Donald De Alwis


Name: Donald De Alwis
Position: Online Photo Editor
Graduation Year: 2016
Hi! My name is Donald De Alwis, and I like taking pretty pictures. I've recently been obsessed with travel and wildlife photography,but I guess taking pictures of people is ok too. I can beatbox harmonica, imitate the call of a cottontail rabbit in distress, and do a terrible impression of Barack Obama. But that's enough about me. Let's focus on the real matter at hand. Every time you glance at that media tab at the top of your screen and choose not to check out our galleries, a kitten dies. So stop wasting time reading this bio. Click the link. Do it for the kittens.


Images (201)


Photo: Samir Paul

By Donald De Alwis | May 11, 2016, midnight

Magnet computer science teacher Samir Paul won the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund Rising-Star Teacher Award. He has been teaching at Blair for two years.

Photo: Josh

By Donald De Alwis | May 9, 2016, midnight

Junior Josh Agu evades a couple defenders

Photo: Sandy

By Donald De Alwis | May 9, 2016, midnight

Junior Sandy Hunter drives past a defender.

Photo: Boy's Senior Night

By Donald De Alwis | May 5, 2016, midnight

The Boy's Lacrosse Team won a tight game in overtime over Springbrook.

Photo: Sean

By Donald De Alwis | May 5, 2016, midnight

Junior Sean Tan helped contribute in the Blazers win.

Photo: rAGU

By Donald De Alwis | May 5, 2016, midnight

Junior attack Josh Agu drives down the field.

Photo: Cruz pitchin

By Donald De Alwis | April 20, 2016, midnight

Photo: ccc

By Donald De Alwis | April 18, 2016, midnight

Max Burke and Lytton Xu cofounded a new clothing business, Crown Clothing Company.

Photo: Practice

By Donald De Alwis | April 18, 2016, midnight

This is a test.

Photo: hittas

By Donald De Alwis | April 14, 2016, midnight

Photo: Laxbro

By Donald De Alwis | April 11, 2016, midnight

The Blazers' defense struggled under pressure.

Photo: Agu

By Donald De Alwis | April 11, 2016, midnight

Junior long stick middle Joshua Agu catches the ball.

Photo: locker

By Donald De Alwis | March 29, 2016, midnight

A Blair student actually uses his locker.

Photo: locker2

By Donald De Alwis | March 29, 2016, midnight

Photo: Mental Health Awareness Week

By Donald De Alwis | March 22, 2016, midnight

Representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held events and dialogues at Blair throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, concluding with a movie night screening of "Inside Out".

Photo: Black History Month books

By Donald De Alwis | March 17, 2016, midnight

The "Black Lives Matter" movement is important to many of those who recognized or celebrated Black History Month.

Photo: Black History Month

By Donald De Alwis | March 17, 2016, midnight

Many Blazers spent February learning more about black history.

Photo: school store

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight

Blazers work behind the counter at the school store.

Photo: presentation

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight

Some students gave presentations.

Photo: Read-In

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight

An African American Read-In was held in the library.

Photo: Daryl Howard

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight

Dr. Howard presented about his book.

Photo: Medstar Medical Panel

By Donald De Alwis | March 4, 2016, midnight

Sameer Mehta, an Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinical Supervisor, talks to students during a medical careers panel in the Media Center.

Photo: bball

By Donald De Alwis | March 3, 2016, midnight

At girls' basketball games, hearing "Lady Blazers" is common.

Photo: fhocky

By Donald De Alwis | March 3, 2016, midnight

Field hockey, one of the school's all female sports, requires strength, endurance, and a very specific technical skill set.

Photo: Freeee throw

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 29, 2016, midnight

The Blazers prepare to box out for the free throw.

Photo: Prom Fashion Show

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 26, 2016, midnight

Nazea Khan and Yonatan Mengesha dawn prom apparel and pose in front of the senior class for Blair's 1st Prom Fashion Show.

Photo: Noah Fang

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2016, midnight

Noah Fang, pictured here, was one of 300 Intel semifinalists in the nation.

Photo: Josephine Yu

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2016, midnight

Josephine Yu, pictured here, was one of forty Intel finalists in the nation. She received $7,500 and will compete in the final round in March.

Photo: ESOL student

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 8, 2016, midnight

Almost 40 percent of Blair students have at some point been enrolled in ESOL classes.

Photo: ESOL teacher 2

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 8, 2016, midnight

ESOL classes are made up of students from all over the world.

