Brittany Cheng


Name: Brittany Cheng
Position: Online Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2013

Brittany Cheng ('13) served as co-Editor-in-Chief of Silver Chips Online (SCO) with Langston Taylor during the 2012-2013 school year. During their tenure, Cheng and Taylor led the site's front page makeover with technical staff members Prashan Dharmasena and Jessica Shi, incorporated live-blogging and tweeting into SCO's repertoire, gave Print Archives a place on the site using Issuu, and expanded the SCO's use of multimedia elements by teaming up with Blair Network Communications (BNC) to produce video and radio pieces. In the process, SCO won the 2013 Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Crown Award in the Hybrid category. In addition, as a staff member, Cheng won honors for her pieces, "Occupy Violence: the new movement" and "The girl with the controversial clothing."

Following graduation, Cheng will take her talents to and pursue her dreams at the Phillip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her up-to-date professional resume and contact information can be accessed here.


Stories (43)


Blair student struck by car, in Intensive Care Unit at Suburban Hospital

By Brittany Cheng Langston Taylor | March 19, 2013, 6:31 p.m. | In Local »

Blair junior Van Le was struck by a moving car at 3:30 p.m. Monday while walking home from school, according to Principal Renay Johnson. Le was transported to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., where he is currently receiving treatment.

Four Corners businesses help enforce closed-campus policy

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 15, 2012, 2:33 p.m. | In Local »

On Nov. 28, the Montgomery Blair High School (MBHS) Security Team, in conjunction with MBHS Administration and local businesses in the Four Corners area, implemented the "We Support School Safety" campaign in order to enforce Blair's closed-campus policy.

Fire breaks out in Four Corners

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 5, 2012, 9:39 p.m. | In Local »

At approximately 7:25 p.m. on Friday, a mild fire broke out at the Silver Spring Stage, a theater located under the CVS in Four Corners.

RECAP: Presidential debate highlights, Obama vs. Romney vs. Lehrer

By Brittany Cheng Hannah Lynn | Oct. 4, 2012, 10:24 p.m. | In National »

For those who haven't watched the debate, Silver Chips Online has compiled a list of the good, the bad and the just plain sassy. Here's a rundown of the Top 10 boldest statements of the night.

2012 Presidential Election candidates on key issues

By Brittany Cheng Hannah Lynn | Sept. 17, 2012, 7:53 p.m. | In National »

Here at Silver Chips Online, we've taken the liberty to read and sum up both major parties' 2012 platforms, so you don't have to.

Metro"fail": D.C.'s rail system

By Brittany Cheng | Aug. 13, 2012, 8:10 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

In the past month, Metro Alerts reported four disabled trains, four train malfunctions, five signal and power problems, three instances where all entrance escalators malfunctioned and one track issue – just on the Red Line alone.

Boys' volleyball creams Churchill on Senior Night

By Brittany Cheng Janvi Raichura | April 29, 2012, 8:17 p.m. | In Blair »

Following an emotional Senior Night ceremony decked with colorful leis, balloons and bouquets of flowers, the Blair boys' volleyball team (10-1) got ready to take on the Churchill Bulldogs (7-4). After Blair's seniors took the court, senior Rick Narcisse pitched the volleyball over the net on the opening serve. When Churchill bumped it back over the net, senior Andy Zhang slammed the ball home, setting off a chain of plays that led the Blazers to a resounding win on Friday night. Blair eventually defeated Churchill by final scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-17.

Blazers wipe out Wheaton

By Brittany Cheng | April 17, 2012, 8:07 p.m. | In Blair »

The boys' volleyball team (5-1) trailed the Wheaton Knights (3-3) by a score of 3-0 at the start of the first set, foreshadowing a frustrating night for the Blazers. In the end, however, Blair defeated Wheaton by final scores of 25-18, 25-10 and 26-24 and captured its fifth consecutive win.

A constitutionality checkup

By Brittany Cheng | April 14, 2012, 4:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

President Barack Obama made a bold move while the U.S. Supreme Court analyzed the constitutionality of one of his laws: he took another shot at the high court. Although the PPACA, including the insurance mandate, is far from perfect (it notably has stirred other controversies), it breaches neither the Commerce Clause of the Constitution nor infringes on our civil liberties.

