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On the tip of the tongue

By Puck Bregstone | March 14, 2012, 11:09 a.m. | In Print Features »

At the age of four, junior Tranelle Dodson was sitting in her living room when her aunt collapsed from a stroke. Dodson rushed into the kitchen to warn her mother, but the words just would not come out.


Starting their first year at Blair, but also their last

By Katie Pohlman | Feb. 17, 2012, 11:33 a.m. | In Print Features »

Bertha Garcia walked in the door on the first day of school and was shocked by the number of students she saw and intimidated by the size of Blair. Although she tried her hardest, she got lost several times. She took wrong turns here and there, and walked into stairwell hallways instead of real ones. This may sound like a typical first day for freshman Blazers, but Garcia is a transfer student and this is her senior year.


Battling stereotypes in surround sound

By Emma Bergman | Dec. 14, 2011, 11:20 a.m. | In Print Features »

The ventures of most third graders end up abandoned with gobs of Elmer's glue and a few bucks to serve as mementos of far flung dreams of greatness. When now freshmen Zeke Wapner, Ben Miller, Michael Untereiner and Ian Askew decided to start a band in the third grade, not much more was expected of them.


From handcuffs to hallways

By NoahGrace Bauman | June 8, 2011, 4:16 p.m. | In Print Features »

Conducting blood pattern analyses, chasing suspects on motorbike, and finding bullet trajectories seems more like a day in the life of an actor on CSI, not of the security guard who patrols Blair's back halls. But just a few years ago Maureen Walsh was documenting homicides and dodging bullets for the Washington, D.C., Police Department.


Communicating through creation

By NoahGrace Bauman | June 8, 2011, 12:14 p.m. | In Print Features »

Senior Talia Mason stands red-faced and panting with a feeling of satisfaction after performing a series of jumps, leaps and twirls in front of a group of her peers at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. The routine, which she painstakingly arranged herself is more than series of movements — it is an expression of her thoughts and feelings into a kinetic work of art.


The student sabbatical

By NoahGrace Bauman | June 8, 2011, 11:30 a.m. | In Print Features »

Class of 2010 graduate, Gemma Deustachio, lives on her own off of a mere three dollars a day. She gets up at six every morning and works with at-risk fourth graders in Washington D.C., and she loves it.


Spirits ‘flii' at Puzzle Palooza

By Eliza Wapner | June 7, 2011, 11:52 a.m. | In Print Features »

Senior CJ Argue hangs another blue beaded Mardi Gras necklace around his neck. His face and body are already caked with blue and white face paint, giving him the appearance of a retro superhero; a blue and white Israeli flag drapes proudly over his back.


A new school of thought

By Stella Bartholet | June 7, 2011, 11:51 a.m. | In Print Features »

Like any typical Blair student, sophomore Conlan Mayer-Marks grudgingly wakes up at six in the morning, brushes his teeth and gets dressed. But instead of throwing on the standard t-shirt and jeans, Mayer-Marks neatly buttons up a military uniform.


Losing weight, finding community

By Eliza Wapner | June 7, 2011, 11:14 a.m. | In Print Features »

For the past eight weeks, every Friday, 44 teachers nervously filed into the nurse's office all day. Each one slowly steps onto a scale, hoping that the number is lower than it was the previous week. The Biggest Loser competition has come to Blair.


A semester sequestered

By Jenny Sholar | Feb. 9, 2011, 12:24 p.m. | In Print Features »

Blair is many things, but wild it is not. Its wilderness is limited to the swamp behind the athletic fields and Blair Boulevard between fifth and sixth periods. So for junior Connor Siegel, spending last semester on two-square-mile campus abutting a national forest and encompassing eight different lakes was quite a change.


Students sign up for this magical mystery fruit

By Nellie Beckett | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

The little pill looks tame enough. It's reddish and comes in an eight-pack that resembles a prescription. The package, which contains barely any English writing, comes from a mysterious company that promises a "taste trip." The pills are affordable, legal and classified as a "dietary supplement" by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And for a few adventurous Blazers, they are a mind-boggling experience.


The young, the broke and the jobless

By Vicky Lai Rebecca Novello | June 5, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

Being young has its perks, but when it comes to searching for jobs in a bleak economic climate, Peter Pan's outlook on life may not be so fitting.


Sextually active

By Lily Alexander Rebecca Novello | June 4, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

There are photographs of just one naked girl on his cell phone — his girlfriend. Greg, a junior, is the only person meant to see these pictures, and he respects that wish. The photographs and videos of 18 other girls on his removable memory card, however, are a reminder of his single days.


Sewing blankets, stitching quilts, making bonds

By Rebecca Novello | April 16, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

Two students show up to sweep the creek on a September afternoon. Three weeks later, 10 help with Takoma Park's street cleaning. When the time comes to walk for the homeless in late November, 25 Blair ESOL students stand on the National Mall, bundled in gloves and scarves and ready to go.


Survivors smile through struggles

By Rebecca Novello | April 16, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

OhCancerGirl has posted a new video. Equipped with a pair of scissors, she chops away at her dyed-red hair as Benny Benassi's techno baseline pumps in the background. She tilts her head curiously, spins in her chair and pouts at the computer screen to see how it looks. The bangs curve higher, the ends rise choppily. The next day a bald spot appears, and she shaves it all off to David Bowie's "Changes."


!Baila, baila!

By Lily Alexander | April 9, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

When the music begins, senior Jhon "JC” Colque and the other performers come alive, as if stirring after a long slumber. Clad head-to-toe in brightly colored traditional Bolivian garb —including multicolored feathered hats — they twist and turn in a series of fast-paced dance steps. With each fluid movement, their neon clothing adorned with sequins becomes a blur of color and energy. The male performers leap up and down and, helmets in hand, bang rhythmically on the floor as the women shake their dazzling hats and skirts to the brisk and cheerful beat of the music. Energy radiates from Colque and his fellow dancers; their twirling, hopping, sliding and twisting to the Bolivian music creates an enthusiasm so infectious that the audience cannot resist bobbing their heads to the beat.


Survivors smile through struggles

By Rebecca Novello | March 6, 2009, midnight | In Print Features »

OhCancerGirl has posted a new video. Equipped with a pair of scissors, she chops away at her dyed-red hair as Benny Benassi's techno baseline pumps in the background. She tilts her head curiously, spins in her chair and pouts at the computer screen to see how it looks. The bangs curve higher, the ends rise choppily. The next day a bald spot appears, and she shaves it all off to David Bowie's "Changes."


A brother's communication breakdown

By Lily Alexander | Oct. 3, 2008, midnight | In Print Features »

Kids bound around on the plastic McDonald's indoor playland, shouting in excitement. A few feet away, one little boy stands completely alone, watching the commotion from a distance. He takes a timid step toward the other children, wanting desperately to join in on the fun, but they dash to the other side of the playground, yelling "you're weird" at him and whispering to one another "he's different."


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