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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


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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...

Album Reviews: Egypt Station travels back to the 60s; Drip Too Hard lacks originality

Album Reviews: Egypt Station travels back to the 60s; Drip Too Hard lacks originality

By Shehrez Chaudhri

December 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Music, Showcase

Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney takes his listeners on a musical trip with his latest album, “Egypt Station,” released Sept. 7. The album features McCartney’s first new music since his 2013 hit album, “NEW.”

Cross-device tracking: what you need to know

Cross-device tracking: what you need to know

By Emma Shaffer

December 10, 2018


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Junior Ananyaa Malhotra closes her SAT prep tab on her computer and picks up her phone. She scrolls through Instagram ready to think about anything else. Unfortunately, she’s not in luck; the first sponsored ad on her feed is from the College Board, telling her the date of the next SAT. It’s no ...

My struggle with depression—and why it does get better

My struggle with depression—and why it does get better

December 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The author is a male senior at Whitman. Warning: this article deals with sensitive topics including self-harm and suicide.   I’m “normal,” at least on paper. I have plenty of friends, am in a couple clubs and try to keep my grades up. I’m one of the people you pass in the halls or si...

Do tattoos and hair dye really affect getting a job?

Do tattoos and hair dye really affect getting a job?

By Emma Shaffer

December 5, 2018


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On his 18th birthday, senior Rob Lloyd didn’t buy his first lottery ticket. Instead, Lloyd visited Bethesda Tattoo and Piercing and got a tattoo of three dots on his arm, meaning “to be continued.” To him, the tattoo serves as a reminder that his life isn’t done, and high school is only a stepp...

Just for kicks: students participate in taekwondo

Just for kicks: students participate in taekwondo

By Bennett Solomon

December 1, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase, Sports

When senior Davis Gestiehr was five years old, he was obsessed with Power Rangers. As one of the shortest kids in school, Gestiehr said he wanted to replicate the leadership and self-defense of his favorite Ranger. So when he heard about Taekwondo––a sport that combines kicking and punching–– he j...

Tech: unmasking the heroes of Whitman Drama

Tech: unmasking the heroes of Whitman Drama

By Alex Robinson

November 29, 2018


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Two-thirds of the way through Act I, Pippin’s estranged grandmother advises him to lighten up  and live a little in the classic sing-along “No Time at All.” Backstage, the tech crew takes that message to heart, singing along in unison and following the dance moves onstage. The crew has been work...

Q&A with Congressman Jamie Raskin

Q&A with Congressman Jamie Raskin

By Isabel Hoffman

November 29, 2018


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The Black & White spoke with Congressman Jamie Raskin, representing Maryland’s 8th district, about the recent midterm elections and student activism. Raskin, who was a professor of constitutional law at American University in D.C. for more than 25 years before being elected in 2016, has long be...

Senior Amanda Sherman publishes book, raises money for the Children’s Inn

Senior Amanda Sherman publishes book, raises money for the Children’s Inn

By Alex Robinson

November 28, 2018


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At just 17, senior Amanda Sherman has already written and published a book. This past April, Sherman published “Zilly the Therapy Dog,” a picture book about the therapy dog at the Children’s Inn at NIH who helps comfort the kids. Sherman will donate all proceeds from her book to the Inn, and t...

‘Becoming’ Jazz masters: student musicians release album

‘Becoming’ Jazz masters: student musicians release album

By Isabel Hoffman

November 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Having played in countless jazz county orchestras, Whitman pit orchestras, ensembles and bands, there was one remaining musical feat that Ethan Dodd (‘18) wanted to take on as his “senior parting gift.” Dodd wanted to record an album.

MCPS immersion programs provide unique educational enrichment opportunity

MCPS immersion programs provide unique educational enrichment opportunity

By Emma Iturregui

November 23, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Many people might be surprised to walk into a kindergarten classroom in Maryland and hear students conversing in Spanish. But at MCPS immersion schools like Oakland Terrace Elementary, this is the norm, and students spend the day learning and collaborating in both English and Spanish. This year, MCP...