Eleanor Linafelt




Name: Eleanor Linafelt
Position: Online Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2016
Hi there! I'm Eleanor, one of the Editors-in-Chief for SCO this year. I love reading books, playing cello and electric bass, and surfing and swimming at the beach. I am also an Emily Dickinson fanatic.


Stories (37)


Construction on Four Corners water main disrupts morning traffic

By Maximillian Foley-Keene Eleanor Linafelt | Jan. 13, 2016, 5:32 p.m. | In Local »

A scheduled repair on a Colesville Road water pipe caused congested traffic near Blair on Monday, Jan. 11.

Students trespass onto Blair property

By Maximillian Foley-Keene Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 10, 2015, 1:10 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery Blair experienced three security breaches by students who attend other Montgomery County high schools between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12. Two of these breaches led to physical confrontations between the Blazers and the outside students.

Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos impress at Comet Ping Pong

By Eleanor Linafelt | Aug. 13, 2015, 2:11 p.m. | In Music »

The pure, expressive voices and straightforward guitar and bass riffs of Girlpool and the softer, more complex narrative songs of Frankie Cosmos complemented each other perfectly for this small, yet excitement-filled show.

Songs to study to

By Eleanor Linafelt | June 4, 2015, 11:44 p.m. | In Music »

When studying gets monotonous and boring, music can do wonders to accompany you through it and make it a bit more enjoyable. Hopefully this rock playlist will give you that extra push you need to get through these final exams and into summer.

National Art Honors Society participates in Youth Art for Healing

By Eleanor Linafelt | May 26, 2015, 7:58 p.m. | In Local »

This year, Blair's National Art Honors Society (NAHS) took part in the Youth Art for Healing (YAFH) program for a second year in a row.

Privatized schools are a public problem

By Eleanor Linafelt | May 24, 2015, 1:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Charter schools are pushing the widespread movement for the privatization of education. But the effects are not better. In many cases, they're much, much worse.

"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."

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award recommendations

By Amalia Chiapperino, Eleanor Linafelt, Neida Mbuia Joao, Arthi Vijaykumar, Zoe Johnson, Sarah Trunk | April 23, 2015, 8:42 p.m. | In Books »

As the year winds down, it's time to make a lot of decisions: which Black-Eyed Susan Book Award nominee you'll be voting for. Silver Chips Online has read, reviewed and ranked the books--so you don't have to.

'Tis the season to shop secondhand

By Eleanor Linafelt | April 18, 2015, 6 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

When faced with a sudden need for a slew of new outfits, affordable is the way to go. After doing your spring cleaning, head to some of these secondhand stores in the area to get more clothes for less money.

Skate like a girl

By Eleanor Linafelt | April 18, 2015, 5:14 p.m. | In Features »

Stina Rexford looks like any other Blair hockey player. But she's unusual in two ways. First, she's not a Blazer off the ice. Second, she's the only girl on the team.

"The Living" saves itself from a lack of life

By Eleanor Linafelt | April 15, 2015, 1:59 p.m. | In Books »

For a book filled with outlandish death scenes, confusing plot twists and not-fully-developed characters, "The Living" by Matt de la Pena isn't actually all that bad.

The ins and outs of Fashion Week

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 23, 2015, 1 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

The past four weeks have been filled with daring and dazzling fashion collections, street style photoshoots and star-studded, extravagant celebrity parties in the sartorial powerhouses of our world. From mid-February until mid-March, New York, London, Milan and Paris hosted their respective Fashion Weeks.

Old Town, new look

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 15, 2015, 9:28 p.m. | In Local »

The Old Town Takoma Park businesses have seen a myriad of closings and openings over the past few months. New restaurants, stores and a hair salon are moving on to Carroll Ave., some of which have already opened up, replacing many long-standing businesses.

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" lives up to its name

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 12, 2015, 5:19 p.m. | In Movies »

Heart-racing, haphazard driving; colorful textiles and beautiful costumes make watching "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" feel like going on a two-hour, jam-packed trip to India.

The writing on the wall

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 10, 2015, 11:12 p.m. | In Features »

Graffiti in high school bathrooms has been around since, well, the dawn of high school bathrooms. Bathrooms are popular forums for expression.

If you want to play, you'll have to pay

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 10, 2015, 11:07 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Musicians spend hours of time, thousands of dollars and immeasurable amounts of passion and energy to record a handful of songs to release to the public. And more often than not, the very people who call themselves fans of the artists are the ones who choose to download their songs illegally.

Blair science team to compete in National Science Bowl

By Eleanor Linafelt | Feb. 10, 2015, 1:21 p.m. | In Local »

The Blair science team won the Maryland High School Science Bowl for the second year in a row last month. They will move on to represent Maryland at the 25th annual National Science Bowl held from April 30 to May 4 in Washington D.C.

The doctor in the classroom

By Eleanor Linafelt | Jan. 25, 2015, 7:56 p.m. | In Features »

There are more doctors in Blair than you may think. Not the medical kind, though—doctors of philosophy and education. They've been students far longer than any of their students have—and are now able to pass on their knowledge in their classrooms.

Where the tourists aren't

By Eleanor Linafelt | Dec. 15, 2014, 1:41 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Living so close to the nation's capital, many still fail to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Some of us begin to view the Washington Monument, the White House and the multitude of memorials as merely heavily-frequented tourist hubs that fail to particularly interest us after the fifth visit. But there's more to Washington, D.C. than the National Mall and politics; the city is also home to many interesting places to visit which often go overlooked even by locals.

