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State officials look to raise HSA standards

By Stephanie Haven
September 30, 2009
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Out of over 60,000 Maryland high school seniors last year, only 11 couldn’t graduate because they failed the state-mandated standardized exit exams, according to the state superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. Starting with the class of 2009, Maryland officials require that students pass the High School A...

Seventeen seniors make cut for National Merit Scholarship semifinals

By Stephanie Haven
September 30, 2009
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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation declared 17 Whitman seniors as 2009 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists Sept. 16. The students are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who attained the highest scores on last year’s PSAT. Read More »...

National Book Festival attracts readers and authors

By James Dionne
September 30, 2009
Filed under Feature, News

  The annual National Book Festival drew many readers across the area. Photo by James Dionne. The Library of Congress held its National Book Festival at the national mall this Saturday Sept. 26. Over 70 authors partook in the event, including Judy Bloom, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks....

Students asked to stay alert following suspicious sighting

By Jessica Gelfarb
September 30, 2009
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The Whitman administration alerted the community on Monday that a middle-aged man driving a white van followed a student home from school earlier that evening. Read More »...

Tim Hwang: A man on a mission

By Jessica Gelfarb
September 21, 2009
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New Student Member of the Board Tim Hwang hopes to use his newfound leadership position to better directly address the needs of students. Read More »...

NIH housing plan sparks neighborhood debate

By James Dionne
September 18, 2009
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New plans for National Institutes of Health graduate student housing in Bethesda’s Maplewood neighborhood have sparked backlash from the community’s residents. Read More »...

Surprise power outage greets students and staff

By Stephanie Haven
September 17, 2009
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Principal Alan Goodwin drove up to a pitch-black Whitman campus Sept. 10, just 30 minutes before masses of teenagers were due to arrive. The emergency generators weren’t working, the phone lines were dead and the power was out within a one-block radius. Read More »...

Obama speech remains unheard by most students

Obama speech remains unheard by most students

By Nikhil Gupta
September 15, 2009
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Obama delivered a speech to students across the nation last Tuesday, encouraging them to focus on studies and hard work during the upcoming school year. Principal Alan Goodwin took this message to heart and decided that rather than halting classes for an assembly or mandated viewing, teaching would...

Attendance office moves, guidance counselors reunited

By Jenny Baldwin
September 14, 2009
Filed under News

*By Alex Zimmermann*         Students who used to sprint down the front hall to get a late pass in the morning must now walk directly into the main office to access the new attendance office, which staff members moved over the summer to vacate space for the guidance department. Read More »...

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