The Black & White

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

June 14, 2019

At this point in my high school tenure, there’s one mystery that continues to elude me: why people drop languages after they reach the measly two year requirement. As someone who has stuck out six—sometimes painful, but mostly rewarding—years in the county’s Chinese curriculum, it’s off-put...

FYI, I’m not a “screenager”

FYI, I’m not a “screenager”

By Esme Padgett

June 13, 2019

There’s one paradox that confuses me and other so-called “screenagers” alike—one that’s only relevant in our age of Minority Report-level technology. From the moment my phone’s alarm goes off in the morning, I instantly feel the need to check in with friends, brief myself on the news and ensu...

Give us coffee or give us death

Give us coffee or give us death

By David Villani

June 13, 2019

As I sit down in my AP World History class, I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled because on this beautiful Monday afternoon, I will have the exciting opportunity to demonstrate my extensive knowledge on topics ranging from the Bantu Migrations to the Sinification of Vietnam. Following some inspiring wo...

Why Wizards fans should be proud of last season

Why Wizards fans should be proud of last season

By Jesse Rider

June 12, 2019

As Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal dashed across the court, I held my breath. The team was down by three points and there were only 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter of this high-stakes brawl. The Wizards were playing against the Toronto Raptors in Washington Jan. 13 and Beal was the team...

Administrators cut Speaks and Briefs. But students want to laugh.

Administrators cut Speaks and Briefs. But students want to laugh.

By Ella Adams

June 11, 2019

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, and classes are five minutes shorter—every class, that is, except second period. There, students spend 20 minutes watching their peers argue over the best local bagel place, learning about the new cafe in downtown Bethesda or seeing how hard a soccer player can...

On service trips, sensitivity matters

On service trips, sensitivity matters

By Holly Adams

June 11, 2019

On a service trip with my church youth group in Tennessee last summer, I met three toddlers, two rabbits, one chihuahua named Taffy and a chicken named Jack while we repaired homes for low-income families. I didn’t know about all of the animals I would grow close with.  I didn’t know about all the...

Embracing failure? I’d call that success

Embracing failure? I’d call that success

By Taylor Haber

June 10, 2019

French has always been, and will continue to be, the bane of my existence. During my four years in the class, I’ve learned around eight verb tenses—only three of which I can use to varying degrees. I’ve also memorized and forgotten close to thirty sheets of vocabulary and watched my fair share of in...

A year after the Caps’ win, here’s why we love sports

A year after the Caps’ win, here’s why we love sports

By Ella Adams

June 7, 2019

I’m not someone you would consider an athlete. I don’t play on a sports team, and I certainly don’t know what it feels like when a 200 pound hockey player checks you into the boards. But even though I have no interest in actually throwing a ball or running a mile, I’ve always loved watching sp...

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

I’m a banana—and proud of it.

By Anna Yuan

June 5, 2019

Words such as “banana” and “Twinkie” are often used as ethnic slurs toward Asian Americans who are considered to have lost touch with their heritage. The views in this blog are all my own and do not necessarily reflect opinions of the Asian American community. Since freshman year, I’ve been casually called a ...

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

I accidentally took K2 and had the worst night of my life. This is my story.

By Anonymous

June 3, 2019

Imagine the worst nightmare of your life. Imagine the worst nightmare of your life, but this time, it doesn’t end. No matter what you do, you can’t snap out of it. You lose all sense of reality and descend into what seems to be an infinite loop of suffering: your own personal hell. You beg for ...

Why you shouldn’t overlook less popular world languages

Why you shouldn’t overlook less popular world languages

By Ellie Taylor

May 31, 2019

When I tell people that I take Italian, I’m met with the same response every time: a shocked expression, followed by a baffled, “Italian? Why?”   For me, the answer is simple: although one side of my family is Italian, I never picked up the language myself, making me feel disconnected from ...

The revolution will not be Instagrammed: why we can do better than “slacktivism”

The revolution will not be Instagrammed: why we can do better than “slacktivism”

By Chloe Lesser

May 29, 2019

Along with Juuls, Birkenstocks and James Charles’ drama with Tati Westbrook, social activism has become hip and trendy with us Gen-Z teens. After the Women’s March last January, my Instagram feed was cluttered with VSCO-filtered photos of my peers smiling and holding up block-lettered protest signs with ca...