Field hockey player rushed to hospital after asthma attack

By Nitin Sukumar | Sept. 23, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Sophomore Elsa Haag was rushed from Blair in an ambulance after suffering an asthma attack during field hockey practice on Sept. 20. She has made a full recovery.

Princeton follows Harvard in abolishing early decision

By David Jia | Sept. 22, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Princeton University became the second Ivy League school to drop their early admission program on Monday in favor of one single process in admitting all undergraduate applicants. The new policy will go into effect for undergraduate class of 2012. Their decision follows Harvard, who dropped their early action policy last week.

Freshman convention and election scheduled for next week

By Priyanka Gokhale | Sept. 21, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The freshman election convention for the class of 2010 SGA will be held on Sept. 27 – a half-day – in the auditorium during fourth and sixth periods from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Voting will take place on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. CAP students will vote during Photography, Magnet students will vote during Computer Science and all other freshmen will vote during Connections.

Blair trees removed for interfering with power lines

By David Jia | Sept. 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Approximately half of the 150 full-grown sycamore trees separating Blair's two parking lots from University Boulevard and Colesville Road were removed during mid-August by Pepco because of interference with electric wires above and below ground.

Class councils choose homecoming class-themes

By Rachita Sood | Sept. 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The class themes for the Oct. 14 homecoming dance are Monopoly for seniors, Candyland for juniors, Life for sophomores and Clue for freshmen. The SGA class council presidents and the freshman homecoming committee chair made the final decisions based on a general survey of students.

Blair Sports Academy begins fall activities

By Gus Woods | Sept. 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Sports Academy held a series scrimmages yesterday for the academy's new basketball tournament. The BSA is supporting basketball for the first time this year in the fall along with the traditional ping pong and board games.

Old problems disappear along with bathroom doors

By Poorva Singal | Sept. 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The decision to remove the first floor bathroom doors has helped eliminate vandalism problems such as graffiti and tearing down and clogging fixtures. Business manager Jim Funk, who made the decision, said that vandalism disappeared immediately since the removal of the doors last spring.

Harvard ends early action with class of 2012

By Julia Mazerov, Clement Yang | Sept. 16, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Harvard University announced Sept. 12 that it will discontinue its non-binding early action program for applicants in the fall of 2007. School officials believe the switch will "level the playing field" by reducing the disadvantages faced by low-income students and minorities, according to a Sept. 13 "Chicago Tribune" article. Harvard will be the first of the nation's universities to completely eliminate all early admission procedures from its application process.

Second period power outage disrupts classes

By Kate Harter, Nitin Sukumar | Sept. 13, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The power and backup generators at Blair failed at 8 a.m. due to external causes that are still unknown. The outage lasted for 15 minutes, during which time students and staff were instructed to stay in their rooms. Several rooms in the building remained in complete darkness. Blair's entire first block was affected by what Building Services officer Reginald Tobin thinks "could have been a [power] substation outside."

Parking permit applications delayed

By Will Bucher | Sept. 9, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair parking spot permit applications have been delayed due to problems with IDs and a permit application overhaul, according to Business Manager Jim Funk, who said that bringing closure to the ID policy takes precedence over parking distribution.

SGA to hold activity fair on Sept. 15

By Priyanka Gokhale | Sept. 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The SGA will hold its annual activity fair on Friday, Sept. 15 during periods 5A and 5B. Teachers will bring their classes to the fair during their fifth period class.

Immigration rally draws thousands

By Courtney Burtraw | Sept. 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

An immigration rally in Washington, D.C. today drew thousands of people including high profile speakers such as Ted Kennedy, NAACP president Bruce Gordon and NCIC president Jaime Contreras, all of whom converged to urge Congress to take immediate and comprehensive action for immigration reform.

Blair welcomes parents at Back-to-School Night

By Elsi Wu | Sept. 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair's annual Back-to-School Night was held today from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Parents and students attended the event that focused on improving communication between the school and home.

SGA announces homecoming theme

By Priyanka Gokhale, Miriam Ragen | Sept. 6, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The SGA announced today that this year's homecoming theme will be board games. This year's homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m, and the annual fall spirit week will take place from Monday, Oct. 9, to Friday, Oct. 13.

Senior wins silver at international programming competition

By Nitin Sukumar | Sept. 4, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Magnet senior Matt McCutchen won a silver medal for Team USA at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) on Aug. 20.

Blair passes math for "No Child Left Behind"

By Julie Zhu | Sept. 2, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blazers met the 2005-2006 math requirements of Maryland's school accountability system "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP), a part of the Bush Administration's "No Child Left Behind" Act, for the second consecutive year. According to principal Phillip Gainous, if Blair also passes the reading AYP requirements — the results of which will come shortly — the school will exit the improvement process for three years.

SGA back-to-school barbeque postponed

By Miriam Ragen | Sept. 1, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The back-to-school barbeque scheduled for today has been postponed until Friday, Sept. 8, because of inclement weather. The rescheduled event will take place from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m. on either the softball field or in the SAC.

High AP scores to take place of HSA's

By David Jia | Aug. 14, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Maryland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick and President of College Board Gaston Caperton joined Montgomery County Superintendent of Schools Jerry Weast at Watkins Mill High School on July 26 to jointly announce that henceforth, AP (Advanced Placement) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests can be used to opt-out on one or more of the HSA's.

NAACP announces new economic plans

By Miriam Ragen | July 25, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced its new plans to monitor the economy and corporate report card at its 97th annual convention in Washington, DC, on July 17.

The National Zoo throws birthday party for its black and white celebrity

By Poorva Singal | July 12, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Tai Shan, the National Zoo's adored giant panda cub, turned 1 with a party on Sunday. Thousands of fans came to celebrate as the Zoo continued its efforts to educate the public about this endangered species.

Preparations underway for annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

By Priyanka Gokhale | July 6, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Planning and set-up has begun for the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which will be held from Aug. 11 to Aug. 19 on the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

Silver Spring mosaic revealed at ceremony

By Mary Donahue | June 11, 2006, midnight | In Local »

"The Silver Pass" public art project was held at the Georgia Avenue and Blair Mill Road intersection this Friday. The project, which incorporated the efforts of 11 Blazers, includes four large mosaics and more than 300 feet of painted panels.

Picnic greets incoming freshmen

By Alex Hyder | June 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair's administration organized a picnic Tuesday night in the SAC for incoming freshmen in which the students were introduced to Blair and told of the many extracurricular opportunities available at Blair.

Pre-season picnic kicks off Thunderbolts baseball

By Eve Gleichman | June 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Silver Spring – Takoma Thunderbolts, a local college summer baseball team, participated in a pre-season picnic to preface their upcoming season last night. Players on the team from across the country joined their host families for food and discussion of the seventh season in Thunderbolts history.

Graduated seniors streak through Blair

By Phillip Allen, Alexis Egan | June 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Four students, presumed to be 2006 graduates, ran through Blair wearing only underwear, today during 5B lunch. The streakers, three males and one female, marked their bodies with "06" to identify their graduating class.

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