We hope the Blair Alumni Association website will become another place where you can go to relive the memories of three (or four) of what were some of the best years of your life.
We encourage you to visit all of the new parts of our website. You’ll be able to enjoy the many different ways that we pay tribute to the school we all loved, and discover how you can help us support the faculty and the students of today’s Montgomery Blair High School.
Among the features you’ll be able to enjoy as a member of the Blair Alumni Association are:
the Silver Chips archives
the Silverlogue archives
the Alumni News archives
our Scholarship Program section
the many articles we have about the history of Blair and Silver Spring,
links to the school website, Silver Chips online, and other related websites,
a list of class websites and social media outlets,
and news about what’s going on at today’s Blair.
We encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to send us information, pictures, memories and articles that we can add to our site for the enjoyment of all the Blazers who will visit it.
Get on social media, your class Facebook page, etc., and let your classmates know it’s time join the Blair Alumni Association and keep the Blair Spirit alive for all Blair grads!
Help Us Keep This Great Tradition Growing By Placing Your Tile on the ALUMNI HALL Wall of Fame
The Wall of Honor was created to provide a way for the alumni’s support of Blair to be immortalized at the school. You can help us “build” our wall by purchasing a commemorative brick tile (described below) for yourself, your family, a family member who attended Blair, or perhaps to honor a Faculty Member at Blair who made an impact on your life. We are really encouraging classmates to get together and purchase a Class Tile, to show their collective support for Blair. All of the proceeds from the sale of Wall of Honor tiles will be used to support the school, either through our Scholarship Program or through our Special Projects Fund. To date, our Scholarship Program has provided tens of thousands of dollars to support the continuing education of graduating Blair Seniors. Our Special Projects Fund has provided the school with funding for numerous activities, including three commemorative editions of the Silver Chips; scorers” tables for the Athletic Department; sponsorship of the Graduation Venue Video Contest; contributions to the students’ Human Rights class campaign; and producing the 75th, 80th, and 85th anniversary events.
This newest Blair tradition got off to a great start in 2018, with over 100 tiles making up our initial placements. Since our Wall of Honor will be a permanent addition to the school, you can participate whenever you wish. We do we encourage you to purchase your tile as soon as possible if you wish it to be placed near your classmates who have already participated. We left a number of spots open just for that purpose.
Examples of the tile options for you, your family, and your class. These are suggested sizes – the choice is yours.
Individual Tiles – for yourself or to honor a family member or other graduate
Memorial Tiles – to honor a family member or Blair faculty member
Class Tiles – to show the ongoing appreciation of your Class for Blair’s history and traditions, and to support the future of the school through the Alumni Association’s Scholarship and Special Projects
For size options, pricing and to order your Individual, Class or Memorial tile, just go to http://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/blairalumni
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“What truly allows high school students make it in their world is what they do within their high school years.” If that seems a pretty mature – and astute -observation by high school senior, then you would have just a little idea about the talent and insight of Betel Adis....During her Blair years she was the leader of the Minority Scholars Program, a club that deals with the opportunity gap and discusses this and other issues in the school. She was also part of the Varsity Poms Team, a group that has won numerous awards in recent years throughout the region. She feels that through the Poms and her (many) other volunteer activities she was able gain more experiences and learn some valuable lessons because of the hard work these volunteer activities require. “High school isn’t just the academic environment. Extracurricular activities help us grow as students and as young adults,” she says. “The opportunities Blair has offered me has allowed me to excel in many ways, and to experience things that I will carry with me forever.” Betel singled out her counselor, Ms Agbedina, as someone who had a significant impact on her Blair experience. “Navigating through school alone and dealing with my diabetes at the same time was challenging,” Betel noted. “Ms Agbedina gave me the extra support I need. She made sure my Blair experience never contained a dull moment. A big part of my future has been built on the foundation I received here at Blair.”
It is hard to conceive that there will be room for all of Brigitte Bonsu’s school activities in the Silverlogue this year; track and field; Honor Society; President of W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society; Fall Play; All- County Orchestra; World Trade Institute Youth Diplomat; Virtual Shakespeare Festival; etc. On top of that, she helped run Small Things Matter, a community- based food distribution and literacy program. ...“Sankofa is the most meaningful aspect of Blair for me, “Brigitte told us. “My parents are Ghanian immigrants, and the bird that represents ‘look back, go forward’ connects me of my roots. I’m not the best dancer in the world, but when I’m on the stage at Sankofa I feel like I can really be myself. “ Brigitte credits Ms O’Connor for much of her confidence and success in the performing arts. “She has been the shoulder I cried on when school got tough, and the strength of her voice reminds me I can do anything I put my mind to,” Brigitte shared. She added that “throughout my time at Blair I have been able to grow each year into the person I am today. Blair has changed me, and I believe that I helped contribute to the school in return. Ms O’Connor shared my performance in Merry Widow with the Library of Congress. It has been viewed hundreds of times on YouTube, and I hope it continues to inspire future Blair actresses.” We are certain that it will, Brigitte.
Architecture, Music, Science, and Languages Are Their Passions
“One of the coolest things about Blair is that there are always at least five things going on at any one time,” notes Emily Noyes.” Even though our school is big it never felt like we were not connected, and I loved being a small part of that.” Well, we are not sure about the “small” part, but she definitely made an impact. ...She was involved with Blair theater, Blair Network Communications, and the National English Honor Society “I had a lot of great teachers throughout my time at Blair, especially my CAP teachers, since we spent so much time with them, she continued. “I’d have to say Mr. Mayo probably had the biggest impact on me. He gave us time and space to create our own ideas, so we felt that they were being listened to. I’ve had my heart set on being in the film industry since I was 11, and he has nurtured that dream.”. “My grandpa, Harry Packard, graduated from Blair in 1955. He has a plaque on the Alumni Hall Wall of Honor, and I loved going past it and giving it a little tap. He still proudly wears his Blair sweatshirt and I wear mine right next to him.” “High school is a special time and a special place no matter who you are, but being able to share my stories with my grandpa makes Blair even more special for both of us.”
There were actually two teachers who had a big impact on my time at Blair, says Denny Tsitsiwu. “Freshman year, Ms O’Connor calmed my inhibitions when I went into high school theater. Ms Ravillious helped me grow accustomed to AP courses. She helped me relax do better at dealing with stressful situations.” ...They certainly did make an impact on Denny. He participated in school theatrical productions all four years and was in the National Art Honor Society. He also served as an aide in the Honors Physics boot camp. “I was really happy that Blair had so many activities many activities in which students can volunteer. Since the 1960’s Silver Spring has been a place of diversity but also of inclusion, and Blair reflects that. I was able to volunteer to help orient new freshmen; serve as manager for the j.v. women’s basketball team; help with the displaying of the flags of the countries that are represented in Blair’s student population; and celebrate various culture through participation in Sankofa and Voces Unidas.” Denny, who maintained a 3.86 GPA while at Blair, said the “I wanted to be part of making Blair a better, more welcoming place. I think I have contributed to that while I was here, and at the same time I was able to grow into a more confident, more mature person myself. The Blair community opened up to me and moved from being an introvert to being someone who could express his emotions, like my love for our school.”