Sam Lewando


Name: Sam Lewando
Position: Online Entertainment Editor
Graduation Year: 2014


Stories (26)


Creativity "X-STEMs" from Blazers

By Jacob Popper Sam Lewando | May 6, 2014, 9:32 p.m. | In Local »

On April 24 a group of Blair students led by science teachers Megan Hart, Eric Prange and John Haigh III attended the X-STEM conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

TechnoLogical: What is private when it comes to the NSA?

By Sam Lewando | June 12, 2013, 1:53 p.m. | In News Blog »

Recently, the National Security Agency (NSA) has come under heavy fire for its Prism program, which monitors communications on all major platforms. A 29-year-old computer technician for military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, Edward Snowden, leaked documents detailing this surveillance program.

Boys' lacrosse holds back strong Kennedy offense

By Sam Lewando | April 22, 2013, 7:58 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers (4-4) beat the Kennedy Cavaliers (1-7) handedly on their Senior Night, 9-2.

Boys' lacrosse dominates Paint Branch

By Sam Lewando | April 19, 2013, 1:03 p.m. | In Blair »

In their sixth game of the season, the Blair boys' lacrosse team (3-3) dominated Paint Branch (2-4), taking and holding on to an early lead for a final score of 15-5. The young Blair team has continued to refine their communication and offensive skills, playing a strong all-around game that served as a sign for a good finish to the season.

TechnoLogical: Google Fiber expands to Austin

By Sam Lewando | April 9, 2013, 12:53 p.m. | In News Blog »

Google recently accidentally revealed that they will be expanding the high-speed internet project Google Fiber to Austin, Texas next. This is a significant expansion that represents Google's intent to continue the Google Fiber project.

Constant pressure leads to Blair victory over Gaithersburg

By Sam Lewando | April 5, 2013, 1:19 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys' lacrosse team (1-2) dominated the game and pulled out a victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans (0-3) in the third game of the season with a score of 6-1.

Richard Montgomery beats Blair in lacrosse season opener

By Sam Lewando | March 23, 2013, 8:44 a.m. | In Blair »

Under brutal winter conditions, the Richard Montgomery Rockets (1-0) beat Blair's boys' lacrosse team (0-1) 13-4 in the first game of the season.

NewsChips: Maryland marijuana legislation progresses with three new bills

By Sam Lewando | March 21, 2013, 5:52 p.m. | In News Blog »

The Maryland state senate recently considered Senate bill 297, which decriminalizes possession of 10 grams or fewer of marijuana.

Montgomery County Department of Parks conducts managed deer hunts

By Sam Lewando | March 20, 2013, 7:58 p.m. | In Local »

Park Police snipers have been brought to Rock Creek Stream Valley Park in Chevy Chase, Md., to address deer overpopulation. These sharpshooters will work in the park from dusk to dawn until March 31.

TechnoLogical: Sony plays it conservative with new Playstation

By Sam Lewando | Feb. 25, 2013, 5:21 p.m. | In Video Games »

Sony has come in second in announcing their new console (after Nintendo announced theirs last year), which will be released this holiday season, but how they will compete remains to be seen.

Couch Potato: "House of Cards" not so fragile

By Sam Lewando | Feb. 12, 2013, 11:14 p.m. | In Television »

Netflix has recently released the first of their five original series for 2013, "House of Cards." This show could potentially be the first of many Netflix original series, which would dramatically change the way the company organizes its content and provides it to their customers, and if this show is any indicator, it will be very successful.

TechnoLogical: Sprint's turmoil points to a stable future with Clearwire

By Sam Lewando | Dec. 24, 2012, 10:48 p.m. | In News Blog »

The Now Network has been through turmoil in the last several years. They bought Nextel in 2007 and rolled out the first 4G network in America based on the network of another company, Clearwire.

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.

TechnoLogical: Made in the U.S.A.

By Sam Lewando | Dec. 10, 2012, 9:46 p.m. | In News Blog »

Apple recently began shipping their new 2012 iMac desktop computers and they came with a surprise in the packaging; the new iMacs are "assembled in the U.S.A.," which is a huge step forward for the tech industry.

