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‘Look, Zack, you did it’

Whitney Ellenby’s life took an unexpected turn when her son was diagnosed with autism. When conventional therapy didn’t work for him, she took things into her own hands—and found a cause that changed her life.

Education’s New Model

Traditional teaching methods aren’t doing enough to engage kids and prepare them for the 21st-century workplace. At Wheaton High School, teachers and students are exploring a hands-on approach to learning.

Out of Bounds

In a culture where winning is paramount, are some youth coaches doing more harm than good?

Making the Grade

Extraordinary Educators

'Effervescent, Evan'

Sixteen-year-old Evan Rosenstock loved sports and had a big, easy smile. When he took his own life last year, the Churchill community was devastated. How could this have happened? And who or what was to blame?

Crossing the Party Line

Should parents allow their underage kids to host drinking parties at home? The law says no—and anyone who doesn’t heed that may face some hefty consequences.

Top Teens 2014

Bethesda Magazine's Extraordinary Teen Awards

Can You Make Your Kid Smarter?

Several brain-training companies suggest that maybe you can

Top of the Class

Each year we write about local teachers whose dedication has earned them accolades from students, parents and colleagues. This year we selected six educators who’ve been recognized even beyond the classroom.

College Bound

Where Bethesda-area high school graduates applied to college and where they were accepted

Prep For Life

They were the ‘in crowd,’ the girls everybody else wanted to be. And they weren’t even in high school yet.

Right Clique

The nerd? The stoner? The jock? Today’s teens claim the old labels don’t apply in high school anymore. But the popular kids? They live on.

Then and Now

How much do we resemble our high school selves?

High School Forever

Remember the guy who shoved you into the lockers back when you were in high school? The girls who mocked you behind your back? Yeah, we thought so…

Safety Check

Nobody wants to see a Columbine or a Sandy Hook happen in our schools. But how do you prevent it when school resource officers are already spread so thin?

Scouts Dis-honor

Should homosexuality disqualify someone from membership in an organization that promotes leadership, tolerance and integrity? Two Kensington brothers are willing to put that question to the test.

Letting Joey Go

There’s only so much parents can do to shape their children’s lives. Sandra Swenson learned that the hard way, when one of her two sons followed the straight and narrow—while the other spiraled into addiction.

Top Teens 2013

Bethesda Magazine's 2012 Extraordinary Teen Awards

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