The Academies at Montgomery Blair



51 University Boulevard East

Silver Spring, MD 20901-2451

Updated April 7, 2014

Welcome to the Academies at

Montgomery Blair High School!

Capstones To Be Presented April 25th

The Capstone Candidates of the Academy Program at Montgomery Blair High School will be showcasing their work on Friday, April 25, 2014.  This is a celebration of the hard work and accomplishments of some of our program’s most dedicated and accomplished students. 

Candidates who have questions about finishing their work should check out the links on this page to the left or consider attending one or more of the informational sessions to be held at 2:10pm in Room 342 THIS WEDNESDAY - April 9th.

Please see your Lead Teacher with any other questions.

Click for the Capstone Info.pdf and Capstone final reminder April 2014.pdf!!!


And be sure to click here to see newly posted opportunities in your academy!

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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