The Blair Boogie: Getting the Led out in the new millennium

By Sam Lewando | Nov. 30, 2012, 11:23 p.m. | In Music »

On December 10. 2007, Led Zeppelin performed for the just the fourth time in over three decades, and the first time since 1995 at a benefit concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Couch Potato: Adver-tying shows down

By Sam Lewando | Nov. 20, 2012, 10:14 p.m. | In Television »

Advertisements are not only limiting the amount of time we spend actually watching the show, but they also limit the freedom that shows have to do something radical.

TechnoLogical: October in review

By Sam Lewando | Nov. 5, 2012, 8:41 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

October was an extremely exciting month, to say the least, in terms of technology. The iPad mini, Nexus 10, Microsoft Surface; it's hard to keep track of these new gadgets, but SCO is here to help.

HBO writer visits Blair for presentation

By Sam Lewando | Oct. 24, 2012, 1:21 p.m. | In Local »

On Tuesday, novelist and screenwriter George Pelecanos visited Blair to speak to several classes about his experiences while working for HBO on shows such as "The Wire," "Treme" and "The Pacific."

Couch Potato: Taking gaming to another level

By Sam Lewando | Oct. 21, 2012, 6:25 p.m. | In Television »

Gaming has been, for its brief lifespan, a fringe activity for which most people have no use except to blow off steam after a long day. But for some, it is a job.

Blair students announced as Siemens semifinalists

By Sam Lewando | Oct. 21, 2012, 4:32 p.m. | In National »

Eight Blair seniors advanced in the 2012 Siemens competition in math, science, engineering and technology (STEM) to become semifinalists, and one junior was named a Regional Finalist.

SilverStyle: Halloween guide for guys

By Jack Estrin Sam Lewando | Oct. 10, 2012, 4:16 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

We're here with the first ever fashion blog on SCO written by guys to give you some ideas on what to wear for the most important holiday of the fall season.

Couch Potato: "X Factor" loses its " Voice" in season premiere

By Sam Lewando | Sept. 15, 2012, 10:28 p.m. | In Television »

For the last 10 years, American Idol has dominated television-singing competitions in the U.S. However, in 2011 the pressure rose from "The Voice" and the "X Factor."

Sprint's farsighted Network Vision is a plan for success

By Sam Lewando | Aug. 23, 2012, 3:58 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Sprint's lackadaisical attitude towards network upgrades and contentment with remaining the third largest carrier has damaged its number of subscribers greatly. According to CNET, competitors AT&T and Verizon now control about 70 percent of the wireless subscriber market and it seems as though their dominance will only continue in coming years, something that Sprint hopes to change with their ongoing network overhaul. This overhaul has real potential to change the wireless market in the United States, and Sprint seems to be making all of the right moves so far to do so.

Romney bets wrong on Ryan

By Sam Lewando | Aug. 20, 2012, 5:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has finally emerged as the GOP nominee to take on Obama. To do this, he has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan for his running mate. This choice represents a decision to focus his campaign on economic issues and maintain his core voter base for the election. However, Romney has made an mistake in choosing Ryan, as Ryan's lack of short-term solutions and experience will hurt the GOP ticket.

Blazer competes in International Linguistics Olympiad

By Sam Lewando | Aug. 18, 2012, 1:37 p.m. | In International »

Senior Samuel Zbarsky and 11 other North American students went to the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to compete with over 30 teams from 26 countries around the world. The American and Canadian teams competed in both the individual and team events and did some sightseeing around the city.

"Legacy" lives up to predecessors

By Sam Lewando | Aug. 13, 2012, 10:24 p.m. | In Movies »

Despite taking on a larger role in the "Bourne" franchise, director and writer Tony Gilroy, who also co-wrote the first three films, manages to create a very cohesive storyline that bridges the five-year gap from the original "Bourne" trilogy very well. "The Bourne Legacy" serves as not just an extension of Jason Bourne's story, but also offers a different perspective on the contents of the trilogy.