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MCPS accidentally releases highly anticipated boundary study report

MCPS accidentally releases highly anticipated boundary study report

By Emily London

March 28, 2020

MCPS officials and urban planning firm WXY released an interim report March 18 on the boundary study, which seeks to collect data on MCPS school demographics and boundaries. The report’s release ended the first phase of the project, which included over a year of data analysis and community meeting...

Rec basketball: few baskets but lots of laughs

Rec basketball: few baskets but lots of laughs

By Mia Friedman

March 27, 2020

My teammate, Olivia, lobs the basketball down the court to where I’m in position to take an easy shot in the paint. My jersey hangs past my knees and my five-year-old, mud-covered Nike sneakers slide across the gym floor as I try to stop my movement with no avail. I catch the ball and spin around,...

I tried solving a Rubik’s cube in one week — and failed

I tried solving a Rubik’s cube in one week — and failed

By Sam Mulford

March 26, 2020

When my brother was in middle school, he loved solving Rubik’s Cubes — he’d spend hours on the computer watching videos about how to manipulate the colorful squares. At his fastest, he could complete one in under a minute.  Sometimes, when I was bored, I’d try my hand, but thirteen-year-old me never ha...

“Photography is a really wonderful means of connecting with people”: Q&A with photographer Bill Bamberger

“Photography is a really wonderful means of connecting with people”: Q&A with photographer Bill Bamberger

By Ben Stricker

March 23, 2020

Bill Bamberger, a North Carolina native, has spent his entire adult life photographing various cultural and social issues of our time in the United States and around the world. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Aperture, Doubletake, Harper’s, The Washington Post Magazine, Fortune...

Students “ride-along” the track to becoming firefighters

Students “ride-along” the track to becoming firefighters

By Meera Shroff

March 22, 2020

During junior Stella Hamman’s first day at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service Training Academy, she lined up military-style with other teenage cadets in the engine bay, the section of the station that holds all the ambulances and vehicles. Instructors placed hefty bags full of hoses and gear in ...

The College Board cancels face-to-face AP exams, offers online alternative due to COVID-19 concerns

The College Board cancels face-to-face AP exams, offers online alternative due to COVID-19 concerns

By Taylor Haber

March 20, 2020

Citing COVID-19 concerns, The College Board canceled all face-to-face AP exams; instead, students have the option of taking 45-minute free-response-only exams online May 2020, according to a March 20 briefing. The College Board hasn’t collected any fees from schools yet, so if registered students ...

Cabin fever? Try this crossword!

Cabin fever? Try this crossword!

By Kaya Ginsky and Mathilde Lambert

March 19, 2020

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Four Whitman athletes receive All-Met honorable mention, boys swim wins All-Met relay title

Four Whitman athletes receive All-Met honorable mention, boys swim wins All-Met relay title

By Matt Mande

March 18, 2020

The Washington Post released the 2020 Winter All-Met teams March 17, honoring the areas’ best high school athletes in winter sports. Four Whitman athletes received an honorable mention, and boys swim won All-Met 200-yard Freestyle Relay of the Year.  The 200-yard freestyle relay team — fresh...

Injured athletes: You can still find yourselves outside of sports

Injured athletes: You can still find yourselves outside of sports

By Holly Adams

March 18, 2020

Prince blasted through my earbuds and my heart pounded in anticipation and anxiety as I sat on the bus to a cross country meet last September. I’ve always had extreme pre-race nerves but I’d put extra pressure on this race because I knew it was a flat course, and I was finally feeling ready to get...

My experiences with Dyslexia

My experiences with Dyslexia

By Ella Adams

March 17, 2020

When I tell people I’m dyslexic, they expect that when I see an “m,” it flips into “w,” and that “b’s” swirl into “d”s.” But, when I open a book, I see the same letters as you. There are seven different types of dyslexia. I have the type of dyslexia where I can encode information,...

Q&A with former Senator Mark Pryor (‘81)

Q&A with former Senator Mark Pryor (‘81)

By Ben Waldman

March 17, 2020

Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) served in the Senate from 2003 to 2015. Pryor attended Whitman from 1978 to 1981, while his father, David Pryor (D-Arkansas), served in the Senate. Because of his father’s political career, Mark split his childhood between Little Rock, Arkansas, and D.C. He attended Little Ro...