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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.


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.



Plotinsky, Miriam

By Neida Mbuia Joao | May 3, 2014, 2:22 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »


LoveSCOpe: Senior Unity Date

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | March 9, 2014, 10:36 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Seniors David Ma and Morgana D'Ottavi looked like a great match. We sent them to Pete's A-pizza in downtown Silver Spring to see if these seniors were a match made in heaven.


LoveSCOpe: Can a bowling date lead to a lucky strike?

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Feb. 17, 2014, 5:40 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Senior Arnelle Kodjo and junior Haki Johnson seemed like they'd get along great.


Humanos de Blair: No hay un sitio como Australia

By Aidan Keys Rohan Oprisko | Feb. 13, 2014, 4:59 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Senior Tauqir Abdullah tiene una manera de hablar que es única en los pasillos de Blair. Él anda y habla suavemente.


Humans of Blair: There's no place like Oz

By Aidan Keys | Feb. 3, 2014, 10:14 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Although Abdullah has lived in Japan, the U.S and Australia, Australia (Oz for short) is where he feels most at home.


James Schafer

By Harini Salgado | Jan. 6, 2014, 6:46 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

On the first day of class, James Schafer always does one activity. He asks his students to sit down in the back of the classroom and asks for their name and one interesting thing about them. Unlike most teachers however, by the end of class, he knows each of his student's names.


LoveSCOpe: Souper great time at Soupergirl

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Jan. 2, 2014, 7:16 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

We sent Sophomore Luisa McGarvey and junior Alex Alia to Soupergirl, located on Carroll Street on the D.C. side of Takoma Park.


Humans of Blair: A fiesta of a life

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 30, 2013, 7:51 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Senior Marisela Tobar immigrated to the United States when she was 5 years old. Tobar's fun loving attitude has been ever present throughout the complications of life.


Humans of Blair: Adventurous learning

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 13, 2013, 2:04 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Sophomore Aaron Mott sits at a lunch table where his friends call him Victor. He doesn't know why they do that, just one day they did so he went with it.


LoveSCOpe: Crepes can't create chemistry

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Dec. 13, 2013, 12:42 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Both described themselves as quirky, entertaining and outgoing in their applications.


Yolaine Siko: Integrating different cultures in the classroom

By Ross Cohen-Kristiansen | Dec. 10, 2013, 3:34 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Siko's native language is French, but is fluent English she recounts her journey since college, which has taken her to three continents and exposed her to many different cultures.


Humans of Blair: Balancing change in one country and tradition in the other

By Aidan Keys | Dec. 3, 2013, 1:23 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Junior Eunice Muchemi immigrated to the United States from Kenya in December 2010.


LoveSCOpe: Soccer connections make for a winning time

By Zoe Johnson, Martha Morganstein, Sarah Trunk | Nov. 28, 2013, 5:16 p.m. | In LoveSCOpe »

Welcome to the first edition of LoveSCOpe! We set up students on free blind dates and see what happens. Dates will be published every month. Click here to apply.


No debating the greatness of Blair's debate team

By Birhan Alemayehu | Nov. 10, 2013, 1:49 p.m. | In Clubs »

The 76 member debate team has been defending county champions two years running.


Peter Engelmann

By Abir Muhuri | June 19, 2013, 8:56 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

With binders of math curricula filed across his table, one would assume Peter Engelmann was born to teach math. But that's just not the case.


Mary Lou Thornton

By Harini Salgado | June 19, 2013, 8:41 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

"Good teachers are born to teach," Mary Lou Thornton says, sitting in her office, surrounded by books, photos and papers. Thornton, who teaches three Honors United States History classes and is the resource teacher for the Social Studies department, has been teaching for a long time. "I've been at Blair since 2004 or 2005. It's been such a long time I can't remember," she says laughing. During her time at Blair she has developed a reputation of being fun teacher with interesting classes.


Courtney Wells

By Samuel Popper | June 18, 2013, 7:21 p.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Courtney Wells is glad she did come to Blair because even though she has just entered the Blazer family, she loves it already and is glad she came here over anywhere else,


Robert Gibb

By Rohan Oprisko | June 18, 2013, 7:33 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

The Hand of God, playing long stick middy, seeing multiple music shows and stopping a fight in his first day as a teacher at Blair, the list goes on and on. Robert Gibb has seen and experienced all of these things and more in and out of Blair during his 24-year tenure.


James Mogge

By Madeleine Daly | June 17, 2013, 8:53 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

James Mogge pulls up a chair in the hallway after school before heading back into his classroom. He stays late to give extra help to students who are waiting patiently in their seats. Kids stay after the bell rings, going over their notes and working with Mr. Mogge.


Katie Lazo

By Sarah Trunk | June 17, 2013, 8:36 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

Lazo teaches English as a Second Language (ESOL), and there is nothing she cares about more than her students. She loves talking with them, helping them and really getting to know them.


Kelly Crowder

By Abel Chanyalew | June 17, 2013, 8:18 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

For many students, the mandatory art class is not exactly an important element of the white index card that reads them their schedule. Art teacher and aficionado Kelly Crowder wants to change all that.

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