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Pulling together in a time of distress: Harvey and Irma

By Mahnaz Habib Nobline Yoo | Nov. 3, 2017, 2:17 p.m. | In Features »

Hurricane Harvey and Irma struck the United States with raging winds up to 150 mph and angry floods. However, they were not just distant events; they affected the heart of Blair. This is the story of how they shook the Blair community.


A passion for fashion

By Absa Fall | Oct. 20, 2017, 1:36 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

"When I was five I wanted to be a fashion designer, but that changed when I came to America. I want to study astronomy and be an astronomer but I am thinking of getting a minor in fashion design."


WWII relics returned to rightful heirs

By Eric Feigen | Oct. 18, 2017, 3 p.m. | In Features »

The smoke clears and the dust begins to settle. Thousands of US marines wander the small island of Peleliu as Japanese soldiers, planes, and cruisers retreat in the distance. The Battle of Peleliu is over. The 13 square kilometer island is finally under US control. Marines explore the deserted tunnel systems, caves and bunkers, now abandoned by the Japanese 14th infantry division.


Excitement and obstacles in portable rollout

By Madeleine Tilley Oreet Zimand | Oct. 16, 2017, 2:19 p.m. | In Features »

At the far end of Blair, past the SAC doors and the student courtyard, sit four brand new portables, a mass of beige and wood lazing in the afternoon sun. The portables, a result of Blair's expanding student population, are a new addition meant to help with the increasing Blazer population.


Volvo's bold commitment

By Eric Feigen | Oct. 10, 2017, 8:51 p.m. | In Features »

Volvo declares it will discontinue manufacturing vehicles powered solely by fossil fuels.


Rihanna's new Fenty Beauty passes the test with flying colors

By Arthi Thyagarajan | Oct. 10, 2017, 2:27 p.m. | In Lifestyle »

After Fenty Beauty's debut earlier this month, Rihanna's cosmetics line has received praise not only from a wide range of customers, but also from beauty gurus from all around the makeup world.


It takes a village

By Charles Lott | June 13, 2017, 7:44 p.m. | In Features »

Some Blair students have parents who check Edline religiously, help with homework and don't let their children leave the house unmonitored. Others opt for complete freedom, letting their children party and take care of their own business without oversight. Most high school parents fall somewhere between these two extremes, and it begs the question: how much parental involvement is just right?


Protecting the party

By Pedraam Faridjoo | May 26, 2017, 10:41 p.m. | In Features »

Loud rap music blasts throughout the house, the floor vibrating on account of the bass. A soft haze has settled around packed rooms that were nearly vacant only an hour ago. Bottles of alcohol adorn the messy counters and tables around which laughing teenagers converse. This is a typical night for many students who choose to party on the weekend, with the exception of a single individual standing by the door attentively.


From the lab to the kitchen

By Zoe Friedman | May 9, 2017, 1:54 p.m. | In Features »

After school on Thursdays, most students are doing homework, playing sports or relaxing at home. Unbeknownst to many Blazers, a science classroom on Blair's third floor buzzes with activity. The smell of freshly baked bread permeates the room. A toaster oven sits on a countertop adjacent to a cooling loaf of bread. Nearby, students crowd around a table, shaking a mason jar full of cream, laughing. Chemistry is at work.


Du Cameroun aux Etats-Unis

By Ellie Williams | March 28, 2017, 1:04 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

"Au début j'avais honte de mon accent, mais maintenant je trouve que c'est un avantage de pouvoir communiquer avec des différentes parties du monde."


Technology tries to put an end to stranger danger

By Neva Taylor | March 23, 2017, 12:18 p.m. | In Features »

Tinder, Uber and other services that rely on the trust of strangers are changing the way people interact online. Technology is making it easier and faster to meet, talk to, and work with strangers. But is it safe?


Out of this world planet names

By Alyssa Berrios | March 16, 2017, 1:04 p.m. | In Features »


Bumper stickers of Blair

By Charles Lott | March 14, 2017, 8:28 p.m. | In Features »

For the students who drive themselves to school everyday, the car that they take can be one of two things. In the style of "Humans of New York," these are the bumper stickers of Blair.


