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Stories from Walt Whitman High School
Students “ride-along” the track to becoming firefighters
Features

Meera Shroff | March 24, 2020

During junior Stella Hamman’s first day at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service Training Academy, she lined up military-style with other teenage cadets in the engine bay, the section of the station…

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Hogan institutes aggressive measures, College Board and ACT cancel SAT and ACT exams in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus

Anna Yuan | March 18, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan ordered all restaurants, bars, gyms, spas and theatres to close March 16. Additionally, Hogan has postponed the April 28 Maryland Primary date…

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COVID-19 outbreak leads county to freeze grades, cancel athletics
Coronavirus

Anna Yuan | March 16, 2020

After State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced yesterday that all Maryland public schools will close for the next two weeks due to COVID-19, Montgomery County officials stated today that…

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Maryland state officials close all public schools in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus

Anna Yuan | March 13, 2020

All Maryland public schools, including MCPS, will be closed for two weeks March 16 through March 27 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announced the closures…

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OK, Gen Z: It’s time to save our Boomers.
Coronavirus

Editorial Staff | March 13, 2020

Today, our newspaper’s adviser pulled us aside. He said he understands that we have a magazine coming out soon. He said he’s aware of our commitment to student journalism. But he also said that, with…

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Can I steal for you a sec?
Arts & Entertainment

Bella Grumet | March 12, 2020

When I asked my parents if I could watch “The Bachelor” during my freshman year, their answer was an immediate and definitive no. They believed the show promoted promiscuity and toxic masculinity;…

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Community rallies around senior Ben Lesser
Features

Jack McGuire | March 10, 2020

Senior Ben Lesser runs cross country and track at Whitman; this season, he placed 119th in the Great American Cross Country Festival and 79th in the Montgomery County Cross Country Championship in the…

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Racist vandalism reported at Whitman
News

Taylor Haber | March 3, 2020

Racist graffiti was spray painted on Whitman school grounds over the weekend, including the n-word and a depiction of a noose, according to sources familiar with the matter. A building service member painted…

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Whitman students fundraise to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in China
Coronavirus

Heather Wang | March 3, 2020

A few days before the Chinese Spring Festival, a holiday signifying family reunion, junior Baichuan Wang’s father was planning to fly back to the United States after a business trip to China. But he…

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Make sure to like and subscribe: YouTube provides creative outlet for Whitman students
Features

Jack McGuire | February 28, 2020

Junior Nicky Deeds — better known by his YouTube username “HamesAlwaysWins” — has his eyes locked on his 16 by 9 inch computer monitor, with his right hand firmly gripping a colorful mouse and…

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Troop Four: A look inside one of the first all-girl Scout troops
Features

Holly Adams | February 26, 2020

At first sight, the girls hard at work in a church basement on a Monday night look like they’re preparing for a zombie apocalypse. Scattered on the floor are mess kits, hundreds of feet of rope, first-aid…

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All revved up
Features

Ben Stricker | February 24, 2020

On a freezing Saturday afternoon in the middle of December, I’m bundled up in the middle of the woods, trying to stay warm. Next to me, junior Nicholas Pyle is standing with his completely blank masonite…

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For Whitman Drama alumni, the show goes on
Features

Jack McGuire | February 21, 2020

Nearly every actor, professional or amateur, will tell you that theatre is a cutthroat environment. Every acting choice is subject to scrutiny, and the competition is fierce. Despite the challenges and…

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“Good morning, Whitman!”
Features

Eva Levy | February 18, 2020

At the sound of the bell, all the students in room A303 burst into the halls. But while senior Lucas Folio’s classmates shuffle to their second period, he takes a detour to the main office. 

There,…

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Seniors make their mark on the diving boards
Sports

Matt Mande | February 13, 2020

Senior Hannah Donner began diving when she was nine for her summer team. Senior Liam Gilbert-Lawrence took a similar path, starting when he was 12, also for his summer team. Since then, both Donner and…

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The lasting impact of the Armenian Genocide
Opinions

Jack McGuire | February 7, 2020

For most of my life, I saw my Armenian background as a trivial part of my family history. My family and I often joked about how our very white family technically originated from Asia, and we loosely connected…

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“They just held so much power over me”
Features

Bella Grumet | February 5, 2020

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy.

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to sexual harassment.

