Rachel Auerbach


Name: Rachel Auerbach
Position: Online Managing Editor
Graduation Year: 2013


Stories (38)


Blair student tased, restrained by police officer during school

By Rachel Auerbach | April 19, 2013, midnight | In Local »

A Montgomery County Police Officer tased a female Blair freshman in the courtyard outside the Student Activity Center (SAC) during fifth period Thursday, after the student allegedly assaulted the officer.

Blair to host Broadway stars in ArtSpeak! event

By Rachel Auerbach | March 8, 2013, 11:55 p.m. | In Local »

Broadway stars Brian d'Arcy James and Nicholas Rodriguez, in conjunction with the organization ArtSpeak!, will come to Blair at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, to speak with students and community members about their journeys to Broadway. They will also be performing songs, answering questions, taking photographs with audience members and signing autographs.

Spanish Honor Society sees more success in fundraisers than in past years

By Rachel Auerbach | Feb. 13, 2013, 6:48 p.m. | In Local »

Last week, Spanish Honor Society sold Valentine's Day candy grams outside of the Student Activity Center (SAC) during both lunches. They had planned to sell them again this week, but last week's sales were unexpectedly high, and they ran out of the pre-ordered candy grams.

Secret Santa: SCO's guide to gift-giving

By Rachel Auerbach Stacy Mathew | Dec. 20, 2012, 7:04 p.m. | In Humor »

Still looking for that perfect Secret Santa gift? SCO's experts have some tips for you!

Whooping cough reported at Blair

By Rachel Auerbach | Dec. 18, 2012, 8:43 p.m. | In Local »

On Dec. 4, Blazers received a letter to take home to parents notifying families that a member of the Blair community had a case of Pertussis, more commonly known as the Whooping Cough. Because of confidentiality procedures, the administration will not release the person's name.

SCOping out the best local coffee shops and cafes

By Caroline Gabriel Rachel Auerbach | Nov. 6, 2012, 11:32 a.m. | In Restaurant Reviews »

Lucky for you, your SCOffee shop experts have investigated some "off the beaten path" local coffee shops and cafés that put Starbucks to shame.

"Strike" out score-based evaluations

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 23, 2012, 5:36 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The Chicago Teachers' Union recently ended a strike against the implementation of a teacher assessment system based on test scores.

Coming back to bite

By Rachel Auerbach | May 13, 2012, 8:29 p.m. | In News Blog »

Everyone has moments of their lives that they are not proud of. For Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, some of those moments are coming back to haunt him on the campaign trail.

Silver Quill increases in cost

By Rachel Auerbach | April 28, 2012, 11:57 p.m. | In Local »

Silver Quill, Blair's literary arts magazine, will be printed in full color and include a CD this year. Due to these stylistic changes the cost of the magazine, which is set for release the week of May 7, will be $7 more than last year's, bringing the price from $8 to $15.

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.

The first step to a resolution

By Rachel Auerbach | March 17, 2012, 6:48 p.m. | In News Blog »

Before last Tuesday, Joseph Kony was relatively unknown. Now, just a week later, Kony's name is plastered all over the internet and has become synonymous with evil.

Magnet Arts Night attracts the best

By Rachel Auerbach | Feb. 15, 2012, 6:07 p.m. | In Features »

Whoever said that math and art don't go together was sadly mistaken. The 23rd annual Magnet Arts Night, put on by students in Blair's Math and Science Magnet program, proved otherwise. A spirited crowd of students, parents and siblings filled the Blair auditorium in anticipation of the night's events. This year's Magnet Arts Night featured Chinese yo-yo, a magic show and everything in between.

MCPS plans B-CC middle school

By Rachel Auerbach | Jan. 30, 2012, 10:38 p.m. | In Local »

On Jan. 25, the Site Selection Advisory Committee met at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School to discuss the location of a new middle school in the B-CC cluster.

Cheerleaders win big

By Rachel Auerbach | Jan. 30, 2012, 12:52 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair cheerleaders took home the Division II title, the Spirit Award and the Division II Captain's Award at the Panther Cheer Competition at Paint Branch High School on Jan. 28.

Blue Ivy or Poison Ivy?

By Rachel Auerbach | Jan. 24, 2012, 7:27 p.m. | In Entertainment »

In the almost two weeks since Blue Ivy Carter's birth, SCO has put together a list of some of our favorite and most bizarre baby names.

Putting the "break" in winter break

By Rachel Auerbach | Dec. 28, 2011, 12:49 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If only winter break could be restful, rather than a time to wrestle with the voice in the back of your head saying that you should be working.

It's all over: now what?

By Rachel Auerbach | Dec. 19, 2011, 8:19 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Those of us suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal stalk the series' actors and actresses every so often to find out what they are up to.

Back to our roots

By Rachel Auerbach | Nov. 25, 2011, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

Not only is November Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate this under-appreciated group and all they have gone through, but there is also a special day of dedication. Native American Heritage Day also encourages schools to educate students about Native American history.

A fumble for Penn State

By Rachel Auerbach | Nov. 19, 2011, 4:54 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

It all looked very promising for Penn State, but the university was startled to discover that one of Paterno's assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, was accused of having inappropriate relations with young boys through the charity he founded to provide at-risk youth with football opportunities.

Purple Line plans continue to move forward

By Rachel Auerbach | Nov. 11, 2011, 1 p.m. | In Local »

This month, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will host four open houses in Montgomery County to inform the public about the Purple Line.

