Melissa Arias


Name: Melissa Arias
Position: Online Entertainment Editor
Graduation Year: 2014


Stories (26)


Not your average Tex-Mex restaurant

By Melissa Arias Caroline Gabriel | Dec. 3, 2013, 1 p.m. | In Restaurant Reviews »

With their sultry colors, dim lighting and vibrant Spanish and Mexican art, the restaurant provides you with a piquant dining escape. Their cultural paintings and traditional Spanish and Mexican food come together to craft an experience that is not to be forgotten.

SCO Says: Dating, SAT or ACT and much more

By Samuel Popper, Melissa Arias, Michael Gerbasi, Temi Ibirogba | Sept. 19, 2013, 9:58 a.m. | In Humor »

Yo how do I learn to balance school, sports and a social life? -Illuminati Mel: Just don't sleep

Couch Potato: Onward with "Awkward"

By Melissa Arias | April 23, 2013, 10:57 p.m. | In Television »

"Awkward" is back! And …there's a pregnancy? But wait, let's rewind.

SMOB Candidates weigh in

By Melissa Arias | April 23, 2013, 11:10 a.m. | In Local »

This year the Montgomery County Student Member of the Board (SMOB) candidates include Richard Montgomery junior Andrew Zhang, and Poolesville junior Justin Kim. They both have experience with student government and bringing change to the community, as well as the desire to be your SMOB. SCO asked them both about why they feel you should vote for them this week.

The Blair Boogie: The phases of Timberlake

By Melissa Arias | April 12, 2013, 2:30 p.m. | In Music »

Justin Timberlake has had quite a journey through the music business. From boy band to pop legend, Timberlake has a signature style and has made a name for himself with his 90's steeze.

The Blair Boogie: Overplaying songs ruins good music

By Melissa Arias Caroline Gabriel | March 1, 2013, 12:58 p.m. | In Music »

Have you ever experienced loving a song for two hot seconds, until you hear it every time you turn on the radio? If the answer is yes (and it is), you have had something called an earworm.

Couch Potato: 90's shows are still quality TV

By Melissa Arias | Feb. 26, 2013, 11:15 p.m. | In Television »

Now, this is a story all about how TV shows got flipped-turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute-- Just sit right there-- I'll tell you how I miss the prince of a town called Bel-Air.

"Dark Skies" for the horror genre

By Melissa Arias Caroline Gabriel | Feb. 26, 2013, 12:08 a.m. | In Movies »

The creators of "Dark Skies" were most likely in the dark when directing this movie. The storyline was predictably unoriginal, the villainous creatures were underdeveloped and the actors were not believable. Overall, what could be taken from this "horror"ible excuse of a movie is that if you're experiencing random breaks in, being possessed, and getting random nosebleeds… it's probably aliens.

Blair holds "Los Padres" meeting

By Melissa Arias | Feb. 19, 2013, 6:34 p.m. | In Local »

On Feb. 9, parents of Hispanic students had an informational meeting about the college admissions process. The event included a question and answer session and a discussion with the selected panel.

The Blair Boogie: The Harlem Shake takes over

By Melissa Arias | Feb. 15, 2013, 10:47 p.m. | In Music »

The Harlem Shake has taken over Youtube and social media sites for the past couple of days but even those who have watched the tons of Youtube videos out there mimicking it are a little bit unclear as to what it actually is.

The Blair Boogie: Up and coming artists

By Melissa Arias | Feb. 8, 2013, 1:59 p.m. | In Music »

This year, there will be many new artists battling to get to the top of the charts

Zombilicious

By Melissa Arias | Feb. 5, 2013, 9:06 p.m. | In Movies »

Directed and written by Jonathan Levine, "Warm Bodies" is one of the strangest interpretations of the classic tale of "Romeo and Juliet,” but also one of the most memorable and less cheesy versions I have seen. The movie does have its cheesy moments, but it's overshadowed by the comedic moments and the interesting juxtaposition between zombie-horror and romance.

