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Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, incoming MCPS ninth graders will have the opportunity to apply to the four-year program at Whitman.

Whitman’s LASJ program to be expanded for county-wide enrollment in the 2024-2025 school year

By Romina Mofrad June 2, 2023

Whitman’s Leadership Academy for Social Justice (LASJ) program will expand for county-wide enrollment in the 2024-25 school year.  LASJ, which debuted unique to Whitman in the 2020-2021 school year,...

Just this past planting season, Tree Montgomery planted over 3,800 trees, Forest Conservation Coordinator Laura Miller said.

Tree Montgomery: A free program bringing benefits to Montgomery County through shade trees

By Celia Noya June 1, 2023

Employees walk into a neighborhood home’s backyard, carefully transporting a small maple tree ready to be planted in the rich, nutrient-filled brown soil. The sun beams brightly as the sapling sits in...

The program will test three different vape detection systems to determine their effectiveness in reducing substance use, Principal Robert Dodd wrote in an email to the school community.

Whitman selected for county pilot program to test vape detectors

By Griffin Haber May 31, 2023

On April 21, MCPS officials selected Whitman to participate in a Vape Detection System Pilot Program, according to an email from Principal Robert Dodd. The program is one of several new safety initiatives...

The National Museum of African Art

Five culturally awakening D.C. museums

By Zhara Thomas May 31, 2023

While passing through the iconic National Mall, beautiful and intricate architecture overlooks each lingering passerby, mesmerizing them with both magnificence and American pride. Straight ahead, the Capitol’s...

Through Our Eyes: Episode 1 - Sonias Story

Through Our Eyes: Episode 1 – Sonia’s Story

By Sonia Weliwitigoda May 31, 2023

Welcome to Through Our Eyes, in this series join Sonia Weliwitigoda as she facilitates a conversation about cultural acceptance, self-identity, and building community among students of color. In this...

Throughout middle school, I constantly worried about the morality behind my actions and how God would feel about them. Anxiety was the sole basis of my religion; I didn’t pray because I wanted to but out of fear.

Learning to follow Judaism out of love, not fear

By Rebecca Waldman May 29, 2023

At 11 years old, I sat at my synagogue’s annual Rosh Hashanah service, my eyes floating through the room, focused on anything but the bema. My feet swung impatiently beneath me as my fingers traced the...

Members of the Best Buddies Club perform at the annual talent show on May 18.

Best Buddies Club puts on annual talent show

By Olivia Hansel May 27, 2023

On May 18, Whitman community members gathered in the commons for the annual Best Buddies Talent Show. The show consisted of 17 acts in which students sang, danced and recited poetry. Since 2016, the...

Some residents are worried about developers chopping down mature trees, while others want to feel safe when walking in their neighborhood — even if it means the removal of local trees.

New Kenwood Park sidewalk project stirs up controversy

By Zhara Thomas May 27, 2023
Some residents are worried about developers chopping down mature trees, while others want to feel safe when walking in their neighborhood — even if it means the removal of local trees.
After 22 years of teaching math at Walt Whitman High School, Stebbins will retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Throughout his tenure, he found immense joy working with Whitman students and held an incredible passion for math education. 

“Patient, caring, understanding”: Math teacher Michael Stebbins retires after 22 years at Whitman

By Colette Yehl May 26, 2023

The vibrant orange sun shines through the windows of the math hallway as Michael Stebbins makes his way to his classroom at the end of the hall. It’s a striking 6:15 in the morning, but the Honors Algebra...

Nearing its 50th anniversary, Dungeons & Dragons continues to impart valuable lessons and experiences to all that partake in its fantastical trials and quests.

Campaigns and controversies: D&D’s lasting legacy

By Dresden Benke May 25, 2023

At the bank of a tranquil, shimmering lake, a motley crew of dwarves, wizards and elves stand tall and mighty, weapons ready. As they plan their next course of action, a tentacle whips out from the center...

Student performers present One Acts: Strange Tales in front of an audience seated directly onstage.

One Acts returns in-person to Whitman Drama

By Liam Darnell May 25, 2023

On May 18 and May 19, Whitman Drama presented the student-run production “One Acts: Strange Tales” in person for the first time in five years. The show ran for approximately two hours and consisted...

While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has its strong moments, the overall experience is flawed and not the triumphant masterpiece that so many hoped for.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”: A flawed finale

By Rylan Ammerman May 23, 2023

Following the disappointment that was the past four years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it was high time for director James Gunn to deliver a gem with the third installment of the “Guardians...

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