Color guard also came in fourth, while percussion came in first
Blair's marching band earns fourth place at a band competition,
Everyone deserves to have access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resources, programs and opportunities regardless of their race, religion or gender. This should go without saying, but a recent event has demonstrated that even today, politics can come between girls and STEM opportunities by preventing an all-girls team from Afghanistan from entering the United States for an international robotics competition.
On April 27, seniors Elizabeth Billings, Thomas McHale and Thien Nguyendo placed second as a team at the Maryland State National History Day (NHD) competition. The team competed against over 600 other participants and will now advance to the national-level 2013 Kenneth E. Behring NHD Contest, which will be held at the University of Maryland from June 9 to June 13.
On Jan. 31, Blazers participated in the open round of the annual North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) at Blair.
On Dec. 5, Blair won second place in the biannual Knowledge Master Open (KMO). The Blazers scored 1773 points, 3 points behind the winning school, Novi, Michigan's Detroit Catholic Central High School.
Senior Samuel Zbarsky and 11 other North American students went to the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to compete with over 30 teams from 26 countries around the world. The American and Canadian teams competed in both the individual and team events and did some sightseeing around the city.
From March 20 to March 24, junior Jack Foster and freshman Brian Tsau competed in the Spring National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior Nationals meet in Orlando, Fla. Foster placed 30th in the 1000 yard Freestyle and 55th in the 400 yard Individual Medley (IM). Tsau placed 13th in the 1500 Long Course (LC) meter Freestyle and 23rd in the 1000 yard Freestyle.
The Blair crew team competed in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints on Feb. 4 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA and the National Capital Erg Sprints on Feb. 12 at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
On Jan. 25, senior Frederic Koehler was named the only Maryland finalist in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. The Intel Science Talent Search is a competition that pools together some of the country's top high school students and encourages them to pursue research opportunities. Koehler will compete for a $100,000 cash prize against 40 other finalists from across the country.
The Siemens Foundation recognized six seniors as semifinalists in the individual division of the 2011 Siemens Competition. Maryland had a total of 10 semifinalists, six of whom are from Blair.
On July 15, Jack Naden, a 2011 Blair graduate, and senior John Rose were named the High School Group winners of the Student Electronic Music Composition Talent Search for their entry, "The Song for Paris."
The Blair Envirothon team "Fortress 2" will compete at the Maryland state competition on June 15 and 16 at St. Mary's College.
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