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Congressman Jamie Raskin highlights importance of student activism

Congressman Jamie Raskin highlights importance of student activism

By Ben Baisinger-Rosen

June 3, 2019


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Emphasizing that students are "at the heart of many of our most critical social struggles," Congressman Jamie Raskin answered questions from AP NSL students May 30 in the auditorium. Topics ranged from immigration reform to foreign aid. Freshman Katherine Dwyer, co-president of the Yemen Action Club...

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman!

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman!

By Ella Adams

May 31, 2019


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On Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, we finally have the answer to why our school carries his name. In the summer of 1962, MCPS officials invited parents of the first freshman class to a meeting. There, they presented a list of potential school names—mostly famous inventors, poets and politician...

Women’s rights forum provides space to discuss recent abortion laws

Women’s rights forum provides space to discuss recent abortion laws

By Eva Levy

May 28, 2019


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Hoping to provide a space for students to openly express concerns and opinions about recent abortion laws, GenerationWOW, a student-run women’s empowerment club, held a forum in the media center May 24. Of all the laws, Alabama’s is the most extreme, banning abortion at any stage and calling for...

Report finds large disparity in after-school program opportunities within the county

Report finds large disparity in after-school program opportunities within the county

By Max London

May 24, 2019


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The Montgomery County Council’s Office of Legislative Oversight released a report March 19 that found major disparities in the number of after-school programs available at county elementary schools. After-school program providers usually must obtain a permit for a room reservation; each permit is co...

MCPS releases equity accountability model

MCPS releases equity accountability model

By Meera Dahiya and Anna Yuan

May 23, 2019


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An MCPS report found that across the county, white and Asian non-free and reduced meals program (FARMS) students largely outperform their black and Hispanic FARMS peers. The Equity Accountability Model, which MCPS released April 5, assesses the performance of five different student groups—non-FARMS Black students, non-FAR...

County officials host pride forum, tackle LGBTQIA student struggles

County officials host pride forum, tackle LGBTQIA student struggles

By Chloe Lesser

May 22, 2019


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The Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Association hosted MCPS’ first LGBTQIA forum May 18 at Wootton High School to raise awareness and discuss potential solutions to the struggles LGBTQIA students face in schools. The forum included a discussion panel made up of students, educators and public...

Montgomery County grants $200,000 in security funds to local faith organizations

Montgomery County grants $200,000 in security funds to local faith organizations

By Max London

May 22, 2019


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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced March 22 that the county will award $200,000 in security grant funding to 12 local, primarily Jewish and Muslim faith-based organizations to combat hate crimes. This announcement came less than a month after a gunman killed 50 people March 15 in two...

Construction of new track to start in early June

Construction of new track to start in early June

By Ben Stricker

May 20, 2019


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The track will be closed starting in June to reconstruct its surface. County officials have been planning construction of a new track for at least three years, but the turf field installation last summer forced  them to push the project back, athletic director Andy Wetzel said. Over the winter, the track was rep...

Photo of the day: May 20

Photo of the day: May 20

By Elyse Lowet

May 20, 2019


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Senior Christelle Mecherkany claims her yearbook in front of the main office. Seniors can pick up their yearbooks during both lunches May 20 to 23 outside the main office and auditorium.

Ryan Derenberger to replace Louise Reynolds as Black & White advisor

Ryan Derenberger to replace Louise Reynolds as Black & White advisor

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 19, 2019


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Introduction to Journalism teacher Ryan Derenberger will replace Louise Reynolds as the advisor of The Black & White starting in the 2019 school year. Reynolds announced the change at today’s end-of-year Black & White banquet. Reynolds, who has advised The Black & White for 12 years,...

Whitman ranked #1 in state, #93 in country

Whitman ranked #1 in state, #93 in country

By Zoe Kaufmann

May 17, 2019


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US News & World Report named Whitman the best high school in Maryland and the 93rd best in the country for the 2017-2018 school year. This ranking marks a turnaround for Whitman, which was not ranked either state- or nation-wide in the 2015-2016 report. The report, released April 30, ranked Woot...

Students light up the floor at the Best Buddies talent show

Students light up the floor at the Best Buddies talent show

By James Marzolf-Miller

May 14, 2019


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Before the doors to the WAUD auditorium opened May 7, members of Whitman’s Best Buddies placed props on stage and arranged metal folding chairs into rows. At 5:30 p.m, parents, students and teachers started trickling in. By 6, the audience filled the room, waiting for the annual Best Buddies Talent ...