The Academies at Montgomery Blair



51 University Boulevard East

Silver Spring, MD 20901-2451

Updated May 6, 2014

Welcome to the Academies at

Montgomery Blair High School!

1st Annual Academy Night of Recognition to Honor Grads,    Capstone Presenters

On Tuesday, May 6th, the Academy Program at Montgomery Blair High School will be recognizing the accomplishments of this year’s Capstone presenters and Academy graduates.  This is a celebration of the hard work and achievements of some of the program’s most dedicated students.  The event will feature remarks from Damar Richard Bess Jr., a class of 2014 member of the Entrepreneurship Academy and creator of Dipp’d Clothing Company, Ms. Renay Johnson, MBHS Principal, and Ms. Amanda Stamp, the keynote speaker from the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC.

The event for invited students and family members will take place from 6:30 - 8pm in the Student Activity Center; coffee and dessert will follow. 

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2014 Capstone Showcase

The Capstone Candidates of the Academy Program at Montgomery Blair High School presented their work on Friday, April 25, 2014 to rave reviews.  Over 50 students showcased their accomplishments and experiences in the fields of business, science, education, law, and the arts. 

The 2014 Capstone Showcase video will be presented at the May 6th Academy Night of Recognition, as well as to the academy students in the year’s last advisory.

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SANKOFA Looks Back, Looks Forward, and Delights

In celebration of Black History Month, Montgomery Blair High School students, lead by Director Ms. Vickie Adamson, took audiences through the trials and tribulations of the African American experience throughout history.  The cast performed before two packed houses, entertaining and educating, all while honoring and remembering the important leaders, artists, activists, and musicians who paved the way for all of us today.  

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Gandhi Brigade is opening the call for submissions to our annual Youth Media Festival, which will be on Saturday, May 31st from 12pm-8pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building!  We will be accepting submissions in

Visual Art, Photography, Video, and Performance

from middle school, high school, and college age young people who are making art and media

that address an issue of social justice.

**They are also accepting applicants to compete in our Four Hour Film Competition,

details can be found by clicking on submissions form link

Submissions will be judged based on art and media rubrics. All finalists will have the opportunity to have their work displayed publicly in front of audiences of hundreds, performance finalists will perform live on an outdoor stage! Winners will receive the trademark Gandhi "Deuces" trophy and a cash prize.

Submission forms may be filled out online HERE

The deadline to submit is FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH

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New Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, Contests, Scholarships Posted: CLICK HERE to check out these new opportunities!  Also check out the NEW General Opportunities for ALL Students section!

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Academy Selection for 9th Grade Students:

Make the Right Choice for You!

The Blair ninth grade students will be selecting academies during this Monday’s advisory (December 16th).  Students and parents are encouraged to click and view the video link HERE in advance and discuss the choices to make informed decisions as they begin to plan out their high school careers and beyond.

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Summer Internship in Biomedical Research at NIH

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research is now open until March 1! Students can participate in a wide range of campus activities, including lecture series featuring NIH principal investigators, brown bag lunches, and peer networking opportunities, all while gaining valuable federal research experience.

For more information, click here!

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Crime and Punishment Day a Huge Success!

Ms. Hart’s forensics students as well as many others from the STEM, HSP, and ISL academies were treated with visits and insights from forensic chemist Dr. Charles Tumosa, Officer Grant Greenwalt, retired prosecutor Brian Murtagh, Lawyer Curt Zeager, retired evidence collector and current Blair security guard Maureen Walsh, and others during Crime and Punishment Day (L-R).

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Walk This Way:

MCPS Pedestrian Safety Video Contest Opportunity!

The County is awarding up to $2,000 to teams of high school students for the creation and implementation of their own pedestrian safety education program: Walk Your Way Grant Project.

For a list of project ideas, check out the county’s resource kit

Students must work in groups of three or more, and have at least one teacher or staff supervisor.

The project must be completed by April 30, 2014.

Download the application here. Applications are due Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5pm. Submissions can be emailed to, or delivered to 101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Mailed applications must be postmarked by December 16, 2013.

See Mr. McMahon in the Physical Education Office for more information.

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Incredible Bionic STEM Students!

Blair students Sam Bolgiano and Dana Cook have been selected as one of four finalists in the Incredible Bionic Man Challenge.  The awards ceremony will be held on December 14th and the winner will receive $5,000.

For more information, visit here!

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White House Film Festival on Technology Opportunity - The President Has an Assignment for You!

The 1st Ever White House Film Festival has been announced.  They are seeking films “that highlight the power of technology in schools.”  Finalists may be invited to the White House to view their screenings.

For more information, visit here!

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NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

The Summer internship program in biomedical research application is now available.  This is a competitive paid internship through the National Institute for Health earning $1,700/ month.  The deadline is March 1st but the earlier you submit the better your chances of winning the internship.

If you are interested directions and the online application can be found here.

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Entrepreneurship Academy Students Featured in

CBS Television Story About Financial Literacy

Students in Mr. Murley’s class showcased their skills for a CBS segment on financial literacy.  Click here for the full story and video of the Entrepreneurship Academy students in action!

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The Academies at Montgomery Blair High School are committed to providing a nurturing environment in which students are:

· challenged to achieve the highest level of academic rigor,

· supported in their pursuit of academic and career goals,

· provided access to career pathways that meet their interests/needs and,

· equipped with the skills to be successful beyond high school.

K. Murley, J. Haigh, K. Moose, L. Blaha, and M. Horne