The Black and White

Boys in the boat: A week with Whitman crew

Boys in the boat: A week with Whitman crew

By Taylor Haber

February 25, 2020

During my time at Whitman, I’ve had my fair share of high-school defining moments. I’ve put up posters of my face wide enough to cover an entire stairway. I’ve dressed up as a medically trained bear to raise awareness for charity. I've even given a history presentation on the 10 most culturally...

Troop Four: A look inside one of the first all-girl Scout troops

Troop Four: A look inside one of the first all-girl Scout troops

By Holly Adams

February 25, 2020

At first sight, the girls hard at work in a church basement on a Monday night look like they’re preparing for a zombie apocalypse. Scattered on the floor are mess kits, hundreds of feet of rope, first-aid kits and other wilderness survival supplies. This is Troop Four, one of the first all-female Boy...

All revved up

All revved up

By Ben Stricker

February 24, 2020

On a freezing Saturday afternoon in the middle of December, I’m bundled up in the middle of the woods, trying to stay warm. Next to me, junior Nicholas Pyle is standing with his completely blank masonite board, visualizing the landscape I’ve come to watch him paint. Only 90 minutes later, dozens o...

“They just held so much power over me”

“They just held so much power over me”

By Bella Grumet

February 5, 2020

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to sexual harassment.   Being a high school girl, Anna is used to using social media to talk with friends and casually flirt with boys her age. But she never expected for...

The buzz on beekeeping

The buzz on beekeeping

By Eve Titlebaum

January 31, 2020

Whitman parent Chris White zips on his white, full-body bee suit and matching white gloves as he heads out to his backyard. There’s a low buzzing hum coming from his five hives, each with four wooden trays stacked vertically and teeming with tens of thousands of bees. He takes out his smoker, holds it aroun...

Veteran families find community in Bethesda

Veteran families find community in Bethesda

By Jesse Rider

January 30, 2020

Whitman parent veterans have completed years of rigorous training, been stationed across the world and formed lifelong relationships with fellow servicemen. When three veterans reflected on their time in the military, they kept thinking back to the communities that supported them during their time in...

‘Super’-coordinator Anne Hutchens leads senior class in college admissions process

‘Super’-coordinator Anne Hutchens leads senior class in college admissions process

By Sam Mulford

January 22, 2020

“Your glass is half full.” The message is inscribed on a glass of water that sits on College and Career Information Coordinator Anne Hutchens’ desk everyday. It’s Hutchens’ personal mantra — and for students, it’s a constant reminder to maintain a positive mindset.  Hutchens star...

“Helping others, righting the wrongs”

“Helping others, righting the wrongs”

By Jocie Mintz

January 3, 2020

Mike Manatos (‘86) goes to work every day wearing the same pin on his lapel. Every morning, he fastens it on his suit jacket or sports coat in the hopes that people will ask about what that little gold wishbone with a ribbon tied around it means. “It’s the logo for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” he’ll re...

‘Bird boy’: Cameron Darnell amasses Instagram following from bird photography

‘Bird boy’: Cameron Darnell amasses Instagram following from bird photography

November 25, 2019

The flies were swarming, biting and buzzing, and the sun was beating down as midday struck. The swath of marsh that Cameron Darnell had called his home for the past two days smelled putrid. I have to get this picture, he told himself. Cameron waited patiently for any sign of life. Yet all he got in retu...

LGBTQ chorus belts out message of love and equality

LGBTQ chorus belts out message of love and equality

By Holly Adams

November 21, 2019

The spotlight glowed on a group of teenagers wearing all black — black slacks, black button-down shirts, black shoes. The only color came from their matching vibrant, rainbow neckties, perfectly coordinated with the colors of the LGBTQ pride flag. Family, friends and community members locked their ...

On the outside looking in

On the outside looking in

By Reuben Stoll

November 21, 2019

March 1, I sat in my government class anxiously waiting for the end of the day. When the clock struck 2:30 p.m., I was bouncing with excitement like every other Whitman lacrosse player. It was the first day of the season. I walked to the locker room, then to the field, visualizing the games to come, ...

Alex Chappell (’06) watches from the sidelines — and enjoys it

Alex Chappell (’06) watches from the sidelines — and enjoys it

By Ella Adams

November 20, 2019

Alex Chappell (‘06) was the voice of the morning announcements Monday through Thursday and host of Friday’s televised news at Whitman during her junior and senior year. Thirteen years later, Chappell has moved from broadcasting Whitman news to reporting on some of the biggest stars in baseball, ...