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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.

Artistic therapies offer an effective alternative to traditional therapy

Artistic therapies offer an effective alternative to traditional therapy

By Becca Mills and Julia McGowan

June 5, 2018


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These more artistically-oriented types of treatment allow the patient to use sound, visualization and movement to express feelings that they may not know how to verbalize, or feel comfortable with doing so

Reducing stress: how to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life

Reducing stress: how to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life

By Lily Goldberger

June 4, 2018


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A sophomore sits in chemistry while her teacher reminds the class of an upcoming test. Her thoughts jump around erratically as she begins to panic, flashing from worrying about how she hasn’t started studying yet to stressing about her time management skills. Eventually, she devolves into what she desc...

Quiz: How well do you know Walt Whitman High School?

Quiz: How well do you know Walt Whitman High School?

By Eva Liles

June 4, 2018


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Basic WWHS trivia. 16 questions. Go. ...

Seeing double: teachers with children at Whitman

Seeing double: teachers with children at Whitman

By Anna Labarca

June 4, 2018


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As the bell rings and students rush to leave for their next class, sophomore Tommy Rhodes meets his friends to go to lunch. Walking down the hall, Tommy quickly pops into Laura Rhodes’s classroom: “Hey mom, what’s going on today?” For many students, the thought of being with their family every ...

Brain games: clubs promote competitive academics

Brain games: clubs promote competitive academics

By Alex Robinson

June 3, 2018


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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 ...

How to write an email to your teacher

How to write an email to your teacher

By Emma Shaffer

June 2, 2018


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The mouse cursor hovers over the send button as a sophomore girl rereads her email: “Can u help me at lunch tmrrw?” She hits send and waits for a response. Later that day, while scrolling through his inbox, her teacher rolls his eyes at yet another unprofessional, one sentence email. A well-w...

Cold War codebreaker shares stories after 60 years

Cold War codebreaker shares stories after 60 years

By Zoe Kaufmann

May 30, 2018


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For privacy reasons, Joan requested that the Black & White use only her first name in reporting this story. On a cold winter morning in 1953, the early days of the Cold War, Joan and her co-workers waited for the bus, like many others across the country. The unmarked vehicle picked them up in a...