Photo: Computer science class

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 3, 2016, midnight

Computer science classes give students a background in computer science that will be essential in the future.

Photo: Cook

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 1, 2016, midnight

Blair Junior Eleanor Cook weaves through the physical Paint Branch defense.

Photo: Estrin spot up jumper

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 1, 2016, midnight

Senior captain Camille Estrin pulls up for a shot.

Photo: Motivational Poster

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 26, 2016, midnight

Some classrooms have quotes on posters to motivate the students.

Photo: Believe in Yourself

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 26, 2016, midnight

"Believe in yourself" adorns the wall of a classroom.

Photo: Chromebooks

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 22, 2016, midnight

Chromebooks are often incorporated into lessons and teaching in social studies classes.

Photo: Chromebook Classroom

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 22, 2016, midnight

When students use Chromebooks and their MCPS Google accounts, Google has access to some information on their activities.

Photo: Dominic Massimino

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 17, 2016, midnight

Dominic Massimino is considering joining the United States military after high school.

Photo: Career Center

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 17, 2016, midnight

Opportunities to talk to current active duty members of the military and to take the ASVAB test can be found in the career center.

Photo: Traffic

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 13, 2016, midnight

The repairs caused traffic coming into Blair on Monday.

Photo: Road Patch

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 13, 2016, midnight

A damaged road patch on Colesville caused traffic Monday morning.

Photo: Amalia Chiapperino

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 8, 2016, midnight

Photo: Chipotle line

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 6, 2016, midnight

Servers at Chipotle in Woodmoor Shopping Center.

Photo: Frosty

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 6, 2016, midnight

Junior forward Lauren Frost looks to take a shot.

Photo: Chipotle

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 6, 2016, midnight

Cars pass the Chipotle in Woodmoor.

Photo: play

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 16, 2015, midnight

Before the show can be put on, months of preparation go in to be show-ready.

Photo: Testing

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 7, 2015, midnight

MCPS has voted to eliminate final exams.

Photo: Testing

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 7, 2015, midnight

The tests will now be replaced with cumulative projects or assignments.

Photo: LGBTQ+ youth of color

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 7, 2015, midnight

LGBTQ+ youth of color can be subject to a host of different oppressions, including racism, sexism and heterosexism and heteronormativity.

Photo: Blazers Respond

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 3, 2015, midnight

Blazers respond to the recent terrorist attacks.

Photo: Carlos Smith

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 22, 2015, midnight

Carlos Smith is the new girls' head basketball coach.

Photo: fantasy

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 20, 2015, midnight

Junior Pedraam Faridjoo talks about his fantasy football team with his friends at lunch.

Photo: Tom Brown

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 20, 2015, midnight

Tom Brown receives a golden football from the NFL.

Photo: Slide tackle

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 14, 2015, midnight

Senior Ronaldo Sotelo slides in with a well timed tackle.

Photo: Blair pressure

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 14, 2015, midnight

Senior Michael Lake puts pressure on Meade's midfielder.

Photo: McMillian dribble.

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 14, 2015, midnight

Senior captain Jimmy McMillian poises himself for a Blair attack.

Photo: Pick-6

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 10, 2015, midnight

Senior Chris Green runs back an interception in the second quarter.

Photo: Juke

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 10, 2015, midnight

Eric Zokouri rushes past the Einstein defense.

Photo: security

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 10, 2015, midnight

A number of students from other Montgomery County High Schools trespassed onto Blair property.

Photo: Ado

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 8, 2015, midnight

Sam Newman as Don Pedro and Lucy Glenshaw as Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing"

Photo: About Nothing

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 8, 2015, midnight

The vibrant music and costuming in "Much Ado About Nothing", when coupled with a talented cast and beautiful set, make for a highly engrossing and entertaining production.

Photo: How to Walk

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 2, 2015, midnight

Photo: Soccer

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2015, midnight

A Sherwood player sends the ball downfield.

Photo: Powder Toss

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2015, midnight

Blair students throw powder into the air during a football game.

Photo: Camille Franks

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2015, midnight

Senior defender Camille Franks prepares to kick the ball.

Photo: Curriculum Change

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 26, 2015, midnight

Blair algebra teachers have more worksheets to grade with the new Common Core curriculum.

Photo: Voting

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 21, 2015, midnight

Seniors vote for their choice of all red or red and white gowns at graduation.

Photo: Ponce

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 13, 2015, midnight

Ponce DeLeon (13) runs head on into the Springbrook defense.