Being a high school girl, Anna is used to using social media…

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Journalism requires sensitivity in tragic events
Opinions

Jesse Rider | February 4, 2020

Just like they do dozens of other times every day, people around the world checked their phones Jan. 26 at 2:32 pm. But what they saw this time was different: a notification from TMZ with the headline,…

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‘Super’-coordinator Anne Hutchens leads senior class in college admissions process
Features

Sam Mulford | February 3, 2020

“Your glass is half full.”

The message is inscribed on a glass of water that sits on College and Career Information Coordinator Anne Hutchens’ desk everyday. It’s Hutchens’ personal mantra…

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The buzz on beekeeping
Features

Eve Titlebaum | February 3, 2020

Whitman parent Chris White zips on his white, full-body bee suit and matching white gloves as he heads out to his backyard. There’s a low buzzing hum coming from his five hives, each with four wooden…

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Veteran families find community in Bethesda
Features

Jesse Rider | January 31, 2020

Whitman parent veterans have completed years of rigorous training, been stationed across the world and formed lifelong relationships with fellow servicemen. When three veterans reflected on their time…

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Is your privacy at risk?
News

Jesse Rider | January 28, 2020

People who text while driving have a lot to worry about: fines, striking other vehicles and being unaware of their surroundings. But all of those worries seem to fly out the window when they hear their…

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Bethesda Row’s newest sweet treat: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Arts & Entertainment

Lexi Fleck | January 21, 2020

Jeni Britton Bauer was halfway through college at Ohio State University when she realized that she should incorporate her passion for art history into something bigger — she loved learning, but she thought…

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Bridging the gap: The challenges of transitioning from an international school
Features

Celina Fratzscher | January 16, 2020

Junior Abbie Hall has been moving her whole life. When she was only three months old, her family moved from the U.S. to Sweden for her father’s job. But her Scandanavian adventure proved short-lived;…

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“Jeepers Creepers:” Whitman teachers have lots of catchphrases
Features

Ethan Wagner | January 16, 2020

If you walked by a teacher’s classroom, you’d see nothing but the standard — a teacher standing at the front, lecturing from the Promethean board or a teacher grading quizzes. But, inside the classroom,…

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Q&A with ABC’s season 20 “The Bachelor” Ben Higgins
Features

Ally Navarrete | January 7, 2020

Ben Higgins placed third on season 11 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 2015 and then starred as the lead on season 20 of  “The Bachelor” in 2016. Higgins grew up in Warsaw, Indiana, attended the…

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“Helping others, righting the wrongs”
Features

Jocie Mintz | January 6, 2020

Mike Manatos (‘86) goes to work every day wearing the same pin on his lapel. Every morning, he fastens it on his suit jacket or sports coat in the hopes that people will ask about what that little gold…

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Looking back: The best of the 2010s
Arts & Entertainment

Meera Shroff | January 6, 2020

The 2010s has been a decade of change.

It’s impossible to narrow down all of that change — all of those moments, people and things — to a short list.

But there have been a few universal changes…

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Art museums should feature more work from female artists
Opinions

Chloe Lesser | December 26, 2019

Can you name five female artists?

As an aspiring female artist myself, answering this question seemed like it would be a breeze. I timed myself, expecting to take no longer than 30 seconds. But it took…

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Junior fitness guru “lifts” the community with his knowledge
Sports

Lincoln Polan | December 26, 2019

As the Air King fans whir in the background of the weight room, junior Jordan Maggin holds a 90-pound dumbbell in his hand. Curling the weight with ease, Maggin sets the scene dramatically: “Welcome…

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The Battle of Bethesda escalates
Features

Mia Friedman | December 26, 2019

Some names have been changed for anonymity. 

After the Friday-night, varsity football game at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School Oct. 11, senior Drew and his friends flocked to the nearby Chipotle —…

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Whitman students advocate against AP exams on Muslim holiday
News

Jack McGuire | December 9, 2019

The College Board will now administer all Advanced Placement exams planned for May 13, 2021 again on May 18, 2021 to accommodate Muslim students celebrating the holiday Eid al-Fitr, which falls on May…

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“2KForbes Filmed It”
Sports

Gabe Schaner | December 5, 2019

When he first found out in February that Lamelo Ball, the rising basketball star of the Ball Family, was playing in a high school game for Spire Academy at Towson University, Montgomery County, local Remi…

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Into the podcast trend? So is Dr. Dodd
Features

Meera Shroff | December 3, 2019

Before recording his podcast, Principal Robert Dodd does his homework — something you might not expect from a high school principal. He types up notes, article links and research on a Google Document…

