Randima Herath




Name: Randima Herath
Position: Online Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2017
Hi, my name is Randi and in my free time, I like binge-watching Grey's Anatomy, singing, and procrastinating on homework.


Stories (28)


Put good on, get good out

By Randima Herath | May 30, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

When it comes to personal care, there's no better reminder that if you put good in, you get good out. For many, it comes as a no-brainer that if you use harmful products, you won't like the results.

Students walk out in protest

By Amy Forsbacka, Eleanor Cook, Pedraam Faridjoo, Lauren Frost, Randima Herath | Nov. 14, 2016, 1:29 p.m. | In Local »

Hundreds of Montgomery Blair students left campus on Nov. 14 to participate in a national protest against President-elect Donald Trump.

Bomb threat forces Blair to evacuate

By Eleanor Cook Randima Herath | Sept. 20, 2016, 2:53 p.m. | In Local »

Students and staff at Montgomery Blair High School were evacuated out of the school building during sixth period on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The evacuation, which occurred at 12:28 p.m. was prompted after an anonymous call to Montgomery County 911 warned of a bomb in the school building.

Blair holds design contest for Blazers

By Randima Herath | April 29, 2016, 1:19 p.m. | In Local »

Biology teacher Leslie Blaha and Digital Arts teacher Jacqueline Armstead-Thomas organized an ongoing planbook design contest for Blazers.

Montgomery County Police Department releases annual crime report

By Randima Herath | April 28, 2016, 9:14 p.m. | In Local »

Earlier this month, the Montgomery County Police Department released its annual crime report which showed a slight increase in crime and significant increases in the amount of rapes, homicides and aggravated assaults throughout 2015.

Maryland legislature passes SMOB voting rights bill

By Randima Herath | April 15, 2016, 8:49 p.m. | In Local »

The Maryland Senate voted 39-4 on Wednesday, March 30 to pass legislation that would allow the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) vote on issues including operating budgets, school openings and closings, boundaries and collective bargaining.

Boys' lacrosse falls to Wootton

By Randima Herath | April 11, 2016, 2:15 p.m. | In Blair »

On a windy afternoon, the Wootton Patriots (4-2) defeated the Blazers (0-5) 17-0. Despite the Blazers' best efforts, the Patriots' offense was unstoppable.

'Sad Papaw' is no longer sad

By Randima Herath | April 5, 2016, 1:08 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Kenneth "Papaw" Harmon, of Purcell, Okla. held a cookout this past weekend, drawing in thousands of fans from all over the globe.

Maryland House of Delegates passes Noah's Law

By Randima Herath | March 29, 2016, 10:25 a.m. | In Local »

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 136-0 on Tuesday, March 15 to expand a bill on ignition interlock devices and Maryland drivers.

A month of reflection and unification

By Randima Herath | March 17, 2016, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

It wasn't an ordinary February because this year, Black History Month was about more than just commemorating and celebrating. It was about learning, bonding and furthering the awareness and understanding of the anti-racist movement "Black Lives Matter."

Montgomery County Board of Education approves 2017 operating budget

By Randima Herath | March 13, 2016, 10:26 a.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) adopted the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget on Feb. 9, 2016, which includes resources to serve additional students and improve the workforce as well as investments to close the achievement gap.

Blazers finalists in C-SPAN StudentCam competition

By Randima Herath | March 1, 2016, 5:47 p.m. | In Local »

Sophomores Ben Miller, Charles Gryder and Will Ederer have a documentary in the top five entries for C-SPAN's StudentCam competition. They are nominated for the "Fan Favoriteā€ award, for which the general public can vote through the C-SPAN website.

Simple acts of selflessness

By Randima Herath | Feb. 15, 2016, 2:30 p.m. | In Features »

Think back to sitting by a toasty crackling fire, and snuggling under a fuzzy blanket while the sounds of friends and family fill up the room. Now imagine trying to sleep on the cold hard pavement of a street, shuddering from the freezing temperatures while pulling your only coat tighter around you.

Worth the "weight"

By Randima Herath | Feb. 1, 2016, 4:25 p.m. | In Movies »

The new concepts, characters and obstacles easily compel the targeted younger audiences into following Po on yet another feat.

Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) Eric Guerci

By Randima Herath | Jan. 14, 2016, 11:43 a.m. | In News Blog »

Eric Guerci, a junior at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, represents 154,000 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students as the 38th SMOB.

Humans of Blair: A balance of passions

By Randima Herath | Jan. 6, 2016, 1:51 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Isabel Hernandez-Cata, the choral and general music teacher at Blair, grew up with music-loving parents who come from different cultural backgrounds. As a result, Hernandez-Cata has devoted almost all of her life to music and teaching.

"The 33" moves mountains

By Randima Herath | Nov. 17, 2015, 5:50 p.m. | In Movies »

"The 33" is based off of the 2010 Chilean mining accident, in which 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days survived against all odds. The film follows the timeline of the disaster, bringing to light the precarious working conditions in the Chilean mining industry through effective foreshadowing and powerful acting.

Combating hunger and feeding hope

By Randima Herath | Nov. 16, 2015, 2:08 p.m. | In Features »

We've all felt it before. The pangs of hunger as our stomachs become disgruntled from the lack of sustenance. Even worse, it can happen in the middle of class or during a test when all is quiet and suddenly, the lion that is your stomach unleashes its mighty roar.

Girl Scout cookies will cost more next year

By Randima Herath | Nov. 15, 2015, 11:13 a.m.

Yes, you heard right. Girl Scout cookies are going to cost more in some parts of the U.S. next year. But don't worry too much - it's only an increase of $1 per box and it's not happening here.

New report shows alienation among black youth in Montgomery County

By Randima Herath | Nov. 12, 2015, 1:11 p.m. | In Local »

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region released a report examining the causes of disconnection from school and work among Montgomery County black youths in order to recommend a more comprehensive strategy for narrowing the achievement gap

Testing our lives away

By Randima Herath | Nov. 6, 2015, 1:04 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Just last week, The Council of the Great City Schools, an organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems, released the first comprehensive survey of testing.

Fall fashion: the return of sweater weather

By Randima Herath | Oct. 28, 2015, 1:42 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

As temperatures drop, Blazers bundle up.

ACT overtakes SAT as test of choice for Montgomery County students

By Randima Herath | Sept. 23, 2015, 12:44 p.m. | In Local »

For the fourth consecutive year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) saw a dramatic increase in the amount of students taking the ACT

Girls' tennis triumphs over Sherwood

By Randima Herath | Sept. 16, 2015, 9:51 a.m. | In Blair »

The Blair girls' varsity tennis team (3-0) struggled all afternoon against Sherwood (1-2) in their third match of the season, but eventually came away with victory. The Blazers won four of seven games, just as they did in their home opener against Walter Johnson (1-1) two weeks ago.

The crusade of deceit against Planned Parenthood

By Randima Herath | Aug. 26, 2015, 11:47 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Massive protests against Planned Parenthood, calling for its defunding, have exploded from the turmoil generated by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a prolife organization founded by David Daleiden.

Wootton High School Principal dies

By Randima Herath | Aug. 26, 2015, 11:39 a.m. | In Local »

Wootton High School principal Dr. Michael J. Doran, 64, was found unresponsive in the living room of his Bethesda apartment Wednesday morning and declared dead shortly after

"Fantastic Four" doesn't live up to the hype

By Randima Herath | Aug. 13, 2015, 11:37 a.m. | In Movies »

Hear that? It's the groans of disappointed fans after seeing the newest "Fantastic Four" film. The movie is a disastrous release, with an incoherent narrative and underdeveloped characters.

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift: feud or conversation?

By Randima Herath | Aug. 2, 2015, 9:44 a.m. | In News Blog »

World-famous artists Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift received attention from nearly every social media platform and major news network last week for their Twitter exchange.



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Photo: Herath, Randima

By Randima Herath | Dec. 14, 2016, 1:28 p.m.

Photo: ScoSays

By Randima Herath | Feb. 5, 2016, midnight

Lauren, Sandeep, Divya and Eleanor [left to right]