Best of SNO

#22
2018-2019
Distinguished Sites Rank for
Walt Whitman High School
31
Published Stories for
Walt Whitman High School
in 2018-2019
#7
2018-2019
Best of SNO Rank for
Walt Whitman High School
Stories from Walt Whitman High School
I woke up at 4:30 a.m. for two weeks, and it wasn’t horrible
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Jack Middleton | March 22, 2019

Just like any other school day, I brushed my teeth, showered, reluctantly got dressed and sluggishly trudged downstairs. But instead of stumbling straight out the door as usual, I spent the next 15 minutes…

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Thousands of MoCo students march for gun control March 14
News

Max London | March 21, 2019

Several thousand students, including about 100 from Whitman, walked out Thursday from middle and high schools around the DMV area to demand stricter gun safety laws, specifically urging the Senate to pass…

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Living with traffic: Montgomery County’s congestion problem
Features

David Villani | March 7, 2019

Laughing along to a Comedy Central bit playing on the radio, gym teacher Joe Cassidy sits in his car on the ride from his home in Clarksburg to school. He’s been stuck in traffic on I-270 for an hour…

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Why it’s good to be cringey
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Katie Hanson | March 7, 2019

I make bizarre comments to people I barely know, break into uncomfortable dance moves several times in an hour and greet my friends in the hallway with a heel click. I embarrass and confuse myself and…

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My week with girls basketball
Sports

Mateo Gutierrez | March 7, 2019

When I reached out to girls basketball coach Peter Kenah about shadowing his team for a week, he responded with “A week following the team! Get ready for laughter & crazy high volume!”

The girls…

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Youth Teams program introduces elementary and middle schoolers to Whitman basketball
Sports

Isabelle van Nieuwkoop | March 4, 2019

The first time point guard Lexi Fleck heard basketball head coach Peter Kenah’s pre-game talk in the locker room, she was only in third grade. When Fleck joined the team as a sophomore this year, she…

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Video Games: not just for kids
Arts & Entertainment

Will Brown | February 27, 2019

When thinking of great stories, the minds of some people jump to classic books like “The Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Slaughterhouse-Five,” arguing that they are the heart…

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Students face allergies as diagnoses rise
Features

Katie Hanson | February 26, 2019

Junior Riya Kumar struggles to breathe in the passenger seat of her car as she enters anaphylactic shock. Her dad tries to weave through the congested rainy-day beltway traffic as they rush to the hospital,…

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Why I don’t have to be Republican to call myself patriotic
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Alex Robinson | February 24, 2019

Every year around Veteran’s Day, my elementary school music teacher would print out the lyrics of “God Bless the USA” for us to sing in class. My friends and I would belt out, “I’m proud to be…

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Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location
News

Katie Hanson | February 23, 2019

In late August or early September of 2019, the popular Bethesda Bagels franchise will open a fifth store near Montgomery Mall, the company announced Dec. 21. The Fleishman family, who started the company…

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Idaho is no longer my Idahome: lessons in accepting and embracing change
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Sydney Miller | February 20, 2019

Here’s the thing: I was wrong about Idaho.

If you know me, you’re probably really confused. You’ve heard me kick the dead horse that is my love of the Gem State ever since I moved to Bethesda…

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Students use bullet journals for innovation, organization
Features

Hirari Sato | February 20, 2019

Walking through the hot and vibrant streets of Istanbul this past summer, junior Sophia Kotschoubey held her small leather journal close at all times. She glued train tickets to the unlined pages, wrote…

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Competitive Music Programs mold music players into professionals
Arts & Entertainment

Aditi Gujaran | February 20, 2019

Junior Izzi Aronin used to be insecure about her chances of a music career. But after being accepted into the National Youth Symphony Orchestra freshman year—getting the opportunity to see the internationally…

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Student camp out at Whitman for parking permits
News

Thomas Mande | February 19, 2019

When principal Robert Dodd sent out an email late Tuesday afternoon notifying students that athletic director Andy Wetzel would be selling the remaining parking permits the next day on a first-come, first-served…

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Bocce provides a community for special, general education students
News