Photo: Run Forest Run

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 13, 2015, midnight

Chris Green (10) and the Blazers forced six turnovers against the Blue Devils.

Photo: Fhockey

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 11, 2015, midnight

Senior Maddie Boyer runs after a ball.

Photo: Head2Head

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 6, 2015, midnight

Junior defensive back Kasim Brown (9) prepares to bring down a Paint Branch wide receiver.

Photo: Blazer battles

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 6, 2015, midnight

The Blazers defense pulls a Paint Branch receiver out of bounds.

Photo: J'Den Stud

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 6, 2015, midnight

Senior running back J'Den Seals (6) breaks through the Panthers offensive line.

Photo: Trumpet Player

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 20, 2015, midnight

The marching band puts on a Hogwarts-themed performance during half-time.

Photo: Cheering Blazers

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 20, 2015, midnight

Blazers cheer for their home team as Blair pulls ahead for a 41-3 lead.

Photo: Omari Brooks

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 18, 2015, midnight

Senior Omari Brooks tries to shake off a Northwest defender.

Photo: Cliff Carter

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 18, 2015, midnight

Junior Cliff Carter jumps on a loose ball.

Photo: Adina Rombro dribbles

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 7, 2015, midnight

Senior Adina Rombro maneuvers the ball around the Trojan defense.

Photo: Marianne Benyamin shields

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 7, 2015, midnight

Marianne Benyamin blocks her marker from possession of the ball.

Photo: PARCC

By Donald De Alwis | June 10, 2015, midnight

The online PARCC test will be shortened in Maryland

Photo: globe

By Donald De Alwis | June 9, 2015, midnight

President Obama reveals American hostages were killed by American airstrikes

Photo: Peirce Mill

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Towards the end of the trail lies Pierce Mill, D.C.'s oldest surviving gristmill. The mill is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday, and visitors can enter the building to see wooden gears, hand-carved support beams, and other relics of 19th century America.

Photo: Equitation Field

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Changes in scenery and elevation guarantee an interesting hike. The trail widens and flattens as it merges with local horse paths, but can become steep and rocky as it gains elevation.

Photo: Hiking Boots

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

In honor of National Parks Week, Silver Chips Online will highlight some of the most popular hikes in the greater Washington DC Area. While the difficulty and length of hikes may vary, all of the options presented will only require a small daypack with food and drink, as well as a sturdy pair of boots.

Photo: Billy Goat Towpath

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Billy Goat Trail A (4.7 mi.): Arguably the most popular destination on our list and just a half hour from D.C., Great Falls attracts thousands of hikers each year. The "Billy Goat” trail system is well-traveled, and it is recommended that hikers start early to avoid heavy traffic along the footpath. The route is divided into three sections; of them, section A is the most difficult, but also the most scenic. Difficulty: Strenuous

Photo: Blue Ridge Summit Overlook

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

The round trip offers five different scenic views, all situated at least 1400 feet above sea level. Parking lots evenly spaced along the trail are great emergency extraction points, but note that cell phone service within the park is limited and hikers should plan on being self-sufficient, with pick-up times planned well in advance.

Photo: Eastern Fence Lizard

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

On sunny days, keep an eye out for reptiles like this Eastern Fence Lizard basking on exposed rocks along the river. The area is home to a variety of ecosystems which house animals ranging from Bald Eagles and Black Vultures to Eastern Coyotes and Red Foxes.

Photo: Wood Duck

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Despite being so close to the city, Rock Creek has a wide selection of flora and fauna. Water birds, like this wood duck, can be seen along the banks and on rocky outcrops in the creek itself.

Photo: Overhang

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

A climber negotiates an overhang on a rock face along the river. Roped climbs range in difficulty from 5.0 (easy) to 5.12 (extremely difficult), making it a go-to destination for beginners and veterans alike.

Photo: Western Ridge Trail

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Western Ridge Trail (4.5 mi.): Snaking through Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C., the Western Ridge Trail is an oasis in the heart of the city. The hike begins near Beach Drive on the Maryland/DC border and ends just a brief walk from the National Zoo. For a shorter hike, park at the Rock Creek Nature Center and head south. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Photo: Potomac River

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

While hiking towards the trailhead, visitors can stop to admire the power of the Potomac as it surges through the narrow choke points that characterize the Great Falls area.

Photo: Billy Goat Traverse

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Hikers negotiate the infamous 50-foot traverse towards the end of Billy Goat Trail A. Hundreds of visitors are injured on this leg of the trail every year, and are thus advised to take caution and wear shoes with firm ankle support while climbing.

