Harini Salgado


Name: Harini Salgado
Position: Online Entertainment Editor
Graduation Year: 2015
Hi! My name's Harini Salgado. My family is originally from Sri Lanka and I lived in Singapore for three years when I was younger. I'm really excited to be one of the Online Entertainment Editors this year because I love keeping up to date on all the movies/TV shows that are coming out and learning random entertainment facts. When I'm not writing or editing articles for Silver Chips, I can be found reading, watching Youtube videos, TV shows and movies, Sri Lankan dancing, hanging out with my friends as well as many other activities.


Stories (35)


Dr. Richard Spinrad gives talk to Blair students

By Harini Salgado | March 16, 2015, 6 p.m. | In Local »

Over a hundred students from Blair's Science National Honor Society (SNHS) and several science classes attended a presentation by Dr. Richard Spinrad, chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Thursday in the Media Center.

"Chappie" will not leave you happy

By Harini Salgado | March 10, 2015, 9:07 p.m. | In Movies »

What looked like a movie dealing with artificial intelligence versus man-controlled machines also investigated themes such as parenting, big corporations, human morality and feelings of separation. There's a lot going on in writer/director Neill Blomkamp's ("District Nine," "Elysium") third feature film. Unfortunately, weak characters and plot holes prevent these ideas from making an impact.

"Go Set a Watchman" for the "To Kill a Mockingbird" sequel

By Harini Salgado | March 8, 2015, 2:08 p.m. | In Books »

Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is pretty much the required book in high school. Here at Blair, most students read it in ninth grade.

The changing of the bells

By Harini Salgado | Feb. 9, 2015, 6:15 p.m. | In News Blog »

The Board of Education (BOE) will soon vote on the bell time schedule. After the dismissal of the first recommendation to implement later high school start times because of the cost (roughly 21 million dollars), MCPS released several new options on Jan. 6. On Feb. 10, the BOE will vote on these new plans.

Blair holds breast cancer awareness assembly

By Harini Salgado | Feb. 2, 2015, 12:45 p.m. | In Local »

On Jan. 30, female eleventh and twelfth grade Blazers attended a breast cancer awareness assembly in the auditorium during fourth period.

Who's strong and brave, here to save the American way?

By Harini Salgado Sarah Trunk | Jan. 12, 2015, 9:05 p.m. | In Television »

It's a story unlike any other superhero story, because Peggy is unlike any other superhero.

No happy endings for TV rom-coms

By Harini Salgado | Dec. 19, 2014, 2 p.m. | In Television »

It's unclear why there were so many new rom-coms this fall. But one thing's for sure: they haven't been very successful.

Human Rights Watch, November 2014 – Women's Rights

By Harini Salgado | Nov. 29, 2014, 5:20 p.m. | In International »

This month's roundup of human rights issues focuses on developments in women's rights worldwide.

Too much negativity on TV

By Harini Salgado | Nov. 4, 2014, 9:57 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

While negative ads do serve a purpose in our democracy, voters shouldn't be inundated with them every time they want to tune in to their favorite TV show.

Take me out to the (long) ballgame

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 21, 2014, 11:32 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

If you follow baseball, you've probably heard of the 18-inning Major League Baseball (MLB) playoff game where the San Francisco Giants won against the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Oct 4.

Breaking the stereotype of the ignorant American

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 13, 2014, 8:34 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

It is a common stereotype that Americans are ignorant of other cultures and countries. Start typing in Google, "Why are Americans…" and two of the suggestions are "so stupid" and "so ignorant."

The First Lady of Blair

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 13, 2014, 11:35 a.m. | In Features »

"Exciting, challenging, rewarding, stressful and beneficial." These are just five words Renay Johnson uses to describe her job as the principal of Blair.

SCO Top Five: New TV shows to watch this fall

By Neida Mbuia Joao Harini Salgado | Sept. 22, 2014, 11:10 a.m. | In Television »

The SCO staff is here to help you figure out your new favorites with a Top Five list based on the shows' trailers and descriptions.

Humans of Blair: A guest for a whole year

By Harini Salgado | Sept. 19, 2014, 11 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Tall and blonde, Julia Spies seems like a fairly typical Blair sophomore—except for her German accent. Spies is a German exchange student who will be attending Blair for a whole year.

Blair alum publishes a book on teaching

By Harini Salgado | Sept. 15, 2014, 1:39 p.m. | In National »

In her book, Green seeks to dispel the myth that good teachers are born and cannot be taught. She also talks about the ineffectiveness of past education reforms in the United States and compares American teaching methods to those used in Japan.

Task force recommends that Maryland schools start after Labor Day

By Harini Salgado | June 4, 2014, 1:19 p.m. | In Local »

A Maryland state task force voted 11-4 to recommend that Maryland's public schools open after Labor Day in late May. The policy could extend summer vacation by a week or more for most Maryland schools.

Puzzlepalooza 2014: The Year of the Armadillo (Daily Blog)

By Harini Salgado | May 22, 2014, 7:28 a.m. | In News Blog »

Puzzlepalooza. The biggest high school puzzling competition in America (well it's the only high school puzzle competition that shows up on Google at least). Spanning the four days of the High School Assessment (HSA) week at Blair, the fifth annual Puzzlepalooza brings together more than 320 Blair juniors and seniors into 19 teams to try to win the prizes which are HUGE!

