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Senior Toby Goldberg, senior Josh Harkins and sophomore Kabir Broker answer trivia questions during the Washington, D.C. ‘It’s Academic’ semifinals. The team ended with a near-perfect score, but still finished second.

Quizbowl places second at ‘It’s Academic’ semifinals

By Ethan Schenker June 8, 2021

The Quizbowl team placed second in a three-school faceoff at the Washington, D.C. ‘It’s Academic’ semifinals on NBC4 Saturday morning. Senior Toby Goldberg, senior Josh Harkins and sophomore Kabir...

MCPS officials hosted a virtual Pride Town Hall on May 26, days before the beginning of Pride Month.

“Making sure students feel acknowledged”: MCPS hosts Pride town hall

By Sonya Rashkovan June 4, 2021

MCPS officials hosted a virtual Pride Town Hall on May 26 to discuss the central office’s actions to make the school district more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community.  The town hall began with a...

The Montgomery County Board of Education recognized May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Board’s vote comes amid a nationwide surge in anti-Asian hate bias incidents and a recent discovery of racist graffiti at Whitman.

Board of Education unanimously votes to recognize May as AAPI Heritage Month

By Sonya Rashkovan and Zoe Cantor May 18, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously on April 20 to pass a resolution recognizing May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The resolution encourages teachers,...

A group of Whitman students encountered men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot Tuesday evening. A photo of the sign circulated among Whitman students, many of whom condemned the poster’s rhetoric on Instagram.

Whitman students encounter anti-Israel protesters in school parking lot

By Ethan Schenker May 12, 2021

A group of Whitman seniors encountered at least five men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot early Tuesday evening. The top of the sign displayed a Nazi flag adjacent to an Israeli...

U.S. News & World Report ranked Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year. Though many students emphasized their appreciation for the school's academic rigor, some aren't sure that the school deserved the honors.

“Best” U.S. News ranking invokes conflicted feelings from students

By Samantha Wang and Claire Lane May 8, 2021

Following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings that named Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year, many students...

During the celebratory Zoom, participants were educated on aspects of Arab culture such as food, religion, dance and music.

Minority Scholars Program holds Zoom celebration in honor of Arab American Heritage Month

By Zach Poe May 6, 2021

The Whitman Minority Scholars Program and the local student-led organization Yalla Youth hosted a Zoom celebration on April 27 in honor of Arab American Heritage Month.  Juniors Christina Limansky...

U.S. News & World Report ranked Whitman as the top high school in Maryland and the 111th best high school in the country in its annual rankings for the 2020–2021 school year. Principal Robby Dodd described the honor as

U.S. News ranks Whitman as the best high school in Maryland

By Jack McGuire May 5, 2021

U.S. News & World Report deemed Whitman the best high school in Maryland and the 111th highest-ranked high school in the country in its annual rankings for the 2020–2021 school year. Whitman ousted...

MCPS will implement an online learning option for the 2021–2022 school year. Over the past year, Whitman administrators

MCPS to implement virtual learning option for students in 2021–2022 school year

By Samantha Wang May 2, 2021

MCPS will implement a year-long virtual learning option for students during the 2021–2022 school year, school district officials announced after a Board of Education meeting on April 15.  The school...

MCPS is attempting to remedy pandemic-induced learning gaps through expanded summer school program offerings. Students will be able to take any course for free.

MCPS expands summer school offerings in push to reduce pandemic-induced learning gaps

By Ethan Schenker April 30, 2021

MCPS is expanding its summer school program offerings and will allow students to take courses for free. The steps will help compose a future countywide initiative — one which the school district has...

Hana O'Looney won the 2021-2022 MCPS SMOB election on Friday. The voter turnout increased dramatically compared to last year's election, in which only 12.8% of eligible students voted.

O’Looney wins SMOB election; turnout spikes 

By Sonya Rashkovan  April 27, 2021

Richard Montgomery High School junior Hana O’Looney won the 2021–22 MCPS Student Member of the Board of Education election on Friday. 37.5% of MCPS middle and high school students voted for their choice...

Staff members are planning for Whitman's graduation ceremony to take place on the football field on June 11. The coronavirus pandemic relegated last year's seniors to online graduation events.

County Council approves in-person graduation ceremonies

By Ellie Arenstein April 26, 2021

All MCPS high schools will hold in-person graduation ceremonies in early June, per the Montgomery County Council’s unanimous vote on April 20 to amend the county Board of Health’s graduation guidelines. Whitman...

Two students found an anti-Asian caricature and caption on a chair in the Whitman auditorium this morning. This is the third time in the past 14 months that the school has dealt with racist graffiti.

Racist graffiti in school auditorium targets Asian Americans

By Ethan Schenker and Samantha Wang April 23, 2021

Two juniors found an anti-Asian caricature and caption on a chair in Whitman’s auditorium on Friday morning. The students immediately informed administrators, who promptly photographed the scene and...

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