Photo: Hog Rock Overlook

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Catoctin Mountain Park Loop (8.4 mi.): Catoctin Mountain Park offers multiple trails for inexperienced hikers, trail-hardened veterans, and everyone in between. Trails lengths begin at 0.2 mi., but to see all of the vistas within the park, opt for the longer 8.4 mile loop that begins and ends at the Visitor Center. Difficulty: Strenuous

Photo: Tying In

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Great Falls is a popular climbing location, with dozens of routes in full view of the raging Potomac.

Photo: Potomac Panorama

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight

Despite being the most difficult of the three Billy Goat trails, section A maintains a high elevation for majority of the hike, offering plenty of panoramic views of the river.

Photo: Listening to music

By Donald De Alwis | May 27, 2015, midnight

Blair junior Aaron Mott does math homework while listening to music.

Photo: lyrics matter

By Donald De Alwis | May 27, 2015, midnight

Lyrics of violent music have been shown to increase feelings of aggression in listeners.

Photo: Unplugging 1

By Donald De Alwis | May 23, 2015, midnight

Teenagers today spend an average of 7.5 hours consuming media every day. How does that compare to your digital usage?

Photo: boy'd

By Donald De Alwis | May 17, 2015, midnight

Photo: Lone Blossom

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

Flowers started blooming during early March, and peaked during mid April this year.

Photo: Stage Performer

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

An athlete performs on a stage near the Washington Monument.

Photo: Backlit Blossom Bokeh

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

The sun casts a warm glow over the trees lining the Basin.

Photo: Celebration

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

Pitcher Karylena Cruz, third baseman Mildred Devereux and shortstop Kerry Madden celebrate a great defensive play.

Photo: Tidal Sunset

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

A crowd gathers at the water's edge to watch a beautiful sunset over the Tidal Basin.

Photo: Sunset Blossom

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

Though harder to find, pink cherry blossom trees make for the perfect photo op, especially during sunset.

Photo: Jefferson Blossoms

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

The weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade was one of the busiest days in Washington this year.

Photo: What a Hit

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight

Outfielder Andrea Brown swings at the ball.

Photo: The nice serve

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight

Blair disposed easily of the Cavaliers.

Photo: Finesse

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight

Senior Ishaan Parikh returns a volley in his game.

Photo: Shoot it

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight

Junior Matthew Guerrera winds up for a shot.

Photo: Striding

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight

Senior Yonis Blanco carries the ball into his attacking third.

Photo: The Pitch

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight

Ian Donaldson throws a pitch ofr the Blazers

Photo: Smack it

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight

Junior Ram Sreenivasan goes up for serve.

Photo: Got Them

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight

Blazers team up to surround Wildcat midfielder.

Photo: Lets go

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight

Blair attempts to block the ball.

Photo: Stride

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight

The Blazer defense had trouble tightly marking Walter Johnson's offensive line.

Photo: Action Volleyball

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight

Captain Albert Wang attempts to get the ball past the block.

Photo: Hit it

By Donald De Alwis | April 27, 2015, midnight

Junior Richard Moglen takes a swing at a Clarksburg pitch.

Photo: Slinging it

By Donald De Alwis | April 27, 2015, midnight

Starting pitcher Ian Donaldson delivers a pitch

Photo: Gaurav

By Donald De Alwis | April 21, 2015, midnight

Junior Gaurav Dahal reports racial profiling.

Photo: guerraraaaaa

By Donald De Alwis | April 13, 2015, midnight

Despite all the hard work of training to be an EMT, Guerrera is full of smiles.

Photo: laxin

By Donald De Alwis | March 14, 2015, midnight

Blair students relax and sleep in the library during lunch.

Photo: not there

By Donald De Alwis | March 14, 2015, midnight

Blair Senior Nino Migineishvili rests with a book.

Photo: oh wow

By Donald De Alwis | March 14, 2015, midnight

Haven't you ever wanted to sleep in a snowbank?

Photo: Twist

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2015, midnight

Senior guard Liza Curcio-Rudy looks for open players as she keeps the ball out of BCC possession.

Photo: The Look

By Donald De Alwis | March 3, 2015, midnight

Captain Sebastian Rubinstein helped lead the team all season long.

Photo: Science

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2015, midnight

Blair has three science teams: the A, B and C teams.

Photo: Spanish

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2015, midnight

Blazers prepare for their Spanish 5 class.