Boys' lacrosse crushes Wheaton on Senior Day

By Harini Salgado | May 4, 2014, 5:09 p.m. | In Blair »

On a beautiful afternoon, several parents were in the stands to support the Blair boys' lacrosse team (7-5) and especially its seniors as they soundly defeated the Wheaton Knights (0-10).

SMOB preview

By Harini Salgado | April 20, 2014, 8:46 p.m. | In Local »

Read all about this year's SMOB candidates. Elections will take place on Apr. 30.

International News Roundup for Apr. 5- Apr. 11

By Harini Salgado | April 17, 2014, 8:19 a.m. | In International »

What's new in the world of international news?

Increase in Metro rail and bus fares will unnecessarily hinder riders

By Harini Salgado | April 2, 2014, 12:38 p.m. | In News Blog »

On Mar 27, the Metro board approved an operating budget which will increase Metrorail fare as well as the Metrobus fare for SmarTrip users.

Fish and Chips visits Blair

By Zoe Johnson Harini Salgado | Feb. 20, 2014, 1:56 p.m. | In Features »

They are Year 10-12 (grades 9-11) British exchange students from St. John's Marlborough, a school in Wiltshire, England, about eighty miles from London.

The great unknown

By Harini Salgado | Feb. 13, 2014, 9:24 a.m. | In Features »

We often hear about Blair teams like football, basketball and soccer. We know whether the team won or lost and who the good athletes are. But what about those Blazers who do sports that don't have teams at Blair? Here are some Blazer athletes that we don't hear about as often.

ICARE about helping people with cancer

By Harini Salgado | Feb. 13, 2014, 9:11 a.m. | In Features »

They are the people who will be selling flowergrams during lunch and who have organized bake sales and talent shows as fundraisers to benefit cancer research. Who are the people who facilitate these charitable deeds? They are the members of Blair's chapter of the International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education, known more commonly as ICARE.

James Schafer

By Harini Salgado | Jan. 6, 2014, 6:46 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

On the first day of class, James Schafer always does one activity. He asks his students to sit down in the back of the classroom and asks for their name and one interesting thing about them. Unlike most teachers however, by the end of class, he knows each of his student's names.

2014 movies galore

By Harini Salgado | Jan. 6, 2014, 5:51 p.m. | In Movies »

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a movie to look out for in 2014, who else cracked the list?

A Blair year in review: 2013

By Harini Salgado | Dec. 30, 2013, 8:49 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Although the school year itself hasn't ended, with 2014 just about to begin, it's time to look back at what made 2013 special for Blair.

Frozen is a heart-warming, snow-filled delight

By Harini Salgado | Dec. 2, 2013, 11:12 a.m. | In Movies »

Disney has done it again with another animation that enchants young and old alike. With lots of jokes, powerful songs, gorgeous animation and an adorable talking snowman, "Frozen" will melt any heart.

Essays? Check. Recommendations? Check. Social media pages?

By Harini Salgado | Nov. 25, 2013, 12:34 p.m. | In News Blog »

But while they perfect their essays and worry about teacher recommendations, many seniors don't realize that they have another thing they should be thinking about: their social media.

Thinking outside the SAC

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 23, 2013, 3:58 p.m. | In Features »

For Blair students, lunch is a time to eat, hang out with friends and get work done. But with a student population of over 2800 and only two lunch periods, the crowds in the Student Activity Center (SAC) and Blair Boulevard can be pretty overwhelming.

Couch Potato: 2013 fall TV premieres

By Birhan Alemayehu Harini Salgado | Oct. 8, 2013, 5:16 p.m. | In Entertainment »

It's that time of year again. Time to grab your favorite spot on the couch, a blanket, some snacks and settle down in front of the TV. This fall there are lots of seasons that people are excited for, including many returning and new shows.

Silver Chips Online inspires English students to start a newspaper

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 2, 2013, 5:47 p.m. | In Local »

Silver Chips Online inspired several students at St John's Marlborough, located in Marlborough, Wiltshire in South West England, to start their own online newspaper, titled Fish and Chips

Technological: Education of the technological generation

By Harini Salgado | July 31, 2013, 12:59 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

It's hard to believe how much technology has changed over the past twenty years. With that in mind, schools need to adapt to include more technology in the educational process to keep students entertained, as well as support their learning in new ways.

High failure rates on final exams result of MCPS policy

By Harini Salgado | July 28, 2013, 2:17 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

According to the Washington Post article, nearly 16,000 out of 30,000 students in seven math courses failed their final exams in January. Failure rates were as high as 86 percent for Bridge to Algebra 2, and 61 percent and 62 percent for Algebra 1 and Geometry, respectively.

Mary Lou Thornton

By Harini Salgado | June 19, 2013, 8:41 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

"Good teachers are born to teach," Mary Lou Thornton says, sitting in her office, surrounded by books, photos and papers. Thornton, who teaches three Honors United States History classes and is the resource teacher for the Social Studies department, has been teaching for a long time. "I've been at Blair since 2004 or 2005. It's been such a long time I can't remember," she says laughing. During her time at Blair she has developed a reputation of being fun teacher with interesting classes.



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By Harini Salgado | May 20, 2014, midnight

Puzzlepalooza started with a bang on Monday.