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NBA Mock Draft 2019

NBA Mock Draft 2019

By Andrew Eagle and Gabe Schaner

June 15, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports

The NBA draft lottery used to be very predictable. But this year, the NBA reformed their draft lottery to discourage teams from losing games to get high picks. Many analysts speculated that the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns or Cleveland Cavaliers would get the first pick, but they have picks three, six ...

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

June 14, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Showcase

At this point in my high school tenure, there’s one mystery that continues to elude me: why people drop languages after they reach the measly two year requirement. As someone who has stuck out six—sometimes painful, but mostly rewarding—years in the county’s Chinese curriculum, it’s off-put...

Spreading positivity and love through music: Q&A with Philip Diby (’19)

Spreading positivity and love through music: Q&A with Philip Diby (’19)

By Lukas Troost

June 14, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Philip Diby is a Whitman graduate (‘19) and musical artist. His songs focus on positivity and the importance of coming together as a society while obtaining true happiness and love. Through his channel on Spotify, he has encompassed over 15,000 monthly listeners. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. ...

Photo of the day, June 14: freshman orientation

Photo of the day, June 14: freshman orientation

By Dana Herrnstadt

June 14, 2019


Filed under Media, Photo of the Day, Showcase

Current eighth grade students file into Fabiola Katz's AP Spanish class today during a tour. The students visited Whitman this morning for Freshman Orientation, and Whitman's student "Navigators" led group tours around the school. "It's nerve-wracking," rising freshman Victorine Meuwissen said. "I...

Drawing inspiration from her parents’ stories, sophomore Nicole Ahad forms Students for Afghanistan

Drawing inspiration from her parents’ stories, sophomore Nicole Ahad forms Students for Afghanistan

By Jaclyn Morgan

June 14, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Ever since she was little, sophomore Nicole Ahad’s parents have told her stories about the horrors they faced growing up in conflict-ridden Afghanistan. Ahad’s mother originally moved to the US because the Taliban bombed her neighborhood, shattering their windows and splitting trees in their backyard....

Windows down, spirits high: songs of the summer from the last 5 years

Windows down, spirits high: songs of the summer from the last 5 years

By Bella Brody

June 13, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Every summer has a unique, defining soundtrack—songs that blast from the radio and pop-up on Spotify recommended until we can’t stand them anymore. But to be the song of the summer, a song needs to have a windows down, volume up, summer kind of feel. Before the summer of 2019 begins and the inevita...

Retiring, leaving teachers excited but sentimental

Retiring, leaving teachers excited but sentimental

By Bella Learn and Jack McGuire

June 13, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Six staff members will retire at the end of the school year, and six will move to new jobs at different schools. Though they're excited for what the future holds, many teachers will miss Whitman and the students they've grown close with. Jeff Davidson Choral director Jeff Davidson is retiring af...

When it comes to summer work, quality over quantity

When it comes to summer work, quality over quantity

By Ethan Wagner

June 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Over the summer, students binge the latest Netflix original, sunbathe on the beach and sleep until noon. Regardless of the activity, students’ summer plans don’t usually involve learning or thinking analytically. Assigned summer school work is more about quantity than quality. We’re forced to ann...

FYI, I’m not a “screenager”

FYI, I’m not a “screenager”

By Esme Padgett

June 13, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Showcase

There’s one paradox that confuses me and other so-called “screenagers” alike—one that’s only relevant in our age of Minority Report-level technology. From the moment my phone’s alarm goes off in the morning, I instantly feel the need to check in with friends, brief myself on the news and ensu...

Give us coffee or give us death

Give us coffee or give us death

By David Villani

June 13, 2019


Filed under Blogs, Showcase

As I sit down in my AP World History class, I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled because on this beautiful Monday afternoon, I will have the exciting opportunity to demonstrate my extensive knowledge on topics ranging from the Bantu Migrations to the Sinification of Vietnam. Following some inspiring wo...

Ian Anthony Coleman replaces Randy Snight as drama director

Ian Anthony Coleman replaces Randy Snight as drama director

By Eve Titlebaum

June 13, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Ian Anthony Coleman will replace Randy Snight as the Whitman Drama director next year. Last year was Snight’s first at Whitman; he directed Pippin and The Tempest. Whitman Drama boosters announced the change May 28 after administrators searched and interviewed candidates. Coleman has worked in ma...