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Community members, politicians discuss equity March 13

Community members, politicians discuss equity March 13

By David Villani

March 24, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Community members and politicians held the first in a County Council-sponsored series of conversations about racial equity at the Silver Spring Civic Center Mar. 13. The meeting was the first step in a program initiated by Council president Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich to adopt ...

Young adult author Julie Berry speaks at Whitman

Young adult author Julie Berry speaks at Whitman

By Jack Middleton

March 23, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Author Julie Berry talked to students about her latest book, “Lovely War,” in the media center March 7. A wartime romance that features strong female and minority characters, “Lovely War” is a unique spin on a well-established genre. GenerationWOW, a club dedicated to educating and supporting youn...

Building services, innovative teaching honored at March 15 event

Building services, innovative teaching honored at March 15 event

By Dana Herrnstadt

March 22, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Whitman High School Education Foundation spotlighted AP Language teacher Ryan Derenberger for his presidential election project and thanked building services staff at its annual event March 15. This is the fifth year of the nonprofit group’s event, which was held at the Bethesda Hyatt. In pa...

Whitman addition design budget approved

Whitman addition design budget approved

By Zara Ali

March 20, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Montgomery County School Board approved a $24.5 million budget for the 75,000-square-foot Whitman addition at their last meeting in February. The new addition will connect to the existing three-story school on two levels and increase the building’s capacity by around 400 students. MCPS decided to buil...

Hand on a Van competition cancelled due to lack of participation

Hand on a Van competition cancelled due to lack of participation

By Matt Proestel

March 19, 2019


Filed under News, School

The Hand on a Van competition scheduled for March 10 was canceled after only five people signed up. Winners of the competition would have received administrator parking passes. The event was part of the SGA’s FebMar charity month and was modeled after the competition featured on the show “Zoey 101,” SGA secretary Ellie Block said. “The Hand on a Van competition was one of the firs...

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...

NPR journalist Kojo Nnamdi hosts town hall on MCPS diversity

NPR journalist Kojo Nnamdi hosts town hall on MCPS diversity

By Anna Yuan and Meera Dahiya

March 18, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Students, parents and organization leaders from across Montgomery County discussed school boundaries and diversity in a town hall discussion moderated by National Public Radio journalist Kojo Nnamdi Feb. 26 in the Silver Spring Civic Building. The discussion was led by a panel, which included MCPS Student M...

Thousands of MoCo students march for gun control March 14

Thousands of MoCo students march for gun control March 14

By Max London and Rebecca Hirsh

March 17, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Several thousand students, including about 100 from Whitman, walked out Thursday from middle and high schools around the DMV area to demand stricter gun safety laws, specifically urging the Senate to pass a bill requiring universal background checks. Protesters gathered in front of the White House to observe 17 minute...

Junior Julia Clayton leads second annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraiser

Junior Julia Clayton leads second annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraiser

By Ally Navarrete

March 15, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Update: Pancakes for Parkinson's raised about $1600 this year.  When junior Julia Clayton applied to join the leadership class at the end of her freshman year, she had one goal in mind: start a fundraiser at Whitman to support research for Parkinson’s disease. Two years later, Clayton and the SGA are...

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...

Teachers march in Annapolis for higher salaries

Teachers march in Annapolis for higher salaries

By David Villani

March 11, 2019


Filed under Local, News, Showcase

Around 5,000 Maryland educators, parents, students and community leaders will attend the March for our Schools in Annapolis Mar. 11 in support of legislation that would raise teacher salaries by 10 percent over a three-year period. The Maryland State Educators’ Association, the union representing teachers in the s...

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...