features


Humans of Blair: There's no place like Oz

By Aidan Keys | Feb. 3, 2014, 10:14 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Although Abdullah has lived in Japan, the U.S and Australia, Australia (Oz for short) is where he feels most at home.


A stage away from the stage

By Sarah Trunk | Jan. 21, 2014, 8:04 a.m. | In Features »

The Performing Arts Club was founded by a mutual love of theatre and the extensive effort of seniors Isaac Jiffar, Alex Michell and junior Patty Pablo. Last year, after Blair's fall play Taming of the Shrew and Tamer Tamed ended, they missed the feeling of performing and working with their castmates. And thus, the club was born.


James Schafer

By Harini Salgado | Jan. 6, 2014, 6:46 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

On the first day of class, James Schafer always does one activity. He asks his students to sit down in the back of the classroom and asks for their name and one interesting thing about them. Unlike most teachers however, by the end of class, he knows each of his student's names.


LoveSCOpe: Souper great time at Soupergirl

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Jan. 2, 2014, 7:16 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

We sent Sophomore Luisa McGarvey and junior Alex Alia to Soupergirl, located on Carroll Street on the D.C. side of Takoma Park.


Humans of Blair: A fiesta of a life

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 30, 2013, 7:51 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Senior Marisela Tobar immigrated to the United States when she was 5 years old. Tobar's fun loving attitude has been ever present throughout the complications of life.


We Knew Her When

By Zoe Johnson | Dec. 22, 2013, 6:32 a.m. | In Features »

Though Kehne's athleticism is a major factor in her success, the effort involved in playing two varsity sports, participating in orchestras in and out of school and getting a 4.0 in Blair's math and science magnet program is more important.


"Just Dance" it out

By Martha Morganstein | Dec. 20, 2013, 7:11 p.m. | In Features »

Members play dance games for an hour after school, once a week at Blair's new Just Dance/Zumba club.


The Unknown Self

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 20, 2013, 6:47 p.m. | In Features »

Although Slam Poetry is a beautiful medium for cultivating relationships between unlikely people, at its core, it's the discovery of oneself.


Humans of Blair: Adventurous learning

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 13, 2013, 2:04 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Sophomore Aaron Mott sits at a lunch table where his friends call him Victor. He doesn't know why they do that, just one day they did so he went with it.


LoveSCOpe: Crepes can't create chemistry

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Dec. 13, 2013, 12:42 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Both described themselves as quirky, entertaining and outgoing in their applications.


Yolaine Siko: Integrating different cultures in the classroom

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Dec. 10, 2013, 3:34 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Siko's native language is French, but is fluent English she recounts her journey since college, which has taken her to three continents and exposed her to many different cultures.


Thanksgivukkah

By Sarah Trunk | Dec. 7, 2013, 8:35 a.m. | In Features »

It's Thursday night. Your family is gathered around a table, smiling and chatting, and the food smells marvelous. The table is set with steaming sweet potatoes, bowls of stuffing, a glistening golden turkey, and in the center of the table is your old family menorah, candles cheerfully flickering.


Reflections on Nelson Mandela

By Aanchal Johri | Dec. 5, 2013, 11:27 p.m. | In Features »

As we mourn the loss of a global hero, we remember his poignant speeches battling inequality, his deft courage to retain his ground while caged in prison, and his compelling plans to reunite his country despite the tremendous racial tension in his post-apartheid nation.


Humans of Blair: Balancing change in one country and tradition in the other

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 3, 2013, 1:23 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Junior Eunice Muchemi immigrated to the United States from Kenya in December 2010.


Grosse Pointe Blair

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Dec. 1, 2013, 9:15 a.m. | In Features »

Imagine you are walking down Blair Boulevard after school, listening to music and feeling good. All of a sudden, a finger is pressed into your chest by someone intent on your elimination. All you can do is wait and hope for the best.


The post-up movement

By Rohan Oprisko Samuel Popper | Nov. 30, 2013, 4:11 p.m. | In Features »

These various backgrounds and interests have given rise to a new gesture that has taken up prominence inside the Blair hallways and on social media pages: the post-up.


LoveSCOpe: Soccer connections make for a winning time

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Nov. 28, 2013, 5:16 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Welcome to the first edition of LoveSCOpe! We set up students on free blind dates and see what happens. Dates will be published every month. Click here to apply.


No debating the greatness of Blair's debate team

By Birhan Alemayehu | Nov. 10, 2013, 1:49 p.m. | In Clubs »

The 76 member debate team has been defending county champions two years running.


Thinking outside the SAC

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 23, 2013, 3:58 p.m. | In Features »

For Blair students, lunch is a time to eat, hang out with friends and get work done. But with a student population of over 2800 and only two lunch periods, the crowds in the Student Activity Center (SAC) and Blair Boulevard can be pretty overwhelming.


"Fruitvale Station" is an unsettling vignette of a painful reality

By Aidan Keys | Oct. 13, 2013, 6:20 p.m. | In Features »

Directed and written by Ryan Coogler and released in early July, the film examines the real life story of the 2009 New Year's Day case in which a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer fatally shot 22 year old Oscar Grant.


TED-Ed club at Blair hopes to spread innovative ideas

By Zoe Johnson | Oct. 10, 2013, 8:20 p.m. | In Features »

Social studies teacher Kevin Shindel has started a TED-Education club at Blair that will meet every Thursday from 2:15-4 p.m. Club members will watch and discuss TED Talks and hopefully be inspired to create their own.


An "embodiment" of the freshman class

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Oct. 10, 2013, 1:23 p.m. | In Features »

Daniel Jones, an Eastern Middle School graduate, is the official 2013-2014 freshman class president.


Behind the curtain

By Sarah Trunk | Oct. 9, 2013, 4:12 p.m. | In Features »

Crabtree has been in charge of stage crew for the past three years, but this year is different, primarily because stage crew has nearly doubled in size.


New advisor for Student Government Association

By Birhan Alemayehu | Oct. 9, 2013, 2:55 p.m. | In Features »

Already a 10th grade English teacher, 11th grade Advanced Placement English Language and Composition teacher and girls' varsity volleyball coach, Klein, can add another thing to his list of things he does at Blair: Student Government Association (SGA) advisor


The band plays on

By Martha Morganstein | Oct. 5, 2013, 4:02 p.m. | In Features »

The marching band graduated 14 members last year, significantly cutting back on the size of the team. Despite this setback, the band retains its mantra, "the band plays on."

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