Rebecca Wessel




Name: Rebecca Wessel
Position: Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2019
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Stories (28)


Students evacuated due to bomb threat

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Dec. 6, 2018, 1:39 p.m. | In Local »

Students left the building at 1:07 p.m. after a fire alarm went off

MCPS: Not Lead-ing the way

By Rebecca Wessel | Sept. 19, 2018, 2:33 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The level of action for lead in water in MCPS must be lowered to prevent lead poisoning.

Free SAT will be offered at Blair in April

By Rebecca Wessel | March 19, 2018, 7:05 a.m. | In Local »

A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be administered at Blair for all interested juniors free of cost on the morning of April 10. The free test is part of a county-wide program being piloted at various high schools to grant all students access to college entrance exams.

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.

MoCo students welcome students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

By Rebecca Wessel, Oreet Zimand, Amy Forsbacka | Feb. 27, 2018, 9:59 p.m. | In Local »

On Monday evening, Montgomery Blair High School hosted a town hall meeting for Montgomery County (MoCo) high school students to meet and talk to students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. took place.

The Bachelor Week 8 recap and Week 9 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Feb. 26, 2018, 6:37 p.m. | In Entertainment »

Hometowns! One of the most highly anticipated episodes every season.

Blazers walk out in support of gun control

By Emma Markus, Rebecca Wessel, Oreet Zimand | Feb. 21, 2018, 4:03 p.m. | In Local »

Students from all across D.C. and Maryland participated in the "Enough is Enough: Students for gun control legislation" protest organized by Richard Montgomery High School student Daniel Gelillo today in Washington, D.C. to protest gun violence. This protest comes in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday that left 17 dead.

The Bachelor Week 7 recap and Week 8 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Feb. 19, 2018, 10:23 a.m. | In Entertainment »

In Week Seven, the Bachelor heads to Tuscany, Italy. The girls are informed that there will be three one-on-one dates this week followed by a group date, but no rose ceremony. This means that only the girls who get roses on dates will go on to hometowns.

The Bachelor Week 6 recap and Week 7 Predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Feb. 13, 2018, 7:06 p.m. | In Humor »

This week, the women and Arie travel across the Atlantic to Paris. When the women get to their hotel, which is really a giant boat, they are informed of a two-on-one date, where two girls will go and only one can stay.

Chromebooks should be used to their fullest potential

By Rebecca Wessel | Feb. 6, 2018, 9:03 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

As technology becomes a more essential part of our education and lives, certain security precautions taken by MCPS have begun to limit the range of what students can accomplish with the free technology they are provided at school.

The Bachelor Week 5 recap and Week 6 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Eleanor Williams | Feb. 5, 2018, 2:57 p.m. | In Entertainment »

This week on The Bachelor, the cast headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chelsea goes on the coveted one-on-one date. Arie brings her on a yacht, to which Chelsea exclaims cheesily, "I'm on a dreamboat with a dreamboat!"

The Bachelor Week 4 recap and Week 5 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Jan. 29, 2018, 8:24 p.m. | In Entertainment »

This week on the Bachelor, the women packed their bags and headed to Tahoe. On the other seasons of the The Bachelor, they usually go abroad to places like Switzerland or St. Lucia, but Arie thought it would be better to take them to... Tahoe?

Part Three: What Happens Next?

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Jan. 28, 2018, 11:49 a.m. | In Features »

Despite the increased media scrutiny of sexual misconduct in the workplace, several groups of people have gotten woefully less coverage of their experiences. This series of investigations reveals the unique struggles that teenagers face in reporting sexual misconduct by teachers and authority figures, and the ways in which their voices were silenced.

Blazers try new moves in dominant win vs Einstein

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Jan. 23, 2018, 1:06 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (24-4) won handily over the Einstein Titans (0-10) 72-8 on Jan. 18 after the match was postponed from the day before due to the snow closure.

Part Two: What Happens Next?

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Jan. 21, 2018, 1:09 p.m. | In Features »

Despite the increased media scrutiny of sexual misconduct in the workplace, several groups of people have gotten woefully less coverage of their experiences. This series of investigations reveals the unique struggles that teenagers face in reporting sexual misconduct by teachers and authority figures, and the ways in which their voices were silenced.

What Happens Next?

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Jan. 21, 2018, 12:59 p.m. | In Features »

For Olivia, a Blair freshman, church has a powerful presence in her life. Her uncle is a priest and her mother is a well respected congregant. Yet, two years ago, the arrival of a new deacon changed her view of the church entirely.

