Mahnaz Habib




Name: Mahnaz Habib
Position: Ombudsman
Graduation Year: 2019
Hi! I'm Mahnaz and am a staff writer. I love to hang out with friends, read, and watch Stranger Things. I also dance and play the violin.


Stories (23)


Changes proposed to the upcoming MCPS calendar

By Mahnaz Habib | Dec. 3, 2018, 8:07 a.m. | In Local »

MCPS develops an innovative 2019-2020 school calendar

Blair PTSA holds citrus sale

By Mahnaz Habib | Oct. 29, 2018, 8:21 a.m. | In Local »

The PTSA sells fresh fruit to raise money for their organization

The new American Idol brings a new set of disappointing judges

By Mahnaz Habib | May 8, 2018, 1:51 p.m. | In Television »

On Apr. 7 2016, Ryan Seacrest said his final goodbyes for the "farewell" season of American Idol...or so we thought.

For Muslims, "punish a Muslim day" is basically every day

By Mahnaz Habib | May 8, 2018, 1:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

An anonymous letter brings fear to the UK

A night to remember

By Mahnaz Habib Madeleine Tilley | April 19, 2018, 2:20 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Remembering that Asia is more than two countries

Women make history

By Mahnaz Habib | March 22, 2018, 3:09 p.m. | In Features »

An account of the unrecognized and influential women in honor of Women's History Month

Two students shot and wounded at General Mills High School

By Mahnaz Habib, Madeleine Tilley, Zoe Friedman | March 20, 2018, 2:23 p.m. | In Local »

A male student shot two fellow students with a handgun at Great Mills High School on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. before he was fatally wounded in a standoff with the school's resource officer.

MoCo students participate in #National Walkout Day

By Absa Fall, Mahnaz Habib, Madeleine Tilley, Rebecca Wessel, Oreet Zimand, Amy Forsbacka | March 14, 2018, 10:47 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery Blair High School students walked out of school to participate in #NationalWalkoutDay, joining students from across Montgomery County. The walkout culminated in 17 minutes of silence in front of the White House, after which they marched to the Capitol to listen to several speakers.

The backbone of Blair

By Mahnaz Habib | Feb. 12, 2018, 8:02 p.m. | In Features »

"I think sometimes students think they have to do it alone now that they're in high school, or their friends are the only one they can go to. But there's a reason that they have a support system, we're always here to help," says Ms. Binnick, one of the many counselors at Blair, here to provide that extra support that everyone sometimes needs.

Blair students receive full-tuition Posse scholarships

By Mahnaz Habib | Feb. 8, 2018, 8:39 p.m. | In Local »

Ten Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students were selected for full-tuition, four-year college scholarships from the Posse Foundation, a program which identifies public high school students with outstanding academic and leadership potential but have been overlooked by the traditional college selection process. Out of these ten MCPS students, three Blair seniors were selected: Marc Monteil, Darien Price and Samuel Teshome.

Blackout means time's up

By Mahnaz Habib Nene Narh-Mensah | Feb. 7, 2018, 8:11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

On Sunday Jan. 7, 19 million people turned the TV on to watch the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. This year, the awards show did more than just announce the winners of "Best Supporting Actress" or "Best Motion Picture." Many viewers may have noticed a common wardrobe color among many the movie stars: black.

Stepping up the game

By Mahnaz Habib | Jan. 24, 2018, 6:54 p.m. | In Features »

Sophomore Justin Haddad comes home on a Friday afternoon, packs his fencing gear, and hops on a plane to Portland for his next competition.

Resist the violence, end the silence

By Mahnaz Habib | Dec. 19, 2017, 3:08 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Nur Jahan, age 85, fled Kuinnyapara village in Myanmar and was forced to find refuge in Bangladesh after witnessing several violent attacks on her village from the Myanmar army. Her son, Abdullah, was killed by the soldiers at age 28. She has seven other children but is unaware of their whereabouts.

"Coco" brings vibrant color and life to the land of the dead

By Mahnaz Habib | Dec. 11, 2017, 1:43 p.m. | In Movies »

Pixar and Disney have taken us into outer space with "WALL-E", inside our mind with "Inside Out", and under the ocean with "Finding Dory," but "Coco" enters into a world that we've never seen before.

Weird and wacky phobias

By Mahnaz Habib | Nov. 29, 2017, 9:36 p.m. | In Features »

Senior Moira Johnson walks through Blair Boulevard along with hundreds of other students rushing to get to class. Suddenly, she feels a soft, plush texture brush against her arm and can't help but shriek.

Victim blaming is the new normal

By Mahnaz Habib | Nov. 29, 2017, 9:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

In a country built around the construct of race as a system of power and oppression, victim blaming is just another form of discrimination that people of color face.

Blair wins 7th overall at the division I county championship

By Mahnaz Habib | Nov. 16, 2017, 10:13 a.m. | In Sports »

On Saturday Oct. 28, Blair placed seventh out of eight teams at the Montgomery County Division I County Championship at Montgomery Blair, and out of 18 high schools competed across all three divisions.

Pulling together in a time of distress: Harvey and Irma

By Mahnaz Habib Nobline Yoo | Nov. 3, 2017, 2:17 p.m. | In Features »

Hurricane Harvey and Irma struck the United States with raging winds up to 150 mph and angry floods. However, they were not just distant events; they affected the heart of Blair. This is the story of how they shook the Blair community.

Blazers can't keep up with the Rockets

By Mahnaz Habib | Oct. 12, 2017, 2:19 p.m. | In Blair »

Blair varsity field hockey (4-4) suffered a tough loss to the Richard Montgomery Rockets (4-5) in Oct. 9, falling 3-0.

Field Hockey scores early in the second half to topple Northwood

By Mahnaz Habib | Oct. 4, 2017, 3:44 p.m. | In Blair »

After taking two consecutive losses, Blair varsity field hockey (3-2) was able to bounce back and earn a 1-0 victory over the Northwood Gladiators (2-4).

"Rock-n-Relief" concert held at Strathmore

By Mahnaz Habib | Oct. 1, 2017, 1:21 p.m. | In Local »

Teens in Montgomery County partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation (MCDR) to hold a charity concert at Strathmore on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. The proceeds, including ticket sales, t-shirt sales and online donations, benefitted victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Tickets cost $20.

Pressure to be perfect

By Mahnaz Habib | July 31, 2017, 3:27 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The woman who left everyone wonderstruck

By Mahnaz Habib | July 17, 2017, 2:14 p.m. | In Movies »



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Photo: Habib, Mahnaz

By Mahnaz Habib | Feb. 9, 2018, 12:59 p.m.