No shortage of love for Sleater-Kinney

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 25, 2014, 12:48 p.m. | In News Blog »

After ten years of an indefinite hiatus, the punk rock band Sleater-Kinney announced the release of a new album and a following tour in late October. The album, "No Cities to Love" will be released on Jan. 19, 2015 into the hands of anxiously-waiting, longtime fans who scrambled to get the rapidly-selling tickets for their February and March US and European tour.

Humans of Blair: Caring and committed

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 22, 2014, 5:41 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Senior Savitri Singh has wanted to become a doctor since she was four years old. Unlike the childhood career fantasies of many, Singh's dream has not left her as she has grown older.

No desk is an island

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 10, 2014, 4 p.m. | In Features »

Though there is often a thunderstorm of work and activity in the Main Office, there never ceases to be a warm smile and helpful face awaiting any visitor. It doesn't come from having an easy job but rather from the constant knowledge that all the staff members in the office are always there to support each other.

Girls' soccer falls to B-CC in first playoff game

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 28, 2014, 2:05 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers (5-8-1) lost 4-0 to the Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons (12-3) on Friday night, ending their season on a bittersweet note. Though the scoreboard may not have reflected it, the Blazers put up an unrelenting fight through the entirety of the game.

Poetry deserves an A+

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 24, 2014, 12:48 p.m. | In Features »

There is a lack of poetry instruction in current curricula and a widespread distaste for it from students. However, schools can and should work to increase and improve poetry instruction and eliminate that ever-present groan.

Girls' soccer ties game against Blake

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 19, 2014, 12:35 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers (5-7-1) played a close game against the Blake Bengals (4-8-1) which ended in a 0-0 draw after two periods of overtime.

Montgomery Blair Preschool

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 14, 2014, 6:41 p.m. | In Features »

Tucked away in a classroom in a far corner of the building, with colorful posters lining the walls and shelves stocked with games, toys and stuffed animals is Blair's Child Development class. For nine three- and four-year-olds from the surrounding community, this is preschool.

Montgomery County launches YOLO campaign to increase pedestrian safety

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 6, 2014, 4:33 p.m. | In News »

The YOLO campaign is aimed at warning students of the dangers of cellphone and iPod use while crossing streets and includes toolkits designed to help increase awareness, to be sent out to all MCPS schools.

"The Boxtrolls" thinks outside the box

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 5, 2014, 1:26 p.m. | In Movies »

"The Boxtrolls" isn't your typical animated kids' movie. The film is adorable and heartwarming, yet also gruesome and dark. It's playful in its animation, but wondrously artistic at the same time. It's silly, in the best of ways, but it also has underlying themes of morality and family.

Girls' soccer comes in close in 2-1 loss against Churchill

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 30, 2014, 11:07 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers (2-5) played a determined and strong game against the Churchill Bulldogs (5-0-1), losing by only one goal in the 2-1 game Saturday afternoon.

Girls' soccer team loses by one goal in hard-fought game

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 22, 2014, 9:11 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers (2-4) brought speed, aggression and strength to the game against Richard Montgomery (3-1) on Friday night, coming up just short with a 2-1 loss.

The Corcoran's lost identity

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 13, 2014, 8:41 p.m. | In News Blog »

Tucked away behind the White House, apart from the expansive Smithsonian museums, lurks the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation's oldest privately supported museums. A haven for culture, education and art, the Corcoran, which is comprised of both the gallery and the Corcoran College for Art and Design, is nearing the end of its independent existence. In late August, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun approved the Corcoran's plan to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University (GWU), a plan that will save the museum and college from financial demise, but will also rid the institution of its age-old independent character.

Vinyl back for another spin

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 9, 2014, 11 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

We can stream an album before it's released, we can download a song as quickly as we can press play on it and we can have music playing in our ears wherever we go. So why are vinyl and record players making a comeback?

Girls' soccer comes up short against B-CC

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 9, 2014, 2:08 p.m. | In Blair »

On the first night of soccer season, the girls' varsity soccer team (0-1) lost a closely contested season opener against Bethesda-Chevy Chase (3-0), who won 1-0. The Blazers showed their strong defensive skills from the very beginning of the game.

Shutting down on learning

By Eleanor Linafelt | Sept. 2, 2014, 8:58 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Blackboards, books and lessons or lectures from classroom teachers are all quickly fading into the past; taking their place are shiny tablet screens, E-books and online lessons and resources. More laptops and tablets available for student use will mean more distractions and less vital human interaction in the classroom.

Women's soccer players threaten to sue FIFA

By Eleanor Linafelt | Aug. 27, 2014, 6:05 p.m. | In Professional »

Several professional women's soccer players, including the U.S. national team's Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Heather O'Reilly, threatened to sue FIFA in response to its plan to have the 2015 Women's World Cup played on artificial turf.

If only it would "Begin Again”

By Eleanor Linafelt | July 10, 2014, 6:33 p.m. | In Movies »

"Begin Again” has the ability to strike a chord with all viewers, music-loving or not. It is a heartfelt movie about friendship and trial, and the importance of music in both, set against the backdrop of a possibility-filled New York City summer.

Dressing cool for the heat

By Eleanor Linafelt | June 13, 2014, 1:36 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

As the mercury in the thermometer rises, our desire to put together outfits does the exact opposite. If you're feeling inspired to put together something a little more elaborate, read on for some tips on how to look put-together while still fighting off the heat.



Images (3)


Photo: Linafelt, Eleanor

By Eleanor Linafelt | Jan. 11, 2016, 6:33 p.m.

Photo: Greta Kline

By Eleanor Linafelt with Eleanor Linafelt | Aug. 13, 2015, midnight

Greta Kline writes the majority of the songs for Frankie Cosmos and plays guitar and sings in the band.

Photo: Savitri

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 23, 2014, midnight

Senior Savitri Singh has wanted to become a doctor for the vast majority of her life.