The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Walt Whitman High School
Navigating friendly waters: students find unity on the Whitman sailing team
Sports

Stephanie Solomon | May 9, 2022

A slight breeze sweeps gently through the air as the Whitman sailing team walks down the barnacle-studded dock towards the Anacostia River. The athletes will start practice soon, but instead of school…

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MCPS enters new agreement with local police
News

Greta Berglund | May 3, 2022

MCPS officials finalized a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Montgomery County Police Department on April 19 that outlines the role of police in the county’s schools, the school district…

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Police arrest man in connection with fatal fentanyl overdose of Whitman student
News

Ethan Schenker | April 18, 2022

Montgomery County police arrested a 23-year-old man on Thursday in connection with the fatal overdose of 16-year-old Whitman student Landen Hausman in January.

Mikiyas Maryie Kefyalew of Piney Branch,…

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Slipping into the toxic culture of ballet
Opinions

Stephanie Solomon | April 13, 2022

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to negative body image and eating disorders.

The reflection in the mirror wasn’t mine. Staring at this altered image of myself, I placed…

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Vera Zhong jumps ahead of the competition
Sports

Lauren Heberlee | April 1, 2022

Senior Vera Zhong gains speed as she glides over slick white ice. With a glance over her left shoulder, she brings her arms together and transfers her weight from the blade to the toe pick of her skates…

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Prosecutors drop murder charges against former Whitman student Blaise Uchemadu
News

Ethan Schenker | March 21, 2022

Prosecutors dropped all charges against former Whitman student Blaise Uchemadu in connection with the December 19 killing of a man in downtown Bethesda, citing a lack of evidence to prosecute the 19-year-old,…

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The DeMartino duo’s rise to Whitman soccer stardom
Sports

Stephanie Solomon | March 17, 2022

Serena and Venus Williams, Peyton and Eli Manning, Steph and Seth Curry. Over the years, sibling duos in sports have entertained, displayed undeniable chemistry and won championships — both together…

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Dodd, SGA cancel Vike-A-Thon due to misconduct allegations
News

Lily Freeman | March 11, 2022

Principal Robert Dodd and the SGA canceled this year’s Vike-A-Thon after students said they faced bullying, harassment and sexual assault at the event in prior years. Dodd said that recent reporting…

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It’s been 10 years too long. Vike-A-Thon needs to go.
Opinions

Eliana Joftus | March 10, 2022

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to sexual assault and drug use. Students’ names have been changed for anonymity. 

As a freshman, junior Lacey put all of her energy into…

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There’s more to Ukraine than an imminent invasion
Opinions

Sonya Rashkovan | February 22, 2022

“Sonya, how are you doing?”

“Can you stay after class?”

“Can you explain the situation in Ukraine to me?”

As one of the few Ukrainian students at Whitman, my teachers and classmates…

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A crisis close to home: Whitman community members take action against local environmental damage
Features

Jamie Forman | February 17, 2022

Sophomore Hannah Fox stepped onto her porch on a November morning, expecting to inhale crisp fall air. Instead, Fox felt blazing sunshine on her face — it was yet another 75-degree day in Bethesda. Fox…

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Whitman crew updates “not fully compliant” communications policy
News

Ethan Schenker | February 7, 2022

When the Whitman crew team restarted training this winter, the team’s parent board required that rowers and their guardians sign an updated communications policy. The board acknowledged that the previous…

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In Jamie Raskin’s “Unthinkable,” a love letter to his son and to democracy
Arts & Entertainment

Tara Davoodi | January 31, 2022

In February of 2021, pundits estimated that former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial would end in a 53–47 vote, 14 senators shy of conviction. It was a number more promising than a…

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“We are moving forward”: A new era of Fomz begins
Features

Simone Meyer | January 21, 2022

Sporting bright pink crop tops and Lululemon leggings, around 40 male seniors trot onto the football field and take their positions in three horizontal lines. They adjust their headbands, pull up their…

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Students, teachers skeptical of MCPS’ coronavirus policies
News

Sonya Rashkovan | January 10, 2022

This story was reported before MCPS issued a statement January 9 regarding updated policies with respect to COVID-19. The Black & White will update our reporting as this story evolves.

To respect…

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Mall Santas of MoCo and beyond
Features

Ethan Schenker | January 4, 2022

Every year, Santa Claus dons his finest red and white suit, his matching stocking cap and a pair of shiny black boots before embarking on a 3,522-mile sleigh ride from the North Pole to Montgomery Mall…

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It’s never too late: shop ethically this holiday season
Opinions

Eliana Joftus | December 29, 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, filled with joy, family, celebration and gifts. For many, giving and receiving presents defines the holidays, creating an aura of excitement surrounding the…

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Three Whitman students charged with murder after Bethesda killing
News

Ethan Schenker | December 29, 2021

Trigger warning: This story contains language that pertains to violent crime.

