Valerie Hu

Name: Valerie Hu
Position: Online News Editor
Graduation Year: 2012
Valerie Hu loves pasta, beaches and laughing with friends. She draws inspiration from traveling, whether she is in Paris or in Disney World. Like the blog, she appreciates the little things in life. She aspires to one day receive as many candy canes as Glen Coco.

Stories (40)

Bieber drops his voice, but not a hit

By Valerie Hu | April 9, 2012, 2:36 p.m. | In Music »

Now that his voice seems to have dropped a few octaves since "Baby," Bieber is making it clear that he is no longer a kid with his new single, "Boyfriend."

The SCO way to glow

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 30, 2011, 5:18 p.m. | In Features »

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you have to stop celebrating. And what's a better way to keep the holiday spirit alive all year than by savoring the season with cheery holiday lights?

CAP applications increase by 30 percent

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 28, 2011, 5:39 p.m. | In Local »

Blair's Communication Arts Program experienced a 30 percent increase in applications for the class of 2016.

National News Roundup for Nov. 6 - Nov. 21

By Valerie Hu, Molly Nicholson | Nov. 25, 2011, 5:50 p.m. | In National »

Joe Paterno, head football coach at Penn State, was fired by the school's Board of Trustees, along with four other administrators who lost jobs due to a child molestation scandal. Paterno allegedly knowingly failed to report former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's molestation of at least eight boys between 1994 and 2009.

Ask Chips: The best article you will read on SCO. Ever.

By Saaraa Farooq, Valerie Hu, Liv Jacobson | Oct. 27, 2011, 1:10 p.m. | In Ask Chips »

Welcome to the first edition of Ask Chips (AC) for the 2011-2012 school year! As you may have noticed by the byline, we have an updated crew. The new girls in town are our beloved, stressed out news editor Valerie and our fresh meat Saaraa, who has an awesome name. And, of course, Liv (a.k.a. the funniest, most attractive and most entertaining member on staff) is still here to save you from all of your silly, mortal problems.

Blazers attend World Maker Faire New York

By Valerie Hu | Sept. 28, 2011, 10:56 p.m. | In Local »

On Sept. 17 and 18, a team of four Magnet students, accompanied by Magnet Robotics teacher John Kaluta, participated in the World Maker Faire New York.

Summer Movie Preview

By Valerie Hu | June 6, 2011, 12:55 p.m. | In Movies »

The glorious beginning of summer brings an abrupt end to just about everything else. But what is the one thing that won't come to an end? Hollywood's unlimited supply of summer blockbusters.


By Valerie Hu | May 24, 2011, 1:15 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

Why sleep in during High School Assessment (HSA) week when you have the opportunity to win prizes? And these aren't just any prizes but huge prizes.

Maryland to eliminate Government HSA as graduation requirement

By Valerie Hu | May 17, 2011, 10:27 p.m. | In Local »

The Maryland State Board of Education voted to eliminate the Government High School Assessment (HSA) as a part of the state budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012.

Blazers participate in regional Envirothon competition

By Valerie Hu, Anya Gosine | April 16, 2011, 8:11 p.m. | In Local »

Students in the Math, Science and Computer Science Magnet participated in an Envirothon competition at the Montgomery Soil Conservation District building in Derwood, MD on Wednesday.

B.F. Saul Company to continue renovating Downtown Wheaton

By Valerie Hu | April 7, 2011, 1:29 p.m. | In Local »

Real estate business B.F. Saul Company will redevelop Downtown Wheaton to create a more transit-oriented community.

Step inside the "Source Code"

By Valerie Hu | April 4, 2011, 11:21 a.m. | In Movies »

Fans of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Memento" will rejoice after viewing Duncan Jones' latest sci-fi film, "Source Code," which one could dub "Inception 2.0."

The power of the quake

By Valerie Hu | March 27, 2011, 11:18 a.m. | In News Blog »

Would you rather… live life with heavy exposure to radiation or live life with a lack of food? Trick question, though it seems as though the U.S. would choose the former.

American Idol returns yet again

By Valerie Hu, Molly Nicholson | March 1, 2011, 10:32 p.m. | In Television »

"American Idol" has had its highs and lows throughout the show's 10 long seasons. Kelly Clarkson gave "Idol" the right push and subsequent seasons followed the precedent.

