flirting, dating and fashion, we tried, and we survived. But in the end, only one of us was truly magazine-worthy. This is our story.

Catch me if you camera: a secure solution for Blair's hallways

By Helen Bowers | Oct. 7, 2010, 2:23 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

There's always a heart-stopping moment when a student loses a cell phone. He frantically opens his locker, searches his bag and reaches into his pockets and realizes that his phone is gone for good. He spends the rest of the day imagining places where he could have lost the phone, and how he could get it back. Until recently there was nothing a student could do if someone took his phone, but now there is a greater chance that he will regain his property.