News

New MCPS software causes login problems

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Students and teachers ran into trouble getting computer logins this week after changes to MCPS software regarding the network and login information.

Superintendent, officials visit classes

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Superintendent Joshua Starr, along with an entourage of MCPS and political officials, visited classrooms Friday morning.

Superintendent Starr recommends start times not be pushed back

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Superintendent Joshua Starr renounced his prior support for later school start times in a press release Tuesday, effectively closing the door on the long-stalled proposal.

Wilson stages counter-protest to Westboro Baptist Church

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Wilson High School in D.C. claims that it may be the only school in the country to hold a LGBTQ+ Pride Day. So it wasn’t entirely unexpected that there would be repercussions.

Sports

Q&A with swimmer Carsten Vissering

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Georgetown Preparatory High School junior Carsten Vissering recently broke the 15-16 National Age Group record in the 100 meter breast stroke, winning the NCSA Junior National title with a time of 52.83 seconds. Vissering continues to train and is working towards swimming in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio.

Alum starts developmental soccer academy

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Alum Matt Arrington (‘06) is right back where he started, on the soccer fields of Bethesda. While he may not be winning all-state awards playing with the Vikes anymore, he’s trying to develop players who can.

Crew finishes season with two finalist boats

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The crew team took their final strokes of the season with a strong performance at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championship last weekend.

Tennis ends season with state champion in Aries Wong and runner up in Kamilla Beisenova

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The Vikes capped off an amazing tennis season this Saturday earning a gold, silver and bronze medal at the state tournament.

Feature

Goodwin, McHale Complete Ice Bucket Challenge

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Got ice? This summer everyone seems to have hopped on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon, including principal Alan Goodwin and assistant principal Kathy McHale.

Graduating teachers: Class of 2014

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As graduation for seniors nears, so does the last day of teaching for many educators. Once roaming the halls lost as fresh-faced new teachers, these veterans are ready to say goodbye to scantrons and grading—at least at Whitman.

Top five movies to see this summer

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With summer right around the corner, students are due to have a lot more free time on their hands. What better place to spend that time than at the movies? Here are the top five movies to see this summer:

Junior Sam Dodd directs short film

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Few people can say they’ve directed a movie, let alone directed multiple during their high school career. Junior Sam Dodd is part of this minority.

Blogs

Summer Travel Diaries: Exposure to War in Israel

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Rising junior Naomi Ravick spent five weeks in Israel during the Israel-Gaza conflict. She was there from July 2 to Aug. 7 on a program with the youth movement Habonim Dror, a labor Zionist socialist movement. Ravick is blogging for the Black & White about her experience.

A Bethesda foodie’s guide to NYC

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New York City is often considered to be microcosmic of the so-called American melting pot. I spent a few days this summer looking at the city as a sort of culinary melting pot, biting into several of the Big Apple’s best dishes.

The problem with anNOtations

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I hate movie talkers. I don’t care if we’re in a theater or my family room couch; keep your tedious, dogmatic commentary out of the equation.

The problem with “Equality Zones”

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Strolling through the hallways, I find that I’m surrounded by intolerant classrooms. I feel judged, like my basic human right of dignity is being threatened.