Maryland's new driving laws to go into effect in October

By Zoe Norvell | Sept. 13, 2005, midnight | In Local »

"Sweet Sixteen" has turned sour for many Maryland teenagers. On Oct. 1, a new law takes effect that lengthens the time drivers must hold learner's permits, raises the minimum age for obtaining a provisional license to 16 years and three months, raises the minimum age for obtaining a regular license to 17 years and nine months and imposes new behavior restrictions on teen drivers, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) web site.

John Mahoney announces decision to run for Maryland State Senate

By Payal Patnaik | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In Local »

John Mahoney, the president of the Young Democrats of Maryland (YDM), announced his decision to run for the General Assembly in District 19 on Thursday at the Young Democrats Campaign Kick-Off in Baltimore. He is retiring from the YDM, an organization for Democrats under the age of 36, in order to challenge the current senator of District 19, Leonard H. Teitelbaum, in 2006.

Concert held at Sangha

By Mary Donahue | Sept. 11, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A concert to benefit the victims of hurricane Katrina was held at the fair trade store Sangha in Takoma Park today, Sept. 11. All the proceeds collected at the concert will go to the Community Service Agency in D.C.

Silver Quill wins Columbia Scholastic Press Association Award

By Emma Zachurski | Sept. 10, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Silver Quill, Blair's yearly literary magazine received the Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) during the week of Sept. 4.

Valerie Ervin discusses equality in education at Blair

By Natasha Prados | Sept. 9, 2005, midnight | In Local »

MCPS Board of Education member Valerie Ervin and Evie Frankl, Montgomery County Education Forum co-founder, discussed equality in education with Blazers after school today, Sept 8. The event, hosted by Students for Global Responsibility (SGR), addressed issues such as the lack of minority students in Blair's CAP and Magnet programs, tracking and the achievement gap.

Blair students hold car wash for Hurricane Katrina victims

By Lois Bangiolo | Sept. 5, 2005, midnight | In Local »

When Alexandra Gunnison, former Blair student, saw the horrific images of Hurricane Katrina's destruction on the news, she decided to take action. She gathered a group of friends and went to the Safeway parking lot at Four Corners and started washing cars to raise money for the hurricane victims this past Saturday and Monday.

Chief Justice Rehnquist dies

By Merlyn Deng | Sept. 4, 2005, midnight | In National »

William Hubbs Rehnquist, who had been the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly two decades, passed away last night in his Arlington home after a yearlong bout with thyroid cancer. He was 80.

Advanced Placement results announced

By Eric Hysen | July 23, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Resource Counselor Marcia Johnson announced Blair's Advanced Placement (AP) test results at the Instructional Leadership Team meeting on Monday, July 11. In May 2005, 660 Blazers took 1617 AP exams and received 674 fives, 482 fours, 284 threes, 122 twos and 55 ones.

New Assistant Principal selected

By Eric Hysen | July 22, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Dr. Andrew Coleman, a former Assistant Principal and Principal at various secondary schools in Montgomery County, Ohio and Georgia, has replaced Linda Wolf as one of Blair's five grade-level administrators. He will work with James Short to oversee the incoming class of 2009.

Blair teacher to perform for Summer Concert Series on July 28

By Merlyn Deng | July 18, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Magnet computer science teacher Karen Collins and her band, Squeeze Bayou Cajun Band, will be performing on Thursday, July 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Silver Plaza on Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street. The concert is a future installment of the weekly Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series that is held every Thursday from June 9 through August 11.

New head of counseling arrives at Blair

By Eric Hysen | July 11, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Marcia Johnson replaced the now retired Karen Hunt as Director of School Counseling Services on July 5. Johnson, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, was selected by a panel of administrators, counselors, parents and students and now oversees the counseling department's course registration and student guidance services.

Sebastian Johnson installed as SMOB

By Eric Hysen | July 6, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Senior Sebastian Johnson was installed as the 28th Montgomery County Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB) last night, July 5, at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. He was elected on April 27 over John F. Kennedy High School senior Nadia Sicard, receiving 78.54% of all votes cast.

