Kwanzaa is a vibrant and soulful sibling in the holiday triumvirate consisting of Hanukkah and Christmas that runs through late December. Although celebrated by a minority of people, it holds a major importance the mix of wintry festivities.
Isabel Hernandez-Cata, the choral and general music teacher at Blair, grew up with music-loving parents who come from different cultural backgrounds. As a result, Hernandez-Cata has devoted almost all of her life to music and teaching.
We all want to feel in control of our own lives, and for some that means following the rules, while for others it means breaking them. Graffiti artists do that by adding a burst of color and their personal mark on the world around them.
In recent years, many black students have faced the decision between attending an HBCU or a predominantly white institution (PWI). That decision has become increasingly difficult due to the turbulent financial situations at many HBCUs and sometimes hostile environments at some PWIs.
From the summer before the season through Nov. 13, the day before their competition, the cheer team practices every day, growing as a team and as individual athletes. This year they finished on top, winning first place in Division Two for the first time since 2007, and the Spirit Award for the 11th year in a row.
Blazers have shown their sympathy through news of the attacks. More than anything, we became unified.
Some teachers have already been out of the building for hours, doing their second jobs at the school. They are the coaches of Blair's sports teams.
We've all felt it before. The pangs of hunger as our stomachs become disgruntled from the lack of sustenance. Even worse, it can happen in the middle of class or during a test when all is quiet and suddenly, the lion that is your stomach unleashes its mighty roar.
The Blair counseling department has two new faces this year, Leanna Binick and Antia Reddicks. Both counselors look forward to getting to know the Blair community, and helping their students move forward towards whatever their goals are beyond high school.
Este año, el programa Fulbright le ha dado una oportunidad al Dr. Aniceto Sanabria de Buenos Aires, Argentina. En su visita a Blair, él espera aprender más sobre nuestro sistema educativo y la interacción que tenemos entre el personal docente y la comunidad estudiantil.
As athletes, students face a lot of challenges. They have to find the time and motivation to excel not only at their sports, but in the classroom as well. They may want to quit, they may want to give up, but they won't. They will get up the next day and they will keep running, throwing, kicking, flipping and swinging.
While being at Blair is an important and memorable time in the lives of those who attend, most people leave and don't return. There are a few Blazers, however, who went to school at Blair, graduated...and then found their way back!
As the Blazer anthem permeates through the chilled evening air, it melts into the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd, the warrior-like chanting of the cheerleaders and the noise of ruffling pom poms, forming an exhilarating medley of sounds that underscore the intense atmosphere driving the football team forward
As the summer winds down and school floats back to the top of everyone's minds, students should take advantage of their last few days of freedom. A great way to ease back into the idea of learning would be by spending a day in Downtown DC visiting museums and monuments.
There's a culture shift underway at Blair, and it's changing the student body for the better. The school year has officially ended, and there are definitely some fond athletic memories in every Blazer's mind.
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