Photo: Defense

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 26, 2015, midnight

The Blazers race down the court to defend Blake in transition

Photo: Kadiatou Diallo

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

The mother of Amadou Diallo and family members of the deceased spoke to the crowd, accompanied by Reverend "Al" Sharpton. Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) also made an appearance. ​

Photo: We Need Revolution

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

Protesters toted banners and thought-provoking signs throughout the march.​

Photo: Can We Breathe Now?

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

The march characterized the rising public animosity towards police brutality, and was one of many organized during recent months.​

Photo: Alternate March

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

After the initial march, protesters from Ferguson and DC led an unsanctioned march through unblocked streets throughout DC.​

Photo: No Justice, No Peace

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

A young boy leads the protest group in chanting the infamous slogan: "No Justice, No Peace".​

Photo: Leighton Watson

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

Howard University Student Association president Leighton Watson, organizer of the viral HUSA "Hands Up Don't Shoot" picture, advocated student involvement in key issues like police brutality.​

Photo: Anonymous

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

Protesters block traffic in DC streets.​

Photo: Intermission

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

The group led by DC/Ferguson protesters interrupted a concert in front of the National Portrait Gallery, eliciting a brief altercation with the police. ​

Photo: Protesting Nurses

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

National Nurses United handed out picket signs reading, "Racism is a Deadly Disease. Heal America".​

Photo: Die-In

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

DC/Ferguson protesters blocked a four-way intersection to hold a die-in for four and a half minutes, representing the four and a half hours that Micheal Brown's body was left in the streets.​

Photo: Black Lives Matter

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

Buses from across the nation brought people into DC for the march.

Photo: Hands Up Don't Shoot

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

Protesters marched from Freedom Plaza to the Capitol.​

Photo: All Aboard the Love Train

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight

A man dressed in an orange prison uniform drags a banner reading, "Fight Hate With Love"

Photo: BLM

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 15, 2014, midnight

Many protesters held up signs and donned shirts that said "Black lives matter."

Photo: Die-in

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 15, 2014, midnight

Demonstrators staged die-ins in road intersections.

Photo: Finance

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 14, 2014, midnight

Sherri Thompson answered audience questions throughout the meeting.

Photo: Dang

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 5, 2014, midnight

Photo: Master of Ceremonies

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

(From left to right) ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graff and NewsChannel 8 anchor Kellye Lynn served as event commentators, along with event organizer Susan Hoffman.

Photo: Boy Scouts

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Dozens of scout troops marched with family members during the Parade.​

Photo: All Ages Welcome

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Dancers used their long, flowy skirts to amaze the crowd as they spun down Ellsworth.​

Photo: Bowie State

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

The dance line from crowd-favorite Bowie State University drew deafening cheers from the crowd as they led their renowned marching band.​

Photo: Celebrity Appearance

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Many familiar faces were present during the event, including Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer.​

Photo: Ballet Girl

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Members of Maryland Youth Ballet performed an abridged version of "The Nutcracker" to commence the parade.​

Photo: Thanksgiving Parade

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

The 17th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade was held in Downtown Silver Spring, where the parade route snaked through Ellsworth Ave. and proceeded south on Georgia Ave, concluding at Silver Spring Ave. near Fire Station 1.

Photo: In the Moment

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Bolivian dancers pose along Georgia Ave.

Photo: Chris Jones

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Many Blair students were represented in various groups and organizations, including Chris Jones of Blair's Marching Band.​

Photo: Silver Spring Mascot

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Silver Spring's trademark penguin was carted down Georgia as mini "penguins" waddled along in front.​

Photo: Get Hyped

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

The crowd numbered in the thousands, and many stayed on their feet for the entire event.

Photo: Hat Vendor

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Vendors sold various holiday memorabilia along the parade route.​

Photo: Ooh Killem

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

A plethora of Central and South American cultures were represented by dance groups of various nationalities.​

Photo: Pipes and Drums

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight

Flagbearers of the Montgomery County Firefighter Pipes and Drums band march holding tools of the trade.​

Photo: Ciri

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 18, 2014, midnight

Blair graduate Peter Cirincione is now a social studies teacher at Blair.

Photo: Wanna Know How I Got These Scars?

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 2, 2014, midnight

A teacher poses in a full-on Joker costume

Photo: The Great American Race

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2014, midnight

If you live within the continental United States, then diarrhea poses a greater threat to your livelihood than Ebola. So stop worrying, take off that hazmat suit you just bought from craigslist, and eat your fiber.

