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MCPS officials wake up at 3 a.m. to assess weather conditions. Courtesy of WTOP
MCPS officials wake up at 3 a.m. to assess weather conditions.

Snowy solutions

While snow falls and students are sound asleep, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) administrators are up at 3 a.m., racing around and checking the weather forecasts. The seemingly small notification that pops up on the MCPS website before school starts has a big decision making process behind it, and even wider impacts on the community.

Stepping up the game

Sophomore Justin Haddad comes home on a Friday afternoon, packs his fencing gear, and hops on a plane to Portland for his next competition.

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Prime real-estate at Four-Corners

A new school supply is becoming essential in many classrooms and offices at Blair. It often sits on the floor under desks and near crevices, but some are found higher up in cabinets or by sinks. They come mainly in the form of a wooden rectangle, with a spring loaded wire and a tasty treat placed just in the right position. In some cases, theyíre activated and the treat is gone, replaced by a once-hungry critter who was hoping to get a bite to eat.

On the other hand

Freshman Nicole Frank takes ambidextrousness to a completely new level. Frank is such a skilled violinist that you wouldnít notice the difference between her left hand and that of the other violinists in Blairís Symphonic Orchestra at first glance. However, Frank was born with very short fingers, often referred to as "nubbins," on her left hand. "Many people tell me they look like toes," Frank says.

An assist to El Salvador

For many Salvadorans, soccer is much more than a hobby, it's a lifestyle. After a long dayís work, it's customary to meet up with friends and family at la cancha , or the field. Unlike in the United States, most people stay on their community teams well into adulthood. And if people donít play, they certainly go to watch the games.

Weird and wacky phobias

Senior Moira Johnson walks through Blair Boulevard along with hundreds of other students rushing to get to class. Suddenly, she feels a soft, plush texture brush against her arm and canít help but shriek.

Spitting out family history

After rummaging through old sepia toned photographs, connecting the branches of extended family trees and reading old letters from relatives from generations past, many questions about ancestry still remain unanswered. The secrets hidden even beyond extensive searches through old family documents can be found in the contents of a couple teaspoons of saliva.
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"I like to travel with teens because I like to watch them see the world for the first time" - Anne Cullen