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ASMR videos make some students relax, others cringe

ASMR videos make some students relax, others cringe

By Aditi Gujaran

February 4, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

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 videos—commonly referred to as ASMR videos—are quick stress relievers. To others, they’re...

MCPS: Unblock our personal email accounts on Chromebooks

MCPS: Unblock our personal email accounts on Chromebooks

By Editorial Board

February 2, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Editorials, Opinion, Showcase

During the first few weeks of November, students noticed an inconvenient phenomenon: while it had been difficult to access personal Google accounts on Chromebooks in the past, it became completely impossible overnight. While MCPS accounts are useful for purely academic purposes, most students use per...

Whitman parent Gil Rosen’s beading passion spreads kindness

Whitman parent Gil Rosen’s beading passion spreads kindness

By Jose Wray

January 31, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Showcase, Sports

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 to his hip in a small container—when his son scored, and he couldn’t help but jump with e...

Addition to be completed by Aug. 2021

Addition to be completed by Aug. 2021

By Zara Ali

January 26, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, News, School, Showcase

A three-story building to replace Whittier Woods, an auxiliary gymnasium, and a commons area to link the main building with the new wing will be added to the Whitman campus by August 2021. County managers and the RRMM Lukmire Architects announced the final plan at a Nov. 5 public work session. The reno...

Junior Olaf Hichwa propels into drone racing, sponsorships

Junior Olaf Hichwa propels into drone racing, sponsorships

By Katie Hanson

January 25, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Junior Olaf Hichwa hates gravity. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t interested in aviation. As soon as he could talk, he told his parents he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up. So when he was six years old, his parents bought him a remote control helicopter. He flew it every day until ...

Private school transfers bring new talent to boys basketball

By Lukas Troost

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Sports

Senior Jason Lewis has always wanted to play basketball in college. But after having limited playing time as the sixth man for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, he felt he wasn’t reaching his full potential, he said. He knew he could contribute more, so he decided to transfer to Whitman. In his fourth g...

Recruitment or rehab? Sport specialization jeopardizes athletes

Recruitment or rehab? Sport specialization jeopardizes athletes

By Mateo Gutierrez

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Sports

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 were cumulative, painful and season-ending. But they weren’t surprising. She’s spent 11 years stressi...

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

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

By Aditi Gujaran

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

“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 their shoulders back. In unison, they yell, “Attention on deck! Good afternoon!” For other stude...

Students use bullet journals for innovation, organization

Students use bullet journals for innovation, organization

By Hirari Sato

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

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 descriptions of the Turkish couscous and meze platters she ate and sketched people she saw on the ...

Tennis, track, lacrosse and field hockey?

Tennis, track, lacrosse and field hockey?

By Sara Azimi

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Sports

Senior Hanna Freund doesn’t have an offseason—and that’s just how she likes it.

Alleged sexual assault at Damascus highlights crucial role of coaches

By Max Gersch

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Blogs

When I heard about the alleged sexual assault at Damascus High School in November, I thought about coaches. As role models for their players, coaches have a more important role than ever to step up and set a good example for their teams. A coach’s purpose is more than wins and losses. During the sea...

Elementary school students should learn local history

Elementary school students should learn local history

By Dana Herrnstadt

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion

From a young age, we learn about the California Gold Rush, the Declaration of Independence and the Abolitionist Movement. We study Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the Louisiana Purchase, but the history of our own county has mostly escaped the classroom. Learning about local history connects students...