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Cannon, Lisa

By | March 16, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

A river in Vermont is at flood stage. Water rushes rapidly, pushing a woman into a fallen tree. Her friends watch in terror as the woman is helplesslytrapped, pinned between the tree and her kayak. But suddenly, she is able to save herself.


Mogge, James

By | Feb. 19, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Leaning back in his office chair, James Mogge takes the time to recall his career in teaching. He places his hands behind his head, relaxed and focused on the questions at the same time. Mogge pauses for a second as he adds up the numbers in his head before revealing that he has taught at four different high schools over his 22-year career. He moves on to recollect the experiences of his life as a teacher.


Costello, Maria

By | Feb. 18, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Strum, Strum. Quietly but persistently, a lone guitar sings a song to all nearby. The melody seems out of place, alone, and the musician oblivious to his surroundings. Suddenly, a second pair of hands grabs the guitar, and wrench it from the owner's grasp. In a swift movement, the intruder swings the instrument through the air, straight at the guitarist's head. At the last moment, the attacker changes course, and the guitar instead smashes into a thousand pieces on the floor.


Manuel, Anne

By | Feb. 18, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Many people make a career decision right after they earn their college degree. However, there are others, like Anne Manuel, who decided to take chances and pursue adventures before settling down.


O'Connor, Kelly

By | Feb. 17, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Kelly Newman takes a break from her busy day of teaching classes full of eager students. She speaks to the other English teachers in room 141 during 5A lunch, her gestures radiating an aura of enthusiasm.


Ravilious, Rondai

By | Feb. 17, 2004, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

At 2:10 p.m., the rhythmic, pre-recorded bell sounds in Blair's hallways.Wading through the tide of rushing bodies and bulging backpacks, socialstudies teacher Rondai Ravilious pushes a paper-, book-, and file-filledcart on the way to her eighth-period classroom. Forty-six minutes andone AP World History class later, she works her way to the Social StudiesOffice but is stopped within the doorway when addressed by a student, ateacher, and an urgent telephone call.


Class of 2004 acceptances and destinations

By | Dec. 11, 2003, midnight | In Features »


Club pep rally pictures

By | Dec. 2, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Blair kicks off its first club pep rally.


Dressing up for Halloween 2003

By | Oct. 31, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Blazers dress up at school for halloween.


Fall 2003 pep rally

By | Oct. 27, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Blazers show their spirit in the first pep rally of 2003.


School colors day pictures

By | Oct. 24, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Spirit week wraps up with school colors day.


Dance decades day pictures

By | Oct. 23, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Spirit week continues with a blast from the past on dance decades day.


Wacky tacky day pictures

By | Oct. 22, 2003, midnight | In Features »

The third installment of spirit week brings out the weirdness of wacky tacky day.


Pajama day pictures

By | Oct. 21, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Blazers wear pajamas for pajama day during spirit week 2003.


Hat day pictures

By | Oct. 20, 2003, midnight | In Features »

Blazers sport their favorite headwear for spirit week.


Remembering Rokiatou

By | Sept. 12, 2003, midnight | In Features »

A memorial for Rokiatou Ba has been constructed outside of the ESOL office in the 150s hallway. Some of the messages are posted here. Those who knew and loved her are invited to post additional tributes below and on the memorial.


Blazers in the dark

By | Aug. 28, 2003, midnight | In Features »

The first week of school is always hectic and matters aren't helped much when thunderstorms knock out the electricity. Many Blair students were left in the dark, both literally and figuratively, when school opened two hours late on Wednesday. Silver Chips Online went out and about to find out how Blazers dealt with the power outage.


Storms of August 2003

By | Aug. 28, 2003, midnight | In Features »


MacDonald, John

By | June 16, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

After high school, John Macdonald looked forward to a future with professional baseball. However, soon after Macdonald graduated from Blair High school in 1980, he altered his aspirations and chose to become a teacher because of his attachment to Blair. "I feel very loyal to Blair High School. I wouldn't want to teach or coach anywhere else. I feel like I have been here since 1978. There really were only two years, 1981 and 1982, where I wasn't here," said Mr. MacDonald.


Lindsey, Earl W.

By | May 1, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Upon first glance at math teacher Earl W. Lindsey, the first thing you would not think is not that he teaches geometry, or that he is married with three children. Instead, you would wonder to yourself, "Who is this young man, and how does he juggle teaching math, coaching the Blair JV football team, and spending time with his family all at one time?” The answer to your question would be a simple one: with determination, patience, and a dream of helping to shape America's future.


Bosse, Angelique

By | May 1, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

KISS, Motley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Ratt: all hard rock bands from the 1970s and 1980s that any grungy metalhead would gleefully slam around to. As science teacher Ms. Angelique Bosse proves, petite and down to earth mothers of two can love these bands as well.


Bohorquez, Margarita

By | May 1, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Modern World and ESOL teacher Margarita Bohorquez is an easy-going, laid back kind of person. She sits at her desk smiling, decked out in a sweatshirt and jeans. However, she did not always want to be a teacher. "I was after fortune and fame [in college], so law became important, "Bohorquez said, chuckling. When Bohorquez was six, her role model was her grandmother, who was a teacher. From that point on, she knew she wanted to get into a profession where she could help people. However, once she became a lawyer, she realized that she was not achieving her goal to the fullest. "I found I could do more in education,” she said, comparing her ability to help people in the two professions. "In law I was more often mending fences than actually helping people.”


Grossman, Mark

By | April 30, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Mark Grossman, 28, is excited about his first year of teaching. He was born in Silver Spring, but Grossman grew up in Bexley, Ohio where he attended high school there. He returned to Maryland to attend Goucher College in Baltimore where he majored in European Colonial History and minored in economics. He enjoys gardening, swimming, reading, and playing guitar. However, despite these ordinary hobbies, his life has been nothing of the sort.


Backus, Leslie

By | April 30, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Leslie Backus deals with plants every day as the horticulture teacher at Montgomery Blair High School. Her leisure pursuits include gardening, motorcycling and devouring books. "I read a lot of science fiction and mysteries,” Backus explained. She also enjoys whipping up her own concoctions in the kitchen. "I'm an improvisational cook,” Backus joked. She loves flexible recipes she can tweak to her liking. Backus is also a music lover. She sings in a church choir, and she has been playing piano since she was seven years old. In the past, Backus has sponsored a Dungeons and Dragons club at Blair, but no longer has the schedule to participate in clubs due to the time she now spends with her two children.


Stephens, Todd

By | April 30, 2003, midnight | In Teacher Feature »

Todd Stephens, U.S. History teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, has a smile radiant like the sun, reflecting many pearly white indentures. With a boisterous rolling laugh and a strong positive attitude, Stephens emits a positive aura around him. He is a first year full time teacher at Blair, has found teaching to be an overall rewarding experience from the very beginning of his career. His ultimate goal was

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