Blair team places 8th at Maryland Envirothon

By Lois Bangiolo | June 25, 2005, midnight | In Local »

A team from Blair represented Montgomery County at the Maryland State Envirothon, held on June 23, 2005 at the Harford Glen Education Center in Bel Air, Maryland. The team of five sophomores placed 8th out of 17 teams at the event, with a total score of 438.67 out of 600 points.

SGR sponsors AIDS teach-in

By Emma Zachurski | April 22, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Two guest speakers spoke to Blair students yesterday on the issue of the international HIV/AIDS epidemic. The teach-in was held by Students for Global Responsibility (SGR).

Instrumental music and choral groups win awards during Chicago trip

By Emma Zachurski | April 17, 2005, midnight | In Local »

Blair's music department received a total of five honorary plaques and three trophies for their performances in the Heritages Festival in Chicago, Illinois. The participating groups from Blair in this festival were the Honors Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, and the Chamber and Blazer Choirs.

Remembering Arthur Miller

By Emma Zachurski | Feb. 20, 2005, midnight | In National »

Playwright Arthur Miller, known best for his plays "The Crucible" and "Death of a Salesman," passed away in his home in Roxbury, Connecticut on the evening of Feb. 10. His death was due to congestive heart failure, according to CNN.

Skate Park to be built in Silver Spring

By Emma Zachurski | Jan. 28, 2005, midnight | In Local »

The Park and Planning Commission of Silver Spring has created a plan to expand the recreational park located on Fenton Street and Philadelphia Avenue and add a skate park. According to The Gazette, the park is to be between 1.5 and 2 square acres and the skateboarding facility will be approximately 14,000 square feet.

Christmas in October

By Kristi Chakrabarti | Dec. 6, 2004, midnight | In International »

People rush to the malls to purchase gifts for relatives and friends. Cities are crowded as people flood the streets to admire the gorgeous lights and decorations. Family and friends come together to eat delicious home-cooked food and exchange presents to celebrate the holiday season of Durga Puja.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced dead

By Emma Zachurski | Nov. 11, 2004, midnight | In International »

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat passed away in his sleep on Nov. 11 at 3:30 a.m. in a hospital in France. No cause of death has been disclosed yet, according to The Washington Post.

Cox, Ervin and Abrams win Montgomery County elections

By Emma Zachurski | Nov. 4, 2004, midnight | In Local »

All voting precinct results have been reported as of Nov. 3 2004, and Sharon W. Cox , Stephen N. Abrams and Valerie Ervin all won board of education elections. Ballots also included three referendums, called Question A, B and C, that were defeated.

Silver Chips Online mock presidential election results

By Jeffrey Dunn | Nov. 2, 2004, midnight | In Local »

After four weeks of voting, the results are in for the Silver Chips Online mock presidential election: John Kerry won 93% of the Blazer vote, defeating opponents George Bush and Ralph Nader by a landslide.

Silver Chips Online electoral map

By Jeffrey Dunn | Nov. 2, 2004, midnight | In Local »

Silver Chips Online is pleased to offer our readers a rendering of the United States that shows which candidate each state's electoral votes will go for. Republican states are marked in red, Democratic states in blue.

Arafat in seriously ill but stable condition

By Emma Zachurski | Oct. 28, 2004, midnight | In International »

Palestinian president Yasser Arafat is considered seriously ill but in stable condition as of Oct. 28. He has been staying in his compound in Ramallah and has had doctors from Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt come to treat him over the last week according to The Washington Post.

Letter from the SGA President

By | Oct. 26, 2004, midnight | In Local »

The SGA is excited to begin the fall by renewing our commitment to community outreach. Last week, we held the first of two blood drives planned for this year, and we thank all the students and staff who gave blood. The event was a great success, and the SGA is proud to have been a part of it.

Memorial for 2002 sniper victims dedicated

By Emma Zachurski | Oct. 2, 2004, midnight | In Local »

Brookside Gardens dedicated a memorial for the victims of the 2002 sniper shootings yesterday, Oct. 1. The event was held during the daytime and drew in approximately 300 to 350 people.

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