What a "knockout" coach

By Brittany Cheng | March 11, 2012, 11:26 a.m. | In Sports Blog »

It's easy to point your finger at former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and say, "Suspend him!"

Blair wrestler places sixth at State Tournament

By Brittany Cheng Hannah Weintraub | March 4, 2012, 12:42 p.m. | In Blair »

Senior Chris Wells stood on mat four, staring down Suitland's DeAndre Norman. The whistle blew, and the two began to trade hits, searching for each other's weaknesses. Wells went on to crush his opponent and win his first consolation match, but eventually placed sixth in the Maryland state wrestling tournament.

An unbroken "Vow"

By Brittany Cheng | Feb. 13, 2012, 11:14 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Vow" escapes the typical overly-predictable trap that most romances fall into and leaves viewers pleasantly surprised.

A slow and painful death

By Brittany Cheng | Jan. 25, 2012, 9:25 a.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

"American Idol" (AI) suffered a deafening blow Wednesday when its 11th season premiere garnered only 21.93 million viewers. Although this is no small feat, it marks the steady decline of AI in recent years.

No pants, no problem

By Brittany Cheng | Jan. 16, 2012, 1:53 p.m. | In Entertainment »

Capitol Improv kicked off its fifth annual "No Pants Subway Ride" at Hancock Park on Sunday, Jan. 8. The event, based off of the original created by Improv Everywhere in 2002, is now global and attracts tens of thousands of participants in over fifty cities worldwide.

While a country weeps, the world looks ahead

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 28, 2011, 12:15 p.m. | In News Blog »

The world stood still last Monday evening, stunned by the recent news from North Korea. Kim Jong-il was dead.

The girl with the controversial clothing

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 27, 2011, 4:51 p.m. | In Entertainment »

There are many words to describe fictional anti-heroine and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. Black-clad. Tattooed. Dark. Strong. Abuse survivor. Rape victim. And now, style icon.On Dec. 14, Swedish retail-clothing conglomerate H&M launched a controversial clothing line inspired by the new movie, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which hit theaters last week.

Blair Red Cross club hosts disaster-relief fundraiser

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 19, 2011, 1:08 p.m. | In Local »

The Blair American Red Cross club hosted a disaster-relief fundraiser last week to raise money for those displaced by the earthquakes in Turkey earlier this year.

The "Hunter" is back in town

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 12, 2011, 8:43 p.m. | In Professional »

On Nov. 28, McPhee fired Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau and brought ex-player Dale Hunter back to Washington. However, the question on everyone's mind is: will he succeed where Boudreau, according to McPhee, failed?

Montgomery College brings classes to Blair

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 29, 2011, 8:41 p.m. | In Local »

Blair, in partnership with Montgomery College (MC), plans to offer several courses for college credit during the 2012-2013 school year. The Montgomery College Concurrent Enrollment Program will offer alternative classes to the current Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Blair, but will not replace any of the existing AP classes here. There will likely be four to five classes for students to consider, ranging from Mandarin Chinese to Unix Processing.

Breakfast at Macy's

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 24, 2011, 10:47 p.m. | In Food »

Black Friday, also known as the Olympics of shopping, is just around the corner! Like any great Olympian, you must prepare yourself. Luckily, SCO is here to help you out. Now, get your forks ready to prepare for the best Black Friday ever.

Occupy Violence: the new movement

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 10, 2011, 4:31 p.m. | In News Blog »

A lot of airtime has been allotted to discuss the OWS movement's goals (or lack thereof, at first) and the controversy over police mistreatment of the protestors. However, not much has been reported on about the poor behavior of some Occupy movement protestors.

Volleyball falls to B-CC

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 10, 2011, 12:10 p.m. | In Blair »

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (B-CC) (11-8) defeated the girls' volleyball team (5-12) in the first round of the playoffs. Although the Lady Blazers played well against a high caliber Baron squad, they fell in the end by final scores of 14-25, 15-25 and 17-25. Senior outside hitter Nika Lilley led the team with nine kills.

