There's no doubt about it. When it comes to predicting snowfall, the Silver Chips Online Weather Team is number one. Over the course of a year, the snoWatch gurus managed to correctly project when school would be canceled nearly half of 50% of the time. Now, due to gross plagiarism of National Weather Service press releases and complete ignorance of anything related to the science of weatherology, Branden Buehler and KC Costanzo have been fired. Before the weather team disbands, however, Silver Chips Online is more-or-less proud to present snoWatch: Summer Edition.
Incumbent Sagar Sanghvi was reelected as Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for the 2004-2005 school year, beating Blair junior Amanda Lee.
Silver Chips Online's March Madness Challenge is underway so it's too late to enter now, but look for the Sweet 16 second chance bracket some time after the completion of the second round. Remember, the winner of this year's challenge wins free movie tickets.
Just when it looked like the Duke-Maryland rivalry was beginning to cool off, Maryland goes and upsets two of the top seeds in the ACC Tournament to reach the championship game. Maryland will be looking for a little revenge today after losing both regular season games against the Blue Devils. With a team as tough as Duke, they're unlikely to have much success. Silver Chips Online takes a look at both teams just prior to tip-off.
A party the likes of which have never before been seen by math-science magnets was held by KC "Snow, Snow, Money” Costanzo and Branden "It's ok we made that joke, I'm a magnet” Buehler in the wake of their recent successful prediction that school would be canceled earlier this week. For finally making a correct call, the snoWatch editors were rewarded handsomely with a day off and frequent phone calls from friends asking if school would be closed Friday. It would seem that all credibility has been restored to this bastion of winter preparedness or else the writers' friends just have really short memories and, like birds flying into glass windows, have already forgotten how atrocious the snoWatch team's record is when it comes to hazardous weather conditions.
On December 4, the snoWatch staff predicted a fifty percent chance of school cancellation. The next day, MCPS closed. This marks the closest the weather team has come this year to successfully predicting the superintendent's decision. Can this really be blamed on Silver Chips Online though? Or have the superintendent and his Inclement Weather Team secretly read this column each night and intentionally arrived at the exact opposite conclusion just to spite the writers and destroy their reputations? SCO is not about pointing fingers at people, just presenting the facts and baseless accusations. But let's discuss what you're here to read about. Yes, there is wintry precipitation on the way. No, it has not been decided whether Montgomery County will be open for business. No, the snoWatch team has not grown tired of answering questions that have not been asked and yes, it will continue to use this hackneyed and un-amusing format to end the sentence.
Vending machines with items deemed " nutritious" will only be allowed to operate after school because of a resolution passed by the Board of Education (BOE) on Dec. 9. The resolution, which will take effect after winter break, could result in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars for Blair.
By using Blair's vast assortment of weather predicting equipment and also by watching the weatherman on TV, the snoWatch team has discovered a possibility of snow in the not-too-distant future. Winter 2003/2004 may have landed a glancing blow on MCPS last week, but by golly, MCPS isn't going to sit back and take it this week. Silver Chips Online is predicting a high probability of seeing Superintendent Jerry Weast outside in his boots beating back evil invading snowflakes with a bat and defending Montgomery County from cancellation. Stay tuned for more.
Filming for a documentary on the 50 year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruling that integrated schools across the country, took place today at Blair.
It's on folks. MCPS vs. Winter 2003/2004 promises to be an epic battle and we may get round one as early as Thursday night. This could be the first time this school year that Blazers get a legitimate excuse to skip school for reasons unrelated to PEPCO and its inability to keep electricity running. Will there actually be snow and if so will Blair close? Will the Redskins ever make it back to the playoffs? Read on for answers to two thirds or those questions.
Blair's power went out today at about 8:30 a.m. and was restored a couple hours later.
A compelling story doesn't always make for a compelling movie. In fact, sometimes a compelling story just makes for a rubbernecking-worthy train wreck of a movie to tell your friends about so that you'll have someone to shake your head with and murmur obscenities to afterward.
