Martha Morganstein


Name: Martha Morganstein
Position: Online News Editor
Graduation Year: 2015
Hi! I'm Martha and I am one of the news editors. I row crew and I am fluent in French. I hate breakfast food and I love baked goods and sunny days.


Stories (39)


Student creates Geofilter for Blair

By Martha Morganstein | May 12, 2015, 1:03 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Everyone wants to put their hometown on the map, and junior Dio Cramer managed to do just that.

Art and science and murals, oh my!

By Martha Morganstein | March 27, 2015, 1:52 p.m. | In Features »

You have probably seen the colorful creations painted on the walls in the science wing of the third floor. Blair's Arts and Science Club has been working on these murals for the past three years.

MCPS Board of Education release their annual report to the community

By Martha Morganstein | March 16, 2015, 5:10 p.m. | In Local »

On March 3, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education (BOE), released its annual report to the community for 2014. The report is divided into various sections that outline what is changing in MCPS.

Yearbook holds first Mr. Blair competition

By Martha Morganstein | Feb. 21, 2015, 11:29 a.m. | In Local »

On Feb. 13, Montgomery Blair High School's yearbook staff held the first 'Mr. Blair' pageant. Sixteen male students from all grades participated in the competition.

Blair holds second annual Crime and Punishment day

By Martha Morganstein Sarah Trunk | Nov. 25, 2014, 12:43 p.m. | In Local »

On Nov. 20, Blair held their second annual Crime and Punishment day in order to give students the opportunity to explore different areas of forensic science. The day consisted of a variety of professionals from different fields coming in to speak to students.

Redefining the term 'student teacher'

By Martha Morganstein | Nov. 18, 2014, 7:03 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

"It's the strong smell of deja-vu," NSL and AP comparative government teacher Peter Cirincione says. It's Cirincione's first year as a teacher at Blair, but his 5th year as a member of the Blair community.

MCPS removed religious holidays from school calendar

By Martha Morganstein | Nov. 12, 2014, 1:49 p.m. | In Local »

On Nov. 11th, the Montgomery County's Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Elections voted, 7-1, to not include any mention of any religious holiday on the school calendar.

APUSH to stay true to curriculum

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 22, 2014, 7:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

But the point of school isn't to influence students' beliefs, which countries to support and how patriotic they should be. Teachers need to give the facts.

Blair alumni named a 2014 Macarthur Fellow

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 3, 2014, 9:35 a.m. | In National »

On Sept. 17, Blair graduate Jacob Lurie was among the 21 people named a 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow. Lurie, along with the other fellows, will earn a stipend of $625,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

New state requirements for emergency drills

By Martha Morganstein | Sept. 22, 2014, 8:24 p.m. | In Local »

In addition to the drills already in place, Maryland schools must complete at least one reverse evacuation drill and one earthquake drill during the school year.

Once more onto the breach

By Martha Morganstein | Sept. 15, 2014, 12:38 p.m. | In News Blog »

No matter the situation, this is a violation of privacy and, even more, it is an example of the shaming and objectifying women that needs to be stopped.

Oh, oh those summer movies

By Martha Morganstein | June 4, 2014, 1:28 p.m. | In Movies »

Summer is just around the corner. And with summer comes new movies. Here is an overview of several movies coming out in the next few weeks.

AP Human Geography course returns

By Martha Morganstein | May 10, 2014, 12:37 p.m. | In Local »

Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography will return to Blair for the first time in four years.

Early bird catches the worm

By Martha Morganstein | April 22, 2014, 1:36 p.m. | In Features »

Around 6:00 a.m., alarms within Montgomery County homes go off, commencing a daily ritual for most Blair students. However, there is a small number of students who have been wide awake long before the start of school.

Knitting and Crocheting are just "sew" much fun

By Martha Morganstein | March 16, 2014, 9:39 p.m. | In Features »

A group of Blazer sophomores including Anna Reachmack and Susanna Maisto who all share a common interest in sewing, knitting and crocheting decided to start the new, Sew Much Fun club which started in late February.

LoveSCOpe: Senior Unity Date

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | March 9, 2014, 10:36 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Seniors David Ma and Morgana D'Ottavi looked like a great match. We sent them to Pete's A-pizza in downtown Silver Spring to see if these seniors were a match made in heaven.

Renay Johnson awarded Outstanding Principal of the Year

By Martha Morganstein | Feb. 17, 2014, 5:57 p.m. | In Local »

On Jan. 30, Blair principal Renay Johnson was named Montgomery County Public School Outstanding Principal of the Year by The National Board of Certified Teachers.

LoveSCOpe: Can a bowling date lead to a lucky strike?

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Feb. 17, 2014, 5:40 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Senior Arnelle Kodjo and junior Haki Johnson seemed like they'd get along great.

Blair implements new visitor ID policy

By Martha Morganstein Rohan Oprisko | Feb. 3, 2014, 10:45 p.m. | In Local »

In accordance with a new safety policy, parents and all other visitors to Montgomery Blair High School will be required to show identification upon entrance in the school building. This measure, which began Jan. 13, is intended to provide more security to the Blair community.

LoveSCOpe: Souper great time at Soupergirl

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Jan. 2, 2014, 7:16 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

We sent Sophomore Luisa McGarvey and junior Alex Alia to Soupergirl, located on Carroll Street on the D.C. side of Takoma Park.

