features/blairconnection


A typical day in the Blair cafeteria

By Jasmine Ali | Sept. 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m. | In Blair Connection »

How cafeteria staff get food to hungry Blazers every day


Getting 2076 SSL hours over the course of a school career

By Jasmine Ali | June 2, 2019, 12:41 a.m. | In Student Section »

How senior Wilbert Mora found his love for volunteering and what kept him going


Blair Players: Franco Berrett

By Nene Narh-Mensah | May 17, 2019, 1:23 p.m. | In Student Section »

Blair sophomore Franco Berrett played the lead role of Captain Tempest in this year's musical


Leading the way with an epee

By Shifra Dayak | Nov. 22, 2018, 12:54 a.m. | In Blair Connection »

Fencer Justin Haddad uses his years of fencing experience to create positive change


From Vietnam to ESOL to Honors English

By Alex Russ | Oct. 28, 2018, 11:10 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Long Lam immigrated from Vietnam and had to adjust to school in the United States


The Kennedy Center's star

By Absa Fall | Oct. 15, 2018, 8:19 a.m. | In Blair Connection »

Valentina Simon performed the Nutcracker Ballet


Time well spent

By Nene Narh-Mensah | Oct. 15, 2018, 8:14 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

A retiring staff member looks back at her time at Blair


Passion, purpose and acceptance

By Reethi Padmanabhan | Oct. 10, 2018, 8:34 a.m. | In Blair Connection »

"I always tell people; be yourself. Anything else is uncivilized."


On perseverance and strength

By Sam Kulp | Sept. 27, 2018, 7:26 p.m. | In Blair Connection »

Medhanit Desta is the only girl on the JV football team but doesn't let that phase her


After 19 years, Leigh Tinsley returns to Blair

By Emmy Song | Sept. 27, 2018, 6:27 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

"When you teach writing, you get to see kids grow and come into their own voices, and there's something really validating about that. They are going to fight for what they believe in and I love giving them the tools to be able to do that in the world."


Davina Ramos arrives at Blair, the intersection of cultural crossroads

By Emmy Song | Sept. 27, 2018, 6:11 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

"As a bilingual and bicultural teen, there were times that I felt that I didn’t fit in. It was as if I had one foot in each country."


A Lively performance

By Eric Feigen | Nov. 30, 2017, 8:01 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Engaging high students is one of a teacher's greatest challenges. Robin Lively, the latest addition to the Blair math department, uses acrobatics as way to motivate her class and foster good study habits in and out of school. If all of her students receive a least C on a major assignment, Lively performs a cartwheel as a reward for the class' hard work.


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."


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."


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.


Woodward, Marta

By Abir Muhuri | March 15, 2015, 11:03 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Marta Woodward is sure to brighten up your day. She has an infectious smile and wears colorful headbands. Whether teaching biology, singing for her choir or simply being herself, Marta Woodward keeps with her a treasure chest of wisdom and diversity.


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.


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.


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.



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."


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.


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.

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