Junior Jordan McAuliff took a stand and slept on a boat for the week to show her commitment to the climate movement.
Angela’s advice for artists is this: “Art is really just about doing it over and over again. It is a repetitive process and as you repeat it more, you get better, so don’t be shy!”
Angela recently created a tribute piece for Tommy Raskin. Angela says, “I had an initial draft that was a portrait of him where I was just writing his last words over and over again to make that portrait of him. But as I was getting through it I realized that it probably wasn’t something that he wanted to leave behind, his last words were sad.” Angela instead created a portrait that highlighted Raskin’s accomplishments and his ties to the Blair community.
Like many other artists, Angela has found that having more free time due to quarantine has improved her art. She says, “With isolation, I’ve had a lot of time to focus on my artwork during the time in which I would normally have schoolwork.” It’s difficult to find inspiration when she isn’t surrounded by her peers, but Angela has turned to social media as a new form of inspiration.
Angela Tu is Silver Chips Online resident staff artist. “It’s a really amazing experience. You have to make sure your piece matches the story, and that you’re getting through everything the writer wants to convey.”
Allegra has found that knitting has benefitted her mental health during quarantine. “It was calming, and it was also something to do with my hands which was nice,” she says. Allegra’s advice for other artists is this: “Just do what you feel like. I didn’t have a specific plan. I said ‘What should I knit?’ and my dad said, ‘A potholder,’ and I was like ‘It's better as a hat.’”
Right now, Allegra is working on knitting something new with an advanced pattern, but she says, “I looked up patterns online and I can’t understand them.” It’s proving to be a challenge so far.
Using knitting to pass the time, “At the beginning of quarantine, I started this vest and did it actually when I was watching movies,” Allegra describes. She started knitting in 6th grade where she learned how to knit from an after-school club but hadn’t finished any projects until quarantine.
Allegra Cronin, a Blair junior, took advantage of the free time presented to her because of quarantine and honed in on her knitting projects. “Mostly because I had time to do it and had some yarn laying around,” Allegra explains.
A Blair player jumps to try and reach for the ball before the opponents get to it.
Blair senior Brady Mason stands wide open, ready to catch the ball.
Blair senior Garrett Siff jumps to beat his opponent to the ball.
Blair senior quarterback Khalif Welch searches the field to see what teammates are open.
Blair senior Brady Mason reaches out to try and catch the ball.
A Blair basketball player dunks on the competition.
A Blair basketball player makes a shot with just the flick of the wrist.
A Blair basketball player takes a shot mid-air.
A Blair basketball player jumps and shoots the ball.
A Blair basketball players takes a shot way above the defense.
A Blair basketball player makes it past the defense to score points.
A Blair player shoots a free throw.
A Blair basketball players shoots a 3 pointer.
A Blair basketball player pauses before passing to a teammate.
A woman stops to thank a man in the Navy.
A veteran stops to look at the wreath laid on a grave.
A young girl walks through the field to lay her wreaths.
A group of soldiers walk along the edge of curb.
An 18 wheeler carrying wreaths has a wreath hanging in the front.
A man brightens the rainy day with his yellow jacket.
Volunteers form long lines behind the trucks to pick up wreaths.
Volunteers hand out wreaths to other volunteers.
A pair of soldiers arrives at the gate to lay wreaths.
A young women lays a wreath down on a grave.
A man bends down to read the name on the grave.
A woman walks in between rows of graves. A huge mass of people can be seen in the back.
Blair's poms team spells out, "2020," on their senior night.
A Blair player chases a Damascus player into the endzone to try and stop a touchdown.
Blair cheerleaders lead a cheer before halftime.
A Blair player uses his quick feet to get around the Damascus defense.
A Blair player grabs a Damascus player and tackles him to the ground.
A Damascus player grabs a Blair player by the feet and drags him to the ground.
A Blair football player chases a Damascus player down the field.
A Blair football player knocks a Damascus player to the ground.
A Blair football player hits a Damascus player straight in the face.
Blair football players stand on the sideline with a sunset in the background.
Senior Nathalie Molina waves to the crowd during the football game.
Blair students play tug of war with Blair teachers.
The Blair Blazer takes center field.
A Blair football player cheers on the cheerleaders.
Blair football players prepare to do the splits.
Blair football players take on their new role and show off their toe touches.
Blair cheerleaders score their first touchdown.
Blair's football team switches roles with the cheerleaders and leads the seniors in a cheer.
A Blair field hockey player steals the ball away from a Walter Johnson player.
Junior Peyton Martin takes an opportunity to shot at the goal.
A Blair player gets ready to pass the ball to an oncoming teammate.
