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AP teachers should alleviate this issue by adjusting plans responsively and ending all new content two weeks before each exam.

It’s time to stop cramming: Educators, leave more time for AP exam review

By Chloe Walker January 30, 2023

As the first week of May begins, it inevitably marks the daunting first week of AP exams. The energy within each AP classroom intensifies. Complaints of stress — the most prominent one being that an...

For students, the unique hands-on connection to the material provides a far better understanding than any textbook or video a student might watch independently.

Education in action: Students need more simulation-based learning

By Ian Cooper January 24, 2023

“Homework is due by midnight tonight!” my teacher dictates as in-person class instruction comes to a close. Chromebooks quickly open and phones come out. Soon, the period devolves into an impromptu...

The words “gay” and “girly” unsurprisingly continue to follow me, but I understand now that those juvenile claims are part of a larger pattern of people denying other men’s masculinity to assert their own.

Boys dance too: My experience as a male ballet dancer

By Jacob Cowan January 22, 2023

This story was published in print in December 2022.  The faint sound of pointe shoes echoes through a narrow walkway as I begin to ascend a set of stairs. With each step, the soft tapping crescendos...

As the seasonal depression sinks in and intrusive thoughts flood my mind, my love for skiing is my lantern in the dark.

Skiing the stress away: How embracing the winter helped my seasonal depression

By Maddie Kaltman January 17, 2023

My toes are numb, my legs bruised and sore and my eyes are burning in the bright yellow sun. But here — flying downhill against the blustery wind — is where I’m at my happiest. Waking up at 5 a.m....

Overcoming FOMO meant shifting my mindset from wishing I was experiencing everything with my peers to feeling happy for others’ success and happiness.

The harsh reality of “FOMO” and how I overcame it

By Ava Faghani January 6, 2023

A typical Friday night as a pre-teen didn’t consist of any epic function. It meant hanging out with a friend, sitting behind a computer screen on Minecraft or curling up on the couch to watch a movie...

The College and Career Readiness departments across MCPS should focus on extending their resources to students earlier on so they are better prepared for the admissions process. 

College counseling: Students need more help, earlier on

By Lucia Gutierrez January 4, 2023

For high school students, the college admissions process is arguably the most stressful part of their experience. But in Whitman’s overachieving environment, this stress begins as soon as freshman year....

I selected recipes for four popular types of cookies — gingerbread, Linzer, chocolate crinkle and peanut butter blossom cookies — to bake before declaring one as the winner of my own Holiday Cookie Showdown.

The Black & White’s Holiday Cookie Showdown

By Emily Weiss December 25, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means hanging colorful Christmas lights, buying presents for our loved ones and hosting festive holiday parties. But perhaps the most important tradition...

Here are The Black & White’s top 10 last-minute gift ideas for the upcoming holidays.

The Black & White’s last-minute holiday gift guide

By Ava Faghani December 21, 2022

Last-minute gifts can be a struggle. Trying to find a balance between a heartfelt gift and staying on budget can pose an even greater challenge. Here are The Black & White’s top 10 last-minute gift...

McCurdy’s blunt writing style feels like witnessing a horrific accident; I desperately wanted to look away, but couldn’t.

Jennette McCurdy’s “I’m Glad My Mom Died”: An essential read

By Macie Slater December 21, 2022

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to eating disorders and sexual assault. As I lazily browsed the aisles of Barnes and Noble on a Wednesday afternoon in August, I wasn’t...

Despite the disappointing season, a packed fall-winter film season is rapidly approaching.

The Black & White’s top 5 movies to see before 2023

By Ben Lammers November 22, 2022

This year has been turbulent for film. However, 2022 started with a bang, with box office successes “Top Gun: Maverick” and “The Batman,” followed by indie darlings like “On the Count of Three.”...

The only way to combat these offenses is for Whitman students and the soccer fans across the world that hold this sport together to unite and boycott the 2022 World Cup.

It’s time to stop ignoring corruption and abuse: boycott the 2022 World Cup

By Josefina Masjuan November 20, 2022

The world is holding its breath. A colorful ball flies through the air in what seems to be slow-motion before slotting perfectly in the top-right corner of the goal. Moments later, lights flash, celebratory...

The fascinating take on modern media depicts child stars who go to extreme lengths to stay relevant in today’s online mecca and exposes the darker side of Hollywood that lends itself to the poor treatment of faded stars.

Movie Review: “Nope” shines a spotlight on the dark side of Hollywood

By Jacob Palo November 19, 2022

“Nope” is the latest film to emerge from director Jordan Peele’s creatively dark mind following his directorial debut in 2017 with “Get Out.” The movie further reinforces his abilities as a horror...

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