Donald De Alwis


Name: Donald De Alwis
Position: Online Photo Editor
Graduation Year: 2016
Photo Editor 2014-2016


Images (201)


Photo: Samir Paul

By Donald De Alwis | May 11, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Junior Josh Agu evades a couple defenders

Photo: Sandy

By Donald De Alwis | May 9, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Sandy Hunter drives past a defender.

Photo: rAGU

By Donald De Alwis | May 5, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior attack Josh Agu drives down the field.

Photo: Boy's Senior Night

By Donald De Alwis | May 5, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Sean

By Donald De Alwis | May 5, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Sean Tan helped contribute in the Blazers win.

Photo: Cruz pitchin

By Donald De Alwis | April 20, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Practice

By Donald De Alwis | April 18, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

This is a test.

Photo: ccc

By Donald De Alwis | April 18, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: hittas

By Donald De Alwis | April 14, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Laxbro

By Donald De Alwis | April 11, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Blazers' defense struggled under pressure.

Photo: Agu

By Donald De Alwis | April 11, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior long stick middle Joshua Agu catches the ball.

Photo: locker2

By Donald De Alwis | March 29, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Photo: locker

By Donald De Alwis | March 29, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A Blair student actually uses his locker.

Photo: Mental Health Awareness Week

By Donald De Alwis | March 22, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Many Blazers spent February learning more about black history.

Photo: Read-In

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: school store

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blazers work behind the counter at the school store.

Photo: Daryl Howard

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Dr. Howard presented about his book.

Photo: presentation

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Some students gave presentations.

Photo: Medstar Medical Panel

By Donald De Alwis | March 4, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: fhocky

By Donald De Alwis | March 3, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: bball

By Donald De Alwis | March 3, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Freeee throw

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 29, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Blazers prepare to box out for the free throw.

Photo: Prom Fashion Show

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 26, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Josephine Yu

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Noah Fang

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: ESOL teacher 2

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 8, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: ESOL student

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 8, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Computer science class

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 3, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Estrin spot up jumper

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 1, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior captain Camille Estrin pulls up for a shot.

Photo: Motivational Poster

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 26, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Some classrooms have quotes on posters to motivate the students.

Photo: Believe in Yourself

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 26, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Chromebooks

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 22, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Chromebook Classroom

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 22, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Career Center

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 17, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Dominic Massimino

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 17, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Road Patch

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 13, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A damaged road patch on Colesville caused traffic Monday morning.

Photo: Traffic

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 13, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The repairs caused traffic coming into Blair on Monday.

Photo: Amalia Chiapperino

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 8, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Chipotle

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 6, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Cars pass the Chipotle in Woodmoor.

Photo: Frosty

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 6, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior forward Lauren Frost looks to take a shot.

Photo: Chipotle line

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 6, 2016, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Servers at Chipotle in Woodmoor Shopping Center.

Photo: play

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 16, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

MCPS has voted to eliminate final exams.

Photo: LGBTQ+ youth of color

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 7, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Testing

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 7, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Blazers Respond

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 3, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blazers respond to the recent terrorist attacks.

Photo: Carlos Smith

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 22, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Carlos Smith is the new girls' head basketball coach.

Photo: fantasy

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 20, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Tom Brown receives a golden football from the NFL.

Photo: Blair pressure

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 14, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Michael Lake puts pressure on Meade's midfielder.

Photo: Slide tackle

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 14, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Ronaldo Sotelo slides in with a well timed tackle.

Photo: McMillian dribble.

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 14, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior captain Jimmy McMillian poises himself for a Blair attack.

Photo: Pick-6

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 10, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Juke

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 10, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Eric Zokouri rushes past the Einstein defense.

Photo: security

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 10, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: About Nothing

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 8, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Ado

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 8, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: How to Walk

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 2, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Camille Franks

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior defender Camille Franks prepares to kick the ball.

Photo: Powder Toss

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Soccer

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A Sherwood player sends the ball downfield.

Photo: Curriculum Change

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 26, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Voting

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 21, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Run Forest Run

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 13, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Fhockey

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 11, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Maddie Boyer runs after a ball.

Photo: Head2Head

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: J'Den Stud

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Blazer battles

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Cheering Blazers

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 20, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Trumpet Player

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 20, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Omari Brooks

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 18, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Omari Brooks tries to shake off a Northwest defender.

Photo: Cliff Carter

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 18, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Cliff Carter jumps on a loose ball.

Photo: Marianne Benyamin shields

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 7, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Marianne Benyamin blocks her marker from possession of the ball.

Photo: Adina Rombro dribbles

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 7, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Adina Rombro maneuvers the ball around the Trojan defense.

Photo: PARCC

By Donald De Alwis | June 10, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The online PARCC test will be shortened in Maryland

Photo: globe

By Donald De Alwis | June 9, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

President Obama reveals American hostages were killed by American airstrikes

Photo: Peirce Mill

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Blue Ridge Summit Overlook

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Equitation Field

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Hog Rock Overlook

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Overhang

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Billy Goat Traverse

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Hiking Boots

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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: Tying In

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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: Wood Duck

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Potomac River

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Western Ridge Trail

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Eastern Fence Lizard

By Donald De Alwis | May 31, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Listening to music

By Donald De Alwis | May 27, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: lyrics matter

By Donald De Alwis | May 27, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Stage Performer

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

An athlete performs on a stage near the Washington Monument.