A Blair player battles a Walter Johnson player for ball control.
A Blair field hockey player dribbles down the sideline.
A Blair field hockey player outruns the Walter Johnson players for the ball.
Senior Olivia Scarano passes the ball to an open teammate.
Blair's girls's field hockey team huddles up before a game.
A caricature artist draws a group of SCO photographers.
A Blair student stays on the mechanical bull for a record-breaking 43 seconds.
A group of Blair students wake up from a hypnotized state.
A group of Blair students get hypnotized at after-prom.
A Blair student gets an airbrush tattoo of a dragon on her stomach.
A Blair student plays ping pong in the SAC during after-prom.
Blair's coach calls and time out and the team huddles in.
Sophomore Cassidy Wenger, number 14, gets ready to pass to an open teammate.
Junior Olivia S, number 12, fights to pass a Blake defender.
Junior Lucy Martin, number 5, waits for the right opportunity to pass to a teammate.
Blair's lacrosse players celebrate after scoring a goal.
Junior Merete Oakes, number 9, chases the ball into the corner of the field trying to beat the Blake defenders.
Junior Olivia S, number 12, chase after a Blake player heading for the goal.
Junior Olivia H, number 17, hustles down the field passing the Blake defenders.
Senior Addie fights the Blake defenders for the ball.
Junior Merete Oakes, number 9, runs down the field cradling the ball.
A Blair tennis player takes a short step to receive a serve.
A Blair tennis player swings aggressively for a tough serve.
A Blair tennis player steps back to take a swing.
Senior Isabella Hunt reaches far for an aggressive serve.
A Blair tennis player passes the ball with a backhand swing.
A Blair tennis player stands behind the end line to serve.
A Blair tennis player takes a small step to pass the ball.
Students hold up hand-made signs.
Demonstrators pass around earth pins.
Students play with a beach ball at the rally.
Students write why they are striking.
Students from Blair lead chants.
A student holds a sign with a Greta Thunberg quote.
Rebel Rae performs her song, "We the People."
Ilhan Omar, a member of the House of Representatives, gives a speech.
A protester holds a sign up in front of the Capitol.
A rainbow wall is in the alley leading into the Fridge.
"The Fridge," is spray-painted in blue on the side of the building.
A woman is depicted looking over her shoulder.
The gallery walls are covered in stickers, canvases, paintings, and photographs.
A detailed wooden elephant is on display.
A cupcake on the wall is part of a sequence of similar works.
Blue and white hearts hang down on a wall.
The wall at the exit is completely covered with stickers.
A cut-out of a person praying is on display at the Fridge.
A Blair swimmer looks up at the flags while competing.
A Blair swimmer starts the butterfly during the 200 IM.
A Blair swimmer takes a breath during the 200 IM.
A Blair swimmer starts the butterfly stroke in the 200 IM.
Blair's swim and dive team splash and cheer.
A Blair swimmer warms up her butterfly stroke.
Sophomore Elise Kinyanjui flips in the air.
Sophomore Jacob Laas floats in the air while diving.
Senior Ethan Ellis, number 11, shoots a three pointer.
Sophomore Tommy (Last Name) stops and pivots before making his next move.
During a Kennedy time out, Blair's cheerleaders take the court.
Ethan Ellis, number 11, shoots from the three-point.
Number 21 swipes the ball away from Kennedy's defense.
Number 11 shoots from the foul line.
Number 11 catches the ball while surrounded by Kennedy defenders.
Unguarded, number 34 receives a pass.
Number 34 (left) scans the court for an open teammate.
Shashi Arnold and Angela Tu are two Blair artists working on publications that have taken advantage of their free time to create new art pieces during quarantine.
Allegra Cronin and Katrina Warren are two Blair artists that have taken advantage of their free time to create new art pieces during quarantine.
On a Saturday afternoon, Blair athletes play in a 7v7 football league.
Blair's boys basketball team takes on Einstein at home.
Volunteers gather at Arlington National Cemetery to lay wreaths on veterans' graves.
Blair takes on Damascus for football, cheer, and pom's senior nights.
Blair has a pep rally during the day before the homecoming football game.
Blair's girl's field hockey team takes on Walter Johnson and suffer a tough loss.
Blair's girl's lacrosse team takes on Blake on Senior Night.
Blair's girl's tennis team takes on Paint Branch on their Senior Night.
On March 15, 2019, students from Maryland, Virginia, and DC participate in a climate strike at the capitol building.
The Fridge is a unique art gallery and music venue in Washington DC that focuses on street art and emerging local artists.
Blair's Swim and Dive team take on Springbrook on January 26, 2019.
Blair's basketball team takes on Kennedy at home.