Baby, Baby, Baby… NO!

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 8, 2011, 10:44 p.m. | In Humor »

When Mariah Yeater said the Biebs is her baby daddy, she approached it the wrong way. Luckily, SCO is on your side to help you, normal and rational Bieber fan, not repeat her past mistakes. We promise, you'll be on your way to seducing the teenage heartthrob in no time.

Barons burn girls' varsity volleyball

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 7, 2011, 1:12 p.m.

The Bethesda Chevy Chase Barons (BCC) (11-8) defeated the girls' volleyball team (5-12) in the first round of the playoffs. Although the Lady Blazers played well against a high caliber Baron squad, they fell in the end by final scores of 14-25, 15-25 and 17-25. Senior outside hitter Nika Lilley had nine kills.

A waste of "Time"

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 1, 2011, 3 p.m. | In Movies »

Andrew Niccol takes the popular saying, "time is money" for a spin and gives it a literal meaning in his new sci-fi thriller, "In Time." The film has one of those hyped up plots that, depending on the level of execution, can turn a movie into either a hit or miss. Unfortunately, it is the latter.

Wildcats whip girls' volleyball

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 30, 2011, 7:20 p.m. | In Blair »

The girls' varsity volleyball team (4-9) suffered a disappointing loss to the Walter Johnson Wildcats (10-3) by scores of 19-25, 14-25 and 17-25.While both sides struggled with serve errors, attacking and penalties during the match, the final scores were the result of cunning plays and good defense.

Springbrook squashes varsity field hockey

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 29, 2011, 9 p.m. | In Blair »

The varsity field hockey team (4-9) fell to the Springbrook Blue Devils (10-2) on Thursday evening, ending its season in a 6-1 loss. Blair failed to match up defensively and couldn't get anything going on the offensive end.

The SCOream Awards

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 27, 2011, 1:06 p.m. | In Features »

Gremlins, ghosts and ghouls galore! It's that time of the year again, where we break out our scary – and sometimes funny – costumes, drink apple cider and curl up on the couch to watch a horror movie with friends. However, instead of going out to trick-or-treat or staying at home this year, consider celebrating Halloween at one of the many haunted attractions in the area. Here at SCO, our experts have created the "SCOream Awards," a list of Halloween scares that deserve recognition and will surely make you scream.

Athlete of the Week: Linda Kang, Girls' Varsity Volleyball

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 24, 2011, 2:48 p.m. | In Blair »

Junior Linda Kang watches as her teammate sets, her eyes tracking the movement of the volleyball. She runs forward, leaps into the air and hits it hard. A second later, the ball smacks against the hardwood floor and Kang wins another point for the Blazers.

Girls' varsity volleyball crushes Cavaliers

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 21, 2011, 10:49 a.m. | In Blair »

In a match against the Kennedy Cavaliers (2-9), the girls' varsity volleyball team (4-7) dominated in a quick three set win, with final scores of 25-14, 25-19 and 25-15.

Eyes on the prize

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 20, 2011, 9:47 a.m. | In Sports Blog »

The Caps's game play hasn't been in tip-top shape, but if they can remain undefeated—even when they're not playing at their best— they are a team to be reckoned with.

Silver Quill hosts its first joint Open Mic

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 16, 2011, 9:10 p.m. | In Local »

On Friday, Silver Quill and the Spanish Honor Society hosted the inaugural joint Open Mic event during fifth and sixth period lunches.

Northwood grinds girls' volleyball

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 14, 2011, 1:29 p.m. | In Blair »

For the first time in history, the Northwood girls' varsity volleyball team (3-7) defeated the Lady Blazers (3-6) in the Battle of the Boulevard. The close match on Tuesday resulted in a four set win for the Gladiators, with final scores of 24-26, 23-25, 25-12 and 15-25.

Thirteen years and a googol of memories

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 4, 2011, 9:19 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

Little did I know, everyone's dear friend (sorry, Facebook) Google was celebrating its 13th birthday - and initiation into teenage-hood - with a cute birthday cake, streamers and balloons. Thank goodness the Google doodle alerted me!