SGA to hold water pong tournament

By Valerie Hu | Feb. 24, 2011, 1 p.m. | In Local »

Blair's Student Government Association (SGA) will hold a water pong tournament tomorrow, Feb. 25, to promote alcohol-free entertainment.

Takoma Park's Public Works Facility to complete renovations by August

By Valerie Hu | Feb. 1, 2011, 10:18 p.m. | In Local »

The construction for the Takoma Park Public Works Renovation Project that began in August 2010 is slated for completion in August 2011. The city will spend approximately $3.5 million on the renovations.

Winter TV Preview: A couch potato's dream of rom-coms and drama

By Valerie Hu | Jan. 24, 2011, 10:57 p.m. | In Television »

This winter might have been a let down due to the conspicuous lack of snowfall, but you won't need a Snowpocalypse to keep you indoors. So grab your Snuggie and keep your remote close, because SCO is giving you the SCOop on what's hot on the networks this winter!

Pro/Con: Continuing corollary sports

By Sarah Harper, Valerie Hu | Jan. 13, 2011, 10:23 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

This year, MCPS partnered with the Special Olympics to establish a corollary athletics program. The program is intended to give students with and without mental and physical disabilities a chance to participate in an interscholastic athletics team and largely restricts other varsity and junior varsity athletes from joining the teams.

"Country Strong" is too weak

By Valerie Hu | Jan. 10, 2011, 8:10 a.m. | In Movies »

Place Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently sang on an episode of "Glee," with country superstar Tim McGraw into a country drama. What could go wrong?

The unofficial guide to "Guid-ism"

By Melodi Anahtar, Valerie Hu | Jan. 6, 2011, 5:11 p.m. | In Humor »

Tonight may be better than Christmas. Tonight, the critically acclaimed, sacred media darling that is "Jersey Shore” returns to airwaves after months of agonizing waiting.

Cups of cheer

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 27, 2010, 11:18 p.m. | In Drinks »

These recipes are quick and painless – suitable for busy winter break schedules and perfect for the holidays with the family. So gather 'round and get brewing because these coffee drinks are simply too delicious to resist!

StepOne and Operation Fly hold holiday donation drives

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 10, 2010, 11:56 p.m. | In Local »

StepOne began its holiday toy drive on Nov. 17 and Operation Fly began its holiday clothing drive on Oct. 15.

SGA begins canned food drive

By Valerie Hu | Nov. 29, 2010, 8:34 p.m. | In Local »

The Student Government Association's (SGA) annual canned food drive to benefit families in need began today and will run until Dec. 17.

Respect on the ride

By Valerie Hu | Nov. 21, 2010, 10:35 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

After trudging through a full day of classes with a cloud of fatigue growing inside me, the last thing I, or any other student, need is to be yelled at for an illegitimate reason on the way home.

Girls' varsity volleyball loses in first round of playoffs

By Valerie Hu | Nov. 9, 2010, 12:12 p.m. | In Blair »

The girls' varsity volleyball team (4 - 10) lost to the Magruder Colonels (11 - 3) on Friday in the first round of Division 4A West playoffs. After Blair lost the first set, the Colonels won the match by a score of 25 - 20, 25 - 7, 25 – 13.

November Playlist: Hot tracks for cool weather

By Valerie Hu | Nov. 8, 2010, 8:59 p.m. | In Music »

It's the beginning of the second quarter and an agonizing three weeks until Thanksgiving weekend. With so much work to do, Blazers are stuck in a stressful, school-oriented mindset. Even though school is far from over, these upbeat tracks will give Blazers something to celebrate as they wait for the holiday season!

Taylor Swift decides to "Speak Now" and sing out

By Valerie Hu | Nov. 1, 2010, 2:03 p.m. | In Music »

From headlining her first sold-out Fearless concert tour to winning Album of the Year, Swift became a household name and the country pop singer-songwriter of this decade.

Girls' volleyball falls to Falcons on Senior Night

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 27, 2010, 6:26 p.m. | In Blair »

The girls' varsity volleyball team (4 – 9) lost to the Poolesville Falcons (12 – 0) on senior night.

