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Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight provides details on mask-wearing and other health protocols during a presentation to the county Board of Education July 27. Board members overwhelmingly supported the school district’s decision to require face coverings inside school buildings. 

MCPS to require masks inside school buildings in the fall

By Ethan Schenker July 28, 2021

MCPS will require all students, staff members and visitors to wear face coverings in school buildings this fall, regardless of vaccination status, Interim Superintendent Monifa McKnight announced at a...

Music teacher Terry Alvey is retiring this year. As the leader of Whitman’s instrumental music program, Alvey ensured that her students felt motivated to play music with passion, according to some of the young performers she taught.

“She puts everything into her work”: Music teacher Terry Alvey retires after 15 years at Whitman

By Simone Meyer July 20, 2021

As music teacher Terry Alvey’s students readied their instruments and opened their sheet music, Alvey greeted the novices with a phrase that inspired them to sit a little taller and play with more vigor....

The Brood X cicada population only lives for a few short — but memorable — weeks above the ground.

Community assesses slow emergence, quick life and death of Brood X cicadas

By Kiara Pearce June 19, 2021

An ear-piercing buzz. Extraterrestrial-looking shells everywhere. Trees coated with the insects that produce these husks. As warmer months have crept in, a cherry has found its place on top of this tumultuous...

The question of which local culinary institution serves the tastiest tiramisu has been a mystery for the ages... until now.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… tiramisu?

By Jack McGuire and Matthew Lennie June 13, 2021

Whether you know it as a scrumptious Italian dessert or a lyric in Macklemore’s poorly-received song “Downtown,” tiramisu is an integral part of contemporary American culture. The dish became...

With the release of her new song

‘Her power’: Billie Eilish makes a statement on female empowerment

By Bella Grumet June 12, 2021

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to sexual assault. “If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a slut,” Billie Eilish proclaimed to an...

I'll admit it: I love pop quizzes. Regardless of their almost exclusively negative reputation, the incentive they provide me to stay on top of my schoolwork is unparalleled.

For that extra “pop” in school, bring back pop quizzes

By William Hallward-Driemeier June 11, 2021

“Everyone clear your desk,” the teacher announces. “We have a pop quiz.” In a predictable fashion, the entire class groans. One lone student, however, stands out from the rest: me. I whisper,...

“I would rather drive eight hours total than wait”: Students go to lengths to receive COVID-19 vaccinations

By Eliana Posin June 10, 2021

To respect wishes for privacy, some students’ names have been withheld.   After seemingly endless hours of searching through pharmacies’ websites on his computer, sophomore Finn Van Riper...

The DECA team gathers for a group photo after the Maryland State Championship in 2020. Whitman DECA has taught its outgoing President, Abby Chen, the importance of leadership, she said.

“What the heck-a is DECA?”

By Simone Meyer June 6, 2021

At the 2020 DECA Maryland State Championship, nearly 30 members of Whitman’s DECA club hold their breath, spread out among the tables of the spacious dining room. They shift nervously in their seats...

Increase inclusivity: Keep national extracurricular competitions virtual

Increase inclusivity: Keep national extracurricular competitions virtual

By William Hallward-Driemeier June 5, 2021

“It’s just too expensive.” Last year, when I discussed national debate tournaments with my Public Forum teammates, they would often admit that the high cost of each event limited the number of...

Songwriting like Taylor Swift will never go out of style

By Norah Rothman June 2, 2021

On September 8, 2013 — my 9th birthday — I was given a bright red CD player and, coincidentally, Taylor Swift’s album “Red.” Immediately after receiving the gifts, I spent hours dancing and singing...

Author Tammy Greenwood has written 13 novels, all of which share a trademark eloquent style of writing and a recurring theme of loss. Each novel has also received literary honors; Greenwood has won a San Diego Book Award on four different occasions. 

Behind the story: Q&A with award-winning novelist Tammy Greenwood

By Simone Meyer May 31, 2021

At the tender age of 11, author Tammy Greenwood lost her infant twin sisters due to heart and lung issues. Greenwood channeled her grief into writing, and English quickly became her favorite subject in...

The current SMOB election system doesn't represent all of MCPS fairly. To help fix this, a primary should be held by each high school to encourage a wider variety of students to participate.

MCPS: Reform the SMOB election process

By Marko Freund May 29, 2021

On April 22, I clicked on an unassuming link on Canvas. My SMOB election ballot flashed onto the screen — and instantly left me in shock. Why did both candidates come from Richard Montgomery High School?...

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