Montgomery County Police arrested and charged three Whitman students in connection with the December 19 death of a 33-year-old…

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Campus attacks test MCPS’ safety protocols
News

Ethan Schenker | December 8, 2021

Shortly before noon on October 13, the Montgomery County Police answered a 911 call from a parent at Winston Churchill High School. Moments earlier, a 17-year-old Whitman student had walked into the school’s…

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“They came back every day to stand up for what they believed in”
Features

Stephanie Solomon | November 17, 2021

Never mind Bethesda Row or Montgomery Mall: one of the spots Whitman students frequented most often this past summer to watch sunsets from rooftops, view art galleries or simply roam historic property…

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MCPS students miss academic targets after year of virtual learning
News

Ethan Schenker | October 27, 2021

After nearly 18 months of virtual learning, MCPS students returned to in-person school less academically prepared than pupils in previous years, according to newly released educational performance data…

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How Diary of a Future President encourages female and minority children to dream big
Arts & Entertainment

Iman Ilias | October 8, 2021

Close your eyes, and envision a young Hispanic American woman sitting in the President’s chair in the Oval Office. She glances up below a stately American flag and the gaze of a portrait of Benjamin…

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Colleges and universities: eliminate early decision
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Eliana Joftus | September 20, 2021

One student’s name has been changed for anonymity. 

For many high school seniors, mid-December brings more than festive holiday celebrations and mugs of hot chocolate; it’s that time of the year…

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‘I haven’t missed a game’: Whitman teachers who are bigger sports fans than you
Sports

Quentin Corpuel | May 25, 2021

In 2019, the average MLB baseball game lasted approximately three hours, five minutes and 35 seconds. Multiply the average game time by 162 — the number of games each team plays in a regular MLB season…

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Board of Education unanimously votes to recognize May as AAPI Heritage Month
News

Sonya Rashkovan | May 25, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously on April 20 to pass a resolution recognizing May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

The resolution encourages teachers,…

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Roundtable discussion about alt-right extremism
Features

Alex Schupak | May 17, 2021

In the wake of the January 6 Capitol riots, racially charged killings and widespread conspiracy theories, it has become evident that alt-right terrorism is a prominent domestic threat. Just as concerning…

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Whitman students encounter anti-Israel protesters in school parking lot
News

Ethan Schenker | May 13, 2021

A group of Whitman seniors encountered at least five men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot early Tuesday evening.

The top of the sign displayed a Nazi flag adjacent to an Israeli…

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Students gain real-world healthcare experience through teleshadowing
Features

Aleydis Barnes | May 10, 2021

Junior Asra Shaikh’s pen darts across her notebook page, jotting down information on metastatic breast cancer. Shaikh listens to Dr. Mary DeShields, the medical director of oncology at the University of…

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“Best” U.S. News ranking invokes conflicted feelings from students
News

Samantha Wang | May 10, 2021

Following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings that named Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year, many students…

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Racist graffiti in school auditorium targets Asian Americans
News

Ethan Schenker | April 26, 2021

Two juniors found an anti-Asian caricature and caption on a chair in Whitman’s auditorium on Friday morning. The students immediately informed administrators, who promptly photographed the scene and…

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Retire “she or he”: teachers should start using gender-neutral language in the classroom
Opinions

Maya Goelman | April 22, 2021

“Should the Monarch only provide his/her opinion when asked by the Parliament or should the Monarch provide advice on issues when he/she feels it necessary?” a worksheet for my AP Comparative Politics…

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“Hoping for the best and preparing for the worst”: Derek Chauvin conviction relieves Whitman community
Derek Chauvin Verdict

Sonya Rashkovan | April 22, 2021

A jury convicted former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday afternoon in the death of George Floyd. The defendant…

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How poetry helped me cope with loss during a pandemic
Arts & Entertainment

Nada Fadul | April 20, 2021

During the 1940s, Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes leveraged poetry to express the racial struggles of Black people. In the 1960s, Allen Ginsburg’s “Beat Generation” revitalized…

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‘More than just an incident’: One year after initial racist graffiti, community continues to push against prejudice
News

Lily Freeman | April 19, 2021

When senior Tatiana Johnson reflected on her time at Whitman before the building closed last March, she said felt classmates sometimes labeled her “loud and Black” during conversations. In her classes,…

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Living through history: How the United States can move forward as a nation
Opinions

Aleydis Barnes | April 14, 2021

This is not America.

