Nicholas Shereikis




Name: Nicholas Shereikis
Position: Grand Vizier
Graduation Year: 2016
"Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared." -- Tupac Shakur


Stories (47)


I don't want to talk about it

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 5, 2016, 2:03 p.m. | In Features »

The biggest issue with commonly accepted depression statistics is that our current definition of depression itself tends to write off symptoms more prevalent in males, leaving unaccounted the societal trends that make men less likely to seek help or admit to having a mental disorder.

Picking a bone with David Trone

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 18, 2016, 10:44 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Campaigning extensively and aggressively over the past few months, 60-year old multimillionaire David Trone has entered the race to become the Democratic nominee for Maryland's eighth Congressional District.

Blazers start clothing business

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 18, 2016, 8:55 a.m. | In Local »

Blair seniors Max Burke and Lytton Xu created their own brand and company,Crown Clothing Co. So far, two short sleeve shirts are available on their website in white and black.

Superintendent and SMOB answer questions at Blair

By Eleanor Cook Nicholas Shereikis | March 23, 2016, 1:19 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) Eric Guerci hosted a town hall meeting with Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers in the Montgomery Blair High School media center on Thursday, Mar. 10.

Major key alert

By Nicholas Shereikis | March 23, 2016, 1:15 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

"You think they want me to have all these plaques?" the man who is one of the generation's most idolized hip-hop moguls asks, letting his camera glide over his wall of gold and platinum albums in yet another Snapchat video. "They don't. They don't want you to win."

FIFA elects new president

By Nicholas Shereikis | March 9, 2016, 8 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

This year, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) finally voted in Zurich on Friday, Feb. 26 to elect Gianni Infantino as their new president.

Grade organization app Edline Helper takes MCPS by storm

By Nicholas Shereikis | Feb. 22, 2016, 1:02 p.m. | In Local »

Out for almost a year now, Fiorino's grade organization and manipulation app Edline Helper is gaining rapid popularity in Montgomery County.

Teachers react to elimination of final exams

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 7, 2015, 6:58 p.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education made the decision to eliminate all high school final exams in favor of shorter, open-ended assignments in September. However, a recent survey revealed that an "overwhelming majority" of teachers disagree with the decision.

The Teal Pumpkin Project

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 30, 2015, 1:49 p.m. | In News Blog »

This fall marks the second year of the Teal Pumpkin Project, a relatively new campaign launched by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) with the goal of creating a safer and more inclusive Halloween environment for kids with food allergies.

There's never next year

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 13, 2015, 1:17 p.m. | In Humor »

The Nationals, the Redskins, the Capitals, and the Wizards. What do all four of these teams have in common? The answer is obvious if you're a D.C. sports fan – none of them have won a championship in over two decades.

Questioning the Blazer

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 7, 2015, 5:03 p.m. | In Features »

Generations of students have asked this question which still remains unanswered today: what is a Blair 'Blazer?'

Committing to commitment

By Nicholas Shereikis | July 25, 2015, 10:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

It's time we recognize a trait that is characteristic of our generation: our reluctance to commit to anything.

For the good of the game

By Nicholas Shereikis | June 12, 2015, 2:13 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Just four days after winning re-election for a fifth term, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation. And it's about time.

#WakaForPresident

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 21, 2015, 12:53 p.m. | In Humor »

A bright light shines through the hopelessly entangled jungle that is American politics. I'm talking, of course, about rapper Waka Flocka Flame.

Blazers wilt against Warriors

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 15, 2015, 12:59 p.m. | In Blair »

The boys' lacrosse team (8-7) entered the third round of playoffs on Monday evening against the Sherwood Warriors (10-4). Struggling to hold the Warriors at bay while maintaining possession, the Blazers ultimately fell by a final score of Blair 7, Sherwood 20.

Blazers better Bengals

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 14, 2015, 1:39 p.m. | In Blair »

On a burning hot Friday afternoon, the Blair boys' lacrosse team (8-6) set up against division champions Blake (9-4) in the second round of playoffs. Despite losing to them 10-4 during the regular season, the Blazers came out full of intensity and confidence. Battling for their lives, Blair managed to overcome a four-goal deficit and win the game in the dying minutes by a final score of 10-8

Blazers crush Cavaliers

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 14, 2015, 1:21 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair boys' varsity lacrosse team (7-6) entered their first playoff game Wednesday afternoon at home against Kennedy. After beating the Cavaliers 10-1 when the teams met during the regular season, the Blazers came out looking strong and confident. They ended up winning by 17 goals, and kept their first clean sheet of the season.

Blazers destroy Knights

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 6, 2015, 2:03 p.m. | In Blair »

On a hot Saturday afternoon, the Blair boys' lacrosse team met the Wheaton Knights on the field of battle for the first time. In front of a cheering crowd, Blair got off to a strong start and kept the momentum for the rest of the game. By the end of the match, the final score was Blair 17, Wheaton 4. The game, apart from being the last regular season game, was also Blair's senior night.