Girls' varsity volleyball falls to Hornets

By Rachel Auerbach | Nov. 2, 2011, 1:45 p.m. | In Blair »

The Damascus Hornets (7-5) defeated the girls' varsity volleyball team (4-10) in a three-set win on Senior Night by scores of 18-25, 20-25 and 21-25. Despite the outcome of the match, the Blazers were satisfied with their performance against top-tier Damascus.

Lady Blazers dominate Northwood

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 25, 2011, 1:29 p.m. | In Blair »

The varsity field hockey team (4-8) defeated Northwood (1-10) on Saturday morning, beating the Gladiators by a score of 6-0 on senior day.

Typing before talking

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 23, 2011, 2:23 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

It's true that technology is advancing rapidly, but the question arises – how young is too young for kids to be using technology for entertainment, and could exposure to this at such a young age be unhealthy?

Lady Blazers fight past the finish

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 20, 2011, 6:54 p.m. | In Blair »

The varsity field hockey team (3-8) defeated the Kennedy Cavaliers (3-8) in penalty strokes by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night, marking Blair's first home win of the season.

Blair fails to meet Adequate Yearly Progress

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 19, 2011, 2:26 p.m. | In Local »

Blair is one of 12 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to miss the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) mark for the 2010-2011 school year. This is the first time in four years that Blair has not met AYP. Blair also fell short of the High School Assessment (HSA) English standards by a margin of two students last year. Limited English Proficiency (LEP) was the only subgroup that did not reach the set confidence interval. The group needed to meet an interval of 65.4 to 93.6 percent and fell short by three points.

Vikings snag victory over field hockey

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 12, 2011, 1:45 p.m. | In Blair »

Whitman (5-4) defeated the varsity field hockey team (1-8) in one of the closest and most exciting games of the season. Locked in a scoreless tie at the end of regulation, the two teams entered overtime, each looking for a decisive goal.

Athlete of the Week: Molly Flannagan, Varsity Field Hockey

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 10, 2011, 10:24 a.m. | In Blair »

Senior Molly Flannagan is currently the starting goalkeeper for Blair's varsity field hockey team and has played field hockey for four seasons.

Blue Devils bash varsity field hockey

By Rachel Auerbach | Oct. 5, 2011, 11:21 a.m. | In Blair »

The Springbrook Blue Devils (7-1) defeated the varsity field hockey team (1-7) 9-0 in a game that was, despite the score, an excellent showing for Blair. Going in, the Blazers knew it it would be a challenge facing a Springbrook team that's sitting pretty atop the 4A East division.

Facebook's flop

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 30, 2011, 4:49 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

With all of the changes happening in the Facebook community, many users are looking for alternatives.

"Lucky" to be there

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 26, 2011, 5:23 p.m. | In Music »

The combination of Caillat's calm, happy songs and Mraz's spunky stage presence proved to be "A Beautiful Mess," minus the mess part.

Rockets shoot past Blazers

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 22, 2011, 3:14 p.m. | In Blair »

The varsity field hockey team (0-5) suffered a frustrating 2-1 loss against the Richard Montgomery Rockets (1-3) on Wednesday night. Despite the end result, head coach Christine Denny was happy with her team's improvement. "It was better than our other games,” she said.

Blair field hockey falls short to Magruder

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 16, 2011, 10:56 p.m. | In Blair »

The varsity field hockey team (0-3) put up a good fight against Magruder (1-2) on Thursday night. However, Blair's solid effort would not be enough – the Blazers fell 2-1 in the end.

Local teacher is finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 15, 2011, 1:28 p.m. | In Local »

On Aug. 25, Brian Freiss, a math teacher at Highland Elementary School in Silver Spring, was announced as one of the seven finalists for the Maryland Teacher of the Year award, an annual program that recognizes exemplary teachers across the country. He was named the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year this past May. Freiss began teaching at Highland right out of college, and has been teaching math to second through fifth graders for 10 years.

Wildcats shut down Lady Blazers

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 4, 2011, 12:51 p.m. | In Blair »

The Walter Johnson Wildcats defeated the varsity field hockey team by a score of 7-0. WJ's cohesiveness and excellent passing skills gave them an edge up that allowed them to dominate for much of the game.

Local market fights to stay in current location

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 2, 2011, 10:05 p.m. | In Local »

The Fenton Street Market may be forced to either shut down or relocate due to a price hike for using Veterans Plaza every Saturday.

Even the president needs a break

By Rachel Auerbach | Aug. 25, 2011, 10:38 a.m. | In News Blog »

Imagine that instead of racing to raise that "D" in Calculus by the end of the quarter, you're trying to get a country out of billions of dollars of debt, attempting to solve conflicts in the Middle East, facing constant criticism and, on top of that, trying to raise a family.

Order in the court

By Rachel Auerbach | July 12, 2011, 6:28 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

When spectator Matthew Bartlett, 28, gave prosecutor Jeff Ashton the middle finger during the Casey Anthony murder trial, Bartlett jeopardized the sixth amendment rights of the accused; this was justification for the judge's decision to order the arrest of Bartlett on the spot.

"Cars 2" finishes last

By Rachel Auerbach | June 27, 2011, 10:50 a.m. | In Movies »

"Cars 2" does not live up to the standards that Pixar set for itself by producing cute, funny, and clever animated films that children and adults alike can enjoy.



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Photo: Discovery Tis the TLCeason

By Rachel Auerbach | Dec. 12, 2011, midnight

People attending "Tis the TLCeason" celebration enjoyed ice skating and complementary refreshments.

Photo: Colbie Callait

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 24, 2011, midnight

Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat performed at Merriweather on Sept. 24

Photo: Jason Mraz

By Rachel Auerbach | Sept. 24, 2011, midnight

Both Mraz and Coillat sang new singles