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Athletic Director Tom Rogers (right) with his late brother, Keith.
WJ community comes together in support of AD Mr. Roger´s brother Keith
Jackson Buss, Online Editor-in-Chief • September 27, 2021

The Walter Johnson community came together in a great way this past summer to support long-time Athletic Director Tom Roger’s brother, Keith. Keith was discharged from...

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Students leave school at lunchtime to go get lunch from neighboring restaurants. Many students go to nearby Montgomery Mall.
Not enough space in the student parking lot
Summer Laird, Layout and Design Editor • September 27, 2021

With the return of students at full capacity, more students are driving to school, especially seniors. However with over 700 seniors returning to school and limited parking...

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English teacher Jenelle Ryan leads her classroom behind a mask. Its been a challenge this year, but Ryan has enjoyed being back in the classroom with her students.
Teachers restore connection
Rachael Wolfson, Print Opinion Editor • September 23, 2021

Last year was definitely a hard year for students. But what about teachers? They had to overcome several struggles last year, such as dealing with new technology and troubles...

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This huge turnout of WJ students in their USA spirit at the Whitman football game provides a sense of normalcy. The amount of spirit participation creates hope for the revival of WJ culture.
SGA and Leadership plans to revive WJ culture
Jillian Ward, Managing Editor • September 24, 2021

Following the loss of an entire school year, and almost a half of another, students are returning to school in hopes of re-discovering normality within the building. A key...

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Senior Keito Ishibashi spends time working on his common app. Seniors must balance their time between academics and extracurriculars while completing the college application process and covid changes further complicate this process.
Covid changes college application process for seniors
Nathan Krauzlis, Staff Writer • September 23, 2021

Fall of senior year is always a stressful time for seniors as they apply to colleges across the world. Visiting colleges, filling out the common/coalition app and writing...

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Students enjoy lunch outside of the school building while the weather is seasonal. Having open lunch allows for more free [time] freshman Timmy Gaul said.
Students share expectations for the school year
Tissa Amaira, Senior Feature Editor • September 22, 2021

In March 2020, students around the nation were sent home and were told that they will be having a two week break. Like most, WJ students were excited hearing this news. However,...

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Status Quo and what comes next
Benicio Balignot, Print Editor-in-Chief • June 15, 2021
Emma Saltzmans Senior Reflection
Emma Saltzman's Senior Reflection
Emma Saltzman, Print Managing Editor • June 15, 2021

My fellow editorial board members and I often talk...

Im happy that I chose to return to school, but I dont always feel safe.
A student's perspective on returning to school
Olivia Zaid, Staff Writer • June 15, 2021

After more than a year of virtual school, you would...

Senior Elana Renbaum
Elana Renbaum's Senior Reflection
Elana Renbaum, Print Managing Editor • June 15, 2021

The Pitch has been one of my few constants during high...

From left to right: Senior captain Emma Kothari, junior Caroline Williams, sophomore Adena Nielson, freshman Maya Panicker are looking out onto the field as their teammates prevent a scoring opportunity. They are eagerly waiting their return to the field after a short break.
WJ Girls Soccer takes on Clarksburg High
September 27, 2021
WJ soccer huddles up prior to the 2021 season. They finished with a 3 game win streak last season and look to keep it up.
Boys Soccer set to make another championship run
Andrew Plotnick, Online Sports Editor • September 27, 2021

The boys soccer team looks to make a push for states...

The WJ student section represented the school at Churchill with a white out theme. The students were loud and proud as the Wildcats prevailed from a deficit.
How WJ students feel about the return of sports
Caleb Kasten, Staff Writer • September 27, 2021

Covid has taken away many things, most importantly,...

Coach Hannah Teicher plots a course-of-action with the entire field hockey team during half time. The team listened with the hopes of growing their lead.
WJ Field Hockey steamrolls Poolesville in 7-0 dominate performance at home
Robert Hsu, Print Sports Editor • September 24, 2021

WJ varsity field hockey started their season off strong...

What music are you listening to?
Nicole Weaver, Josephine Meriot, and Raquel Daley September 23, 2021
The Pitch Book Clubs September read was The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This is an exciting YA mystery that fans of Knives Out will really enjoy!
Pitch Book Club: The Inheritance Games
Meron Berhe, Stella Hadamer, Aya Hesham, and Cyiza Andemambika September 22, 2021

Hello! Welcome to the Pitch Book Club’s first review...

After a year of delays and drama, Kanye West drops his highly anticipated album Donda. Wests album broke Apple Music records by hitting number one in 152 countries.
Kanye West’s Donda lives up to the hype
Walker Prince, Staff Writer • September 21, 2021

After more than a year of hype, listening parties,...

Recognize the watercolor on the cover? Most fans of The Office will: its the piece that Michael buys from Pam during her art show (Business School; S3E17), and it depicts the Dunder Mifflin building from an outsiders view. The painting shows up multiple times after this episode during the series, and when the show concluded, the original painting ended up with Jenna Fischer, who played Pam.
Anticipated book releases
Annabella Opipari, Online A&E Editor • September 20, 2021

With college applications, SATs, APs and the COVID...

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