Blazers blast past Knights

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 4, 2015, 1:37 p.m. | In Blair »

In front of a very vocal crowd, the girls' varsity softball (15-1) took on the Wheaton Knights at home on Wednesday evening. After getting off to a rough start, the Blazers quickly turned themselves around and began to dominate the game. By the top of the fifth inning, the high scoring game ended thanks to the mercy rule. The final score was Blair 19, Wheaton 1.

Blazers get conquered by the Wildcats

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 30, 2015, 1:51 p.m. | In Blair »

With parents and fans watching in the stands, the Blair boy's lacrosse team (5-5) met the Walter Johnson Wildcats at home for the first time this season. Despite coming out strong, the game slipped away from the Blazers until it finally ended with a score of Walter Johnson 16, Blair 5.

Boys Lacrosse succumbs to Blake

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 30, 2015, 1:20 p.m. | In Blair »

On an overcast Saturday afternoon, the boys' lacrosse team (5-4) took on the Blake Bengals at home. The Blazers fought hard, staying with the Bengals for the entire first half. However, final score was 10-4 in favor of the Bengals.

Blair girls' lacrosse weathers the storm against Springbrook

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 29, 2015, 1:15 p.m. | In Blair »

On a wet Monday evening, the Blair's girls' lacrosse team (3-4) took on the Springbrook Blue Devils. Despite going down 3-0 in the first half, the Blazers continued to fight back until, minutes into the second half, flashes of lightning and rumbling thunder disrupted the match. Both teams were forced to postpone resuming the game until Wednesday, where Blair lost the hard-fought game 8-6.

"Fiddler on the Roof" brings down the house

By Eleanor Linafelt Nicholas Shereikis | April 29, 2015, 12:59 p.m. | In Plays »

Yet again, Blair theater has brought together an incredibly talented cast, exquisite costuming, authentic music and a well-designed set to their performance of this year's spring musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

International news roundup for Apr. 23 to Apr. 27

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 29, 2015, midnight | In International »

Blair demolishes Kennedy

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 27, 2015, 1:19 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair's boys' varsity lacrosse team (2-2) saw their first home win of the season against the Kennedy Cavaliers. Effective offensive possessions and intricate passing helped the Blazers find the back of the Kennedy net again and again, ending the game with a score of 11-2.

The monotony of monogamy

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 27, 2015, 1:03 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In the wake of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement in the U.S., legalizing polygamy actually seems like the obvious next step.

Blazers report racial profiling by staff

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 21, 2015, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

While it's true that racism is much more prevalent in other areas of the country than at Blair, Dahal's story is still just one of many incidents where a member of Blair staff has racially profiled a student.

Blazer baseball on long-term rain delay

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 18, 2015, 5:33 p.m. | In Local »

Recently, a number of the Blair baseball team's (5-3) home games have been postponed because of field conditions. The team has also been unable to get onto the field for practice.

Whitman tramples over Blair

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 15, 2015, 1:57 p.m. | In Blair »

Despite coming out strong, the boys' varsity lacrosse team (1-2) fell to the Walt Whitman Vikings by a final score of 20-3. As Whitman slowly gained momentum, the Blazers struggled with clear communication and creative attacking play.

Boys' lacrosse falls to the Cougars

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 15, 2015, 1:07 p.m. | In Blair »

On a crisp Wednesday evening, Blair's boys' lacrosse team (1-1) fell to the Quince Orchard Cougars (2-0) at home by a score of 16-4.

Extra time

By Nicholas Shereikis | March 8, 2015, 7:25 p.m. | In Humor »

After months of intense deliberation and serious debate, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education (BOE) has made a momentous decision.

And the award goes to…

By Nicholas Shereikis | March 8, 2015, 1:34 p.m. | In Local »

Here at Blair, we have some pretty remarkable students – and they all have their own special talents. And they put their skills to good use! In honor of these outstanding achievements, here's a list of recent awards and their recipients.

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" takes the throne

By Nicholas Shereikis | Feb. 23, 2015, 6:31 p.m. | In Movies »

"Kingsman" somehow manages to pull off the trickiest of effects, remaining lighthearted and fun while staying true to the classic structure of espionage films.

"Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb" shows signs of life

By Nicholas Shereikis | Jan. 21, 2015, 1:15 p.m. | In Movies »

In the newest addition to the series, "Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb," the tablet begins to be marked by an unknown force. Searching for answers, Daley and company are forced to unravel the mystery of the tablet's beginnings.

Missouri reacts to grand jury's decision on Darren Wilson

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 18, 2014, 4:41 p.m. | In News Blog »

Protests and riots against perceived racial bias in the U.S. justice system erupted within seconds after the decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson was announced. The reaction has spread nationwide but is most concentrated Ferguson and the greater St. Louis region.

A promising start

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 10, 2014, 6:24 p.m. | In News Blog »

Now that the dust from November's midterms has settled, many are carefully watching Larry Hogan's every move and offering their own criticisms. However, let's not judge Larry Hogan based solely off of his affiliation with a certain political party.

