features


Got text?

By Maniza Habib | Feb. 11, 2016, 1:56 p.m. | In Features »

Text messaging has grown to be one of the most popular forms of communication since it's start 22 years ago. Yet the rule book for texting is drastically different than any form of face-to-face communication.


Nine semifinalists from Blair in Intel Science Talent Search

By Brian Le | Feb. 10, 2016, 7:56 p.m. | In Features »

Nine Blazers were named semifinalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, the most of any school in the country. Seniors Josephine Yu and Arnold Mong were also announced as finalists and will receive $7,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging.


A whole new world

By Eleanor Cook | Feb. 8, 2016, 8:08 p.m. | In Features »

ESOL classes are an important part of helping students adapt to their new country and succeed academically but, above all, they are made up of hard-working students and teachers.


"Habari Gani" from our Blazers to you

By Zewde Ingram | Jan. 21, 2016, 10:54 a.m. | In Features »

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.


Answering the call

By Charles Lott | Jan. 17, 2016, 7:32 p.m. | In Features »

Could someone at Blair help stop the people that mean to do harm? And what convinces Blazers to risk their own lives in the defense of others? These dedicated students explain what drives them.


Condoning consumption

By Divya Rajagopal | Jan. 12, 2016, 2:08 p.m. | In Features »

In the light of a recent fatal drunk driving accident, students and parents reflect on what happens when parents allow underage drinking in their house.


Humans of Blair: A balance of passions

By Randima Herath | Jan. 6, 2016, 1:51 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

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.


The art of grafitti

By Ellie Struewing | Dec. 22, 2015, 2:19 p.m. | In Features »

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.


To attend or not attend, that is the question

By Zewde Ingram | Dec. 19, 2015, 5:38 p.m. | In Features »

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.


Much Ado for Blair theater as show time neared

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 16, 2015, 1:30 p.m. | In Features »

As the first drawing of the curtain nears, nerves abound backstage. And after the final drawing of the curtain, pride and oftentimes tears are apparent in the days after performance week.


Cheering for a win

By Eleanor Cook | Dec. 8, 2015, 1:13 p.m. | In Features »

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.


At the intersection

By Neida Mbuia Joao | Dec. 7, 2015, 7:18 p.m. | In Features »

LGBTQ+ youth of color exist at a curious intersection of two communities that don't seem to fully accept or understand them.


The Blair community responds to the tragedies in France and Lebanon

By Brian Le | Dec. 3, 2015, 3:29 p.m. | In Features »

Blazers have shown their sympathy through news of the attacks. More than anything, we became unified.


What student athletes don't know about their coaches

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Nov. 18, 2015, 1:35 p.m. | In Features »

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.


Combating hunger and feeding hope

By Randima Herath | Nov. 16, 2015, 2:08 p.m. | In Features »

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.


After September 11

By Maniza Habib | Nov. 10, 2015, 1:09 p.m. | In Features »

The media has played a large role in influencing Islamophobic perspectives. An automatic fear has been instilled in Americans by mainstream media, which impacts the lives of Muslims every single day.


Trick or treat...or teach?

By Charles Lott | Oct. 31, 2015, 11:32 a.m. | In Features »

With the help of a little holiday spirit on behalf of the Blair staff, Blazers are both finishing out the quarter strong and getting excited for Halloween.


Two new counselors join Blair staff

By Charles Lott | Oct. 30, 2015, 2:59 p.m. | In Features »

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.


Asociación Fulbright: programa de becas para intercambios internacionales conecta escuelas alrededor del mundo

By Andres Perez | Oct. 20, 2015, 2:15 p.m. | In Features »

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.


A new approach to high school sports

By Charles Lott | Oct. 20, 2015, 1:03 p.m. | In Features »

Don't be disheartened if you get cut from the varsity team or if you can't run a mile in under eight minutes, because when it comes to Blair athletics, there's plenty of room for everybody.


What's up with Mr. Pope?

By Brian Le | Oct. 19, 2015, 2:38 p.m. | In Features »

With jokes that he is often misquoted being truer than not, many are not familiar with the pope's values, so SCO is here to break it down: what really does Pope Francis believe?


Questioning the Blazer

By Nicholas Shereikis | Oct. 7, 2015, 5:03 p.m. | In Features »

Generations of students have asked this question which still remains unanswered today: what is a Blair 'Blazer?'


The ultimate motivators

By Lauren Frost | Oct. 6, 2015, 1:56 p.m. | In Features »

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.


Coming full circle

By Ellie Struewing | Oct. 3, 2015, 1:21 p.m. | In Features »

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!


On the sidelines

By Zewde Ingram | Oct. 2, 2015, 9:51 a.m. | In Features »

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

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