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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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Power outages leave students in the dark; cause absences, connectivity issues
News

Lily Freeman | December 1, 2020

A number of students were unable to connect to their online classes this morning due to widespread power outages in the Whitman area. According to attendance secretary Tabitha Davis, 631 students reported…

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Futures on hold: the fate of collegiate athletic recruiting in the age of COVID-19
Sports

Eli Putnam | November 16, 2020

Every year, thousands of high-school students across the country spend their summers competing for coveted — and limited — college athletic scholarships. They travel all around the United States, playing…

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Diving into the sports industry with junior Zach Yaqub
Sports

John McGowan | November 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, most high school juniors would take a nap or finish their homework, but Zach Yaqub has other priorities. After an exhausting, day-long baseball tournament in Virginia,…

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Cycling into senior year: students bike to Pittsburgh over the summer
Features

Nil Ozdemir | October 27, 2020

Seniors Finn Martin, Adam Melrod, Nicholas Pyle and Jordan Maggin watched from the roof of their hotel as the Pittsburgh skyline lit up with a breathtaking pink hue. The sounds of pop music and a gentle…

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“The immediate reaction was heartbreak”: Christina Limanksy helps aid Lebanon after explosion in capital
Features

Kendall Headley | October 26, 2020

Junior Christina Limansky finishes a dance routine she spent hours working on at the Elements Dance Company camp. Breathless, she stretches out her arms while heading over to the bench for a break. When…

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“It brings back the old days where nothing really mattered”: Whitman students crave nostalgia over quarantine
Features

Quentin Corpuel | October 14, 2020

In the back of Topher Leonard’s bedroom, the echoes of Fall Out Boy pour out of an old radio. The then nine-year-old Leonard sits hunched over at his desk, fixated on his iPad. He’s playing Minecraft,…

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Atiwa jewelry charms customers worldwide
Features

Nil Özdemir | October 13, 2020

After moving to Bethesda, seniors Esther Ferrero and Lucia Kaiser were often showered in compliments from peers on their style.

“Esther had an elegant and unique style which definitely caught my eye,”…

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It’s time to abolish standardized testing
Opinions

Cate Navarrete | October 12, 2020

After struggling to find a way to take the SAT during the coronavirus pandemic, senior Claire Sorkin drives for 90 minutes to an unfamiliar location in Virginia in order to take the test. Upon arrival,…

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One year later, Prince Cutchember faces legal battle from Whitman “panning” incident
News

Eva Levy | October 1, 2020

Dubbed the “frying pan incident,” students and staff likely remember the event that occurred September of last year. A plethora of memes and jokes circulated around the school and on social media,…

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Nonprofit sues MCPS over changes to middle school magnet program admissions
News

Lily Freeman | September 28, 2020

The Association for Education Fairness, a Montgomery County parent coalition, filed a lawsuit against MCPS on September 1, claiming that recent changes to the admissions process for the county’s middle…

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“My heart sunk”: Whitman community mourns the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
News

Aleydis Barnes | September 22, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at her home in Washington D.C. Friday night due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to a Supreme Court press release.

While technical…

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I’m not just checking a box, I’m acknowledging my heritage
Opinions

Cate Navarrete | September 18, 2020

When brought up in conversation, my ethnic background usually gets two different reactions: “Wait, you’re Hispanic? But you look white,” or  “You’re so lucky; it’ll be so easy for you to get…

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International book exchange brings students together
Features

Defne Aslan | September 17, 2020

Sophomore Yuxi Apel caught a glimpse of the UPS worker walking by her window and wandered downstairs to check what had arrived at her front porch. When she opened the front door, she found a small package…

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To defer or to commit: seniors have a difficult choice this fall
News

Kendall Headley | September 8, 2020

Graduated senior Lucas Arulpragasm sits in front of his computer, attentively staring at the screen and waiting for an announcement from his dream school, Cornell University. He committed to Cornell earlier…

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The story behind Josh Weinberg’s rise to prominence in Whitman basketball
Sports

Matt Mande | May 28, 2020

Six years ago at Pyle Middle School, head basketball coach Bobby Polley called over senior Josh Weinberg, then in seventh grade, to talk to him at the end of his second day of basketball tryouts. When…

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“It was the biggest thing that had ever happened to us”
Features

Jesse Rider | May 6, 2020

To a passerby, Rick Berke (‘76) and Michael Gill (‘76) would have looked like any other Whitman seniors going out for a quick meal at a diner in Bethesda in 1976. But they weren’t just any old high…

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“We have bills to pay”: Local businesses struggle during pandemic
Coronavirus

Meera Shroff | May 6, 2020

In 2012, a couple of months after Jennie Yu (‘18) and her family moved from upstate New York to Bethesda, her parents bought Firehouse Deli, which Yu describes as being between a convenience store and…

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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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