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Stories from Walt Whitman High School
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
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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
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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
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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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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 8, 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
Opinions

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 25, 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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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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