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Students face allergies as diagnoses rise

Students face allergies as diagnoses rise

By Katie Hanson

February 23, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Junior Riya Kumar struggles to breathe in the passenger seat of her car as she enters anaphylactic shock. Her dad tries to weave through the congested rainy-day beltway traffic as they rush to the hospital, but ultimately Kumar has no choice but to inject her leg with an EpiPen—something she’s n...

Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location

Family-owned Bethesda Bagels franchise announces new store location

By Katie Hanson

February 19, 2019


Filed under Feature, Local, News, Showcase

In late August or early September of 2019, the popular Bethesda Bagels franchise will open a fifth store near Montgomery Mall, the company announced Dec. 21. The Fleishman family, who started the company in 1982, began leasing the Wildwood property last month and is in the process of buying equipment and drawing p...

Students combine art and activism in new “Walls of Demand” exhibit

Students combine art and activism in new “Walls of Demand” exhibit

By Camerynn Hawke and Alex Robinson

February 18, 2019


Filed under Artist Spotlight, Feature, Showcase

As senior Alisha Dhir walked through the “Walls of Demand” exhibit in downtown D.C. last Tuesday, admiring the huge brick-wall murals, photographs and posters centered around youth promotion of gun control, she felt inspired. Walking past congresspeople and political activists alike, it was clear t...

Best weekend getaway spots near D.C.

Best weekend getaway spots near D.C.

By Hirari Sato

February 16, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Between snow days, national holidays and professional days, students have had more long weekends and days off than in previous years. These breaks are generally too short for a full out family vacation, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up the opportunities to travel and explore. The D.C. area alon...

Students explore up-and-coming art form: animation

Students explore up-and-coming art form: animation

By Hirari Sato

February 15, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Junior Serena Lee draws small, intricate lines on her digital tablet at home. Going frame by frame, she takes weeks to sketch the fields, flowers and characters for her short summer film project. Even after she’s finished drawing the basic outlines, it takes several hours cleaning up the lines, co...

Competitive Music Programs mold music players into professionals

Competitive Music Programs mold music players into professionals

By Aditi Gujaran

February 12, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Junior Izzi Aronin used to be insecure about her chances of a music career. But after being accepted into the National Youth Symphony Orchestra freshman year—getting the opportunity to see the internationally recognized cellist Yo-Yo Ma on a stage during private practice, performing on the prestigious S...

Bocce provides a community for special, general education students

Bocce provides a community for special, general education students

By Dana Herrnstadt

February 8, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

When special education teacher Stephen Sutherland arrived at Whitman 13 years ago, he had never heard of bocce before. But four years later, when former principal Alan Goodwin asked if he wanted to coach the corollary bocce team, he agreed. Last year, in Sutherland’s second year back coaching Whitm...

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...

Q&A with best-selling author Alexandra Robbins

Q&A with best-selling author Alexandra Robbins

By Jack Gonzalez

January 31, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

We sat down with Robbins to talk about her new book.

Top 5 sledding spots: Are highly-rated D.C. hills better than local favorites?

Top 5 sledding spots: Are highly-rated D.C. hills better than local favorites?

By Jose Wray

January 30, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

I set out to discover if these hills were really better than local favorites.

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 ...