NFL broadcasts first virtual draft

By Simran Thakkar | May 15, 2020, 6:59 p.m. | In Print Sports »

Millions tuned in to watch Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, announce the first round picks of the first-ever virtual NFL Draft on Apr. 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodell announced each name from the comfort of his own home rather than under the bright lights of Las Vegas, where the draft was originally supposed to be held.

A hairy situation

By Ishaan Shrestha | May 14, 2020, 11:05 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

Bangs, buzz cuts, and bleach. Without barbers, Blazers are taking the scissors into their own hands by styling their own hair. Some run the two-guard over their scalps to liberate themselves from the inconvenience of their long locks, while others dye their hair dramatic colors to test out unique styles in a rare time where they don't have to worry about negative judgment.

Reaching the New Horizons of quarantine

By Ishaan Shrestha | May 14, 2020, 10:54 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

In quarantine, there really isn’t much to do. Wake up, tend to your plants, eat some fruit, maybe rearrange your furniture, forge some paintings, or talk to your anthropomorphized Tanuki capitalist overlord, Tom Nook. On March 20, Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the widely-anticipated game in which players do all the aforementioned. The game is a quirky cross between the worldbuilding of The Sims and the community interaction of mayorship, requiring you to build friendships with human-like animals across the island town you manage.

Weathering a $2.8 billion shortfall

By Kathryn LaLonde, Oliver Goldman | May 14, 2020, 10:36 p.m. | In Print Features »

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers across the globe have shuttered themselves in their homes, making only occasional public appearances to shop for groceries or go for a socially distanced jog. Once-bustling city streets and storefronts are hauntingly empty. Unemployment levels have skyrocketed with unprecedented speed and magnitude. Hundreds of thousands of beloved small businesses have shut their doors, some temporarily in accordance with government orders, but many for good.

The lies of the tiger

By Abednego Togas | May 14, 2020, 10:31 p.m. | In Print Entertainment »

If you are looking for a major distraction from the global pandemic, look no further than Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. The latest pop cultural sensation has swept the internet, generating endless memes and discussions about the series’ absurd content.

Under Armour to donate medical supplies to Maryland hospitals

By Lilia Wong | May 13, 2020, 3:10 p.m. | In Print Sports »

Under Armour has started to produce face shields, fabric face masks, and “specially equipped fanny packs” to donate to local Maryland hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sportswear company, headquartered in Baltimore, is also exploring the production of hospital gowns and N-95 face masks.

How midwives are supporting pregnant women amidst COVID-19

By Rekha Leonard | May 13, 2020, 2:56 p.m. | In Print Features »

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital visits are bringing greater and greater inherent risks, leaving many pregnant women searching for alternative places to give birth. As a result, many midwives are seeing an increase in clients looking to give birth at home or in birthing centers. According to the National Institute of Health, in the US, only about one percent of babies are born at home, but some prenatal care workers and experts predict that COVID-19 encouraging women to deliver outside of the hospital might cause a spike in the percentage this year.

Students can choose a letter grade one higher than their third quarter mark or a “pass” for their transcript, MCPS announces

By Anika Seth | May 12, 2020, 2:38 p.m. | In Print News »

MCPS will allow high schoolers to choose how their second semester grades appear on their transcript, the Board of Education declared in a 7-1 vote today. Students can opt for their transcript to reflect a “pass” or one letter grade higher than what they received in the third quarter. A COVID-19 marker will also be added to all transcripts for the second semester.

US experiencing a blood shortage

By Rekha Leonard | May 11, 2020, 2:13 p.m. | In Print News »

The United States is experiencing a blood shortage due to mass cancellations of blood drives amidst concerns over large gatherings of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local COVID-19 testing

By Ashley Thommana | April 30, 2020, 1:54 p.m. | In Print News »

In Maryland and Montgomery County, there are several COVID-19 testing sites. Compiled below is a list of testing sites within a few miles of Blair and the requirements for being tested.

