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Pushed out: An in-depth look at gentrification in Montgomery County

Pushed out: An in-depth look at gentrification in Montgomery County

By David Villani

May 9, 2019


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Ms. Ashraf has been living in the same Rockville home for 20 years. In this time, she’s seen Montgomery County change dramatically, from a suburban county of 850,000 inhabitants to the sprawling economic powerhouse of 1.2 million today. But as the county’s population skyrocketed, so has her cost of...

Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film

Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film

By Alex Robinson

May 3, 2019


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Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide. The summer after ninth grade, junior Amelia Montagnino’s summer health teacher started the mental health lesson by asking anyone who had a connection to the topic of suicide to stand up. At the time, Amelia didn’t know anyone...

Lecture circuit gives students a platform to speak out

Lecture circuit gives students a platform to speak out

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 3, 2019


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A short walk from the commotion of the cafeteria—hidden from students sitting cross-legged on the crumb-laden hallway floor, concealed from freshman snacking on carrot sticks and crunching extra-cheddar goldfish crackers—senior Daniel Harris approaches a microphoned podium in the media center. Thi...

JUST TRYAN IT raises money for families grappling with cancer

JUST TRYAN IT raises money for families grappling with cancer

By Meera Dahiya

May 2, 2019


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Whitman parent Mollie Darby has watched kids compete in her JUST TRYAN IT triathlon for nearly nine years, but she still tears up when she talks about the first time she watched her son, freshman Ryan Darby, cross the finish line in 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer. “We had gotten him to a point where he was...

“Local supporting local”: Whitman parent to open coffee shop in Bethesda

“Local supporting local”: Whitman parent to open coffee shop in Bethesda

By Meera Dahiya

April 29, 2019


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In her 50s, Whitman parent Janet Forlini’s mother switched careers, and in an effort to serve her community, bought out and revamped the town’s local newspaper. Inspired by her mom, Forlini is transitioning from her current career in law to creating a community space in Bethesda: a local coffee sho...

Whitman alum, daughter create female empowerment platform

Whitman alum, daughter create female empowerment platform

By Katie Hanson

April 28, 2019


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When Monika Samtani (‘85) and her daughter Natasha Samtani think about the media platform they built to share women’s stories internationally, they come back to one word: inspiring. “Women are the same across the world, all over the universe. We all have a story to tell,” Monika said. ...

Breanna McDonald leads Minority Scholars Program

Breanna McDonald leads Minority Scholars Program

By Alex Robinson

April 27, 2019


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For years, senior Breanna McDonald has seen herself as an athlete, a photographer and a high-achieving student. She led the track team to States this past season, where she placed fifth in the 800-meter dash, she has been taking photos since she got her first camera in eighth grade, and she said she ...

Artist Spotlight: Matthew Millin

Artist Spotlight: Matthew Millin

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

April 26, 2019


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When junior Matthew Millin was five years old, he was sure he had stage fright. Even though he’d grown up putting on shows with his cousins for his family—they’d create a makeshift stage out of their grandparents’ brown leather couch and take turns singing songs—he was sure if he tried theater he...

I scream, you scream, it’s Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream!

I scream, you scream, it’s Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream!

By Dana Herrnstadt

April 13, 2019


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On March 7, Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream replaced the long-standing ice cream shop, Wow Cow, in Bethesda’s Westwood shopping center. Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream—a family business—is the new neighborhood hotspot; it’s only been open for about a month, but the shop is nearly always packed. I sp...

Whitman opens up new biomedical engineering pathway for next school year

Whitman opens up new biomedical engineering pathway for next school year

By Jack Gonzalez

April 12, 2019


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Medicine is a high-tech field, with advances every year and an expanding job sector. Through a new Foundations of Biomedical Sciences Program, the Whitman science department hopes to ensure students have the tools needed to join this workforce. The new track, becoming available in the 2019 school ...

Junior, sophomore look to transfer to England boarding schools next year

Junior, sophomore look to transfer to England boarding schools next year

By Isabelle van Nieuwkoop

April 8, 2019


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When sophomore Zoe Tockman walked onto the campus of Sevenoaks School in Kent, England, this past October, she was hit by a feeling of nostalgia. For four years, the campus had been her home—until her family moved to Bethesda last year. But when her dad told her they were relocating again to Texas ...

From player to coach: seniors come back to the game

From player to coach: seniors come back to the game

By Aditi Gujaran

April 4, 2019


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On most Sundays from December to early February, senior Thomas Fratantoni stands on the sideline of a local elementary school basketball court, surrounded by 12 4-foot-6-inch boys. He shouts out line-ups and plays, gives the players personal feedback on the bench and helps guide the team to a victory. Fr...