features


No desk is an island

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 10, 2014, 4 p.m. | In Features »

Though there is often a thunderstorm of work and activity in the Main Office, there never ceases to be a warm smile and helpful face awaiting any visitor. It doesn't come from having an easy job but rather from the constant knowledge that all the staff members in the office are always there to support each other.


Friends, Soccer—and Swish!

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 5, 2014, 1:20 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

In 2012, Okombi escaped war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo to the U.S. with his family. He enrolled at Blair the summer after, immediately joining the inter-school summer soccer league.



Real life superpowers

By Ellie Struewing | Oct. 29, 2014, 4 p.m. | In Features »

Ask anyone to choose a superpower, and more often than not the answer will be the ability to fly. While growing wings is sadly not an option, a few Blazers have found another way of soaring through the air


Poetry deserves an A+

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 24, 2014, 12:48 p.m. | In Features »

There is a lack of poetry instruction in current curricula and a widespread distaste for it from students. However, schools can and should work to increase and improve poetry instruction and eliminate that ever-present groan.


Not in the family

By Sarah Trunk | Oct. 24, 2014, 10 a.m. | In Features »

Pluto was downgraded to dwarf planet in 2006 after a short and controversial run as official planet due to its size and location. People didn't like that, and they still don't.


A New Era for Blair Football

By Zewde Ingram | Oct. 15, 2014, 6:43 p.m. | In Features »

This season, Blair's first chance at the Maryland football playoffs is more tangible than ever, set poetically against the backdrop of Blair's 80th anniversary. At the helm of the Blazers' winning season is Head Coach Dr. Andrew Fields.


Montgomery Blair Preschool

By Eleanor Linafelt | Oct. 14, 2014, 6:41 p.m. | In Features »

Tucked away in a classroom in a far corner of the building, with colorful posters lining the walls and shelves stocked with games, toys and stuffed animals is Blair's Child Development class. For nine three- and four-year-olds from the surrounding community, this is preschool.


Alumni of Blair: Love and loss at Blair

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Oct. 14, 2014, 10:35 a.m. | In Humans of Blair »

"The best day of my life was at that Blair basketball game."


The First Lady of Blair

By Harini Salgado | Oct. 13, 2014, 11:35 a.m. | In Features »

"Exciting, challenging, rewarding, stressful and beneficial." These are just five words Renay Johnson uses to describe her job as the principal of Blair.


Building bridges at Blair

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Oct. 5, 2014, 12:39 p.m. | In Features »

BLISS assigns upperclassmen tutors with younger and lower level classes, giving academic assistance to students and an extra hand to teachers. But BLISS accomplishes much more than an academic mission.


Mbaya Subayi: from the Belgian Congo to Blair High School

By Sasha Tidwell | Oct. 3, 2014, 9:28 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

With his complex background, French teacher Mbaya Subayi fits right in with the diverse population while also standing out as a charismatic teacher.


Humans of Blair: Kinetics, Cars and Cameroon

By Abir Muhuri | Sept. 30, 2014, 9:37 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Sophomore Franck Demou walks into the media center with a confident smile. He packs together with his tight group of friends. Sitting down at a table, he thinks back to long walks during his sunny days in Cameroon.


What it's like to be on Wheel of Fortune – and win a million dollars

By Brian Le | Sept. 30, 2014, 1:19 p.m. | In Features »

After keeping her winnings a secret for four-and-a-half months, Manchester was finally able to reveal her ecstatic moment when the show aired on September 17. Friends and family, hundreds of current and past students and millions of Wheel of Fortune viewers were struck with amazement.


Beatboxers, cheerleaders and skydivers come to Blair

By Brian Le Ellie Struewing | Sept. 25, 2014, 5:19 p.m. | In Features »

Some are returning teachers, some are Blair alumni and some are stepping into Blazer territory for the first time. Here is a quick roundup of the new teachers at Blair.


Yu will swim far

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 25, 2014, 5:10 p.m. | In Features »

Far from being sleepy or lethargic, Yu dives into the pool every day with the same goal: to perform better than she did yesterday.


Humans of Blair: A guest for a whole year

By Harini Salgado | Sept. 19, 2014, 11 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Tall and blonde, Julia Spies seems like a fairly typical Blair sophomore—except for her German accent. Spies is a German exchange student who will be attending Blair for a whole year.


The future of Turnitin.com at Blair

By Divya Rajagopal | Sept. 19, 2014, 10:49 p.m. | In Features »

Turnitin.com began as a tool to catch cheaters. However, in the decade since, Turnitin.com has begun to offer versatile tools for teachers to implement in their classrooms.


Our Blazing Athletes

By Robert Pfefferle | Sept. 19, 2014, 10:19 p.m. | In Features »

Blair athletes of all different sports now have to manage a grueling schedule that demands lots of late nights and hard work.


O captain, my captain

By Zoe Johnson | Aug. 14, 2014, 11:15 p.m. | In Features »

Though they all live on in film, a part of each of Robin Williams' characters is gone, disappeared along with the beloved comedian and actor who committed suicide on August 11, 2014, allegedly for reasons related to substance abuse and mental illness.


Absence (may) make the heart grow fonder

By Aidan Keys | June 14, 2014, 4:09 p.m. | In Features »

Many students find themselves asking, "Should we stay together after graduation?" It's a simple question that makes high school sweethearts ache, the days bitter but the moments sweet.


Humans of Blair: Medicine and Moving Forward

By Abir Muhuri | May 29, 2014, 1:21 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

For Nahn, becoming a doctor, studying hard at science and volunteering isn't just about preparing for the profession she wants. Her grandma in Vietnam was the catalyst that sparked her passion for medicine, science and, most importantly, caring for the sick.


A shared portal in Blair

By Abir Muhuri | May 29, 2014, 1:06 p.m. | In Clubs »

On Tuesday afternoons, Room 132 is a world of language, life and culture: a portal from Blair into everything Japanese.


A surrealistic outlook

By Aidan Keys | May 21, 2014, 10:25 p.m. | In Features »

In the end, visual art is just as much about the artist as it is about the creation. Two of Blair's most eccentric artists can relate to that.


Princes (and Princesses) Charming

By Sarah Trunk | May 16, 2014, 7:50 a.m. | In Features »

There are so many vloggers out there on Youtube, it can be hard to choose which one best deserves your attention as you put off studying for APs or unwind after a long day. The British Youtuber sensations sweeping the internet nation certainly doesn't help, because there are countless Youtubers with pleasant accents or quirky personalities.

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