Manchester United poised for a top four finish

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 10, 2014, 12:47 p.m. | In Sports Blog »

After placing seventh in the English Premier League (EPL), Manchester United is coming off of one of its worst seasons in years. Under new management and with the addition of a few key players, however, United's prospects of finishing in the top four are improving.

Blackwater guards convicted in Iraqi shootings

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 9, 2014, 12:50 p.m. | In News Blog »

Seven years ago, four guards employed by the American private security company Blackwater (now known as Academi) were accused of shooting over 30 Iraqi civilians at a traffic circle in Baghdad. On October 22, they were found guilty of a majority of the charges.

Friends, Soccer—and Swish!

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 5, 2014, 1:20 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

In 2012, Okombi escaped war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo to the U.S. with his family. He enrolled at Blair the summer after, immediately joining the inter-school summer soccer league.

America faces biggest threat since the Red Scare

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 29, 2014, 4:16 p.m. | In Humor »

Horrifyingly, yoga pants and other articles of the female wardrobe are slowly becoming extinct in school districts around America. Young women nationwide are being forced to give up their freedom to dress as they choose in order to prevent their male counterparts from becoming distracted.

Darren Wilson likely to escape punishment

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 15, 2014, 7:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The grand jury's delay in the case of Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson speaks volumes about the ineffectiveness of our legal system, especially in certain states.

Blair crew thrown off schedule

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 1, 2014, 1:09 p.m. | In Local »

Blair crew's practice schedule was put on pause on Sept. 17, 2014, by an investigation in the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Filled with police searching for a discarded weapon, a large part of the area – including where crew keeps their boats – was off limits for the public.

Blair varsity football demolishes Springbrook

By Nicholas Shereikis | Sept. 30, 2014, 10:49 p.m. | In Blair »

In their fourth game of the season, Blair football (3-1) tore apart Springbrook (0-4) in a game that ended 40-18. Although marred by an 18-minute blackout and a medical issue in the stands, the Blazers worked together and played hard throughout the entire game.

Blair cross country sees a huge increase in student participation

By Nicholas Shereikis | Sept. 13, 2014, 1:52 p.m. | In Local »

This year, Blair's cross country team has added 31 new members, bringing the total to 96 runners. With 14 students running varsity and the other 82 running junior varsity, it's the most Blazers ever on the squad.

A purely political effort

By Nicholas Shereikis | Aug. 20, 2014, 3:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The recent push by conservatives like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to repeal Common Core is purely political and has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the program.

"A Most Wanted Man" leaves you wanting more

By Nicholas Shereikis | July 27, 2014, 1:21 a.m. | In Movies »

From the moment Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) climbs out of the sewers in the first scene of this movie, you know you're watching a classic. Suspenseful and gritty, "A Most Wanted Man" is a refreshing look at the darker, rougher side of our bureaucracy.

Malaysia Airlines flight 17 shot down over Ukraine

By Nicholas Shereikis | July 20, 2014, 3:32 p.m.

On Thursday, July 17, Malaysia Airlines flight 17, en route to Kuala Lumpur via Amsterdam, was shot down over the Donetsk region of Ukraine near the Russian border. None of the 298 people onboard survived.



Images (23)


Photo: Shereikis, Nicholas

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 30, 2015, 1:53 p.m.

Photo: Waka Flocka

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 21, 2015, midnight

Waka Flocka recently released a campaign video.

Photo: in this mug

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 18, 2014, midnight

Protests begin in St. Louis.

Photo: fwiends

By Nicholas Shereikis | Dec. 18, 2014, midnight

Local shops boarded up windows and painted signs in opposition to the decision.

Photo: Change = Growth (2)

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Photo: Open For Peace

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Despite being boarded up, many stores remained open to the public.

Photo: Choose Love

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Artwork outside of Rocket Century in St. Louis, MO.

Photo: Cafe Natasha

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Some stores used the opportunity to advertise their businesses, while others protested the decision.

Photo: Local Shops

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Artists of varying talent came out to support their community.

Photo: Post Office

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

The St. Louis Post Office sports one of the most detailed images in the area.

Photo: Listen With Love

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Stores make the best of the situation.

Photo: Hope

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Every message painted provides a positive outlook for the future.

Photo: It's In Our Hands

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Messages of peace and hope for change are everywhere.

Photo: Rooster

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Rooster boards up its windows.

Photo: Protests in St. Louis

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Photo: Be Good to Each Other

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

A woman stops to read the messages painted on the boarded up windows of local shops in St. Louis, MO.

Photo: Be Good to Each Other

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

A woman stops to read messages painted on boarded up shop windows in St. Louis, MO.

Photo: Photo Tourism

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

People stop to take pictures with the window art.

Photo: A Community That Celebrates Diversity

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

"Celebrate a community that favors diversity."

Photo: Be Good to Each Other

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Photo: Let's Heal St. Louis

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Local artists volunteered to paint over boarded up shop windows.

Photo: Change = Growth

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 26, 2014, midnight

Tree House boarded up it's windows in anticipation of riots.

Photo: Swisha

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 5, 2014, midnight

Okombi shows off his trademarked 'Swish!' move