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Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal

Students, teachers frustrated over alleged college admissions bribery scandal

By Anna Yuan

March 18, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

When senior Evin McDonald, who is committed to play tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, found out that his college coach was set to be prosecuted for accepting an approximately $100,000 bribe in a college admissions scheme, he was stunned. “I was just in complete shock,” McDonald said. “I talked t...

College early applicant rates spike

College early applicant rates spike

By Anna Yuan

March 12, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

While early applicants to colleges across the United States have steadily increased over the past few years, many universities saw an unusually large spike this year. Of 32 highly ranked universities and colleges surveyed by The Washington Post, 26 had more early applicants than last year. Some changes were especially dramatic: New York University experienced a 42 percent increase. Whi...

Behind the scenes of Ethan Lindenberger’s testimony

Behind the scenes of Ethan Lindenberger’s testimony

By Hannah Feuer

March 9, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

Ethan Lindenberger, a senior at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Ohio, is known in his hometown as the “vaccine kid.” Strangers have written him death threats, friends have called him a government pawn and his mother publicly renounced his actions as akin to “a slap in the face.” But these atta...

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

Furlough frenzy: Government shutdown impacts Whitman community

By Zara Ali

January 21, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

The shutdown has kept around 800,000 federal employees from receiving pay, according to CNN, including many parents in the Whitman community.

Fewer international students attending U.S. universities

Fewer international students attending U.S. universities

By Meera Dahiya

January 17, 2019


Filed under National, News, Showcase

Georgetown University freshman Nikita Gupta has broadened her horizons this semester by learning from her international peers. Having foreign classmates encourages her professors to teach from an international point of view, which allows her to consider other perspectives, she said. But in recent yea...

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

AP exam registration pushed forward to late October

By Anna Yuan

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, National, News

Starting next year, students will register for Advanced Placement exams beginning in late October and continuing to mid-November, instead of in March. Registration after the deadline will cost an extra $40. The College Board decided to move up the registration date after last year’s pilot program inv...

Federal judges order redistricting of 6th District, MD AG appeals

Federal judges order redistricting of 6th District, MD AG appeals

By Max London

December 20, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

A panel of three federal judges ruled Nov. 7 that the 2012 Maryland Congressional districting map gave Democrats in the 6th District an unfair demographic advantage in the 2018 midterms, after seven Republican constituents sued the state. In the election, Democratic Congressman-elect David Trone defeated Republican...

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

Amazon chooses Crystal City, Virginia for one of two new headquarters

By Zara Ali

December 1, 2018


Filed under Local, National, News, Showcase

Amazon announced Nov. 13 that their two new East Coast headquarters will be in Crystal City, Virginia and Queens, New York. Amazon received 238 bids from cities and regions across the country for the headquarters, including Montgomery County. The new headquarters in Crystal City will bring in more state revenue, but it’ll also increase the population in...

Whitman sophomore sings at Matthew Shepard interment

Whitman sophomore sings at Matthew Shepard interment

By Joseph Ferrari

November 26, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

Sophomore Brennan Connell sang with a chorus at the National Cathedral Oct. 26 as part of the interment of Matthew Shepard’s ashes. Shepard was an openly gay college student whose murder in 1998 became a rallying point in the gay rights movement. The service was attended by about 2,000 people. Unti...

Montgomery County first-day early voter turnout triples since 2014

Montgomery County first-day early voter turnout triples since 2014

By Anna Yuan

October 30, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

Voter turnout in Montgomery County on the first day of Maryland early voting, Oct. 25, more than tripled the numbers from the 2014 midterm election, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. In the county, 2.17 percent of eligible voters—14,220 people—cast their ballots. Over 87,000 people i...

Lapses in SAT scoring and test security raise concerns

Lapses in SAT scoring and test security raise concerns

By Anna Yuan

October 2, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

When a Whitman senior sat down for the August SAT, he had a startling case of déjà vu. After reading the first passage, he realized he’d already taken the exact test three times for practice. When he got home and saw #refundaugustSAT trending on Twitter, he quickly found out that The College Bo...

Boy Scouts changes name to Scouts BSA after allowing girls to join

Boy Scouts changes name to Scouts BSA after allowing girls to join

By Lily Cork

May 23, 2018


Filed under National, News, Showcase

The Boy Scouts of America announced May 2 that they will change the name of their main scouting program from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA, following their October 2017 decision to allow girls to become Scouts. The 108-year-old organization has been criticized for being too conservative and barred openly gay boys from joining un...