The Black & White

Seniors forgo typical beach week, travel with friends

Seniors forgo typical beach week, travel with friends

By Jack Gonzalez

June 21, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

After getting out of school May 24, many seniors took part in their unofficial summer opening celebration: beach week. While most headed to Dewey, others decided to travel out of the country to father, more exotic beaches—or to skip the beach altogether.

Q&A with Det. Sgt. John O’Brien of the MCPD Collision Reconstruction Unit

Q&A with Det. Sgt. John O’Brien of the MCPD Collision Reconstruction Unit

By Zoe Kaufmann

June 19, 2018


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Detective Sergeant John O’Brien oversees crash investigations and reconstructions for the Montgomery County Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit. O’Brien worked in different units within the MCPD for eight years before transferring to his current job, where he oversees investigations of all fatal, serious or high-profile collisions in the county. O’Brien spoke to The Black & White about his experiences with the unit.

Q&A: 2018-19 Maryland State SMOB Bryce Awono

Q&A: 2018-19 Maryland State SMOB Bryce Awono

By Jack Middleton

June 18, 2018


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Not to be confused with the Montgomery County Student Member of the Board, the Maryland SMOB is a position appointed by the Governor that serves on the Maryland Board of Education. Bryce Awono, the state SMOB for the upcoming school year, is a rising junior at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County. Awono will be sworn in on July 1.

Retiring staff reflect on time at Whitman

Retiring staff reflect on time at Whitman

By Aditi Gujaran

June 15, 2018


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Ten staff members will retire at the end of the school year. Their combined tenures add up to a total of an astounding 213 years.

New spring albums receive mixed reviews

New spring albums receive mixed reviews

June 14, 2018


Filed under 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 Feature, Showcase

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

Offer intensives after AP exams

Offer intensives after AP exams

By Arthur Varner and Maeve Trainor

June 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Media, Showcase, Videos

Teachers voice their opinions on the feasibility of offering "intensives" in AP classes after the exams in May. These classes would be taught by AP teachers and would be focused on new and creative topics. Students would be able to choose which teacher's class they attend for their AP period.

Students celebrate Pride Month at capital pride

Students celebrate Pride Month at capital pride

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

June 11, 2018


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The Capital Pride Festival occurs worldwide every year to celebrate Pride Month and attracted more than 150,000 people to D.C. this year. The event’s parade featured more than 200 hundred floats, with hundreds of companies, organizations and coalitions participating.

Back in the day: English teachers reflect back on their high school years

Back in the day: English teachers reflect back on their high school years

By Isabel Hoffman

June 11, 2018


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Whitman’s English teachers had a variety of high school experiences; some had already found their love for the subject they would later teach, while others were more focused on their social lives or extracurriculars.

Whitman’s best group of amigas

Whitman’s best group of amigas

By Emma Shaffer

June 9, 2018


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While some students may think their friend group is close-knit, few squads measure up to that of Whitman’s Spanish teachers. Between meetings and sharing office space, it’s normal for teachers in the same department to spend time together. But the Spanish teachers aren’t just co-workers; they...

Whitman paraeducator of 16 years earns Ph.D.

Whitman paraeducator of 16 years earns Ph.D.

By Jack Middleton

June 6, 2018


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Louisa Arthur, a paraeducator at Whitman for the last 16 years, earned her doctorate in education after seven years of online classes at the University of Phoenix.