Bengals blast girls' volleyball

By Brittany Cheng | Oct. 1, 2011, 5:39 a.m. | In Blair »

Fans were all riled up during an intense and heavily competitive volleyball match between Blair and Blake on Friday afternoon – cheers rained down from the stands each time a side won a hard-fought point. The lead went back and forth throughout the entire game, but in the end the girls' volleyball team (2-4) fell to the Blake Bengals (6-1) by final scores of 25-13, 25-21 and 25-23.

Execution of Troy

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 29, 2011, 10:20 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is important to remember justice for the sake of closure is not actually justice. Taking the life of a potentially innocent man isn't justice. As long as there is a shadow of doubt, there was reasonable cause to assume that the justice system could have sentenced the wrong man to death.

New concert venue comes to Montgomery County

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 24, 2011, 10:52 p.m. | In Local »

The newest Fillmore music hall opened in Downtown Silver Spring on Thursday September 15, attracting crowds from across Montgomery and the D.C. region. The venue, which is the sixth Fillmore venue to open in the country, sold out its inaugural concert with R&B singer Mary J. Blige. A variety of bands and performers are scheduled to perform at the Fillmore, including Joe Jonas, Blue October, J. Cole and deadmau5. Artists of a variety of genres will make appearances at the Fillmore, from metal to rap.

Girls' volleyball falls to Warriors

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 23, 2011, 1:29 p.m. | In Blair »

In an arduous battle against the toughest team in Montgomery County, the girls' volleyball team (2-3) fell to the defending state champions Sherwood Warriors (5-0) by final scores of 10-25, 9-25 and 15-25.

Girls' Volleyball tramples Titans

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 15, 2011, 1:28 p.m. | In Blair »

The girls' varsity volleyball team (1-1) won its home opener against the Einstein Titans. The Blazers managed to pull off the three-set win with a combination of good teamwork and skill.

Skinned by the 'Skins

By Brittany Cheng | Aug. 17, 2011, 12:35 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

Coming off of a mediocre 6-10 season and dealing with so many uncertainties regarding the starting roster, especially in the offensive line, the game got DMV fans back into the football spirit. But even after the win, the team will still have a tough road to the playoffs.

A "Change-Up" is needed

By Brittany Cheng | Aug. 8, 2011, 8:47 p.m. | In Movies »

Despite its potential to be a hilarious comedy, weak writing, a few tasteless jokes and lack of focus turned "The Change-Up" into a raunchy – albeit amusing at times — mess.

Parenting like a pro

By Brittany Cheng | July 25, 2011, 11:24 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

On July 9, thousands flooded the streets of Juba to celebrate the birth of South Sudan and their independence from Sudan. Although the "birthday party" is over, the problems have just begun.

Montgomery County tops the 2011 Diplomas Count report

By Brittany Cheng | June 22, 2011, 7:52 p.m. | In News »

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has the highest graduation rate out of the 50 largest school districts in the nation for the third year in a row, according to Education Week's 2011 Diplomas Count report released June 7. The graduation rate for the MCPS class of 2008 was 85.7 percent, up 2.6 percent from the previous year, according to the Diplomas Count report. The MCPS graduation rate is higher than both that of Maryland and the United States as a whole.



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Photo: Hiller Instagram

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 24, 2012, midnight

Hiller's Twitter and Instagram give an opportunity for students to practice grammar and spelling outside of school.

Photo: We Support School Safety Flyer

By Brittany Cheng | Dec. 11, 2012, midnight

Local businesses in the Four Corners area have agreed to help enforce Blair's closed campus policy.

Photo: Silver Chips Online in 2012

By Brittany Cheng | Sept. 4, 2012, midnight

Currently, SCO is working to improve the site's design, expand its social media presence and provide quality coverage of the 2012 elections and local events pertaining to the Blair community.

Photo: Oatmeal

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 24, 2011, midnight

The oatmeal is tasty and will keep you warm if you need to camp outside.

Photo: Pancakes

By Brittany Cheng | Nov. 24, 2011, midnight

If you're not one to go shopping early in the morning, spend some time making these delicious pancakes.