features


50 Shades of Valentine's Day

By Zewde Ingram | Feb. 17, 2015, 11:24 a.m. | In Features »

Valentine's Day is a day filled with excitement for Blazers. From special someones to candy hearts, students look forward to the holiday.


The doctor in the classroom

By Eleanor Linafelt | Jan. 25, 2015, 7:56 p.m. | In Features »

There are more doctors in Blair than you may think. Not the medical kind, though—doctors of philosophy and education. They've been students far longer than any of their students have—and are now able to pass on their knowledge in their classrooms.


Do you love your body? (Part III)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 13, 2015, 5:03 p.m. | In Features »

To read Part I, click here. To read Part II, click here.


Do you love your body? (Part II)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 11, 2015, 9:25 p.m. | In Features »

This three-part story will be updated every two days. To read Part I, click here.


Do you love your body? (Part I)

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 9, 2015, 1:08 p.m. | In Features »

Girls and boys have learned to both constantly seek approval from and fear the judgment of the glassy surface of a mirror. American teenagers today are becoming less and less comfortable in their own skins.


Taking center stage

By Zewde Ingram | Dec. 29, 2014, 2:04 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Kelly O'Connor, who has taught at Blair since 1997, is a passionate thespian who has enthusiastically embraced the role as director of Montgomery Blair's school plays and musicals.


Loud cheers, ringing ears

By Ellie Struewing | Dec. 26, 2014, 3:10 p.m. | In Features »

What makes a concert into an unforgettable experience?


The secret life of Blair handball

By Arthi Vijaykumar | Dec. 4, 2014, 6:31 p.m. | In Features »

The varsity handball program in Montgomery County is probably one of the most welcoming sports programs in the county, since it is both co-ed and intramural. Blair's handball team is also one of the most successful teams in the school, with an outstanding record for all three years of its existence.


The Hijabistas of Blair

By Abir Muhuri | Dec. 1, 2014, 12:51 p.m. | In Features »

She ponders, looks up and says, "Being a teenager in the 21st century, I see the hijab as canvas to be doing whatever I want with it."


Humans of Blair: Caring and committed

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 22, 2014, 5:41 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Senior Savitri Singh has wanted to become a doctor since she was four years old. Unlike the childhood career fantasies of many, Singh's dream has not left her as she has grown older.


Redefining the term 'student teacher'

By Martha Morganstein | Nov. 18, 2014, 7:03 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

"It's the strong smell of deja-vu," NSL and AP comparative government teacher Peter Cirincione says. It's Cirincione's first year as a teacher at Blair, but his 5th year as a member of the Blair community.


The greatest editor of his day

By Maximillian Foley-Keene | Nov. 12, 2014, 9:30 p.m. | In Features »

On Oct. 21, the journalistic and political world mourned the death of one of its giants. Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee served as the Washington Post's Editor-in-Chief during the Watergate scandal.


Oscar de la Renta: his legacy in fashion design lives on

By Divya Rajagopal | Nov. 12, 2014, 9:24 p.m. | In Features »

October 20th saw the passing of a major cultural fashion icon and incredible human being.


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.

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