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Growing up, Henna was an important cultural tradition that connected me to a culture 4000 miles away. Its important that the people who do wear Henna know that its more than an aesthetic.

Appreciate, don’t appropriate

By Aditi Gujaran November 4, 2019

Growing up, I loved Saturday mornings. I bounced with excitement every time I watched my mom swirl out the familiar dark brown paste of henna, and I’d stand on my tiptoes to watch her pick out a raw,...

After moving to the U.S. from Ukraine, senior Anna Bedratenko discovered a passion for art. Ukrainian art classes didnt allow for much creativity, she said.

In U.S., art opportunities draw a senior’s passion

By Afsoon Movahed October 30, 2019

When senior Anna Bedratenko lived in Ukraine, she didn’t have much time for creativity. She had always liked drawing and painting, but the Ukrainian art curriculum in her school taught art as a skill...

Sophomore Danny Kotelanski throws a pass in an ultimate frisbee match.

The ultimate team: “Poets and Pitchers”

By Eve Titlebaum October 25, 2019

In 2012, a 13-year-old Josh Strauss (‘17) fell in love with an activity at his summer sleepaway camp. However, he wasn’t doing the typical camp activities like kayaking or roasting marshmallows; he...

(Left to right, then downwards) Naren Roy (19), juniors Sam Rahbin and Martin Kiron, senior Khanya Dalton, senior Micaela Murrugurra, sophomore James Cook, senior Liam Gilbert , junior Brady Infeld, graduate Ava Krensky and junior Ted Weise spent one week in Peru this summer teaching English with Whitmans Manos Unidas club. Photo courtesy MICAELA MURRUGURRA.

Students spend a week in Peru, teach English at local school

By James Marzolf-Miller October 24, 2019

It was quiet while junior Defne Aslan waited in front of the Yanapay school’s front gates in Trujillo, Peru with 16 other MCPS students. But once the gates opened, sounds of chatter and laughter escaped...

The Guy Poms perform in the main gym at last years homecoming pep rally. This year, they will perform on the field because the event has been moved to the stadium.

Homecoming pep rally moved from main gym to stadium

By Ben Stricker October 23, 2019

This year, the SGA will hold the homecoming pep rally outside in the football stadium, rather than in its traditional location in the gym, Oct. 25. After receiving feedback from students and teachers about...

Crafts for Smiles club members gather in the art room to make various crafts for hospitalized children. Photo courtesy Cansu Nur Erkan.

A craft for a smile: Whitman club creates crafts for children battling cancer

By Heather Wang October 22, 2019

Glue bottles, beads and shreds of fabric are scattered across the art room tables. Crafts for Smiles club members make themselves busy by weaving bits of yarn into necklaces and bracelets, with their hands...

Senior wins End Family Fire contest with striking video

By Meera Shroff October 20, 2019

On a Monday in late July, senior Amelia Montagnino headed to her summer internship at the Brady Campaign — a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing gun violence. As usual, she attended the all-staff...

Whitman has been successful at national DECA conferences in the past. Right now, Whitman DECA isnt allowed to attend conferences and competitions because the Maryland State Department of Education doesnt charter DECA.

MSDE cuts DECA, Whitman DECA members frustrated

By Ben Stricker October 17, 2019

The Maryland State Department of Education informed Maryland DECA last spring, without any advanced warning, that they will no longer charter the club beginning this school year. This is the first time...

Squonk Opera performs Hand to Hand at The REACH festival. Squonk Opera manipulated puppet hands to create an innovative, light-hearted performance.

REACHing toward modern art

By Lexi Fleck October 15, 2019

Vibrant, electric purple hands the size of houses flop to the beat of blasting music, stopping outdoor festival-goers in their tracks. Performers sing lively African music inside, grabbing the attention...

Poms perform in Redskins’ halftime Spirit Explosion

By Matt Mande October 15, 2019

Blaring music, screaming fans and HTTR posters are only to be expected at a Redskins game. Less typical is what fans saw on October 6. Twelve members of Whitman’s Poms team performed alongside professional...

Drew bakes several different flavors of cookies including smores, oreo, sprinkles, funfetti, chocolate chip and M & M. Her flavor inspiration comes from baking accounts on Instagram and Facebook. Photo courtesy Drew Haas.

Making dough: Cookies by Drew stirs up success

By Sammy Heberlee October 14, 2019

A dash of flour, a dozen eggs, six bowls of batter, five batches of cookies baking in the oven and a sprinkle of Instagram to finish it off: senior Drew Haas had finally concocted the recipe for her new...

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