Maggie Shi


Name: Maggie Shi
Position: Print Managing Op/Ed Editor
Graduation Year: 2012


Stories (16)


Pro/Con: Should clubs at Blair receive funding from the school?

By Katie Pohlman Maggie Shi | Feb. 9, 2012, 11:28 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

For larger schools, one size does not fit all

By Maggie Shi | Oct. 27, 2011, 9:22 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

The term "Support” has become synonymous with "trivial” or "secondary.” But support positions are anything but trivial — without them, a school, like a building, can crumble.

Getting the upper hand in the standardized test system

By Maggie Shi | June 3, 2011, 11:42 a.m. | In Print Features »

With the onset of summer, students are dreaming of lazy days by the pool and warm, homework-free nights. But standing between them and the bliss of summer vacation is a formidable obstacle to overcome: exams.

Representation hindered by miscommunication

By Maggie Shi | June 3, 2011, 11:39 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

Whenever someone at Blair says "student government,” it usually comes with an acknowledgment of the irony of calling it a "government.” The administration knows, the teachers know and the students know that in the end, the adults are the ones in control.

Long-serving Blair teachers to retire

By Maggie Shi | June 3, 2011, 11:33 a.m. | In Print News »

Six teachers, each of whom has worked over 20 years in the school system, across several departments will be retiring from Blair after the 2010-2011 school year.

The truth behind the challenge

By Maggie Shi | April 14, 2011, 11:27 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

As students, we have certain key numbers that seem to sometimes define our lives. We spend endless hours studying obscure words to try to boost our SAT scores, taking endless practice AP tests, or trying to edge our way closer to (or at least not get farther away from) that golden 4.0.

Blair faces staff cuts

By Maggie Shi | April 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. | In Print News »

Blair may face possible staff reductions for the 2011-2012 school year.

Power to the people

By Maggie Shi | March 10, 2011, 2:41 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

Pepco. It's remarkable how a single word, especially mentioned at a time of particularly tumultuous weather in Maryland, can spark fits of rage from citizens all across the county. Mention Pepco at a social gathering, and you will surely be bombarded with complaints and horror stories – power going out for no apparent reason, fallen trees that leave entire neighborhoods in the dark for days and dreadfully slow response times.

Media center addresses missing Promethean board tools

By Maggie Shi | March 10, 2011, 12:13 p.m. | In Print News »

Frequent Promethean board misuse by outside groups has prompted concern among Blair administration and Media Center specialists. Business Manager Jim Funk sent out an email to Blair staff members on Feb. 11 regarding the issue.

Getting down to business

By Maggie Shi | Feb. 9, 2011, 11:33 a.m. | In Print Features »

Sophomores Leah Hammond and Allison Whitney had a major task at hand: cupcakes. The job was, simply, to bake and decorate them, but there was a catch. It wasn't just a couple cupcakes, or a dozen, or even a couple dozen - it was 300.

Pro/Con: Should Blair Freshmen be permitted to take Advanced Placement Classes?

By Maggie Shi Claire Sleigh | Feb. 9, 2011, 11:24 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a nationally recognized curriculum in which high school students can take college level classes. Because of the rigor of the course content, AP classes are typically offered only to upperclassmen. However freshmen in some Montgomery County schools can now take certain APs. Blair's current policy does not allow students to take any AP classes during freshman year.

Undemocratic championship system threatens America's iconic sport

By Maggie Shi | Dec. 16, 2010, 11:30 a.m. | In Print Opinions »

On New Year's Day, millions of college football fans around the country will tune in to the Rose Bowl, the first of five bowls in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). But even as spectators cheer on their favorite teams, a glaring issue remains in the backs of their minds. Football is uniquely American, and the national championships should reflect the values of the nation — equality, fairness and the opportunity of success. Ironically, however, exclusivity and inequality in the BCS make it simply impossible for "America's new pastime” to reflect these American values.

On call and ready for anything: Blazers save lives as volunteers

By Maggie Shi | Nov. 11, 2010, 11:59 a.m. | In Print Features »

On a typical Friday night, while most teenagers relax at home or go out with friends, senior Amir Gorjifard finds himself waiting for a signal. It will come at any time in the night. As soon as he hears it, Gorjifard must respond immediately. As soon as he hears it, he knows someone is calling for help. As soon as he hears it, the race against time begins.

Purple Line projects pushed forward

By Maggie Shi | Oct. 7, 2010, 12:14 p.m. | In Print News »

In late September, state and local governments pushed forward the progress of the planned Metro Purple Line and its stations. The changes included a $48 million increase in funding, a design proposal for the second Bethesda Metro entrance, and a solicitation for a developer to build a neighborhood at the New Carrollton Metro station.

Pro/Con: Will banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving benefit Maryland drivers?

By Maggie Shi Larisa Antonisse | Oct. 7, 2010, 12:09 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

On Oct. 1, talking on a handheld cell phone device became illegal in Maryland. This law is intended to improve driver safety; however, since hands-free cell phone devices are still allowed, some believe the law will be ineffective in reducing crash rates.

Girls' tennis vanquish Cougars

By Maggie Shi | Sept. 27, 2010, 12:40 p.m. | In Blair »

The Lady Blazers played to a flawless 7-0 victory against the Quince Orchard Cougars (3-5) Saturday, bringing their record up to 5-3. Blair dominated with its active play, consistent ground strokes and clear focus.



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Photo: grad rate

By Maggie Shi | Nov. 10, 2011, midnight

Photo: Eritrea

By Maggie Shi | Nov. 7, 2011, midnight

Photo: Ride-On graphic

By Maggie Shi with Neil Greenberger | June 3, 2011, midnight

Photo: Origami

By Maggie Shi with Origami | April 14, 2011, midnight