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Aubrey Lay, 12th grade

Aubrey Lay, 12th grade

January 3, 2019


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Tell me about your favorite extracurricular at the moment. How did you get involved in it?   "Walt Whitman Pride Alliance is very important to me. I’ve been involved in Pride since freshman year. It’s been pretty incredible to both take part in the Whitman LGBT community and provide a s...

Clarissa Branson, Leyla Ülkü, Lucy Goldberg, 10th Grade

Clarissa Branson, Leyla Ülkü, Lucy Goldberg, 10th Grade

January 3, 2019


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What would you change if you had to go back to middle school?   Leyla: “I’d try to make more friends. I didn’t have a lot of friends in that period, and that helped fuel my depression. It was like a spiral, and I clinged to some people. I’d try to be more chill, less clingy and try ...

Leo Suber, 10th grade

Leo Suber, 10th grade

January 3, 2019


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What is something you’re interested in that you see yourself pursuing in the future?   “Computer programming is really interesting and it’s one of the few jobs that probably won’t go away. It’s complex and like learning a new language. I’m hoping to program video games. I feel ...

Sam Nickerson, 10th Grade

Sam Nickerson, 10th Grade

January 3, 2019


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You’re taking Journalism this year. Do you trust what you read in the news?   “I want to be able to trust the news, but it’s kind of hard with everything that’s going around. I try to put as much trust into it as possible, but I don’t think I can 100 percent trust everything I r...

Anna Salafsky, 9th Grade

Anna Salafsky, 9th Grade

January 3, 2019


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As a freshman, do you think this year has been a big change for you? How do you hope you’ll have changed by the end of high school?   “I definitely feel like I’m older. This has been a big change, but I still feel like I’m pretty young and in the beginning. I want to become more i...

Jordan Shaibani, 11th Grade

Jordan Shaibani, 11th Grade

January 3, 2019


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What are your plans and hopes for the future?   “My dad is like, ‘you can do whatever you want as long as you’re an engineer first.’ I would like to be working in policy or government, but realistically—the way my dad has planned my life—it’s a lot of STEM. I’d want to do some s...

May Kalnik, 11th Grade

May Kalnik, 11th Grade

January 3, 2019


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What are your plans and hopes for the future?   “I plan to go to college and then get a job. I’m ready for college; I’m so done with high school. I just want a change of pace. I want to start a new life, have a fresh start.”  

Dab pens dominate daily lives

December 14, 2018


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Jake bought his first battery and cart in March. His friends even bought him carts for his birthday. Since then, nearly all of his friends have bought their own batteries from vape shops or online and have started buying carts regularly. For the friend group, dabbing is a casual, daily occurrence: the...

Researchers find marijuana vaporizers deliver toxins

Researchers find marijuana vaporizers deliver toxins

December 14, 2018


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Vaporizing marijuana can cause the same health effects—coughing, wheezing, paranoia or memory loss—as smoking a joint or taking hits from a bong, said Igor Grant, a cannabis Research Director at the University of California, San Diego. But with dab pens, users inhale toxic degradation products beca...

Admins struggle to detect vaporizer use

December 14, 2018


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Principal Robert Dodd said he’s disappointed students are high at school, though he hadn’t heard of dab pens. Cracking down on dab pen and e-cigarette use in school is difficult, he said. “Back in the day when kids smoked cigarettes in schools, it was a totally different reality. It was an i...

‘It’s horrible and it’s terrifying, but it’s so much fun’: students dab at school

December 14, 2018


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Some students are high during the school day, hitting the pen multiple times before school, during lunch in their cars or between classes in the bathroom. When senior Jake had to give a presentation while high, he had an anxiety attack. Now, he only gets high before class if he knows he won’t hav...

Sellers use Snapchat to sell, publicize products

Sellers use Snapchat to sell, publicize products

December 14, 2018


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Anyone over 18 can purchase a battery, and dab carts have become just as easy to buy as they are to use. Even though owning and selling any form of recreational marijuana, including carts, is illegal in Maryland, most student dealers have started advertising their products on their Snapchat stories, whic...