Best of SNO

#6
2019-2020
Distinguished Sites Rank for
Walt Whitman High School
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Published Stories for
Walt Whitman High School
in 2019-2020
#6
2019-2020
Best of SNO Rank for
Walt Whitman High School
Stories from Walt Whitman High School
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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Artist Spotlight: Matthew Millin
Arts & Entertainment

Clara Koritz Hawkes | May 15, 2019

When junior Matthew Millin was five years old, he was sure he had stage fright. Even though he’d grown up putting on shows with his cousins for his family—they’d create a makeshift stage out of their…

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Camp Jojo to honor former student
News

Katie Hanson | May 14, 2019

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

Camp Jojo, an outdoor summer camp designed to help support teens affected by suicide, will be held this July in honor of former…

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“Hands up, don’t shoot” belongs to the Black Lives Matter Movement
Opinions

Khanya Dalton | May 9, 2019

 “Hands up, don’t shoot.” This slogan, along with the accompanying gesture of raising one’s hands above his or her head, became one of the core symbols of the Black Lives Matter Movement after…

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Why I took a break from social media
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Aditi Gujaran | May 6, 2019

On New Year’s Eve of sixth grade, I decided to put my new Instagram account to use: @xoxosoccerluver2002. With steady hands and dim lighting, I posted a pixelated photo of my giant Albert Einstein poster….

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Why I’m a proud “choirboy”
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Joseph Ferrari | April 10, 2019

“Listen, I might not have the words to ‘Vive l’Amour’ down straight, but I know damn well what I’m about to say to you today,” a Whitman senior said to the reception of rousing applause and laughter.

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Socrates didn’t die for this
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Will Brown | April 2, 2019

Seeing it on the calendar inspires dread from students; its predictable use by teachers is only matched by the inevitable awkward silences it produces.

The Socratic seminar—which at Whitman generally…

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Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever
News

Katie Hanson | March 28, 2019

The Montgomery County Board of Education is all-female for the first time ever after Karla Silvestre, the former co-chair of the MCPS Latino Student Achievement Action Group, and Brenda Wolff, a civil…

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“This is my family”: Kennedy H.S. NJROTC creates community
Features

Aditi Gujaran | March 28, 2019

“Attention on Deck! Good afternoon Ma’am!” one cadet yells above the chatter. He’s the first one to spot Chief Petty Officer Sharon Rogers.

Thirty cadets quickly stand up straight and square…

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Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal
Admissions Scandal

Anna Yuan | March 26, 2019

When senior Evin McDonald, who is committed to play tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, found out that his college coach was set to be prosecuted for accepting an approximately $100,000 bribe…

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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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