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“Students’ lives matter”

“Students’ lives matter”

By Jessica Buxbaum and Camerynn Hawke

March 14, 2018


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, News, Showcase

Students around the country participated in demonstrations March 14 to support gun reform and honor the Florida students killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14. Whitman students organized two demonstrations: one walkout for students on school grounds and one for those joining protests in D.C.

A day in the life of a Whitman pom

A day in the life of a Whitman pom

By Eva Herscowitz

February 28, 2018


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Showcase, Sports

The Whitman poms team has dominated Division III for the last two years. To see how they prepared for their debut in this year’s Division II counties and what a typical day of competition day entails for the squad, I shadowed the poms team Feb. 2-3.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Groundhog Day festival draws D.C. residents

Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Groundhog Day festival draws D.C. residents

By Eva Herscowitz and Maddy Frank

February 2, 2018


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Feature, Showcase

Potomac Phil made an appearance this morning at the annual Dupont Circle Groundhog Day in NW D.C.. After an introduction and a moment of intense silence, Phil, standing tall and proud, made his prediction: six more weeks of blistering cold.

School is fueling the technology obsession

School is fueling the technology obsession

By Anna Koretsky

January 29, 2018


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Blogs, Showcase

With all the new technologies available for students to use, we often face scrutiny for being on our electronics too much. New advancements like Google Classroom, myMCPS and Chromebooks, however, mean many of our assignments and homework are on computers as well. I tracked how I used my computer and phone for a week to see if I was “technology-obsessed” or if I just needed to get my schoolwork done.

Let’s talk about sexism: senior organizes educational seminars

Let’s talk about sexism: senior organizes educational seminars

By Camerynn Hawke

November 5, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Feature, Media, Showcase, Videos

Principal Alan Goodwin allowed senior Rabhya Mehrotra to plan seminars designed to cover how sexism, harassment and assault affect all genders. The seminars aimed to increase awareness of everyday actions that most people don’t realize are sexist.

Yes, Trump has done something good

Yes, Trump has done something good

By Katherine Sylvester

September 15, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Blogs, Showcase

The ironic reality is that the harder Trump fights, the more the media benefits.

Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

By Camille Caldera

April 3, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Blogs

The first time I wrote a poem was during a free write in sixth grade. I was sitting in Ms. Goldman’s English class, under the windows, in the sun. I don’t remember the poem I wrote, but I do remember how powerful it made me feel.

Veterans and students unite for Team River Runner’s kayak football tournament

Veterans and students unite for Team River Runner’s kayak football tournament

By Elea Levin

March 22, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Awards, Feature

Paddling furiously, Brandon Huff catapulted the football towards his teammate on the other end of the pool, who caught it and shot to the end zone to score the winning touchdown for their team. Though this doesn’t sound like a typical charity event, this competition is part of Team River Runner’s annual kayak football tournament at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center March 4.

Sophomore rewarded for volunteer work with MSI’s Special Olympics TOPSoccer Program

Sophomore rewarded for volunteer work with MSI’s Special Olympics TOPSoccer Program

By Emma Sorkin

February 27, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Awards, Feature

When sophomore Ben Katz steps onto the Whitman soccer field, he is sporting a black jersey, directing his team as the goalie. But when Katz steps onto the local park’s field, he plays another position: a volunteer at Montgomery Soccer Inc.’s (MSI) Special Olympics TOPSoccer program.

Teen Court: students involved in the judicial process

Teen Court: students involved in the judicial process

By Sabrina Martin

February 15, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Awards, Feature

As the 14-year-old boy approaches the judge’s stand, his head remains low, avoiding the courtroom’s heavy stares. Twelve high school volunteers raise their right hand and turn to the boy, solemnly promising to be fair in their duties. As the trial begins, the jurors listen tentatively to the boy’s trembling voice as he recalls the day he brought brass knuckles and knives to school.

Students experience political process through AP Lang project

Students experience political process through AP Lang project

By Abby Snyder

January 30, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Feature

Inspiring speeches. Catchy sound bytes. Hardworking campaign teams. For some students, this didn’t end with the presidential election; they spent much of second quarter working tirelessly on a mock-election project for their AP Language class.

Battling Cancer: Three students share journeys

Battling Cancer: Three students share journeys

By Pearl Sun

January 6, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Awards, Feature

I sat face-to-face with three students and asked them questions about their cancer stories; I think it’s safe to say I was an emotional mess during each conversation. At times I smiled; at times I couldn’t look them in the eye; at times I wanted to cry. Cancer narratives often oversimplify the patient’s ...