The Black & White

Rower Alexa Lyman commits to Cornell after joining crew last year

Rower Alexa Lyman commits to Cornell after joining crew last year

By Ally Navarrete

January 14, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Sports

Senior Alexa Lyman is used to change. Since she was four years old, she has competed in nine sports in two countries and five states. So when she had to switch from paddling on the Pacific Ocean to rowing on the Potomac River, she was prepared to face another adjustment head on.   And change isn...

The Invisible Illness: POTS takes a toll on students’ academic, social lives

The Invisible Illness: POTS takes a toll on students’ academic, social lives

By Dana Herrnstadt

December 17, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

In seventh grade, junior Caroline Muir said she began feeling a “constant, dull ache” in her stomach. Doctor after doctor told her the symptoms were nothing to worry about. Some even accused her of having “middle child syndrome,” suggesting she was making up her pain to get attention. But her ...

Leveling the scale: how MCPS is narrowing the opportunity gap

Leveling the scale: how MCPS is narrowing the opportunity gap

By Meera Dahiya

December 17, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

In 1970, almost 92 percent of MCPS students were white, according to a University of Denver graduate student project. But by the 2016-2017 school year, that number had dropped to around 28 percent, according to the MCPS At-A-Glance report. The county is a microcosm of the nation as a whole: by 2045,...

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

An ‘on-the-go high’: dab pens make getting high easier than ever

By Jessica Buxbaum, Eric Neugeboren, and Eva Herscowitz

December 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. Sam, a sophomore, didn’t used to smoke marijuana regularly, he said. Before this summer, he had smoked no more than five times; but ever since his friends introduced him to dab pens, he has been high nearly every weekend and some weeknights. If...

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

Consent isn’t a textbook issue. We shouldn’t treat it like one.

By Alex Robinson

December 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

Students’ names have been changed to protect privacy. In addition to learning multiplication and cursive, Liz Kleinrock’s third grade students at the Citizens of The World Charter School in Los Angeles, California, are learning about a more abstract concept: consent. Kleinrock’s class def...

Whitman Welcomes new asst. principals

Whitman Welcomes new asst. principals

By Anna Yuan

October 11, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

This fall, Whitman welcomed two new assistant principals, former MCPS supervisor of student online learning Michelle Lipson and former Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School assistant principal Phillip Yarborough, along with new principal Robert Dodd. Lipson and Yarborough replaced Kathy McHale and Jerom...

Summer photo contest winners

Summer photo contest winners

October 10, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

The Black & White held a photo contest this fall, asking students to submit photos they captured during the summer. These are the top three entries. Junior Cameron Darnell: "Feeding Time" Darnell took this picture of this Least Tern chick in Cape Cod, Mass. this July. Darnell was at ...

Students earning more A’s with new grading system

By Anna Yuan

October 9, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, News, School

More MCPS students are receiving A’s in English, math and science classes, according to data released by the Board of Education Aug. 8. The spike in better grades is likely due to a case of grade inflation after the Board of Education changed the grading system in 2016 to alleviate students’ ...

New spring albums receive mixed reviews

New spring albums receive mixed reviews

June 14, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Music

The Black & White reviews four spring albums: "Cosmic" by Bazzi, "Die Lit" by Playboi Carti, "KOD" by J. Cole and "beerbongs & bentleys" by Post Malone.

National Greek life incidents sway students’ college choices

National Greek life incidents sway students’ college choices

By Mira Dwyer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

As students visit and commit to universities, Greek life has influenced some seniors’ decisions.

Undocumented immigrants deserve lawyers

Undocumented immigrants deserve lawyers

By Staff Editorial

June 12, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Editorials, Opinion

The recent developments in our county and state should be commended. Immigrants are an essential part of our community, and the government should protect families from separation.

Superintendent: bring back exams at upcoming BOE discussions

Superintendent: bring back exams at upcoming BOE discussions

By Staff Editorial

May 31, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion, Showcase

Two years ago, MCPS eliminated final exams, making it easier for students to maintain their higher grades by making quarter grades trend upward. Since then, the county has faced complaints from students and teachers alike who believe that the system doesn’t prepare students for higher education. This s...