Jaguars snag victory over girls' volleyball

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 23, 2010, 1:41 p.m. | In Blair »

In four sets, the girls' varsity volleyball team (4 - 8) lost to Northwest (6 - 5) by a score of 25 - 23, 25 - 15, 27 - 25, 25 - 22. The Lady Blazers' limited experience with their new offensive formation lead to Blair's loss.

The Reel Deel

By Valerie Hu, Eli Schwadron | Oct. 18, 2010, 9:22 p.m. | In Movies »

From Ferris skipping class in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to Cady spreading rumors in "Mean Girls," what's not to love?

Athlete of the Week: Nika Lilley, Girls' Varsity Volleyball

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 18, 2010, 6:26 p.m. | In Blair »

Junior captain Nika Lilley rhythmically bounces the ball as she waits for her cue to serve. She takes a deep breath, clears her mind of the distractions and sends the ball over the net.

Fame don't cost a thing

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 11, 2010, 10:18 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Indeed, reality stars such as Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian from E!'s "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" have branched out of Hollywood and taken the entire nation by storm.

"Spring"ing into bullying

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 9, 2010, 11:26 p.m. | In Features »

"If you don't like yourself, you're screwed," sophomore Ellie Musgrave says. Musgrave's words ring true for all people in all stages of life – particularly for the typical 21st century high school student with Internet access. Available to anyone active in cyberspace, Formspring has become an online canvas for verbal harassment and elevated cyberbullying issues in high schools.

Wheaton renovations to take place through 2015

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 3, 2010, 2:28 p.m. | In Local »

Beginning in 2009, Maryland - National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) planners drafted an update to the Wheaton Central Business District (CBD) and Vicinity Sector Plan.

Rockets soar past girls' volleyball

By Valerie Hu | Sept. 25, 2010, 11:38 a.m. | In Blair »

After four close sets, the girls' varsity volleyball team (2-3) lost to the Richard Montgomery Rockets (2-3) with a final score of 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-22.

Volleyball earns close victory over Gladiators

By Valerie Hu | Sept. 14, 2010, 11:53 a.m. | In Blair »

In a close game between the girls' varsity volleyball team (2-1) and the Northwood Gladiators (1-2), the Blazers defeated the Gladiators in five sets. After extended rallies and back-and-forth scoring, the Blazers won with a final score of 25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-10.

Girls' varsity volleyball defeats Wheaton Knights

By Valerie Hu | Sept. 11, 2010, 11:58 a.m. | In Blair »

In their first home game of the season, the girls' varsity volleyball team (1-1) defeated the Wheaton Knights (0-2) with a final score of 25-12, 25-9, 25-20.

Playing umpire: Congress needs to make the call

By Valerie Hu | Aug. 27, 2010, 10:54 p.m. | In News Blog »

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger "The Rocket" Clemens had one goal in mind as he walked into a congressional hearing in February 2008.

Keep the "DREAM" alive

By Valerie Hu | Aug. 3, 2010, 11 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Approximately 65,000 illegal immigrants graduate from high schools in the United States each year. Though they are prepared, one thing causes them to walk into their futures uncertain, unprotected and unsupported by the nation they call home – their citizenship status.It is time that undocumented youth had their chance to pursue the American Dream, with no status standing in their way.

Never too old for one more "story"

By Valerie Hu | June 23, 2010, 8:58 p.m. | In Movies »

With plenty of new characters, music and unexpected twists this time around, "Toy Story 3" is sure to take audiences on an exhilarating adventure to infinity and beyond.

Images (5)

Photo: Vanilla coffee

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 27, 2010, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Iced coffee tastes refreshing anytime of the year. A dash of vanilla makes it instantly sweeter!

Photo: Gingerbread coffee

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 27, 2010, midnight | In ‎Latest »

A warm gingerbread latte is a great way to spice up the holidays!

Photo: Eggnog coffee

By Valerie Hu | Dec. 27, 2010, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Eggnog adds richness to any cup of coffee, so give it a try this holiday season!

Photo: Lilley

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 16, 2010, midnight | In ‎Latest »

As a captain, Lilley contributes optimism and encouragement to her team.

Photo: Lilley

By Valerie Hu | Oct. 16, 2010, midnight | In ‎Latest »

As a captain, Lilley contributes optimism and encouragement to her team.