Dylan Ahunhodjaev

Name: Dylan Ahunhodjaev
Position: Online Editor-in-Chief
Graduation Year: 2015
Hi everyone--my name is Dylan Ahunhodjaev. The first name is Welsh (but I'm not Welsh) and the last name is Uzbek (I'm Uzbek, from Uzbekistan, or at least my dad is). My parents met in the Peace Corps. It's a cute story, remind me to tell it to you sometime. A little about me: I'm a Gemini, and I love punk rock music. As a writer, I'd say I gravitate towards stories that are heavy on opinions. So op/eds. But I love any- and everything related to writing/journalism, and I think there's beauty in any kind of story. I'm looking forward to a great year as your editor-in-chief; I hope I can be a source of guidance not only as a writer and editor but also as a spiritual guru, physical beacon, mental titan, expert sailor and avid band-knower. "It drops deep as it does in my breath/I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death" - Nas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brvhmQm9EkQ

Stories (24)

Blair on lockdown following gas station robbery

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev, Zoe Johnson | April 17, 2015, 2:33 p.m. | In Local »

Today, school security guards put Montgomery Blair High School on lockdown beginning at the start of the school day following an attempted robbery at the Shell gas station on the corner of University Blvd. and Colesville Rd.

Burst greenhouse pipe causes large buildup of ice

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Feb. 18, 2015, 4:44 p.m. | In Local »

The massive snowstorm that hit the D.C. metro area Sunday caused a water pipe in Blair's greenhouse to burst, leading to a buildup of ice and damages to the outdoor structure.

"Close Encounters" an embarrassment of riches

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | June 2, 2014, 4:40 p.m. | In Plays »

The Blair students' performance at the "Close Encounters" One Act play revue Friday was, with all available sincerity, truly stellar and wonderful and funny—very, very funny

The Passion of the Eich

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | May 8, 2014, 7:41 a.m. | In Op/Ed »

Why was Brendan Eich's resignation wrong, and what can we learn from this situation going forward?

In defense of "slacking"

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | April 30, 2014, 12:44 p.m. | In Opinions »

I get eight hours of sleep every single night. Gasp! (This is the part where you gasp). Yes, it's true—I'm a Blair junior taking three AP courses and yet somehow, miraculously, in defiance of all logic and reason, laughing in the face of "junioritis" and similar afflictions, I sleep like a baby night in and night out.

Girls' lacrosse dispatches Northwood

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | April 11, 2014, 6:06 p.m. | In Blair »

Slow moments were few and far between in the Blair girls' varsity lacrosse's (4-3) victory over the Northwood Gladiators (3-3) Tuesday.

Summertime Workin'

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | April 10, 2014, 1:01 p.m. | In Features »

Working hard. Gaining experience. Getting paid. What's not to love about having a job? See what your fellow Blazers are doing to stay busy this summer.

An alert for every occasion

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | April 2, 2014, 1:51 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

Protecting children should and has been a top priority for citizens and law enforcement, but what about all of the other crimes that take place daily in this country? With an AMBER-style alert system in place on a statewide or regional basis, police could respond more quickly to and increase awareness of crimes taking place in communities everywhere.

MCPS approves 2015 budget

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Feb. 16, 2014, 12:49 p.m. | In Local »

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Board of Education approved a $2.32 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 on Tuesday, Feb. 11 . The budget is a 4 percent increase over this year's and is 2.3 percent above the minimum level required by state law.

Two Blair educators awarded NBPTS certification

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Feb. 9, 2014, 4:55 p.m. | In Local »

This brings the total number of Board-certified teachers in MCPS to 672, the most of any school district in Maryland and eighth among districts nationally for the year. Two of the teachers certified this past year are from Blair, math teacher Diane Norris and English teacher Sarah Fillman.

A delicious Nutella Day celebration

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev, Zoe Johnson | Feb. 6, 2014, 9:15 p.m. | In Recipes »

Well Blazers, it's that time of year again. A time when the clouds and winter cold seem a little less bleak, when everyday stresses and "important work" seem inconsequential and everywhere you look people are alive in the warm spirit of a blessed holiday.

