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How to trade a paperclip for an Xbox

By Nate Bodner Charles Lott | Nov. 28, 2016, 2:15 p.m. | In Features »

What ever happened to the barter system? A little research into modern instances of bartering leads to a Montreal man who traded his way from a red paperclip up to a house. We decided to prove that Montreal ain't got nothing on Blair.


Picking up the pieces

By Amy Forsbacka | Nov. 15, 2016, 2:10 p.m. | In Features »

The explosion that ripped through a Long Branch apartment building this summer also tore apart many of the lives of the families affected. Heard from a mile away, the explosion killed seven and left many others displaced. The community pitched in to attend to the immediate needs of the victims, but two months later, numerous families are still in need.


Social Media Showdown: Instagram vs Snapchat

By Zoe Friedman | Nov. 10, 2016, 12:57 p.m. | In Lifestyle »

Instagram and Snapchat both have more than 200 million monthly users. But which one is better: the 'Gram or Snapchat? While both Instagram and Snapchat allow users to connect with friends and even celebrities through photos and videos, each app is unique.


Grandiosa celebración del Día de los Muertos

By Gisell Ramirez | Nov. 1, 2016, 6:43 p.m. | In Features »

Día de los Muertos es celebrado desde el 1 de noviembre hasta el 2 de noviembre. Para personas que no participan en esta celebración, estos días pueden ser confusos, pero para la cultura mexicana, estos momentos son para celebrar la vida.


Comunidad Latina se prepara para elegir al nuevo Presidente

By Gisell Ramirez | Oct. 27, 2016, 12:08 a.m. | In Features »

La elección para elegir al presidente de los Estados Unidos será el 8 de noviembre. A solo días de la elección, el voto Latino es esencial porque es el que va a determinar quién gana.


Behind-the-scenes of Blair's Homecoming

By Mehana Daftary | Oct. 25, 2016, 10:24 p.m. | In Features »

Homecoming week is very important around Blair. The majority of the student body takes part in the week's festivities, but the work starts months earlier for the people who put it all together. Making sure that the football game, spirit week, pep rally and dance run smoothly is a joint effort by the Student Government Association (SGA) and by a select group of dedicated students and staff.


If Blair were a school of 100 students...

By Adeola Vassall Charles Lott | Oct. 25, 2016, 8:45 p.m. | In Features »

Blair is always portrayed as one of the most diverse schools in Montgomery County, but what does that really mean? An easier way to look at the makeup of Blair's Blazers is on a scale of one school of one hundred students.


A day in the life of Blair's principal

By Neva Taylor Charles Lott | Oct. 19, 2016, 1:17 p.m. | In Features »

Ms. Renay Johnson is the principal of Blair, but her daily activities are something of a mystery for Blair's Blazers. What really goes into a day in the life of Blair's principal?


Sitting down for what is right

By Nate Bodner | Oct. 15, 2016, 2:26 p.m. | In Features »

Before the 2016 National Football League (NFL) season began, standing for the national anthem was, from professional stadiums all the way down to small grass high school fields, a given. Now, by virtue of Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, the national anthem has become another way for people to protest injustice.


Blazers find a new frequency

By Eleanor Cook | Sept. 22, 2016, 12:57 p.m. | In Features »

"You're listening to WOWD-LP and this is Block Period." It's 10 p.m. on a Friday night. While most people are just getting into the swing of the weekend, Blair seniors Max Kittner, Maia Pramuk, Mika Yatsuhashi, Olivia Lindsley and Vivian Bauer are hosting a radio show.


Meet the new Blair SGA

By Maniza Habib | July 11, 2016, 10:07 p.m. | In Features »

Pep rallies, the blood drive, fundraisers and dances don't run themselves. Officers in the student government association (SGA) strive to ensure that students have the best possible high school experience possible. But who are the new faces behind the SGA?


