The Black & White

Robotics falters at first FRC district competition of the season, ends season

Robotics falters at first FRC district competition of the season, ends season

By Anna Yuan

March 19, 2019

Whitman’s robotics team, The Body Electric, competed in a district competition Mar. 9-10 and Mar. 16-17 but was unable to qualify for the district championship, ending its competition season. The team first struggled at its Mar. 9 competition due to a malfunctioning arm on the robot, earning a win-...

DECA places third at states

DECA places third at states

By Joseph Ferrari

March 18, 2019

The DECA team placed third at the statewide tournament Feb. 21-22 held at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Whitman sent 48 members to compete in events divided into five career clusters: Business Management and Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, Marketing, Finance and Entrepreneurship. The ...

Speech & Debate has strong finishes at Harvard and Districts

Speech & Debate has strong finishes at Harvard and Districts

By Lukas Troost

March 6, 2019

The Speech & Debate team wrapped up February with successful runs at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament and Chesapeake District Tournament. Multiple debaters and speech participants qualified to represent the Chesapeake area at Nationals and completed their qualifications to the prestigio...

Speech and Debate competes at UPenn

Speech and Debate competes at UPenn

By Lukas Troost

February 26, 2019

Members of the Speech and Debate team competed in a tournament at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia the weekend of Feb. 9 & 10. In Public Forum debate, seniors Ethan Gilman and Rohit Gude advanced to runoff elimination rounds. Juniors Madeline Wenger and Zara Ali, as well as seniors Danie...

Quizbowl teams place 2nd and 8th in county

Quizbowl teams place 2nd and 8th in county

By Zara Ali

February 24, 2019

The Quiz Bowl teams competed in the finals of the Montgomery Academic Beltway League Feb. 21 at Rockville High School. The A and B teams placed 2nd and 8th in the county, respectively, from an original field of 25. The Vikes A-Team started out strong, beating the Poolesville Falcons with a score of 565-...

Model UN competes at Johns Hopkins conference

Model UN competes at Johns Hopkins conference

By Zara Ali

February 21, 2019

The Whitman Model UN team competed at the Johns Hopkins Model UN Conference Feb. 7-10. Around 15 Whitman students competed. The team did not take home any awards but the team performed relatively well at the highly competitive international conference. Whitman participated in seven out of 27 tota...

Speech and Debate has dual tournament weekend, competes at Emory and Columbia

Speech and Debate has dual tournament weekend, competes at Emory and Columbia

By Lukas Troost

February 5, 2019

Members of the Speech and Debate team competed in the Barkley Forum at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Columbia Invitational at Columbia University in New York City the weekend of Jan. 27 and 28.

Quiz Bowl teams advance through first round of playoffs

Quiz Bowl teams advance through first round of playoffs

By Zara Ali

February 3, 2019

The Quiz Bowl teams competed in their first round of playoffs Jan. 31 at Montgomery Blair High School. Both A and B teams went 2-1, and both will advance to the second round of playoffs. The Vike’s A team started out strong, beating the Sherwood Warriors with a score of 545-210 and defeating th...

Robotics misses qualifying for FTC state championship

Robotics misses qualifying for FTC state championship

By Anna Yuan

January 22, 2019

Whitman’s robotics team, The Body Electric, competed in their second and last For Inspiration and Recognition for Science and Technology Tech Challenge qualifier of the season Jan. 19 at the Bullis school. Points gained from qualifiers contribute to the team’s final ranking, which determines ...

Both Quiz Bowl teams go 2-2 in last Beltway League meet of the season

Both Quiz Bowl teams go 2-2 in last Beltway League meet of the season

By Zara Ali

January 13, 2019

The Quiz Bowl team competed in the last Beltway League meet of their regular season Jan. 10 at Walter Johnson High School. Both A and B teams went 2-2. The Vikes A team crushed the Rockville Rams A team with a score of 515-395, but suffered a defeat against the Richard Montgomery Rockets after los...

Whitman competes in first robotics challenge of the year

Whitman competes in first robotics challenge of the year

By Jack Gonzalez

December 23, 2018

The Body Electric, Whitman’s robotics team, placed 19th out of 30 teams in their first competition of the year—The FIRST Tech Challenge—Dec. 9. in an all-day event held in the main gym, schools competed against each other in a variety of challenges, including hoisting their robot up a pole and placi...

Brain games: clubs promote competitive academics

Brain games: clubs promote competitive academics

By Alex Robinson

June 3, 2018

Junior Alex Chen sits at a chess table, the clock ticking down the seconds until his turn is over. The pressure rises as pieces are eliminated, until a final move finishes the game. While many Whitman clubs are low-stress—offering an organized way for students to explore a hobby or support a cause ...