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  • The Shakespeare Club's performance of "Julius Caesar" will be on April 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the WAUD. Admission is $5.

  • Festival of the Arts is April 26 and 27 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Come to A234 on April 26 during lunch for a presentation on immigration and refugee settlement. Pizza will be served.

  • The media center will be closed before and during school April 26 for SMOB voting.

  • See Ms. Safran in B311 if you're interested in becoming Whitman's liaison to the Montgomery County Regional SGA.

  • Whitman Idol is April 25 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5.

  • Anyone interested in auditioning as a speaker at graduation should come to A212 on April 27 after school.

  • Tickets for prom are being sold starting April 24 at $45 per person.

  • The Science Club will be hosting interactive discussions and presentations on April 25. Come to Room C326 after school.

  • Dogs will be visiting Whitman on April 21. Stop by the small gym during both lunch periods.

Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

Too powerful to ignore: the importance of learning to write poetry

By Camille Caldera
April 3, 2017
Filed under Award-Winning Stories, Blogs, Showcase

The first time I wrote a poem was during a free write in sixth grade. I was sitting in Ms. Goldman’s English class, under the windows, in the sun. I don’t remember the poem I wrote, but I do remember how powerful it made me feel.

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Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

Keep the beat going: song lyrics should remain in warm ups

By Aiden Lesley
March 9, 2017
Filed under Blogs

For many people, music serves as an outlet, a way to tune out everyday distractions.

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The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

The limits of inclusivity: is it possible to be pro-life and feminist?

By Camille Caldera
March 7, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Feminism is a movement based on the fundamental equality of the sexes.

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The beauty of language

The beauty of language

By Emma Sorkin
March 1, 2017
Filed under Blogs

When I was little, my parents would talk to each other across the dinner table in broken Spanish. They were nowhere near fluent, but they knew enough to keep, what I always assumed were, secrets from me and my sister.

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An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

An open letter thanking Michelle Obama

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu
February 27, 2017
Filed under Blogs

It’s been a month since you were my First Lady. It’s been a month since your last speech on television, your last presidential photo-op, your last wave and smile into the crowds. It’s been a month since you’ve graced America with your presence and wisdom—and I miss it.

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What it was like to march on Washington

What it was like to march on Washington

By Michelle Silver
February 2, 2017
Filed under Blogs

As I stood on the National Mall, waiting to march and fight to protect human rights, a current of people flooded toward me, sweeping me to the White House.

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More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

More than affirmative action: it’s time to stop minimizing minority students’ success

By Camille Caldera
January 21, 2017
Filed under Blogs

For many students, being accepted into college is a validation of hard work and dedication throughout high school. But my sisters had a different experience after they were accepted to Harvard; each heard others claim that she had “only gotten in because she’s Latina.” Around the country, other minor...

Power to the people: moving forward

Power to the people: moving forward

By Celia Hoffman
January 20, 2017
Filed under Blogs

As the sun set on election day, we raced against the creeping darkness, running from house to house, increasingly desperate for responses to our incessant knocking. At 5:40 p.m., my canvassing squad drove a woman to her polling location. Voting in Virginia ended at 7, but she thought that she’d already...

An open letter thanking Obama on his last day in office

An open letter thanking Obama on his last day in office

By Scott Singer, Online managing editor of The Black & White Volume 53
January 20, 2017
Filed under Blogs

Dear President Obama, To be honest with you, it's a really weird feeling that you're not going to be the president. My president. The president who moved to Washington the same year that I too finally settled in the District--you from Chicago and me from Seattle. We had so much in common: we were ...

Why I can’t wait for the inauguration

Why I can’t wait for the inauguration

By Jason Grill
January 19, 2017
Filed under Blogs

I can’t wait for inauguration day. I can barely hold back my excitement. But my excitement is hard to express in a school of liberals even as an outspoken conservative. A November 2016 Black & White survey would put me in the 13 percent of conservative students in Whitman's population. Read ...

Cheering for Cheerleading

Cheering for Cheerleading

By Emma Sorkin
January 12, 2017
Filed under Blogs

At Whitman, we promote acceptance and diversity, and we frequently—albeit subconsciously—encourage stereotypes. Read More »...

Country music: why it’s not all about farms and trucks

Country music: why it’s not all about farms and trucks

By Lily Friedman
January 10, 2017
Filed under Blogs

For years, my dad filled the long drives to soccer tournaments in his Ford Explorer with the Beatles, Aerosmith or old Nelly. Although I don’t drive a truck, live in the woods or wear camo, I now flood my car with country music. Read More »...

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