 America shouldn’t have rioters brandishing hateful messages, beating police officers into the ground and weaponizing the pole end of the same flag we recite the Pledge of Allegiance…

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Cleveland Browns guard Michael Dunn started his NFL career in Jerome M. Marco Stadium
Sports

Rafe Epstein | April 12, 2021

As Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield yells pre-snap audibles, guard Michael Dunn (’12) is lined up, ready to block Pro Bowl defensive linemen T.J. Watt. Dunn scans his surroundings: the bright…

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Whitman alumni fight for equity, found Anti-Racist Bethesda Coalition
News

Rena Van Leeuwen | March 22, 2021

With signs in hand and fists held high, Ari Gutman (‘17) and fellow members of the Anti-Racist Bethesda Coalition stand firmly outside of Moses African Cemetery, Bethesda’s historic Black cemetery,…

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Local families push for athletes to return to the field despite outbreaks, shutdowns on Whitman teams
Sports

Lily Freeman | March 19, 2021

To respect wishes for privacy, some students’ names have been withheld.

Some protest leaders attempt to excite crowds with elaborate chants, but not Walter Johnson High School senior David Gardner….

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Stamp Out Hate
Features

Jocie Mintz | March 16, 2021

When Hebrew school teacher Richard Sloane announced that he would collect 11 million canceled stamps, even his mother thought he was crazy. Though canceled stamps are worthless to an average stamp collector,…

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It’s time to act on ‘never forget’: Install current events education into the MCPS curriculum
Opinions

Iman Ilias | March 8, 2021

“Never forget.” In school, we hear this message all the time, echoing through our history classes. 

Never forget the inhumanity, the pain, the suffering, the blatant and inexplicable cruelty. Never…

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Standing out: Noah Sapiro’s passion for fashion lets him express himself at school
Features

Danny Kotelanski | March 2, 2021

“Finally,” then 13-year-old Noah Sapiro said to himself. The Nike Air More Uptmepo Doernbecher ‒‒ a special edition shoe designed by a patient at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ‒‒ had…

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James Jabara squashes the competition
Sports

Quentin Corpuel | March 1, 2021

A rubber ball zips at over 100 miles an hour toward senior James Jabara. He hits a shot back that barely lands between the two out lines on one wall of the giant glass box surrounding the court. His opponent…

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Decades later, institutional segregation lives on in Bethesda
Features

Lily Freeman | February 26, 2021

During Patricia Tyson’s childhood, rainy days helped define her community. To Tyson, a retired State Department employee, the pitter-patter of droplets didn’t mean cozy afternoons, warm blankets or…

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Equity hubs bring community to students across the county
News

Zoe Cantor | February 26, 2021

Some names have been changed to respect parents’ wishes for privacy.

MCPS’ online-only learning model has thrust young students into a difficult situation — learning the fundamentals of reading,…

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“Political debate is dead”: Whitman students believe hostility and moral judgements have ruined civil disagreements
Features

Rafe Epstein | February 16, 2021

As junior Robert Marshall prepares to repost a photo from @Whitman4Trump, an Instagram account formed by an anonymous Whitman student in support of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, a sudden wave of…

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Normalize saying “I don’t know”
Opinions

Tara Davoodi | January 13, 2021

“What do you want for dinner?”

Each time my parents ask me this question, my mind plunges into a frenzy of indecision and my eyes adopt a vacant stare. It’s such an open-ended query; there are…

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A letter to the next generation
Opinions

Tara Davoodi | January 11, 2021

To the next generation:

Of all the emotions we felt on January 6, 2021, perhaps the most prevalent was exhaustion. We felt drained; we felt numb. Few were prepared to see our Capitol, the nation’s…

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‘Terrifying and upsetting’: stunned Whitman community responds to Capitol insurrection
News

Matt Eisner | January 8, 2021

What was supposed to be a normal Wednesday spent doing homework and attending teachers’ virtual check-ins was instead one in which students could hardly look away from social media feeds and cable news…

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My experience escaping the conservative media rabbit hole
Opinions

Alex Schupak | December 17, 2020

My childhood was dominated by a one-party political system: the Democratic party. For the first twelve years of my life, my parents, my friends and my friends’ parents were all Democrats, and I didn’t…

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“Is 2020 ending on a good note?”: Students react to election results
News

Defne Aslan | December 14, 2020

“Cupid Shuffle” blared on speakers all over Washington, D.C. while President-elect Joe Biden’s supporters flooded the streets outside the White House, celebrating the Democratic candidate’s win…

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