The Bachelor Week 3 recap and Week 4 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Jan. 21, 2018, 12:44 p.m. | In Humor »

Arie planned yet another concussion-inducing date this past week. This time he brought the women to a makeshift wrestling ring where they fake fought one another.

The Bachelor Week 2 recap and Week 3 predictions

By Eric Feigen, Emma Markus, Sneha Ojha, Noah Stern, Rebecca Wessel, Ellie Williams | Jan. 15, 2018, 2:25 p.m. | In Humor »

This past week on the Bachelor, Arie, our graying, race-car-driving, dad-bod-rocking Bachelor, kicked off the season by officially becoming Becca K.'s sugar daddy. Arie then decided that his date with Krystal would be a good time to fly her all the way to Arizona to meet his entire family.

Blair wrestling defeats Gaithersburg in a hard fought match

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Jan. 5, 2018, 2:12 p.m. | In Blair »

In their first match back from winter break, the Blair Blazers (14-4) worked hard to take down the Gaithersburg Trojans (1-4) maintaining a lead throughout the event and eventually taking the night 53-15.

Blair wrestling defeats Quince Orchard and Wootton despite flaws and technical errors

By Rebecca Wessel | Dec. 23, 2017, 1:09 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (6-0) beat the Quince Orchard Cougars (6-3) and the Wootton Patriots (0-3), with scores of 36-30 and 60-18 respectively. Key victories by senior Bryan Huynh, junior Ernest Son, senior Ryan Holland and junior Biruk Tona helped Blair edge out a victory over the Cougars.

Blair wrestling stays undefeated with a blowout win over High Point

By Rebecca Wessel Oreet Zimand | Dec. 21, 2017, 2:12 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair Blazers (4-0-0) beat the High Point Eagles (0-1-0) from Prince George's County by a maximum possible score of 84-0 during their first home meet. Despite an unexpected number of forfeits by High Point due their small team, Blair came out with a determined mindset as they would for any meet.

The open internet keeps more doors open

By Rebecca Wessel | Dec. 10, 2017, 2:22 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The fast lane and the slow lane; Netflix versus Hulu; ordering takeout Pizza; modern air travel. All of these have been used as analogies to describe the complex topic of net neutrality, or the open internet. Net Neutrality encompasses a large number of issues such as internet speed, prioritization of some companies over others due to business agreement and ownership and a bundled one-fee plan in comparison to paying for each type of internet content separately.

Prime real-estate at Four-Corners

By Rebecca Wessel | Dec. 1, 2017, 9:40 a.m. | In Features »

A new school supply is becoming essential in many classrooms and offices at Blair. It often sits on the floor under desks and near crevices, but some are found higher up in cabinets or by sinks. They come mainly in the form of a wooden rectangle, with a spring loaded wire and a tasty treat placed just in the right position. In some cases, they're activated and the treat is gone, replaced by a once-hungry critter who was hoping to get a bite to eat.

An assist to El Salvador

By Rebecca Wessel | Dec. 1, 2017, 7:52 a.m. | In Features »

For many Salvadorans, soccer is much more than a hobby, it's a lifestyle. After a long day's work, it's customary to meet up with friends and family at la cancha , or the field. Unlike in the United States, most people stay on their community teams well into adulthood. And if people don't play, they certainly go to watch the games.

Spitting out family history

By Rebecca Wessel | Nov. 27, 2017, 4:54 p.m. | In Features »

After rummaging through old sepia toned photographs, connecting the branches of extended family trees and reading old letters from relatives from generations past, many questions about ancestry still remain unanswered. The secrets hidden even beyond extensive searches through old family documents can be found in the contents of a couple teaspoons of saliva.

Blair teachers ask students their preferred gender pronouns

By Rebecca Wessel | Nov. 14, 2017, 9:05 a.m. | In Local »

With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, multiple teachers have begun to ask for students' Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGP) on student information sheets.

DACA forum held at Montgomery College

By Rebecca Wessel | Oct. 4, 2017, 1:28 p.m. | In Local »

DACA was an immigration policy issued by former president Barack Obama, repealed by the Trump administration on Sept. 5. According to Trump's announcement, DACA participants have one month to renew their status and Congress has six months to devise a replacement for DACA.

Songs of the Summer

By Rebecca Wessel | Aug. 29, 2017, 2:18 p.m.



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By Rebecca Wessel | Feb. 9, 2018, 1:10 p.m.

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By Rebecca Wessel | Nov. 14, 2017, midnight

David Stein incorporated a question about PGP in his beginning-of-the-year survey.