A Blair junior was airlifted to Suburban Hospital after being struck by a truck this morning. The student, Bezawit Bayou, was leaving school following a power outage that closed Blair.
Eleven students from Blair have received National Merit Scholarships for their performances on the PSATs.
An unauthorized user temporarily gained access to Blair's Internet server over Spring Break forcing system operators to disable all BEN and binx accounts.
A look at this year's NCAA championship.
The NCAA Tournament has been exciting to say the least. Only one number one seed advanced to the Final Four and the road has been paved with upsets. The championship game isn't far away now and the last four teams standing are vying for a chance to take home the trophy.
Here's a look at the Silver Chips Online projections for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA has decided not to postpone or stop any of the basketball tournament games scheduled this week despite the threat of war with Iraq.
The NCAA is prepared to postpone Thursday's basketball tournament games should a war with Iraq be announced before tip-off, according to ESPN.com.
Projected outcomes of first-round 2003 ACC tournament games.
On Friday, Montgomery County got its fifth snow cancellation and tacked on an extra day of school to the end of the year as a result. When Blazers wake up Monday morning, they may be able to roll over, hit the snooze alarm, and go back to sleep because it looks like more snow might be headed our way.
The groundhog saw his shadow on the 2nd signaling six more weeks of winter. Today the weather people apparently sat up and took notice because they're warning us of possible snow over the next two days. The last several editions of snoWatch have ended in disappointment, but it looks like this time around the snow is ready to fall.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, once the class clown of the NFL, attended and then won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, making the Oakland Raiders and their highly touted offense look like a joke.
First off, let me say this: Wow.
In my last article I complained about something or other. The reason I can't remember exactly what it was I complained about is because every week I complain about something or other. I promise you next week I'll tell you about something everyone should like but today we're sticking with the complaint theme. That's right it's time to discus pop-up ads, the supreme evil of the world. Today I'll share with you the worst offenders known to man.
What happened to the good old days of the Internet when you could go to a website secure in the knowledge that cars wouldn't suddenly careen haphazardly across the screen? What happened to the days when pop-up ads didn't attack your screen? In short, what happened to the days when you could actually see the site you wanted?
The list of victims linked to the string of sniper attacks grew last week when police added a two-month old shooting to the case.
Early on the morning of Oct 24 at a Maryland rest stop, authorities investigating the string of sniper attacks arrested two suspects.
An interactive map of the locations of the sniper shootings in Montgomery County.
Ah, the wonderful world of instant messaging where you can delve into deep philosophical conversations with your compadres and where the rules of grammar don't apply. Unfortunately, there are those days when you sign on and, to your horror, your buddy list is empty.
An SAT preparation class planned by the math department managed to pull in just two students last week during 5A lunch.
These days, our great nation faces many grave issues. Terrorists threaten our safety and we're on the brink of war with Iraq. However this column is here to explore a far more controversial and pressing matter. I feel it's my duty to spread awareness of an epidemic that has afflicted hundreds of students and teachers alike. I am of course referring to rolling backpacks.
Popular magazines put out articles every day that get passionate responses from readers around the country. In the late eighteen-hundreds, The Youth's Companion put out an item that would also receive its fair share of responses, but what differentiates it from the rest is that it is still getting a great deal of attention today because as it would eventually become the Pledge of Allegiance.
Check out the Silver Chips Online snoWatch for all school-related snow information!
Check out the Silver Chips Online snoWatch for all school-related snow information!
We've come across yet another week of school that just might have a snow day in store for us. As was the case in the last edition of snoWatch, the chances of cancelled school are slim, but then again, we're talking about meteorology, not an exact science. . .
No one saw it coming but there it was. When Blazers got up on Tuesday they found snow on the ground and ice on their car windows. However, with the exception of a burst pipe, the school day went as planned. Now there's a prediction of more to come. Are the weather people on target this time? Stay tuned to find out . . .