Maryland to receive federal funds for gang prevention

By Kathy Jee | March 2, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The federal government has allocated $750,000 to a local community center to combat the county's growing gang presence after a strong effort on the part of state and local legislators to secure the financial support.

D.C. high school students discuss segregation with CAP class

By Natasha Prados | March 1, 2006, midnight | In Local »

D.C. high school students from The Next Step Public Charter School created a video about the lack of diversity in their area, which they showed to Kevin Shindel's CAP Research class yesterday, generating a discussion about segregation and racism.

Petition deadlines extended

By Alex Hyder | Feb. 28, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Students applying for certain SGA positions have until March 8 to submit their applications, according to Parliamentarian Christie Lin.

Blair Science Bowl team places second in regional competition

By Merlyn Deng | Feb. 27, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair's Science Bowl team placed second at the Regional Science Bowl competition held at the Department of Energy on Feb. 25 after losing to Wootton High School 52-94 in the final round.

State delegate candidate to hold campaign kickoff

By Natasha Prados | Feb. 26, 2006, midnight | In Local »

State delegate candidate and 1994 Blair graduate Democrat Aaron Klein is inviting community members of Maryland District 20 to attend a kickoff of his campaign at Ceviche Restaurant in downtown Silver Spring on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Trip to Iran canceled due to continued violence

By Hokuma Karimova | Feb. 24, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Spring Break trip to Iran, which included Blair students, has been canceled after cartoon caricatures of Muhammad prompted unrest in the Middle East, according to the trip's organizer and social studies teacher David Swaney. Swaney said that the decision to cancel the trip stemmed from the continuous demonstrations and protests in Middle Eastern countries.

Ethnic strife grips Iraq

By Hokuma Karimova | Feb. 24, 2006, midnight | In International »

The suspected Al Quaeda bombing of a Shiite mosque has left Iraq in a state of inter-ethnic tension as curfews go into place throughout the country.

Blair students advance in Reflections Program

By Lois Bangiolo | Feb. 23, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Three Blair students advanced to the "Awards of Excellence" level as part of the Reflections Program, an arts achievement and recognition program sponsored by the national PTA. The students' entries will be judged by the Maryland PTA, and the winning entries, announced March 3, will continue to the national level.

Amnesty International holds forum on torture

By Natasha Prados | Feb. 23, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair's Amnesty International club held a forum on torture today in room 251 at 3 p.m. Around ten attendees took an in-depth look at torture in terms of U.S. and international policy.

Blair English teacher named Haywood All-Star Teacher

By Lois Bangiolo | Feb. 21, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair teacher Jeanette Simmons was selected as a winner of the Haywood All-Star Teacher Award, sponsored by the Washington Wizards, based on an essay written by sophomore Morgan Nixon. Simmons was one of ten teachers from the Washington, D.C., area to receive this award.

First winter sports pep rally in two years held

By Merlyn Deng | Feb. 17, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The shortened winter Spirit Week ended with an SGA-organized pep rally in the gymnasium on Feb. 17. It was the first winter pep rally in two years.

Snow day prompts changes to Spirit Week

By Alex Hyder | Feb. 14, 2006, midnight | In Local »

SGA Chief of Staff Eric Hysen announced today that yesterday's snow day has forced the organization to re-schedule Spirit Week.

Johnson finishes second in Jeopardy Teen Tournament semifinals

By Phillip Allen | Feb. 14, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Senior Sebastian Johnson finished second on Jeopardy Teen Tournament in his semifinal round in an episode that aired yesterday, Feb. 13.

Pom squad earns three awards in competition

By Meaghan Mallari | Feb. 11, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Pom Squad won the second place team award, the third place captain award and the spirit award at the MCPS Pompon Championship competition held today in the Blair gymnasium. Blair competed against six other Division II schools at the competition, which began at 9:30 a.m.

Fundraiser to be held at Mayorga

By Meaghan Mallari | Feb. 10, 2006, midnight | In Local »

A fundraising event for Jamie Raskin featuring various poets and writers will be held Sat. Feb. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mayorga Coffee Factory. Raskin is running for Maryland Senate representing Takoma Park and Silver Spring (District 20).

Bill to require defibrillators in Maryland schools introduced in State Senate

By Lois Bangiolo | Feb. 10, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland Senate held public testimony on Feb. 8 for SB249, a bill to require automatic external defibrillators (AED) in all Maryland high schools. This bill was introduced by State Senator Sharon Grosfeld in response to the death of Andrew Helgeson, Blair class of 2005, from sudden cardiac arrest last May.

Two students involved in three-car accident

By Merlyn Deng | Feb. 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Two female Blair students were involved in a three-car accident this morning before school when they were attempting to make a left turn into the student parking lot, according to assistant principal Suzanne Harvey. The students, a junior and a senior, were transported to the hospital immediately after the accident.

Forum on disability issues to be held

By Natasha Prados | Feb. 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Candidate for Montgomery County Executive, Steve Silverman, will hold a discussion regarding disability issues on Monday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Special Needs Library, located at 6400 Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda.

Creator of Peace Studies class visits Blair

By Natasha Prados | Feb. 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post columnist, nationally acclaimed peace advocate and the creator of Peace Studies classes, visited Blair yesterday to discuss the importance of nonviolence and peace education.

College Board contemplating change to SAT

By Lois Bangiolo | Feb. 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

College Board is considering a split-up of the SAT that would allow students to take only one of the three sections — Critical Reading, Math and Writing — at a time. This proposed change will be reviewed at the May meeting of the College Board SAT committee and would allow students to improve their scores by retaking chosen sections in one sitting.

State delegate candidate speaks to Blair's Young Democrats

By Eve Gleichman | Feb. 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Local politician Aaron Klein spoke to about 15 Young Democrats about his upcoming campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates, as well as his intended policies as a potential representative of District 20, today, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. in room 134.

Blair holds first annual Science Research Conference

By Bridget Egan | Feb. 3, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The freshman Honors Physics classes and the Science Research Methods class held their first annual Science Research Conference and "I Wonder" symposium to publicly display their knowledge and comprehension of their research topics on Feb. 2 at Blair.

BlazerNet and BlairConnect blazing toward the future

By Lois Bangiolo | Feb. 2, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Inside room 241, a small group of students gather on Tuesday afternoons, huddling around a line of black Dell computers. On the computer screens, green text glows against a black background as the students type the code of BlazerNet, code that takes the Internet from Blair to Blazers' homes.

Fundraiser held for Silver Spring art project

By Mary Donahue | Feb. 1, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The design plans for the Arts on the Block Gateway Underpass Project was unveiled at a fundraiser held in Silver Spring. Jackie's Restaurant and Lounge hosted the event on Monday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The money raised by the fundraiser will go towards buying supplies to build the mural.

PTSA fundraiser extended after communication error

By Mary Donahue | Jan. 28, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Due to an advertising error, the PTSA extended their El Golfo fundraiser for an additional evening, to Jan. 26. The event raised $595, more than any previous fundraiser held by other schools at the Silver Spring restaurant.

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