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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...

Alaskan students learn in close-knit, culturally aware classes

Alaskan students learn in close-knit, culturally aware classes

By Sydney Miller

May 30, 2018


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I sit down and look out the window at an entirely white landscape. Kids shuffle in wearing just T-shirts, while I’m shivering with three layers of shirts and long underwear under my jeans— the average high in March up here is just 8 degrees Fahrenheit. The clock hits 9 a.m., and the students begin ...

Q&A: college counselor Bruce Vinik

Q&A: college counselor Bruce Vinik

By Naren Roy

May 9, 2018


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Former educator Bruce Vinik is the founder and president of Vinik Educational Placement Services, a higher-education placement consulting firm. Since 2001, Vinik has provided clients in the Montgomery County and D.C. area with college-consulting services as well as graduate and law school admissions...

Review: ‘Black Panther’ empowers community with black heroes, female warriors

Review: ‘Black Panther’ empowers community with black heroes, female warriors

By Elyssa Seltzer

May 3, 2018


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“Black Panther,” now the top-grossing film with a black director and cast, has taken Hollywood and the country by storm. The film is one of the first major superhero movies to address racial politics, directly addressing issues in communities across the country.

Students write letters to Parkland shooting victims

By Elyssa Seltzer

May 3, 2018


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Following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 students and teachers, MSD history teacher Diane Wolk-Rogers requested handwritten letters from across the country to greet her students Feb. 28, their first day back in school. In an effort to reach out, Whitman staff and students have sent letters and banners to the school.

Senior designs app to promote student mental health

Senior designs app to promote student mental health

By Thomas Mande

April 29, 2018


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By developing his own app, “Take the Pledge,” he's now sharing some of these strategies with the Whitman community and beyond.