Bahamas Castaway

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Jan. 7, 2014, 6:39 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Driving in a van towards our hotel for the night, we are flanked by palm trees, the flawless blue of the Caribbean and a cloudless, sunny sky. And it's five days until Christmas. It's a little like a Jimmy Buffett holiday album: Christmastime in Paradise.

The best in movies, music and TV in 2013

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Jan. 5, 2014, 9:09 a.m. | In Entertainment »

Chance the Rapper produced one of the best mix-tapes of the year, who else cracked the list?

A look at globe-trotting Blazers

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Dec. 25, 2013, 10:50 p.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Well, it's official. Winter has come to Blair. Never content to settle for anything but the best, many of our intrepid students are venturing away from their wintry surroundings this break to explore foreign locales, from New York to the Philippines.

International News Roundup for Nov. 25-Dec. 2

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Dec. 6, 2013, 3:53 p.m. | In International »

One of our writers examines some of the biggest global headlines form the past week. Featuring reports about Ukraine, Thailand, Syria and Scotland.

Grosse Pointe Blair

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Dec. 1, 2013, 9:15 a.m. | In Features »

Imagine you are walking down Blair Boulevard after school, listening to music and feeling good. All of a sudden, a finger is pressed into your chest by someone intent on your elimination. All you can do is wait and hope for the best.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Retrospective

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Oct. 30, 2013, 3:50 p.m. | In Music »

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the list of nominees for induction this year, and has opened voting here through December 10.

For Lou Reed, one last "Sunday Morning"

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Oct. 30, 2013, 9:32 a.m. | In Music »

This boy was adamant about Reed's greatness, and played me his best-known song, 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side." My taste in music has shifted and grown since then, but my respect and appreciation for Lou Reed has never diminished.

A guide to Pumpkin Spice Latté fever

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Oct. 28, 2013, 9:12 a.m. | In Lifestyle Blog »

Fall. A contemplative season, one to enjoy the ever shortening days relaxing before winter comes rolling in. And, of course, run to the nearest restaurant chain to guzzle down pumpkin spice lattés before they're inevitably yanked away until next fall.

"Is Survived By" is highlight of the fall

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Oct. 21, 2013, 12:56 p.m. | In Music »

Since their inception in 2007, Los Angeles' Touché Amoré (TA) have been wailing away about the troubles they confront on a daily basis to the violent pounding of drums and roar of guitar.

Montgomery County should do more for the homeless

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Oct. 4, 2013, 1:31 p.m. | In Op/Ed »

The donations will go to "grassroots efforts" to help those in need. A charitable idea, yet one that is ultimately about driving homeless from the area and is evidence of growing disdain for the homeless in Montgomery County.

"Electric Lady" dressed to impress

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Sept. 25, 2013, 9:12 p.m. | In Music »

Like a prism refracts a beam of light into a rainbow of different colors, so too does Janelle Monáe's newest album, "Electric Lady" refract contemporary R&B into two suites of all of R&B's cousins and progenitors: from free jazz to 60s girl groups to new wave and funk.

World Music Festival in Downtown Silver Spring draws crowds

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Sept. 7, 2013, 8:14 a.m. | In News »

Local event organizers the Webben Group held the first Silver Spring World Music Festival last Sunday, Sept. 1, from three to nine p.m. at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.

"We Can't Stop" talking about Miley's VMAs performance

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Sept. 1, 2013, 3:43 p.m. | In Television »

If you are a person in America with a television set and/or Internet access, you know that pop singer Miley Cyrus gave a rousing, if not highly controversial, performance at MTV's Video Music Awards last Sunday.

Images (4)

Photo: Nutella2

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Feb. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

You have our permission to just eat the dough.

Photo: Bahamas

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Jan. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

The view from the deck of our house on the Bahamas' island of Eleuthera.

Photo: Bahamas 2

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Jan. 6, 2014, midnight | In ‎Latest »

Sunset on the castaway house.

Photo: First World Music Festival

By Dylan Ahunhodjaev with Dylan Ahunhodjaev | Sept. 7, 2013, midnight | In ‎Latest »

World bazaar sells food and clothing from around the world at Sunday's World Music Festival.