The Black and White

For sophomore Jordan Bell, “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to music

Sophomore Jordan Bell has played the saxophone since he was 9 years old. Now, in addition to playing in  Whitman's Jazz and Symphonic bands, Jordan plays the in the Paul Carr Jazz Academy of Music Orchestra and the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra outside of school. Photo courtesy Jordan Bell.

By Eve Titlebaum

June 12, 2019

When sophomore Jordan Bell was seven years old, his parents signed him up for piano lessons. Eventually though, after years of listening to his parents play jazz music on road trips, he grew to love jazz’s groovy and improvisational nature. When Jordan was around nine years old, he decided to pursue the s...

Senior Lukas Gates finds passion in photography, wins county-wide competition

Gates holds his award as he poses next to his photo of Holocaust survivor Ruth Cohen. Gates won $100 for the picture and chose to give Cohen the final photo. Photo courtesy Lukas Gates.

By Anna Labarca

May 26, 2019

Standing in Holocaust survivor Ruth Cohen’s house, senior Lukas Gates adjusts the settings on his Sony a6000 camera. He inspects the room; he positions the model. When Gates is satisfied with the contrast of the background, the expression of the model and the composition of the photograph, he lifts his...

Artist Spotlight: Matthew Millin

Millin performs at a summer intensive he participated in last year at Oklahoma University. Millin's love for theatre doesn't stop when the school year ends; he regularly spends his summers attending intensives or working as a counselor at the Imagination Stage Summer Camp.

By Clara Koritz Hawkes

April 26, 2019

When junior Matthew Millin was five years old, he was sure he had stage fright. Even though he’d grown up putting on shows with his cousins for his family—they’d create a makeshift stage out of their grandparents’ brown leather couch and take turns singing songs—he was sure if he tried theater he...

Artist Spotlight: Eva Ginns expresses herself through music

Artist Spotlight: Eva Ginns expresses herself through music

By Meera Dahiya

March 27, 2019

The Ginns family’s prized possession is their baby grand piano; the rare Chickering from the early 1900s has been passed down through four generations of passionate Ginns musicians. For junior Eva Ginns, the piano reminds her of the two things she loves the most: her family and music. Eva sings...

Students combine art and activism in new “Walls of Demand” exhibit

Three Whitman seniors had their art featured in the

By Camerynn Hawke and Alex Robinson

February 18, 2019

As senior Alisha Dhir walked through the “Walls of Demand” exhibit in downtown D.C. last Tuesday, admiring the huge brick-wall murals, photographs and posters centered around youth promotion of gun control, she felt inspired. Walking past congresspeople and political activists alike, it was clear t...

Artist Spotlight: Grant Glazier

Artist Spotlight: Grant Glazier

By Arthur Varner

January 24, 2018

Grant Glazier turned a love of jazz piano into a talent for producing music.

Artist spotlight: singer Becky Keteltas

Artist spotlight: singer Becky Keteltas

By Camerynn Hawke

June 2, 2017

Now a senior, Keteltas is a veteran singer. Her singing career began at age seven when she and her older sister auditioned for roles in their summer camp’s musical. Keteltas continued singing in school choruses and participated in the Whitman Drama program, where she found her passion for music.

Artist spotlight: violinist Manya Aronin

Senior Manya Aronin has been playing violin since she was three years old. Photo by Rachel Hazan.

By Emily Schweitzer

February 9, 2017

Standing on stage at Carnegie Hall, looking out into an audience of over 3,500 people, senior Manya Aronin softly moves her bow across the strings of her violin, signaling the beginning of Bach’s “Partita No. 3.”

Artist spotlight: Mariano Zamora

Photo courtesy Natalia Harvey Photography.

By Kyle Layman

January 11, 2017

In San José, Costa Rica, most of senior Mariano Zamora’s friends grew up playing soccer. But rather than spending time on the field, Zamora took to his aunt’s dance studio. Read More »...

Artist Spotlight: Oliver Panlibuton

Senior Oliver Panlibuton with some of his pieces which he said offer him a therapeutic outlet. Photo by Aiden Lesley.

By Aiden Lesley

December 9, 2016

Many students struggle with stress and consequently need an outlet to relieve their anxiety. Some play a sport or listen to music, but senior Oliver Panlibuton draws to escape his everyday worries. Read More »...

Artist Spotlight: Sophie Lieber blends techniques

Lieber's passion for art began at a young age. She has continued her work which ranges from skulls to flowers all four years of high school. Photo by Tomas Castro.

By Ava Chenok

November 16, 2016

A month ago, as you walked into school, the dark powerful hand of Darth Vader reached toward you. Read More »...