Photo: Lone Blossom

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Tidal Sunset

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: What a Hit

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Outfielder Andrea Brown swings at the ball.

Photo: Backlit Blossom Bokeh

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Celebration

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Jefferson Blossoms

By Donald De Alwis | May 15, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Shoot it

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Matthew Guerrera winds up for a shot.

Photo: Finesse

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Ishaan Parikh returns a volley in his game.

Photo: Striding

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Yonis Blanco carries the ball into his attacking third.

Photo: The nice serve

By Donald De Alwis | May 6, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blair disposed easily of the Cavaliers.

Photo: Got Them

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blazers team up to surround Wildcat midfielder.

Photo: Lets go

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blair attempts to block the ball.

Photo: Action Volleyball

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Stride

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Smack it

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Ram Sreenivasan goes up for serve.

Photo: The Pitch

By Donald De Alwis | April 30, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Ian Donaldson throws a pitch ofr the Blazers

Photo: Slinging it

By Donald De Alwis | April 27, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Starting pitcher Ian Donaldson delivers a pitch

Photo: Hit it

By Donald De Alwis | April 27, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Richard Moglen takes a swing at a Clarksburg pitch.

Photo: Gaurav

By Donald De Alwis | April 21, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Junior Gaurav Dahal reports racial profiling.

Photo: guerraraaaaa

By Donald De Alwis | April 13, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Blair students relax and sleep in the library during lunch.

Photo: not there

By Donald De Alwis | March 14, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blair Senior Nino Migineishvili rests with a book.

Photo: oh wow

By Donald De Alwis | March 14, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Twist

By Donald De Alwis | March 9, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Captain Sebastian Rubinstein helped lead the team all season long.

Photo: Spanish

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Blazers prepare for their Spanish 5 class.

Photo: Science

By Donald De Alwis | Feb. 10, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Defense

By Donald De Alwis | Jan. 26, 2015, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Blazers race down the court to defend Blake in transition

Photo: No Justice, No Peace

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Kadiatou Diallo

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Anonymous

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Protesters block traffic in DC streets.​

Photo: All Aboard the Love Train

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Black Lives Matter

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Alternate March

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Intermission

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Hands Up Don't Shoot

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Protesters marched from Freedom Plaza to the Capitol.​

Photo: Protesting Nurses

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Leighton Watson

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Can We Breathe Now?

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Die-In

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: We Need Revolution

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 27, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: BLM

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Die-in

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Demonstrators staged die-ins in road intersections.

Photo: Finance

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 14, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Sherri Thompson answered audience questions throughout the meeting.

Photo: Dang

By Donald De Alwis | Dec. 5, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Photo: Master of Ceremonies

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

(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: Bowie State

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Get Hyped

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Silver Spring Mascot

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Boy Scouts

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Celebrity Appearance

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: In the Moment

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Bolivian dancers pose along Georgia Ave.

Photo: All Ages Welcome

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Thanksgiving Parade

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Hat Vendor

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Vendors sold various holiday memorabilia along the parade route.​

Photo: Chris Jones

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Ballet Girl

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Ooh Killem

By Donald De Alwis | Nov. 24, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

A teacher poses in a full-on Joker costume

Photo: The Great American Race

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 30, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Varsity Fockey

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 26, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Leigh Cook hat trikc

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 20, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Senior Leigh Cook battles for possession

Photo: Sqvad

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 20, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Young Runner

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Music

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Color Run 2014

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Senior Runner

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Hype

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Into the Fray

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: And They're Off

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: The After Party

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Odd One Out

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 15, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Carpet

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 14, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Crayon

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 14, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The Child Development classroom is whimsically decorated for the children.

Photo: Sur la table

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 14, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Fockey

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 7, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: AL

By Donald De Alwis | Oct. 5, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Senior Jenny Bates tutors in Honors Chemistry.

Photo: Shiva circa 2014

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 26, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Anna Reachmack battles with Wheaton defender for possession

Photo: CoC

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 19, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A Blazer reviews the new disciplinary regulations released by MCPS.

Photo: Sammy

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 19, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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 | In ‎Latest »

Anna Hukill breaks away from Northwood defender

Photo: Free Hit

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 11, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Sammy Wichansky takes a free hit

Photo: Back Again

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Jammin'

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

With dreadlocks flying, a man dances to Marcus Johnson

Photo: Jerk Chicken

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Soul Food

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A guitarist performs with the David Bach Consort

Photo: Trombone

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Bring It Home

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Sea of Vibrance

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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

Photo: Be Happy.

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Elliot Levine spearheads an onslaught of piano solos.

Photo: Preservation Hall

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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: Encore

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The roaring audience gives performers a standing ovation

Photo: Welcome, One and All

By Donald De Alwis | Sept. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

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