What's In and Out in 2014

By Martha Morganstein Sarah Trunk | Jan. 2, 2014, 6:42 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

As 2013 comes to a close, we reflect on the mistakes and successes of the year that will continue on to 2014. Here are Silver Chips Online's predictions of what will be "in" and "out" in 2014. Happy New Year!

"Just Dance" it out

By Martha Morganstein | Dec. 20, 2013, 7:11 p.m. | In Features »

Members play dance games for an hour after school, once a week at Blair's new Just Dance/Zumba club.

Exhiliration from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

By Martha Morganstein | Dec. 20, 2013, 3:36 p.m. | In Movies »

Following the success of the first movie in the series, director, Peter Jackson released the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." which proved to be even more thrilling than the first. Since Jackson decided to create a trilogy out of the only one J.R.R Tolkien novel, some die-hard fans of the book might be bothered with the differences between the book and movie. Characters are added that did not appear in the book and certain events were changed. However, whether you have read the book or not, it is an early Christmas present that will keep audience eyes glued to the screen

LoveSCOpe: Crepes can't create chemistry

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Dec. 13, 2013, 12:42 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Both described themselves as quirky, entertaining and outgoing in their applications.

SGA's Holiday Hope Week

By Martha Morganstein | Dec. 1, 2013, 7:55 a.m. | In News »

From Dec. 11 to 19, Blair's Student Government Association (SGA) ran a Holiday Hope Week in which they sold candy with all proceeds being donated to the National Children's Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

LoveSCOpe: Soccer connections make for a winning time

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Nov. 28, 2013, 5:16 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Welcome to the first edition of LoveSCOpe! We set up students on free blind dates and see what happens. Dates will be published every month. Click here to apply.

Flat screen T.V. installed in Student Activity Center

By Martha Morganstein | Nov. 20, 2013, 7:07 p.m. | In Local »

Blair administration installed a flat screen TV in the Student Activity Center (SAC) in hopes that students will better appreciate eating lunch in the SAC.

TechnoLogical: Your body is the password

By Martha Morganstein | Nov. 19, 2013, 10:37 a.m. | In News Blog »

Do you find yourself frustrated with the hassle of remembering the countless number of passwords you have? Whether, it is the password to log into social media sites, an email account or a phone lock screen, it seems like everything these days requires a password.

Four Blair students named semifinalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 31, 2013, 2:06 p.m. | In Local »

Blair seniors, Megan Chao, Neil Davey, Robert Martin and Jessica Shi, were named semifinalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition in math, science, engineering and technology (STEM).

Playing It Safe With Fire Station 1

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 29, 2013, 1:02 p.m. | In Restaurant Reviews »

With its big firetruck out on display, Fire Station 1, located in Downtown, is sure to get noticed. It has enough space to seat over 300 people and is located in a restored 100-year-old fire house. Although it has fun d├ęcor and great service, the food leaves something to be desired.

MCPS superintendent supports move towards later school times

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 13, 2013, 6:42 p.m. | In Local »

Superintendent Joshua Starr expressed his support for the report and for pushing back the school start time for high school students to 8:15 a.m. or later.

The band plays on

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 5, 2013, 4:02 p.m. | In Features »

The marching band graduated 14 members last year, significantly cutting back on the size of the team. Despite this setback, the band retains its mantra, "the band plays on."

Blazers' easy methods of relaxation

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 1, 2013, 1:13 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Here are seven easy tips that some Blazers utilize and will help you create a stress-free environment. Experiment with these different methods and try some of your own to decide which ones work best for you.

All student athletes required to take baseline concussion test

By Martha Morganstein | Sept. 16, 2013, 9:41 p.m. | In Local »

This school year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) implemented a mandatory baseline concussion test for all student athletes participating in a school sport

William Currence becomes Blair's new Assistant Principal

By Martha Morganstein | Aug. 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m. | In Local »

William Currence, a former biology teacher and testing coordinator, is Blair's new Assistant Principal as of the 2013-2014 school year.

Vending machines in MCPS will open 30 minutes after bell

By Martha Morganstein | Aug. 15, 2013, 6:58 p.m. | In News Blog »

Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, vending machines serving unhealthy snacks will be shut off from midnight until 30 minutes after the final bell.

House Republicans must overcome gridlock to pass immigration bill

By Martha Morganstein | Aug. 7, 2013, 1:43 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

If the Republican Party wants to win the next presidential election, it is essential that they pass the Senate's bill.

No Thumbs Up for "White House Down"

By Martha Morganstein | June 29, 2013, 3:55 p.m. | In Movies »

After directing the movies "Independence Day" and "2012," director Roland Emmerich is back with his newest action packed movie. For action lovers, "White House Down" guarantees entertainment and summer fun regardless of the movie's numerous flaws. Following "Olympus has Fallen," it is the second movie of the year that centers on a takeover of the White House.

Lauren Gonzalez

By Martha Morganstein | June 17, 2013, 12:20 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Lauren Gonzalez has a full plate. She is a dance and health education teacher at Blair, the Student Service Learning Coordinator and Rockville High School's Varsity Poms Coach.



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Photo: snapchat filter

By Martha Morganstein | May 12, 2015, midnight

Junior Dio Cramer's Snapchat filter captures Blair's silhouette.