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Women on call: Local artist transforms call boxes, creates tribute to historic women
Features

Emily London | December 2, 2019

Stepping off the escalator at Metro Center, a tall, bright red sculpture is one of the first things that pedestrians see. These structures, called call boxes, are scattered throughout D.C. and have existed…

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Montgomery County sues Juul in latest effort to end vaping epidemic
Vaping

Sammy Heberlee | December 2, 2019

As part of Montgomery County’s ongoing efforts to curb teen use of electronic cigarettes and vaping, the Montgomery County Council authorized a lawsuit Oct. 16 against Juul Labs and Altria Group, a company…

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Whitman students grow a passion for gardening
Features

Ella Adams | November 27, 2019

On a warm August afternoon, while many students are out at the pool enjoying their last days of summer, seniors Henry Haddon and Joe Ku are in their own home gardens, harvesting microgreens, tomatoes,…

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Don’t be afraid to serve politics at Thanksgiving
Opinions

Eva Levy | November 25, 2019

My home life revolves around the news: my family’s radio is always on, we still receive print newspapers daily and our dinners are stuffed to the brim with discussions about current issues. So when Thanksgiving…

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LGBTQ chorus belts out message of love and equality
Features

Holly Adams | November 22, 2019

The spotlight glowed on a group of teenagers wearing all black — black slacks, black button-down shirts, black shoes. The only color came from their matching vibrant, rainbow neckties, perfectly coordinated…

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On the outside looking in
Showcase

Reuben Stoll | November 21, 2019

March 1, I sat in my government class anxiously waiting for the end of the day. When the clock struck 2:30 p.m., I was bouncing with excitement like every other Whitman lacrosse player. It was the first…

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Alex Chappell (’06) watches from the sidelines — and enjoys it
Sports

Ella Adams | November 20, 2019

Alex Chappell (‘06) was the voice of the morning announcements Monday through Thursday and host of Friday’s televised news at Whitman during her junior and senior year. Thirteen years later, Chappell…

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Pulling back the curtain
Features

Eva Levy | November 20, 2019

This year’s musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is a drama that takes place in Paris in 1482. The story begins when the protagonist, Quasimodo — whose uncle hides him away from society because of…

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Arts students pursue real-life experience in New York City, Los Angeles, during gap years
Features

Bella Brody | November 12, 2019

Ben Wolstein (‘19) loves playing the trumpet — so much so that he’s decided to play every night at different “jam sessions” in one of the greatest music hubs in the world: New York City.

Wolstein,…

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From cosmetology to construction, vocational high schools teach career-readiness
News

Gabe Schaner | November 6, 2019

Walter Johnson junior Eliot Eisen’s feet dangled out of a window, 45 feet in the air. Surrounding him was the frame of a house — a house he, along with the construction cluster at Thomas Edison High…

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Livia Mckee draws on personal experience to release eight original songs
Features

Sarah Tong | November 6, 2019

When junior Livia McKee was only five years old, she would put on full concert-style productions and sing in front of her entire family just for fun. She would throw on crazy Halloween costumes, grab her…

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Appreciate, don’t appropriate
Opinions

Aditi Gujaran | November 4, 2019

Growing up, I loved Saturday mornings. I bounced with excitement every time I watched my mom swirl out the familiar dark brown paste of henna, and I’d stand on my tiptoes to watch her pick out a raw,…

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Students, teachers torn over Monday’s alleged assault
News

Taylor Haber | October 21, 2019

Following the in-class assault that occurred Monday where one teacher and one student sustained minor injuries, many students and staff at Whitman were left confused about the incident. 

While administration…

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Senior wins End Family Fire contest with striking video
Features

Meera Shroff | October 21, 2019

On a Monday in late July, senior Amelia Montagnino headed to her summer internship at the Brady Campaign — a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing gun violence. As usual, she attended the all-staff…

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Poms perform in Redskins’ halftime Spirit Explosion
Sports

Matt Mande | October 16, 2019

Blaring music, screaming fans and HTTR posters are only to be expected at a Redskins game. Less typical is what fans saw on October 6. Twelve members of Whitman’s Poms team performed alongside professional…

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Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film
Features

Alex Robsinson | May 20, 2019

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide.

The summer after ninth grade, junior Amelia Montagnino’s summer health teacher started the mental health lesson by asking anyone…

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