Events to be held in celebration of "International Workers' Day"

By Natasha Prados | April 21, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The National Capital Immigration Coalition will host five Immigrant Unity Day events on Monday, May 1 in honor of International Workers' Day. The events will take place in Langley Park, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Arlington and Richmond from 5-8 p.m.

Car chase in Blair neighborhood ensues during rush hour

By Merlyn Deng, Payal Patnaik | April 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Two youths attempted to escape with a stolen black Jeep Cherokee in the Woodmoor area, resulting in a minor car chase that climaxed at the intersection of Colesville Road and University Boulevard today at approximately 4:35 p.m. They were caught soon afterwards.

Senior Helen Alemu passes away

By Devon Madison | April 18, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Senior Helen Alemu died yesterday morning due to what is thought to be trauma to the head after a fall, according to an announcement made today.

Blair music captures top honors at Heritage Music Festival

By Lois Bangiolo | April 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Blair music ensembles captured first prize out of 15 schools for the best overall music program, as well as the adjudicator's award and the prize for best overall instrumental group, at the Heritage Music Festival in New York City this past weekend.

Takoma Park Middle School Florida trip cancelled

By Lois Bangiolo | April 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Takoma Park Middle School annual field trip to Florida will be discontinued, according to Magnet coordinator Scott Degasperis. This year's trip, which students made in February, will be the last, and the Magnet program will select a new destination for future years.

Board of Education candidate speaks to Young Democrats

By Eve Gleichman | April 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Shirley Brandman, a candidate in the upcoming Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) race, spoke to Blair's Young Democrats on Tuesday April 4 in room 134 at 3 p.m. Brandman briefly discussed her experience in education before moving into a longer dialogue with members of the club.

Blair students and teacher win Siemens Foundation awards

By Lois Bangiolo | April 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Two Blair students and a Blair teacher were honored by the Siemens Foundation with Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, which recognize high achievement in the Advanced Placement (AP) program.

New plan will allow student drop-off on University side

By Lois Bangiolo | March 29, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Blair and the PTSA are working on a plan to allow parents to safely drop off students on the University Blvd. side of the school, a location more convenient for many parents. Currently, the only authorized drop-off point is in the Colesville parking lot, but many parents chose to leave students in the morning in the University Blvd. parking lot, creating dangerous congestion.

SGA, Media Center to sponsor book drive

By Simon Kanter | March 29, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The SGA and Media Center are sponsoring a children's book drive through April 7 that will benefit kids enrolled in Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL). Collection boxes for gently used children's books are located in the Media Center, Career Center, counseling office and ESOL academic support rooms.

Thirty year celebration of the French immersion program held

By Bridget Egan | March 28, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Montgomery County Public Schools celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the French Immersion Program on March 25. The ceremony took place at Blair.

Fundraiser to be held for community service projects in El Salvador

By Natasha Prados | March 28, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Washington Ethical Society International Partners (WES-IP) will hold a fundraiser for its summer El Salvador service trip on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at 7750 16th Street, Washington, D.C. 20012. The suggested $20 admission fee (children under 12 enter free of charge), along with whatever other money is raised during the event, will go directly towards this summer's service projects.

Silver Chips Online named finalist for Pacemaker

By Eve Gleichman | March 22, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Silver Chips Online was one of seven finalists selected in the National Scholastic Press Association's (NSPA) annual Online Pacemaker competition. Of these, three winning online publications will be announced in April during the Spring High School Journalism Convention, which will be held in San Francisco.

Silver Quill is one of 10 Pacemaker finalists

By Natasha Prados | March 21, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The 2004-2005 edition of Silver Quill, Blair's literary magazine, is one of 10 finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association's prestigious pacemaker award, according to the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) web site.

Computer Team finishes second at University of Maryland contest

By Lois Bangiolo | March 20, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Blair Computer Team placed second in the 16th annual University of Maryland Computer Programming contest held March 11.

Sundial built in student courtyard

By Bridget Egan | March 20, 2006, midnight | In Local »

The Blair astronomy class recently finished constructing a sundial in the student courtyard that uses natural light to determine time, according to astronomy teacher Leslie Rogers. The sundial cost around $125 and is accurate within five minutes of the actual time.

Student Democrats "re-engaged in politics" at Spring Convention

By Merlyn Deng | March 19, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Politically active teenagers mingled with elected officials and candidates at the Montgomery County Coalition of High School Democrats Spring Convention held in Rockville yesterday, March 18.

State Senate candidate speaks to SGR

By Eve Gleichman | March 14, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Local community activist Jamie Raskin, a Democratic candidate for State Senate, from District 20, spoke to about 40 students last Thursday, March 9, in room 168 at 2:10 and 3 p.m. The event, coordinated by SGR, provided a forum for discussion on Raskin's campaign as well as his work as a constitutional law professor and public interest attorney.

Blazer finishes third in Intel Science Talent Search

By Eve Gleichman | March 14, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Senior Chelsea Zhang won third place in the 2006 Intel Science Talent Search, according to an Intel press release issued today. She received $50,000 in scholarship money.

Blair honors its athletes at Winter Sports Awards Ceremony

By Merlyn Deng | March 13, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Winter sports team coaches presented awards to selected Blazers who performed exceptionally this season at the annual Winter Sports Awards Ceremony held tonight in the auditorium. Coaches gave out the "Most Valuable Player" award (MVP), the "Most Improved" award (MI), the "Outstanding Senior" award (OS) and the "Coach's Award" (CA).

Blazer makes final round of Shakespeare Speech competition

By Merlyn Deng | March 9, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Junior Maureen Raj competed in the final round of the Washington, D.C., area Shakespeare Speech competition against approximately 40 other high school students at D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre, on Tuesday, March 6, according to Raj's coach, English teacher Kelly O'Connor.

Silver Chips profiled by New York Times

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

The New York Times published an article in today's edition praising Silver Chips as an organization of "tireless reporters."

Montgomery Democratic Central Committee holds annual brunch

By Merlyn Deng | March 8, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Sailboats and treasure chests strewn across table completed the "Democrats… Cruising for Victory" theme at Annual Country Brunch, an event in which several hundred Democratic candidates and elected officials were invited to the Indian Spring Country Club on Sunday, March 5. The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), which organizes this yearly event, arranged for various Maryland Democratic politicians to discuss issues, the upcoming elections and the retirement of Democratic Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes.

Campaign kickoff event held for Shirley Brandman

By Meaghan Mallari | March 7, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Shirley Brandman, a candidate for Montgomery County Board of Education At-Large, formally launched her campaign on March 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center in Silver Spring. Officials including County Councilman Steve Silverman, State Delegate Jane Lawton and friends in support of Brandman gathered to celebrate her candidacy.

Blair has 36 National Merit Finalists

By Merlyn Deng | March 3, 2006, midnight | In Local »

Thirty-six Blazers have advanced to Finalist level in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program after being selected from a pool of Blair's 40 semifinalists named earlier this school year. Semifinalists were chosen based on their performances on the PSATs, which were administered during their junior year.

Woman leader elected in Jamaica

By Hokuma Karimova | March 2, 2006, midnight | In International »

Portia Simpson Miller, 60, was elected president of the People's National Party in Jamaica, on Feb. 26.

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