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Musician Emmanuel Jal speaks at Blair

By Maniza Habib | March 6, 2017, 1:11 p.m. | In Local »

Musician and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal came to speak at Blair last Tuesday in the auditorium during fourth period. He also held workshops during both sixth and eighth periods in the media center.


Mary Beth Tinker speaks at Blair

By Neva Taylor | March 2, 2017, 1:41 p.m. | In Local »

Mary Beth Tinker spoke in the auditorium during fifth and sixth lunches on Feb. 22. She was invited to speak to by OneBlair, a student run activist group, about her famous free speech case, Tinker v. Des Moines and what it means to her to be able to have the same rights in and out of the classroom.


Blair's turf field makeover

By Zoe Friedman | Feb. 22, 2017, 6:27 p.m. | In Local »

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is replacing the playing surface of Blair's artificial turf field after concerns arose from an October 2016 inspection. Construction began in January and is expected to last until March.


Changes coming to government and biology HSAs

By Amy Forsbacka | Feb. 18, 2017, 8:04 p.m. | In Local »

The Maryland State Department of Education is in the process of changing the government High School Assessment (HSA) test and plans to phase out the biology HSA test next year.


Meet the Blair SMOB candidates

By Amy Forsbacka | Jan. 30, 2017, 9:22 p.m. | In Local »

Juniors Charles Goldman, Joshua Sorto, Le Do and Michael Yin are all running for Student Member on the Board (SMOB) this year.


Inauguration day protests struggle to obtain permits

By Maniza Habib | Jan. 9, 2017, 1:04 p.m. | In Local »

Groups seeking to protest on Inauguration day, or around that time, are struggling to obtain permits to march on National Park Service grounds and other public property.


Senior sells lip balm for a cause

By Ellie Williams | Dec. 22, 2016, 7:42 p.m. | In Local »

Senior Prim Phoolsombat is raising money to send school supplies to Thailand by selling homemade lip balms for $3 each.


Cheer to the top

By Zoe Friedman | Dec. 8, 2016, 9:25 p.m. | In Local »

The Blair varsity cheerleading team won the Montgomery County Division II County Championship and Spirit Award on Saturday, Nov. 12 for the second year in a row. After winning this year and last year, the team will move up to Division I for next year.


Japanese classes make rice balls for a good cause

By Benjamin Yokoyama | Dec. 2, 2016, 10:50 p.m. | In Local »

On Nov. 18 and 24, Japanese 1 classes, with teacher Yoko Zoll, made rice balls to participate in the "Change the World with Onigiri" campaign, started by an organization called Table for Two.


Local elections reshape the MoCo political landscape

By Ryan Handel | Nov. 30, 2016, 2:20 p.m. | In Local »

Along with the national presidential election on Nov. 8, several local elections took place in the county. Of the seven seats on the MCPS Board of Education, three were up for election, and Maryland voted on three different ballot measures, as well.


A week at Blair's Interracial Dialogue

By Nate Bodner | Nov. 30, 2016, 1:45 p.m. | In Local »

Starting Monday November 14, students gathered in the media center after school for a week to talk and engage in meaningful dialogue about race. Students also utilized this time to organize and plan the next step following the walk out.


Students walk out in protest

By Amy Forsbacka, Eleanor Cook, Pedraam Faridjoo, Lauren Frost, Randima Herath | Nov. 14, 2016, 1:29 p.m. | In Local »

Hundreds of Montgomery Blair students left campus on Nov. 14 to participate in a national protest against President-elect Donald Trump.


Class of 2016 SAT scores increase

By Zoe Friedman | Nov. 10, 2016, 12:14 p.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery Blair High School Class of 2016 raised its SAT score by five points from 2015. However, the Class of 2016's SAT participation rate dropped both in MCPS and at Blair, and the decrease was even greater among Hispanic/Latino students.


Melissa Young: Latino Achievement Coordinator

By Mehana Daftary | Nov. 2, 2016, 10:38 p.m. | In Local »

Melissa Young joined Blair staff this 2016-17 school year as the Latino Achievement Coordinator. The position was created to help Spanish-speaking students succeed in academics with the support of their families.


Students no longer permitted to sit by tennis courts at lunch

By Alyssa Berrios | Oct. 31, 2016, 1:36 p.m. | In Local »

Blair administration implemented a new rule on October 11 prohibiting Blazers from sitting near the tennis and basketball courts near Colesville Rd. during lunch due to safety regulations.


New clubs on the block

By Ellie Williams | Oct. 10, 2016, 5:19 p.m. | In Local »

Blazers were proud to showcase their clubs during the club fair on Sept. 21. Several of these clubs are new and are looking for new members. From Blair Ragers, to Do Something, there is a club for everyone. Here is a look at some of these new clubs.


Blair begins free dinner program for all students

By Ryan Handel | Oct. 4, 2016, 9:53 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery Blair has been selected by Montgomery County as one of ten high schools to start a program that will offer free dinner to all students. The program, which began at the start of this school year, is available to all students.


Blair buses overcrowded with students

By Alyssa Berrios | Sept. 28, 2016, 1:37 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery Blair High School welcomed over 800 incoming freshmen this school year, leading to overpopulated school buses. Due to the overwhelming quantity of students on the buses this year, Blair administration is considering adding a second bus for multiple stops.


MCPS places restrictions on school WiFi

By Neva Taylor | Sept. 28, 2016, 1:15 p.m. | In Local »

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) restricted WiFi in schools so that students can no longer access social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat, starting this 2016-2017 school year.


Bomb threat forces Blair to evacuate

By Eleanor Cook Randima Herath | Sept. 20, 2016, 2:53 p.m. | In Local »

Students and staff at Montgomery Blair High School were evacuated out of the school building during sixth period on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The evacuation, which occurred at 12:28 p.m. was prompted after an anonymous call to Montgomery County 911 warned of a bomb in the school building.


Silver Spring apartment explosion leaves at least 30 injured and 7 dead

By Amy Forsbacka | Sept. 2, 2016, 1:13 p.m. | In Local »

A massive gas explosion injured at least 30 people and killed seven in a Flower Branch apartment complex on Arliss Street in Silver Spring late Wednesday night.


Blair wins National Science Bowl Tournament

By Sandeep David | June 26, 2016, 9:57 p.m. | In Local »

Seniors Eric Lu and Arnold Mong, juniors Jamie Vinson and Alex Miao and sophomore Elliot Kienzle won the US Department of Energy National Science Bowl on May 2 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. The last time Blair won the national competition was in 1999. The team reached the top five in 2004 and in 2011, when Blair placed fourth and second place, respectively.


Blair team wins second place at the regional Rubik's Cube competition

By Maniza Habib | May 16, 2016, 9:34 p.m. | In Local »

The Blair Rubik's Cube team won second place at the DC metro "You CAN do the Rubik's Cube" tournament at the National Electronics Museum on April 2.


Samir Paul wins Rising-Star Teacher Award

By Lauren Frost | May 11, 2016, 1:40 p.m. | In Local »

Magnet computer science teacher Samir Paul won the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund Rising-Star Teacher Award. He has been teaching at Blair for two years.


Bill would require annual mental health training for teachers

By Eleanor Cook | May 9, 2016, 12:41 p.m. | In Local »

In the Maryland State House of Delegates, there is currently a bill on the floor that would require all school personnel to receive mental health training each year.

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