KC Costanzo

Name: KC Costanzo
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2004
Keith "KC" Costanzo is one of the brand-spanking-new editors-in-chief of Silver Chips Online. His responsibilities include maintaining the journalistic integrity of the paper and making sure no one spontaneously combusts due to the stress of deadlines. KC enjoys late night frisbee games and long hours of RISK. For those of you who have not been checking this bio daily, KC celebrated his 18th birthday. But no worries, he is still accepting gifts. KC likes butterflies and thinks about spring and warm weather a lot. If you are ever stuck up in upper county, be sure to visit him so he can show off his collection of butterflies. -Written and edited by Robin Hernandez

Stories (43)


By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | May 28, 2004, midnight | In Print »

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.

Sanghvi wins SMOB election

By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | April 29, 2004, midnight | In Print »

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 Sweet 16 Challenge

By KC Costanzo | March 23, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Silver Chips Online March Madness Challenge

By KC Costanzo | March 17, 2004, midnight | In Print »

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.

Silver Chips Online ACC Championship Preview

By KC Costanzo | March 14, 2004, midnight | In Print »

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.


By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Feb. 5, 2004, midnight | In Print »

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.


By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Feb. 2, 2004, midnight | In Print »

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.


By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Jan. 13, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Vending machines restricted

By KC Costanzo | Dec. 15, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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 Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Dec. 14, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Part of documentary filmed at Blair

By KC Costanzo | Dec. 9, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.


By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Dec. 3, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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 electricity goes out again

By KC Costanzo | Nov. 13, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Blair's power went out today at about 8:30 a.m. and was restored a couple hours later.

DC Sniper too little, too soon

By KC Costanzo | Oct. 22, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Blair junior hit by SUV

By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Sept. 23, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Power outage shuts down Blair

By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Sept. 23, 2003, midnight | In Print »


By Branden Buehler, KC Costanzo | Sept. 16, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Blazers earn National Merit Scholarships

By KC Costanzo | May 2, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Eleven students from Blair have received National Merit Scholarships for their performances on the PSATs.

Blair server hacked

By KC Costanzo | April 21, 2003, midnight | In Print »

An unauthorized user temporarily gained access to Blair's Internet server over Spring Break forcing system operators to disable all BEN and binx accounts.

Silver Chips Online NCAA championship breakdown

By KC Costanzo | April 7, 2003, midnight | In Print »

A look at this year's NCAA championship.

Silver Chips Online Final Four breakdown

By KC Costanzo | April 5, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Silver Chips Online Sweet 16 Preview

By KC Costanzo | March 27, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Here's a look at the Silver Chips Online projections for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA Tournament to go on as scheduled

By KC Costanzo | March 19, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

NCAA considers postponing tournament

By KC Costanzo | March 18, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Silver Chips Online ACC tournament preview

By KC Costanzo | March 12, 2003, midnight | In Print »

Projected outcomes of first-round 2003 ACC tournament games.


By KC Costanzo | Feb. 8, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.


By KC Costanzo | Feb. 5, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Buccaneers romp in Super Bowl debut

By KC Costanzo | Jan. 26, 2003, midnight | In Print »

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.

Vikings are getting disgruntled, Blazer style

By KC Costanzo | Dec. 21, 2002, midnight | In Print »

First off, let me say this: Wow.

Pop-up ads: America's least wanted

By KC Costanzo | Dec. 10, 2002, midnight | In Print »

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.

The annoying net fad: the pop-up ad

By KC Costanzo | Nov. 18, 2002, midnight | In Print »

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?

Newsbrief: September shooting linked to sniper attacks

By KC Costanzo | Nov. 9, 2002, midnight | In Print »

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.

Police arrest suspected snipers

By KC Costanzo | Oct. 25, 2002, midnight | In Print »

Early on the morning of Oct 24 at a Maryland rest stop, authorities investigating the string of sniper attacks arrested two suspects.

Tracking the sniper in Montgomery County: Interactive Map

By KC Costanzo | Oct. 22, 2002, midnight | In Print »

An interactive map of the locations of the sniper shootings in Montgomery County.

Message bots: here's something for you

By KC Costanzo | Oct. 10, 2002, midnight | In Print »

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.

SAT prep class gets few visitors

By KC Costanzo | Sept. 30, 2002, midnight | In Print »

An SAT preparation class planned by the math department managed to pull in just two students last week during 5A lunch.

Take the hallways back: ban rolling backpacks

By KC Costanzo | Sept. 23, 2002, midnight | In Print »

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.

Two words make all the difference

By KC Costanzo | Sept. 12, 2002, midnight | In Print »

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.


By KC Costanzo, Jeremy Hoffman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Check out the Silver Chips Online snoWatch for all school-related snow information!


By KC Costanzo | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

Check out the Silver Chips Online snoWatch for all school-related snow information!

Spirit Week pictures: Pajama Day

By KC Costanzo, Jeremy Hoffman | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »


By KC Costanzo | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

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. . .


By KC Costanzo | Dec. 31, 1969, 7 p.m. | In Print »

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 . . .