Current News and Upcoming Events
Intel Science Talent Search
Congratulations to Michael "Mike Winston" Winer, first place winner of the Intel Science Talent Search Medal of Distinction for Innovation and one of three $150,000 prize winners from this year's competition! The Blair Senior studied how fundamental quasi-particles of sound, called phonons, interact with electrons.
Blair also had eleven other Semifinalists this year: Matthew Das Sarma, Michael Fan, Francis Gerard, William Lu, Bennet McGlade, Eric Neyman, Sachin Pandey, Ishaan Parikh, Harini Salgado, Arjuna Subramanian, and Dennis Zhao. Each Semifinialist won $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for the school.
Students from Blair earned first and second place team awards in addition to several individual awards at the Johns Hopkins Math Tournament this February. The first place team consisted of Seniors Eric Neyman, Michael Winer, and Victor Xu, and Junior Eric Lu. The second place team members are all ninth graders in the Magnet: Dilhan Salgado, Anish Senapati, Noah Singer, and David Wu. Individual winners included Michael Winer (first place, calculus catagory), Victor Xu and Michael Winer (first and second place, respectively, probability category), Eighth-grader and future Magnet student Daniel Zhu of Takoma Park Middle School and Sambuddha Chattopadhyay (first and second place, respectively, algebra catagoty), and Dilhan Salgado (second place, general test).
Maryland Science Bowl Champs
Congratulations to Eric Lu, Bendeguz Offertaler, Michael Winer, Matthew Das Sarma and Arnold Mong, Blair's Science Bowl Team. The team took first in this year's Maryland Science Bowl for the second year in a row. They will compete in the Nationals April 30-May 4; last year, Blair's team came in fifth nationally.
Intel Science Talent Search
Congratulations to Senior Michael "Mike Winston" Winer, named a Intel Science Talent Search finalist. Michael will be in the running for $150,000 scholarships this March. Blair also had eleven other Semifinalists this year: Matthew Das Sarma, Michael Fan, Francis Gerard, William Lu, Bennet McGlade, Eric Neyman, Sachin Pandey, Ishaan Parikh, Harini Salgado, Arjuna Subramanian, and Dennis Zhao. Each Semifinialist won $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for the school.
Magnet Parent Meeting Presentations
The following Powerpoint presentations from the recent Magnet parent meetings are available here: the Ninth and Tenth Grade Magnet Parent Meeting (1/8); the Eleventh Grade Parent Meeting on the Senior Research Project (1/13); and the Eleventh Grade Parent Meeting on Counseling (1/13).
Magnet Arts Night
The annual Magnet Arts Night on the 30th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.
Congratulations to Fang Cao '11, who was named a Rhodes Scholar this year! Fang is currently studying biological sciences and computer science at the University of Maryland. Fang is the fourth Magnet Alumni to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. You can read more in this article in the Gazette.
Siemens Finalists, Semifinalists
Six Blair Magnet students were named as semifinalists in the 2014-15 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology in October. Qingning Fan, Sangho Myung, Eric Neyman, Arjuna Subramanian, Brenda Wu, and Matthew Yu. Matthew was further named a Regional Finalist, and will be competing at the regional competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-November.
Applicant Meeting Powerpoint
The Powerpoint from the Informational Meeting for 8th grade applicants is now available.
Ninth Grade Magnet Parent Meeting
The Magnet Foundation is sponsoring this year's Ninth Grade Magnet Parent Meeting on October 29th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.
Congratulations for Blair Magnet alum Jacob Lurie ('96), who was just named as one of the 2014 MacArthur Fellows. MacArthur Fellowships, sometimes known as "Genius Grants," are given each year to US citizens or residents who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work." Lurie won the Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search when he was at Blair on surreal numbers, and is currently a professor at Harvard.
Information for 8th Grade Applications
Information about applying to the Blair Magnet is available on this site, and more information will be available at the October 13th Informational Meeting at Blair at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. Application forms for the Magnet have been posted.
National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists
Two Magnet students, Meriel Capriogolio-Chase and Braeden Rose, were named National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists.
National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations to Blair's thirty-two National Merit Semifinalists! This year's semifinalists in clude Andrea L. Brown, Mari-Therese S. Burton, Adam R. Busis, Rosa Choe, Theodore J. Corrales, Matthew D. Das Sarma, Calvin L. Dong, Eli M. Hartman, Wesley S. Hopkins, Anna B. Keleher, Brianna M. Kitts, Jingce Lei, Ziyu Liu, Elisabeth A. Machielse, Samantha A. Menegas, Bendeguz Offertaler, Benjamin W. Safford, Harini E. Salgado, Aditi Subramaniam, Arjuna M. Subramanian, Sarah L. Wagner, Kara N. Watkins-Chow, Michael H. Winer, Brenda Wu, Jingjing Xu, Victor Z. Xu, Wen Qing Xu, Catherine S. Xue, Dennis Yang, Austin S. Yuan, Kevin A. Zhang, and Harrison W. Zheng.
Wallops Island Trip
Check out the recent article in the Gazette about the annual 10th grade trip to Wallops Island.
Congratulations to Alexander Bourzutschky '14 and Michael Winer '15, who were named as members of the 2014 U.S. Physics Team. The pair traveled to Kazahstan where they won silver medals at the International Physics Olympiad.
Intel Science Talent Search $20,000 winner
Senior Shaun Datta placed 10th in this year's Intel Science Talent Search and earned a $20,000 scholarship! Joining were two other Blair Intel STS Finalists, Neil Davey and Jessica Shi, who eached received a $7,500 scholarship. Blair has the most Intel Finalists of any high school in the country this year. Congratulations also to Blair's six other Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists: Alex Bourzutschky, Daniela Ganelin, Hannah He, Aanchal Johri, Huey Shih, and Gabby Studt. Each semifinalist won $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for Blair.
Recognizing that education is an individual experience that depends on the unique talents and interests of each person, the mission of the Blair Magnet Program is to provide an environment in which each person's education is maximized by emphasizing the interrelationships among the disciplines, developing a repertoire of problem-solving techniques, and pursuing both independent and collaborative research projects
To realize the above mission, the staff nurtures the special talents of its academically able students by fostering individualism, independent thinking, and self-confidence by challenging those students through a unique, diversified curriculum. The environment, structure, and content promote the self-learner concept in which students participate in constructing their own knowledge base and learn problem-solving strategies that foster the multidisciplinary approach. The scope of their education extends beyond traditional classroom boundaries as students are asked to connect with a community that includes not only parents, mentors, other students, and staff but also a physical environment as diverse as our region.