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  • Donate your old sneakers outside the main office from now until April 22.

  • The 2017 talent show is this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

  • The deadline for contributions to the Senior Project is April 15. Go to B-212 during 5th period with any questions.

  • Seniors: Sign up for JostenRenaissance.com to order graduation announcements and accessories. Use code CBS349.

  • The media center is looking for poetry submissions during April. Stop by the media center for more info.

Weekly news round-up: March 12

Weekly news round-up: March 12

By Matthew Farr
March 12
Filed under National, News

This week there was a wide variety of interesting news from the US and around the world. Here are the top stories we saw from the past week:

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Quiz Bowl team advances to It’s Academic semifinals

Quiz Bowl team advances to It’s Academic semifinals

By Julie Rosenstein
March 8
Filed under News, School

As recording time neared, the crowd quieted down, the contestants sat up on their stools, and Whitman drumline got into position.

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Weekly news round-up: March 5

Weekly news round-up: March 5

By Matthew Farr
March 5
Filed under National, News

So some news happened this past week. Here are the top stories:

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BOE approves calendar revisions, reducing instructional and professional days

BOE approves calendar revisions, reducing instructional and professional days

By Camille Caldera
March 3
Filed under Local, News, School

The Board of Education (BOE) revised the 2017-2018 school year calendar Feb. 27 to shorten the professional days after first and third quarter from full days off to half days and reduce the total number of instructional days from 184 to 182.

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Mental Health Awareness week recap

Mental Health Awareness week recap

By Carmen Molina
February 28
Filed under News, School

While February at Whitman used to signify a whirlwind of SGA activities and fundraisers to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, last week welcomed the first of four Charity Weeks replacing LLS month: Mental Health Awareness week.

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BOE approves $64 million addition to budget

BOE approves $64 million addition to budget

By Tiger Bjornlund
February 27
Filed under Local, News, School

The BOE voted unanimously (8-0) Feb. 14 to approve the $2.52 billion operating budget proposed by Superintendent Jack Smith, according to an MCPS press release. The allocation marks an increase of $64.24 million from last year’s budget.

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Weekly news round-up: Feb. 26

Weekly news round-up: Feb. 26

By Matthew Farr
February 26
Filed under National, News

This week was a draining one for news in the U.S. and around the world. Here are some of the top stories:

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Whitman alumna nominated for Academy Award

Whitman alumna nominated for Academy Award

By Andie Silverman
February 26
Filed under News, School

Two strangers meet. One an immigrant, the other a refugee. A violin brought them together but their friendship revealed how one small act can change two people’s lives forever. This true story is captured in the documentary “Joe’s Violin,” by director Kahane Cooperman (‘80).

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Common Application adds two new prompts, alters three old ones

Common Application adds two new prompts, alters three old ones

By Lily Friedman
February 24
Filed under News

Each year, seniors partake in Whitman traditions like car decorating, the Philly cheesesteak challenge and guy poms. Among these beloved practices is another less popular one: filling out the Common Application, an online universal college application platform.

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Senior David Rekhtman 1 of 40 finalists in national science competition

Senior David Rekhtman 1 of 40 finalists in national science competition

By Allie Lerner
February 23
Filed under National, News, School

While it’s common for students to have internships, most students only get to shadow doctors or scientists. But, during his two-year internship in the National Cancer Institute at NIH, senior David Rekhtman completed a 16-page report on two ways to induce an immune response toward cancer cells.

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New supreme court nominee generates varying student responses

New supreme court nominee generates varying student responses

By Lily Jacobson
February 22
Filed under Local, National, News

Students had a wide range of reactions to President Trump’s recent nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Jan. 31. His nomination marks the second straight Supreme Court nominee with significant connections to Montgomery County after President Obama’s nominee, Bethesda resident Merrick Garland.

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MCPS warns of virtual extortion

MCPS warns of virtual extortion

By Emma Sorkin
February 22
Filed under Local, News

Multiple MCPS families recently became targets of what the FBI has deemed a virtual kidnapping scam. Community members received calls from unfamiliar, often international, numbers with screaming in the background and a claim from the caller that he or she is in possession of the person’s child, and intends to do the child harm unless a ransom is paid, according to an FBI memo.

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