Current News and Upcoming Events
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.
Maryland Science Bowl
Congratulations to Michael Winer, Victor Xu, Bendeguz Offertaler, Eric Lu, and Arnold Mong, who took first place in this year's Maryland Science Bowl, and to Alan Du, Catherine Xue, Matthew Das Sarma, Alexander Bourzutschky, and Avikar Periwal, who won third place. Blair's third team of Alex Miao, James Vinson, Pratik Rathore, David Miller, and Lara Shonkwiler–all ninth graders–also did well, only losing once, to another Blair team. Blair's winning team will be competing in the National Science Bowl in April.
The Powerpoints from the early 2014 parent meetings are now available:
• Counseling info for ninth/tenth grade families
• Wallops Island trip information for tenth grade families
• Counseling info for eleventh grade families
• Research project information for eleventh grade families
Fall 2013 University of Pennsylvania PClassic Champs
Congratulations to Megan Chao, Matthew Das Sarma, Kiyoon Ko, Vijay Upadhya, and Scott Wu whose team took home first this fall in the semi-annual University of Pennsylvania PClassic Java programming competition.
Siemens Competition Semifinalists
Congratulations to our four Siemens Competition Semifinalists: Megan C. Chao, Neil S. Davey, Robert T. Martin, and Jessica Shi!
This year, Blair had thirty-five National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, eight National Achievement Scholar Semifinalists, and four National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Congratulations to all our awardees!
Informational Meeting Powerpoint
The Powerpoint from the October 14th informational meeting for 8th graders and their parents/guardians is available here.
Students named to the United States Physics Team
Magnet senior Sam Zbarsky was named to the United States Physics Team's Traveling Team, thereby being on of five American students who will go to compete in the 44th International Physics Olympiad to be held July 7-15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where over 400 students representing around 90 nations will test their knowledge in physics against each other. Zbarsky and fellow Blair Magnet student Michael Winer of Rockville were previously named as two of 20 members of the U.S. Physics Team, which qualified them to participate in a rigorous ten-day training camp at the University of Maryland.
Economics Paper Wins Prize
Junior Ashutosh Nanda won first place in the University of Maryland Department of Economics Inaugural High School Challenge Essay Competition. Ashu was awards $500 for his paper on one of the two possible topics, “Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act?”
Computer Competition Successes
Blair Magnet students brought home prizes in several computer science competitions recently, including 2nd in the 2013 Philadelphia Classic (team: Ashutosh Nanda (captain), Alan Du, Victoria Tsai, and Sam Zbarsky), 1st in the 18th Annual Bloomsburg High School Programming Contest (team: Avikar Periwal (captain), Megan Chao, Ashutosh Nanda, and Alexander Zhang), and 1st in the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Invitational Open in Informatics (team: Ashutosh Nanda (captain), Alexander Bourzutschky, Matthew Das Sarma, and Victoria Tsai).
Magnet Team a Moody Mega Math Challenge Finalist
A team of five Magnet students, Alexander Bourzutschky, Alan Du, Tatyana Gubin, Lisha Ruan, and Audrey Shi, are among the six finalists for this years Moody's Mega Math Challenge. They earned a scholarship of $2,500 for their efforts in the competition,an applied mathematics event requiring students to write a paper on a real-world problem in a single day. This year's topic was on improving the was cities recycle.
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.