Flying forward but still looking backward

By Mehana Daftary | March 12, 2017, 10:08 p.m. | In Features »

Black History Month is a time to celebrate black culture and history, which has had an immeasurable impact on America and the world, while acknowledging the hardships the black community has faced. Students learn about black history in classes and through Sankofa.


Redefining the hazy Blazer

By Charles Lott | Feb. 27, 2017, 6:23 p.m. | In Features »

The Blazer is one of the more cryptic mascots in MCPS. Einstein's Titan or Kennedy's Cavalier, just to name a few, are pretty simple to figure out, and even reuse the logos of other prominent sports teams like the Tennessee Titans and the Cleveland Cavaliers. At Blair, different students have different ideas of what the Blazer is. In fact, there are different Blazers all over Blair.


Getting down and dirty

By Amy Forsbacka | Feb. 18, 2017, 7:21 p.m. | In Features »

Secluded in its own little niche just off of the 210s hallway, it's unlikely that many Blazers have ever actually been inside the greenhouse. But for those who yearn to roll up their sleeves and get dirty or to discover the green thumb they never knew they had, this small, glass-paneled classroom is a haven.


Athletically incorrect

By Charles Lott | Feb. 7, 2017, 1:18 p.m. | In Features »

According to some sports enthusiasts, it isn't taboo to go on wearing a politically incorrect jersey. For others, by wearing a player's jersey, a fan condones both what the athlete does on and off the field.


Bocce on the rise

By Amy Forsbacka | Feb. 7, 2017, 12:59 p.m. | In Features »

Junior Falla Mathieu bends down. After a moment of concentration, she gently tosses a ball forward. It bounces once, twice, then glides down the gym floor before coming to stop. It's now the closest to the yellow ball, and Blair wins the game. The sport is bocce, and a small but dedicated crowd goes wild for Blair's close victory.


Measuring snow in pencils instead of inches

By Nikita Singh | Jan. 25, 2017, 10:06 p.m. | In Features »

"Hey, it's supposed to snow next week! Do you think we'll have a day off?" "Maybe; What does MoCo Snow say?"


Skate like a girl

By Ryan Handel | Jan. 25, 2017, 1:31 p.m. | In Features »

The casual observer might not even realize that Blair hockey number nine is sophomore Mollie Dalbey, the only girl on the Blair ice hockey team.


The story behind the ink

By Ellie Williams | Jan. 15, 2017, 7:46 p.m. | In Features »

Is there anything you'd be willing to have inked on your body for the rest of your life? For some, a display so permanent might seem like a mistake, but others think tattoos are a cool way of expressing oneself through art. For a few Blazers, tattoos are a way of connecting and paying tribute to loved ones.


A Classier Classroom

By Neva Taylor | Jan. 9, 2017, 1:17 p.m. | In Features »

A common misconception about Blair is that it's easy to get lost traversing the halls because of the school's size. What really makes it hard to find your way is that all the classrooms look the same. Imagine if each room had its own unique decor or theme, making them easy to distinguish not just by the number on the door, but by what it actually looks like.


A steaming cup of comfort

By Zoe Friedman | Jan. 2, 2017, 2:35 p.m. | In Features »

The Cups club is a student-run club that works in conjunction with 7 Cups of Tea, an organization that connects trained listeners, therapists and counselors online with people who need to talk to someone. Every Friday during sixth period lunch, the members of Cups club act as student-listeners.


State pride reaches far and wide

By Amy Forsbacka | Dec. 19, 2016, 9:24 p.m. | In Features »

It's everywhere. It finds its way onto athletic wear, shorts, sweatshirts and hats. People are obsessed with it. Its presence is so constant that that the average Marylander doesn't even notice it anymore. What is it? It's the coolest state flag of all: the red and white cross and black and yellow checkers of Maryland.


The Blazer Spirit

By Nate Bodner Neva Taylor | Dec. 17, 2016, 2:05 p.m. | In Features »

Whether as a player on the field or a spectator in the stands, being on a winning team is a fantastic feeling. The players give it their all, the spectators yell and cheer, the parents hold their breath and the clock winds down. Then it's over. The buzzer goes off and all that exciting energy is dispersed over the crowd as people cheer and hug, and players and coaches alike high five and celebrate.

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