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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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Teen Court: students involved in the judicial process

Teen Court: students involved in the judicial process

By Sabrina Martin

February 15, 2017


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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.

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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.

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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 ...

Fake news epidemic hits close to home

Fake news epidemic hits close to home

By Elea Levin

January 4, 2017


Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Awards, Feature

Check any Facebook feed, and there will be the following news: Pope Francis and Denzel Washington have endorsed Donald Trump, child marriage was just legalized in Germany and an FBI agent involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails was murdered. Read More »...

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