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In memoriam of Blair graduate Lowell Ensel

By Zoe Johnson | May 15, 2015, 11:39 p.m. | In Features »

As we grieve for Lowell's passing and celebrate his life, we would like to provide a forum for current or former Blazers, family members, friends, peers, teachers and all others to share memories and thoughts of Lowell. To contribute, please email your remembrances to editors.sco@gmail.com.


Mental illness: help, hope and healing

By Ellie Struewing | May 14, 2015, 1:31 p.m. | In Features »

While it may feel like a burden at times, mental illness is something that people can learn to deal with and even overcome to lead full, happy lives.


The mystery of Blair's dead pig

By Robert Pfefferle | May 6, 2015, 9:06 p.m. | In Features »

During the spring, the distinctive smell of a decomposing pig is certainly hard to miss in the area around Blair's wetlands. Most Blazers have no idea the pig exists, but for the past nine years, it has played a major role in Blair's Forensics classes.


Coils, kinks and curls, oh my!

By Neida Mbuia Joao | April 21, 2015, 1:16 p.m. | In Features »

In a world where European beauty standards reign supreme it can be much harder for young black women and girls to embrace their non-European features.


Blazers report racial profiling by staff

By Nicholas Shereikis | April 21, 2015, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

While it's true that racism is much more prevalent in other areas of the country than at Blair, Dahal's story is still just one of many incidents where a member of Blair staff has racially profiled a student.


Skate like a girl

By Eleanor Linafelt | April 18, 2015, 5:14 p.m. | In Features »

Stina Rexford looks like any other Blair hockey player. But she's unusual in two ways. First, she's not a Blazer off the ice. Second, she's the only girl on the team.


Student members of the board who won't leave you bored

By Arthi Vijaykumar | April 18, 2015, 8:12 a.m. | In Features »

It's important that all voting students are familiar with the candidates' platforms and experience. SCO has you covered: our profiles of the two candidates will give you the rundown on the 2015-2016 SMOB.


PARCC tests met with mixed reactions

By Ellie Struewing | April 17, 2015, 2:06 p.m. | In Features »

PARCC testing may be over for now, but its effects were still apparent in the school as teachers rushed to make up missed class time and students felt the pressure to secure solid third-quarter grades.


Humans of Blair: Driven to Serve

By Robert Pfefferle | April 13, 2015, 2:04 p.m. | In Features »

After college, junior Matthew Guerrera dreams of being a trauma surgeon—someone who performs emergency surgery. In order to gain some experience in the medical field, Guerrera is training to become an Emergency Medical Technician.


Thoughts on Women's History Month

By Neida Mbuia Joao Hannah Rapp | March 28, 2015, 2:04 p.m. | In Features »

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a video discussing the issues.


Art and science and murals, oh my!

By Martha Morganstein | March 27, 2015, 1:52 p.m. | In Features »

You have probably seen the colorful creations painted on the walls in the science wing of the third floor. Blair's Arts and Science Club has been working on these murals for the past three years.


Woodward, Marta

By Abir Muhuri | March 15, 2015, 11:03 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Marta Woodward is sure to brighten up your day. She has an infectious smile and wears colorful headbands. Whether teaching biology, singing for her choir or simply being herself, Marta Woodward keeps with her a treasure chest of wisdom and diversity.


Far from eight hours

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | March 14, 2015, 3:32 p.m. | In Features »

Not everyone stays awake for the same reasons. While some stay up for homework or extracurriculars, others stay up to relax and have fun; and others can't sleep no matter how hard they try.


The writing on the wall

By Eleanor Linafelt | March 10, 2015, 11:12 p.m. | In Features »

Graffiti in high school bathrooms has been around since, well, the dawn of high school bathrooms. Bathrooms are popular forums for expression.


Who's into SuperWhoLock?

By Sarah Trunk | Feb. 24, 2015, 8:04 p.m. | In Features »

Fans of Supernatural, Doctor Who and Sherlock, popularly known as SuperWhoLock fans, are rising both in number and devotion, overtaking social media with their influence. But SuperWhoLock is an complex community.


50 Shades of Valentine's Day

By Zewde Ingram | Feb. 17, 2015, 11:24 a.m. | In Features »

Valentine's Day is a day filled with excitement for Blazers. From special someones to candy hearts, students look forward to the holiday.


The doctor in the classroom

By Eleanor Linafelt | Jan. 25, 2015, 7:56 p.m. | In Features »

There are more doctors in Blair than you may think. Not the medical kind, though—doctors of philosophy and education. They've been students far longer than any of their students have—and are now able to pass on their knowledge in their classrooms.


Do you love your body? (Part III)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 13, 2015, 5:03 p.m. | In Features »

To read Part I, click here. To read Part II, click here.


Do you love your body? (Part II)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 11, 2015, 9:25 p.m. | In Features »

This three-part story will be updated every two days. To read Part I, click here.


Do you love your body? (Part I)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 9, 2015, 1:08 p.m. | In Features »

Girls and boys have learned to both constantly seek approval from and fear the judgment of the glassy surface of a mirror. American teenagers today are becoming less and less comfortable in their own skins.


Taking center stage

By Zewde Ingram | Dec. 29, 2014, 2:04 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Kelly O'Connor, who has taught at Blair since 1997, is a passionate thespian who has enthusiastically embraced the role as director of Montgomery Blair's school plays and musicals.


Loud cheers, ringing ears

By Ellie Struewing | Dec. 26, 2014, 3:10 p.m. | In Features »

What makes a concert into an unforgettable experience?


The secret life of Blair handball

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Dec. 4, 2014, 6:31 p.m. | In Features »

The varsity handball program in Montgomery County is probably one of the most welcoming sports programs in the county, since it is both co-ed and intramural. Blair's handball team is also one of the most successful teams in the school, with an outstanding record for all three years of its existence.


The Hijabistas of Blair

By Abir Muhuri | Dec. 1, 2014, 12:51 p.m. | In Features »

She ponders, looks up and says, "Being a teenager in the 21st century, I see the hijab as canvas to be doing whatever I want with it."


Humans of Blair: Caring and committed

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 22, 2014, 5:41 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Senior Savitri Singh has wanted to become a doctor since she was four years old. Unlike the childhood career fantasies of many, Singh's dream has not left her as she has grown older.

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