The combination of Caillat's calm, happy songs and Mraz's spunky stage presence proved to be "A Beautiful Mess," minus the mess part.
Sitting in front of a computer, senior Abreham Tsefaye types feverishly at the keyboard. While he could be playing games, browsing Facebook or watching YouTube like a typical teenager, Tsefaye is instead dedicating his time towards bettering the community.
Sitting in a third-grade classroom in India eight years ago, junior Srinivas Vasudevan watched two children as they were forced to squat in front of the class and shake their feet from side to side while pulling on each other's earlobes. Vasudevan's teacher was punishing the students for stealing his pencil sharpener. Not only was this humiliating treatment a form of physical punishment, but also a form of demeaning degradation, which has been shown to leave emotional scars.
With 2007 coming to an end, it'll soon be time to pull out the champagne and sparkling cider to toast the start of 2008. Resolutions will be made, and the impossible goals of weight loss and the elusive four-point-oh will be tossed around. But as the big ball drops in New York City to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne," countries around the world will have already celebrated their New Year with their own longstanding cultural traditions.
She was going to a world where there was said to be a pile of gold at every corner and a stash of money at every turn. She had heard rumors that the place was not much short of heaven. But that fantasy disappeared as soon as she got off the plane and took her first steps in the United States. America is nothing like what others in Ethiopia described it to be for junior Engidawork Kita.
Many teenagers cannot wait to get away from their invasive, nosy and ever-suspicious parents. Gabriela Formento, a Blair junior, is over 4,500 miles away from hers – but not to escape them.
When senior Elissa Fischel walked inside the open, sprawling building for her first day of junior high, it was painfully obvious that she stood out in the sea of students. Whenever she walked in the hallways, people stopped and stared. She did not have a sign taped to her back or toilet paper stuck on her shoe; she was unique in that she was American, a foreigner to Brazil.
Like many other new students, junior Gabriela Vettiger has spent the last few weeks navigating the world of Blair. But what sets Vettiger apart from the masses is that her home is thousands of miles away in Bottenwil, Switzerland.
Throughout the world there are thousands of ways to say "hello," but it may come as a surprise to learn that there are dozens of different ways to say it in Blair itself. Spanish-speakers say "Hola," while French-speakers say "Bonjour." Hawaiians say "Aloha," which also means goodbye. Many people say, "Kelou," which is an Igbo greeting, or "Labas," which is Lithuanian. In the Yoruba language, there are 15 ways to say "hello."
"I went to Honduras two years ago and it was different. I stayed in both the country and the city. After a certain time you couldn't be outside because it was kind of dangerous. I was there a month. They don't have stores like Giant or Safeway. They have markets that travel. They [the markets] came to the corner of my grandmother's house every Friday and they would sell coconuts, cilantro, oranges, other fruits and vegetables, clothes."
Nipon Saisaard is a senior at Blair of Thai nationality. He was born in the Buriram province of Thailand and grew up in the country for majority of his life. When he was thirteen, Saisaard moved to Silver Spring.
A teenager from Lithuania talks about his experience in his homeland and America.
With the crescent moon, which marked the beginning of Ramadan, out of sight, and new one on the horizon, Muslims all over the world began celebrating the end of Ramadan. The three day festival is called Eid al-Fitr, and during the first week of November Muslims rejoice the end of fasting by heading to mosques, giving each other presents, donating money to charities and spending time with family and friends.
Found in the westernmost region of Africa and surrounded by four countries to the north, east and south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Senegal is one of the most individual countries on the continent. Its geography and location gives it flat rolling plains, a semiarid Sahel region in the north, plateaus over 1,600 feet high, wetlands and forests in the south. What makes it even more uncommon is the fact that The Gambia is an enclave inside Senegal.
It was 6:00 a.m. and the sun was slowly rising beyond the horizon. In the distance, a rooster warned the start of a new day - a replacement for the usual alarm clock. Looking around, junior Rachel Bernstein realized that this was not her room, not her house, in fact, this was not even America - this was El Salvador.
Blair is a diverse place with people from all over the world, which means many travel home during spring or winter break to see family in exotic countries. Others simply travel over the course of the year to visit new areas - some as far away as Hawaii, Bermuda and Europe.
India's most ancient civilization was discovered in the mid - 1800's by British engineers, who were busy constructing a railway line between Karachi and Punjab. The engineers found ancient kiln-baked bricks along the path of the track. Soon afterward, two cities, Harappa on the Ravi River, and Mohenjodaro on the Indus were discovered. Over time, the Ancient Indian civilization extended half a million square miles across the Indus river valley and outlasted Egypt and Sumer civilizations.
The first annual concert involving the Russian School of the Russian Embassy and the British School of Washington was hosted at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 17. The concert was dedicated to educating students of both schools about the Russian and the British culture.
Well before an India-Pakistan cricket series begins, newspapers start splashing headlines, such as `A War on the Pitch' or `The Kargil of Cricket.' However, everybody fails to notice the friendship among the spectators of the two nations.
On Friday, March 18, International Night took place in the auditorium. It was an opportunity for the many diverse cultures at Blair to represent themselves and their country to the Blair community.
From first to sixth centuries AD, Vietnam was a part of the Indianised Kingdom of Funan. The Chinese covered the area in the second century and ruled for 1000 years. Their rule ended in 938 AD, when Ngo Quyen destroyed the Chinese armies and became the leader of the country. Quyen died in 944 AD. In 1858, the French and Spanish stormed into Vietnam and a year later captured Saigon. From then on, the French ruled Vietnam until 1954, when communist leader Ho Chi Minh helped drive the French out of Vietnam. The same year, the negotiations of the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into two regions – South Vietnam, controlled mostly by the anti-communists, and the communist North Vietnam.
On a cloudy Sunday morning they congregated, students representing countries of the world: Switzerland, New Zealand, Morocco, Zambia, India, Germany and many others, to discuss topics such as relocation, education, making friends, learning the culture of their host country and their new school.
The article below is from the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Gymnasium school newspaper, located in Hamburg, Germany. The article deals with the newly implemented A-Level examination, a test that is taken by all graduating students in thirteenth grade in Hamburg schools. The A-Level exam is very similar to the standardized testing in American schools.
Over winter break, on the week of Dec. 24th, I traveled to Nicaragua to visit my mother's family. There, I observed one of the most unique and traditional celebrations of the country-a Catholic ceremony called 'la Purisima' that honors the Virgin Mary. While there, my grandmother, Vilma Lopez Mendoza decided to host her own Purisima party, composed of singing and praying to the Virgin Mary. The voices of her guests singing inside the house could be heard loudly from anywhere in the neighborhood. The living room was decorated from top to bottom in streamers, balloons and ribbons. In the center of all the decor stood a small statuette of the Virgin Mary, smiling benevolently at her guests, enjoying her celebration.
On Dec. 26, 2004, a series of tsunamis struck South Asia. In India 10,749 were pronounced dead, "5,640 missing -- 5,554 on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands." Following is an article from Anshul Kapoor, an eighth grade student from Bluebells International School, in New Delhi, India. Anshul has agreed to send Silver Chips Online articles about India and student life in his country.
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