Joy Xu


Name: Joy Xu
Position: Staff Writer
Graduation Year: 2021
Hi! My name is Joy, and I'm a junior staff writer. Aside from writing articles, I enjoy playing violin for pit orchestra and making desserts for my friends and family. During the school year, I run Blair's DECA club, and I participate in many business-related activities.


Stories (19)


Pushing past Senior Research Project stereotypes

By Joy Xu | Jan. 28, 2020, 1:23 p.m. | In Features »

Not all students who complete a senior research project (SRP) are in the Magnet Program

Apple, Amazon and Google form a surprising partnership?

By Joy Xu | Jan. 21, 2020, 8:10 a.m. | In Technology »

Welcome to the new tech update for 2020!

Bigger than biology?

By Joy Xu | Jan. 15, 2020, 1:40 p.m. | In Opinions »

In high school teams, transgender athletes should not be an issue

The biggest CATastrophe of the decade

By Joy Xu | Dec. 28, 2019, 2:10 p.m. | In Entertainment »

“Cats” was everything we expected and worse. The addition of celebrities like James Corden and Taylor Swift sadly could not save the movie. If you want a film that will make you want to claw your eyes out, this is it. Otherwise, save the torture for another time.

SCO Yummy: Spotlight on international holiday dishes

By Joy Xu | Dec. 13, 2019, 1:19 p.m. | In Entertainment »

From timeless classics to innovative mash-ups, Blazers look forward to some delightful treats this holiday season

Chick-fil-A’s decision about anti-LGBTQ+ donations causes fowl backlash

By Joy Xu | Dec. 9, 2019, 4:42 p.m. | In News »

The restaurant chain recently pledged to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations

Is Disney+ really that magical?

By Joy Xu | Nov. 21, 2019, 8:34 p.m. | In Entertainment »

With the release of Disney+, a new on-demand streaming service created by the Walt Disney Company this last Tuesday, the television industry is set to change forever.

Maryland Department of Transportation pulls funding for Corridor Cities Transitway

By Joy Xu | Nov. 19, 2019, 1:26 p.m. | In News »

On Oct. 29, Montgomery County officials held a press conference and community town hall to speak out against the recent removal of the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) list of priorities.

Active shooter drills are not a step in the right direction

By Joy Xu | Nov. 4, 2019, 7:42 a.m. | In Opinions »

The sensitivity of mass shootings renders the new lockdown largely ineffective

The ticket into your dream school

By Joy Xu | Nov. 1, 2019, 1:48 p.m. | In Features »

An inside look into how teachers and counselors write college recommendations

Blair varsity girls’ volleyball falls to Churchill on senior night

By Joy Xu | Oct. 29, 2019, 11:13 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers couldn’t keep up with Churchill’s string finish

Blair varsity girls’ volleyball takes down Walter Johnson

By Joy Xu | Oct. 24, 2019, 7:41 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blazers defeat Walter Johnson in a nail biting five sets

College is not the only option for Blair students

By Joy Xu | Oct. 17, 2019, 6:06 p.m. | In Features »

After graduation, Blair students are not confined to just one career pathway.

A class that will interest all

By Joy Xu | Oct. 14, 2019, 6:57 p.m. | In Features »

Blair’s Entrepreneurship Academy provides some of the best learning opportunities in the nation

Blair girls volleyball defeats Kennedy

By Joy Xu | Sept. 24, 2019, 1:39 p.m. | In Blair »

The Blair girls’ varsity volleyball team (5-0) beat the Kennedy Cavaliers (0-4) by a score of 3-0 Wednesday, Sept. 18, in straight sets 25-7, 25-15 and 25-20.

The DMV bakes in recent heat wave

By Joy Xu | July 26, 2019, 9:30 p.m. | In Local »

Temperatures in the area hit record highs as a heat wave swept the East Coast.

Addicted to a deadly drug: a teenage crisis

By Joy Xu | July 24, 2019, 4:37 p.m. | In Opinions »

JUULs and e-cigarettes are fueling a teenage nicotine epidemic.

Yesterday will be forgotten tomorrow

By Joy Xu | July 20, 2019, 12:46 p.m. | In Movies »

Thousands of teenage girls have dreamed about being a part of The Beatles since the group’s inception in 1960. Yesterday certainly tries to fulfill that fantasy on the big screen.

What is the future of classical music?

By Joy Xu | July 15, 2019, 5:35 p.m. | In Blogs »

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's recent financial struggles seem to reflect a decline in classical music interest.