Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Once again, Bethesda high schools are included in a national ranking of top high schools.
Montgomery County Public Schools have done it again—landing in top spots in a national ranking. This time, the ranking is the third annual list of America's Best High Schools, published by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Walt Whitman High School, Walter Johnson High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School came out as the third-, fourth- and fifth-best schools, respectively, in the county. Seventeen of the county's public high schools made it on this list, which includes the nation's top 2,000 high schools—less than 10 percent of all the high schools in the country. And, the top six high schools in Maryland are all MCPS schools, according to a school system statement. The 17 county schools (with their national rankings in parentheses) on …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Raising $90,000, the school beat out Pennies for Patients fundraising powerhouse Walter Johnson High School this year.
Walt Whitman High School came out on top of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients High School Challenge this year, raising more than $90,000 and beating reigning fundraising champion, Walter Johnson High School. The competition took place throughout the month of February among 15 local high schools, aimed to to fundraise for cancer research and teach students leadership skills. Before Whitman's win this year, Walter Johnson had won the competition seven years in a row. The 15 schools raised more than $210,000 collectively, with Whitman raising $91,761.76 and runner up Walter Johnson bringing in more than $80,000. Whitman raised $40,000 more than during last year’s challenge, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The school’s student government held several events in February to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
February was Leukemia and Lymphoma Month at Walt Whitman High School, and students were making the most of it with their fundraising efforts, hoping to raise more than $50,000. The Student Government Association planned several events for students, with proceeds benefiting those with leukemia and lymphoma, such as a 5k race and a seven-hour dance marathon. The fundraising efforts were a part of the 8th Annual Pennies For Patients High School Challenge, a four-week fundraising competition to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter. 16 schools around the region participated. Whitman students said the issue was close to home for many. “A girl in my grade has leukemia, and one kid who was supposed to be …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A roundup of our top crime headlines from the month of February.
A sex offense at a Bethesda spa, an emergency room patient who threatened to shoot a police officer at Suburban Hospital, and a Walt Whitman High School student charged after allegedly robbing another student in a school bathroom. These are a few of the top Bethesda crime headlines from the month of February. Get caught up on this month's crime news:
Friday, February 15, 2013
Police say a student shoved another student into a school bathroom and stole money.
Montgomery County Police say a 16-year-old Walt Whitman High School student pushed a fellow student into a school bathroom and stole his money. The incident occurred Feb. 8. According to police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti, the student and the victim, also a 16-year-old Whitman student, were walking down a school hallway around 7:44 a.m. when the boy grabbed the victim by his outer clothing and pushed him into a bathroom. Innocenti said the student searched through the victim's pockets and stole money. The student was arrested at school and brought to the Second District Police station for processing, Innocenti said. He was charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft under $100 and was released to his guardians. The …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The bus was not carrying children, according to rescue officials, but a woman in a passenger vehicle was seriously injured following the crash.
A three-vehicle accident involving a school bus left a woman seriously injured and closed Whittier Boulevard at River Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials. The school bus, which had been headed to Walt Whitman High School, was not carrying children, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt. Rescue officials responded to River Road and Whittier Boulevard around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Nesselt said. A woman, who needed to be extricated from her car suffered serious injuries, and was transported to the hospital in stable condition, Nesselt said. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to the hospital for an evaluation, and the school bus driver, who…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The student was arrested on campus Dec. 5, according to police.
A 14-year-old Walt Whitman High School student was arrested Dec. 5 for drug possession, according to Montgomery County police. The arrest happened on school grounds, according to police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti. Police responded to the school around 1:50 p.m. The student, a male, was found carrying a small plastic baggie of marijuana, Innocenti said. The arrest followed a Dec. 1 off-campus house party during which 30 Whitman students received alcohol-related citations, Whitman's Black and White school newspaper reported.
Some students face consequences on-campus, Whitman's Black and White reports.
Thirty juveniles received alcohol citations for attending a Bethesda house party this month where liquor was available, Montgomery County police said Monday. And according to a report in Walt Whitman’s student newspaper, The Black and White, those cited were Whitman students and some will face on-campus discipline. The house party was reported Dec. 1 in the 6200 block of Wiscasset place in Bethesda, according to police spokeswoman Officer Janelle Smith. Police spokeswoman Officer Britta Thomas told The Black and White that Fire and Rescue was called after one guest appeared to be highly intoxicated. Police who responded issued sobriety tests and cited some students for alcohol possession, according to the report. Smith told Patch that 30 …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The NHL team will produce a highlights segment during the Friday night game in Rockville.
Bethesda and Potomac high school hockey players will get a taste of NHL fame when the Walt Whitman vs Winston Churchill game is featured as the Capitals High School Game of the Week. In partnership with the Maryland Student Hockey League, the Washington Capitals will cover the Friday night match up between Whitman and Churchill, producing a segment with game highlights, analysis and interview with both schools. The game will also feature Captials’ assistant coach and former defenseman Calle Johansson, mascot Slopshot and the Red Rockers. The game received the most fan votes on WashingtonCaps.com, according to the event release. The puck drops at 9:50 p.m. at the Rockville Ice Arena located at 50 Southlawn Ct. in Rockville. Will you be …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Bethesda teen contracted disease in July while vacationing near a California lake.
Alexis Hanford, a Bethesda teen who contracted a flesh-eating disease, has returned to Walt Whitman High School to take classes part-time, The Gazette reports. The teen contracted a strain of necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a California lake while on vacation in July, according to the report. Though doctors successfully eradicated the infection, the former athelete remains in a wheelchair and will need to learn to walk again, The Washington Post reported. Hanford endured 17 surgeries to cut away dead skin and muscle and the teen will likely walk with a leg brace for the rest of her life, according to The Gazette. Hanford is taking two classes -- independent study and computer programming -- and hopes to begin taking pre-…