Photo: BCC Chumps

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 28, 2014, midnight

Junior Cady Pearson fights to gain possession of the ball as her teammate, senior Mikaela McCleery, looks on.

Photo: Hey Darkness

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 28, 2014, midnight

Sophomore Eleanor Cook keeps the ball away from a B-CC player

Photo: Varsity Fockey

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 26, 2014, midnight

Luisa McGarvey deftly handles the ball as the sun casts a warm orange glow over the turf.

Photo: MSA

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 22, 2014, midnight

Co-president Walee Khan, co-president Nazea Khan and vice president Zaafira Elham of the Muslim Student Association.

Photo: Sqvad

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 20, 2014, midnight

Freshman Tiffany Mao and Senior Leila Habib attempt to block a B-CC spike

Photo: Leigh Cook hat trikc

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 20, 2014, midnight

Senior Leigh Cook battles for possession

Photo: Music

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

Color runners danced to music played at the end of the race, as color is thrown to the sky.

Photo: The After Party

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

​​Although the powder is nontoxic and made of corn starch, many runners chose to wear sunglasses to shield their eyes during the race.

Photo: Young Runner

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

A runner raises her hands before being sprayed with pink powder.

Photo: Senior Runner

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

​​An elderly woman smiles during the aftermath of the pink station

Photo: Into the Fray

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

Spectacular color throws marked the concert at the end of the 5k

Photo: Color Run 2014

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

The Color Run featured large amounts of color being unleashed into the sky above the large crowd, coating everything in bright hues.

Photo: Odd One Out

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

​A child sits on his father's shoulders, his blue cap contrasting sharply with the sea of red runners below him.

Photo: And They're Off

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

​The runners were released from the starting point in "waves" every 5 minutes by the DJ

Photo: Hype

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight

​​It's easy to see why the Color Run has been dubbed "The Happiest 5k on the Planet"

Photo: Crayon

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 14, 2014, midnight

The Child Development classroom is whimsically decorated for the children.

Photo: Sur la table

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 14, 2014, midnight

The Child Development classroom looks far different from others at Blair.

Photo: Carpet

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 14, 2014, midnight

High school students teach and observe the children on the colorful preschool side of the classroom.

Photo: Fockey

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 7, 2014, midnight

Senior midfielder Erin Nolan fights for possession with Richard Montgomery defender.

Photo: AL

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 5, 2014, midnight

Senior Annaleigh Baremore has been tutoring for two years and is now the Co-Director of BLISS.

Photo: JB

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 5, 2014, midnight

Senior Jenny Bates tutors in Honors Chemistry.

Photo: Shiva circa 2014

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 26, 2014, midnight

A comical interpretation of the Hindu god Shiva as a high school student in 2014.

Photo: Fockey Dubs

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 23, 2014, midnight

Anna Reachmack battles with Wheaton defender for possession

Photo: CoC

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 19, 2014, midnight

A Blazer reviews the new disciplinary regulations released by MCPS.

Photo: Sammy

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 19, 2014, midnight

Sammy Wichansky has to manage her time between field hockey and college applications.

Photo: Take the shot

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 15, 2014, midnight

Anna Hukill breaks away from Northwood defender

Photo: Free Hit

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 11, 2014, midnight

Sammy Wichansky takes a free hit

Photo: Jerk Chicken

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

A vendor prepares a fresh batch of chicken for customers at the festival

Photo: Trombone

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

Finishing the night off with a bang, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform their top hit, "Thats It"

Photo: Be Happy.

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

Elliot Levine spearheads an onslaught of piano solos.

Photo: Sea of Vibrance

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

Colorful lawn chairs covered Veteran's Plaza during the event.

Photo: Jammin'

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

With dreadlocks flying, a man dances to Marcus Johnson

Photo: Welcome, One and All

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

Dawning the ever-so-appropriate fedora and tinted shades, a representative from The Jazz Academy of Music welcomes the audience to the 11th annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival

Photo: Preservation Hall

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

Hailing all the way from New Orleans, special guests from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band begin their impressive setlist as the audience reconvenes after the storm for the most anticipated performance of the night.

Photo: Soul Food

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

A guitarist performs with the David Bach Consort

Photo: Encore

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

The roaring audience gives performers a standing ovation

Photo: Bring It Home

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

A man shows his approval as Levine adds an electronic twist his solo

Photo: Back Again

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight

In light of an incoming thunderstorm, the event was postponed as everyone was instructed to take shelter until the storm passed.​