Getting to know you

By Benjamin Yokoyama | June 30, 2016, 9:24 p.m. | In Features »

It's senior year, and students have to figure out what they're doing after they graduate. Some students look around for jobs or apprenticeships, but for most students, their time will be spent going through the arduous college application process. Students are applying to the schools of their dreams and are putting every aspect of their life out there for complete strangers to read.


What's trending at Blair?

By Lauren Frost Maniza Habib | June 19, 2016, 9:01 p.m. | In Features »

Although selfies, dance trends, rants, cute pets, and more selfies are the usual content that flood our Twitter feeds, social justice movements have also begun to dominate.


A Musical Balancing Act

By Ellie Struewing | May 23, 2016, 6:45 p.m. | In Features »

It's one thing to have a job to make money, but often it's all too easy to get stuck in a routine and forget to be creative. "I think it's important that when people get older that they don't give up their artistic interests. Even though I'm 49, I don't think it's silly that I'm trying to play in rock and roll bands," Mayo says. Mayo is one of several teachers at Blair who have found a way to balance teaching and music.


I don't want to talk about it

By Nicholas Shereikis | May 5, 2016, 2:03 p.m. | In Features »

The biggest issue with commonly accepted depression statistics is that our current definition of depression itself tends to write off symptoms more prevalent in males, leaving unaccounted the societal trends that make men less likely to seek help or admit to having a mental disorder.


Blair's Trump train

By Brian Le | April 25, 2016, 3:06 p.m. | In Features »

Polls show that Trump's support among younger Americans is far from robust. At Blair, public opinion skews against Trump, but there is a sizable minority that support him.


A passion for Shakespeare

By Ellie Struewing | April 9, 2016, 12:17 p.m. | In Features »

It is her passion for Shakespeare and acting that has carried junior Ronee Goldman to the final round of the English Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition.


Talking about time

By Divya Rajagopal | April 5, 2016, 1:28 p.m. | In Features »

Daylight Savings has nascent roots in ancient civilizations, and has developed into what it is today through practicality. However, whether we should keep DST around in this electronic age is a question that can only be addressed by the current members of society.


Reason enough

By Maniza Habib | March 20, 2016, 9:31 p.m. | In Features »

By the end of the drive, Blair collected enough pints of blood to save 220 lives. But it's not the incentives, like the t-shirts or the chance to get out of class that convinced Blazers to give their blood.


A month of reflection and unification

By Randima Herath | March 17, 2016, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

It wasn't an ordinary February because this year, Black History Month was about more than just commemorating and celebrating. It was about learning, bonding and furthering the awareness and understanding of the anti-racist movement "Black Lives Matter."


Behind the counter

By Zewde Ingram | March 9, 2016, 1:35 p.m. | In Features »

What makes the school store unique is that while its students who purchase from the store, it is also students who run it. From ordering merchandise to providing customer service, Blair students are the ones in charge behind the counter.


"High"er education

By Benjamin Yokoyama | March 7, 2016, 1:05 p.m. | In Features »

When Justin has down time after doing schoolwork, he likes to wind down by smoking a joint. This is one way Justin relieves his own stress in a tumultuous junior year that is filled with long essays and difficult math problems.


Simple acts of selflessness

By Randima Herath | Feb. 15, 2016, 2:30 p.m. | In Features »

Think back to sitting by a toasty crackling fire, and snuggling under a fuzzy blanket while the sounds of friends and family fill up the room. Now imagine trying to sleep on the cold hard pavement of a street, shuddering from the freezing temperatures while pulling your only coat tighter around you.


Got text?

By Maniza Habib | Feb. 11, 2016, 1:56 p.m. | In Features »

Text messaging has grown to be one of the most popular forms of communication since it's start 22 years ago. Yet the rule book for texting is drastically different than any form of face-to-face communication.


Nine semifinalists from Blair in Intel Science Talent Search

By Brian Le | Feb. 10, 2016, 7:56 p.m. | In Features »

Nine Blazers were named semifinalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, the most of any school in the country. Seniors Josephine Yu and Arnold Mong were also announced as finalists and will receive $7,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging.

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