Dana Herrnstadt | February 15, 2019

When special education teacher Stephen Sutherland arrived at Whitman 13 years ago, he had never heard of bocce before. But four years later, when former principal Alan Goodwin asked if he wanted to coach…

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Q&A with best-selling author Alexandra Robbins
Arts & Entertainment

Jack Gonzalez | February 13, 2019

Alexandra Robbins is a celebrated investigative journalist, author and Whitman alum. She has written many best-selling books, most notably “The Overachievers,” an inside look at several Whitman students’…

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Recruitment or rehab? Sport specialization jeopardizes athletes
Sports

Mateo Gutierrez | February 12, 2019

It started with a sprained ankle. Then another. And another. By the time senior Caroline Macdonald was 18, she had suffered three sprained ankles, a stress fracture in her foot and a torn ACL. Her injuries…

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My experience at Super Bowl LIII
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Meera Dahiya | February 11, 2019

“Beat L-A, beat L-A, beat L-A!” Swarms of Patriots fans chanted a phrase that has been dear to Boston sports since the 1980s rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. As a Patriots fan…

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Whitman parent Gil Rosen’s beading passion spreads kindness
Features

Jose Wray | February 8, 2019

When senior Natan Rosen scored the goal that tied the boys soccer state championship game Nov. 16, tiny blue beads went flying. His dad, Gil Rosen, had been making bracelets—hundreds of beads were attached…

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ASMR videos make some students relax, others cringe
Features

Aditi Gujaran | February 7, 2019

The crisp crunch of potato chips, the soft crackling from a knife cutting through sand and even the subtle sound of a quiet voice whispering into a microphone: to some, autonomous sensory meridian response…

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Stop distributing textbooks: A textbook case of wasting resources
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Emma Iturregui | February 1, 2019

Rewind to the beginning of the year: it’s time for teachers to pass out textbooks, and we all know the routine. Teacher after teacher hands out a ridiculously heavy book to lug around all day, and when…

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Whitman parents welcome new families in Whitworld
Features

Hirari Sato | February 1, 2019

In a cozy Bethesda living room, 15 parents from eight different countries gathered in a circle this November. Sitting on sofas and chairs, they laughed, drank homemade lemon tea, ate fruit cake and discussed…

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Junior Olaf Hichwa propels into drone racing, sponsorships
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Katie Hanson | February 1, 2019

Junior Olaf Hichwa hates gravity. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t interested in aviation. As soon as he could talk, he told his parents he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up. So when he was…

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Students spend Saturdays attending language schools
Features

Clara Koritz Hawkes | January 28, 2019

For most people, paying no college tuition is unimaginable; even with the best scholarships, few students get full rides. But for junior Qiu Appel, a college education could be free of charge. The only…

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Senior teaches deeper meaning behind hip-hop music with $1,100 grant
Arts & Entertainment

Meera Dahiya | January 28, 2019

Senior Alex Lewis taught students how hip-hop artists express disenfranchisement, frustration, identity and empowerment through their music in his interactive project for his Media in Society class Dec….

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Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community
The Shutdown

Zara Ali | January 24, 2019

The current government shutdown—now in its 30th day—is the longest in U.S history. The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, including many parents in the Whitman community.

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My culture shock at the dinner table
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David Villani | January 4, 2019

I’ve seen a lot of weird things in this country since I moved here from Italy. The constant optimism and cheerfulness, the intense patriotism, the freezing air conditioning in the summer and overpowering…

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Verbal abuse leads to a decrease in high school soccer referees
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Isabelle van Nieuwkoop | November 16, 2018

Maryland soccer referee Dan Heldman watches closely as a player slides studs up into a dangerous challenge, and his opponent crashes to the ground in pain. Heldman blows his whistle and reaches for the…

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Anti-Semitism is our problem too
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Hannah Feuer | November 7, 2018

After a man opened fire at The Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh Saturday, killing 11, the country and Jewish community mourned. My old Hebrew school group chat lit up with messages of support. Facebook…

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Book Look: A guide to good literature
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Luka Byrne | October 18, 2018

This story was originally published on The Black & White on October 10, 2018.

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