New Montgomery County law limits rent increases

By Anna Fisher Lopez | April 29, 2020, 1:42 p.m. | In Print News »

County Executive Mark Elrich signed the COVID-19 Renter Relief Act on April 24 prohibiting landlords from raising rent more than 2.6 percent during or for the 180 days after Maryland’s state of emergency.

Hogan announces reopening plan, hopes to launch first stage in early May

By Abby Brier | April 24, 2020, midnight | In Print News »

Governor Larry Hogan announced Maryland’s reopening plan for the COVID-19 pandemic today in an afternoon press conference. Hogan said that his administration has been working hard to attain adequate testing, hospital capacity, personal protective equipment (PPE), and staff for contact tracing in order to start the process of recovery. Once these criteria are met and doctors begin to see a decline in the rate of hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening plan will begin.

Gallery: The Fridge: Art Gallery in Southeast DC

By Isabelle Megosh | Feb. 22, 2019, 1:28 p.m. | In Media »

The Fridge is a unique art gallery and music venue in Washington DC that focuses on street art and emerging local artists.

Gallery: Troy Story Three

By Catherine Lo | Nov. 26, 2018, 1:49 p.m. | In Media »

The theater department presents Troy Story Three, an epilogue to the Odyssey written by Ms. O'Connor's husband, John O'Connor.

Gallery: Blair Fall Pep Rally

By Sydney Hastings-Wilkins, Catherine Lo | Oct. 9, 2018, 2:22 p.m. | In Media »

Blair students gather in the Blair football stadium to get pumped for the fall sports seasons. Students saw performances from the poms team, Blair cheerleaders, the Blair marching band, and more.

Gallery: March for Our Lives- March 24th 2018

By Audrey Haverland | Sept. 28, 2018, 11:18 a.m. | In Media »

Students march on Washington for stricter gun control in as a part of the nation-wide event, March for Our Lives

Gallery: Cherry Blossoms

By Victoria Sampson | Sept. 28, 2018, 11:13 a.m. | In Media »

Cherry blossoms bloom on our nations capital. April 29, 2018.

Gallery: Gun Control Walkout

By Morgan Casey | Sept. 28, 2018, 11:08 a.m. | In Media »

Students participate in a walkout in support of increased gun control.

Gallery: Pirates of Penzance

By Victoria Sampson | Sept. 20, 2018, 2:10 p.m. | In Media »

Blair students take part in "Pirates of Penzance," the spring musical

¿Estados Unidos le debería abrir las puertas a los refugiados de Siria?

By Emily Barrero | March 7, 2016, 1:50 p.m. | In La Esquina Latina »

Recientemente, los medios de comunicación han estado llenos de noticias sobre los acontecimientos que están ocurriendo en el medio oriente. A causa de una guerra civil, uno de los países que está siendo más afectado es Siria. Miles de personas están tratando la manera de huir de los enfrentamientos violentos y sangrientos.

Redadas de inmigrantes dividen a hogares hispanos

By Camila Fernandez, Andres Perez | March 1, 2016, 1:22 p.m. | In La Esquina Latina »

En los primeros días del 2016, cientos de indocumentados fueron extraditados de sus casas debido a la acción ejecutiva del presidente Barack Obama, la cual tomó el 20 de noviembre del año 2014.

Northwood employee taken into custody

By Michelle Chavez | June 1, 2012, midnight | In Print News »

Northwood High School media services technician Aaron Lamere was arrested on May 7 and charged with over a dozen counts of sex-related crimes, according to police reports. A letter signed by Northwood Principal Henry Johnson was sent home informing students about the situation on the day of the arrest.

Tips and tricks for navigating recruitment

By Claire Sleigh | April 27, 2012, 12:59 p.m. | In Print Sports »

Sports in college operate on a whole different level: the competition is more intense, the training hours are longer and the pressure is much higher. But getting there can be the hardest part.

Tailoring content to our readers

By Claire Sleigh | April 27, 2012, 12:30 p.m. | In Print Opinions »

If you flip through an issue of Silver Chips from the past couple years, you'll find one topic suspiciously missing: what Blazers do once they graduate Blair.

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