Girls' basketball beats Kennedy in final seconds

By Melissa Arias | Feb. 2, 2013, 12:51 p.m. | In Blair »

In the last seven seconds of the game, junior Shannon Healy pulled through in the clutch and led the Blazers (7-10) to a 39-37 victory against Kennedy (11-7).

SilverStyle: New year, new fashion

By Melissa Arias | Jan. 9, 2013, 1:22 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Here are SCO's predictions of the upcoming year.

Girls' basketball overmatched by Barons

By Melissa Arias | Dec. 15, 2012, 7:20 p.m. | In Blair »

It didn't look good for the Blazers (1-3), when only three minutes into the game the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (2-1) were already up by 7 points. From then on forward the Blazers were just playing catch-up as they fell 60-43.

Lady Blazers edged out by Wildcats

By Melissa Arias | Dec. 15, 2012, 1:26 p.m. | In Blair »

After a hard-fought three quarters, things were looking up for the Blazers (1-2) when sophomore Liza Curcio tied the game 32-32 against Walter Johnson (3-0) with seven minutes left in regulation.

Winter Sports Preview: 2012-2013

By Melissa Arias, Jack Estrin, Grace Hill, Temi Ibirogba, Sam Lewando | Dec. 11, 2012, 12:51 p.m. | In Blair »

Winter sports are back as the 2012-2013 season gets off to a rousing start.

The Blair Boogie: No one's thankful for this auto-tune

By Melissa Arias Lily Gates | Nov. 23, 2012, 5:28 p.m. | In Music »

Just when you thought the era of tweens producing viral videos of meaningless songs was over, Nicole Westbrook comes along with her single "It's Thanksgiving."

Slam Poetry Club holds first event

By Melissa Arias | Nov. 18, 2012, 1:50 p.m. | In Local »

"Unleashed," the Slam Poetry Club's first event, took place on Friday during fifth and sixth period. "Unleashed" was an open-mic for Blazers who wanted to showcase their talent or practice performing.

TechnoLogical: Hurricane Sandy is coming to town

By Melissa Arias | Oct. 29, 2012, 2:28 p.m. | In News Blog »

Gear up readers, Sandy's attacking the East Coast.

Takoma Park resident starting nonprofit radio station

By Melissa Arias | Oct. 18, 2012, 6:58 p.m. | In Local »

Takoma Park resident Marika Partridge has formed Takoma Radio, a nonprofit radio station for the Takoma Park community. The station is lacking an operating license from the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) and is not on-air yet.

Silver Style: Comfy Days

By Melissa Arias | Oct. 17, 2012, 1:04 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Have you ever had one of those lazy days where you just do not want to get out of bed and go to school, let alone wear real pants? Well, lucky for you, you don't have to. Just call it a comfy clothes day!

Students have new test option for College Readiness Day

By Melissa Arias | Oct. 8, 2012, 7:59 p.m. | In Local »

Blair juniors and sophomores will be able to choose between three exams to take in preparation for their future college admission tests: the PSAT, the ACT and the newly-offered Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

Athletic Department forms "Captain Council"

By Melissa Arias | Sept. 19, 2012, 11:34 a.m. | In Local »

The council convenes once a month and focuses on guiding team captains in leading their team to success. Leaders from every team are required to attend.

SilverStyle: Denim Takes Over

By Melissa Arias | Sept. 12, 2012, 4:27 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

The weather is ready to transition into Fall, and it's time to put your pants back on. Here are some cute denim trends SCO Fashionistas noticed while waiting for the bus in 50-degree weather.

"Rock of Ages" fails to rock

By Melissa Arias | June 21, 2012, 1:52 a.m. | In Movies »

With random outbursts of old rock songs and a disarray of unclear storylines, there is not a defined plot in "Rock of Ages," but the theme, however, of true love and immortalizing rock music is actually inspirational.