The Black & White

Roundtable discussion about race

Roundtable discussion about race

By Maddy Frank and Max London

June 5, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

Over the past two years, Whitman students have been involved in several serious incidents of racism. Last year, students attended a schoolwide assembly when multiple students experienced racism, and last month, two students were suspended after a photo of them wearing splotches of a black facial mask c...

Sports photographers capture the action in front of the lens

Sports photographers capture the action in front of the lens

By Ally Navarrete

June 2, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature, Showcase

You wouldn’t know it, but swim and dive team photographer Adam Hirsh has always been afraid of water. During his four years photographing the team, he routinely bent over the edge of the 10 meter diving platform—12 feet of water below him—to capture a swimmer’s backstroke start or a diver’s...

Wildstrom to retire after 50 years of ‘enthusiasm and passion’

Wildstrom to retire after 50 years of ‘enthusiasm and passion’

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 30, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

Math teacher Susan Wildstrom may be small in stature, but in her 50 years teaching, she has made up for it in spunk. Wearing green, dangly earrings, a polka-dotted sweater and socks covered with pictures of cats, she’s quick to mention that she also owns socks with giraffes, cookies and milk, and constellations. “It’s...

SGA sees gender gap in election results, follows national trend

SGA sees gender gap in election results, follows national trend

By Katie Hanson, Alex Robinson

May 30, 2019


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After SMOB candidate Zoe Tishaev outlined her platform in a video March 21, both male and female students were quick to remark that she “didn’t know what she was talking about,” “had good ideas but an annoying voice” and “wasn’t likable but said good things.” Tishaev lost to John F. Ken...

Come for the monuments, nama-stay for the yoga

Come for the monuments, nama-stay for the yoga

By Jocie Mintz

May 30, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

“It feels like the Caribbean! Why don’t we all get naked?” yoga instructor Hawah Kasat yelled into a megaphone, body deep in a lunge. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he did,” a college student said to her friend. Both were pretzelled in an upward dog position opposite the Lincoln Memorial. ...

ESOL program fosters community, friendships

ESOL program fosters community, friendships

By Clara Koritz Hawkes and Hirari Sato

May 29, 2019


Filed under Also in Print, Feature

Come fifth and sixth period, when most classrooms empty for lunch periods, the ESOL rooms are filled with commotion. In one corner of A334, students are working away at assignments, while another group sits by the teacher’s desk, chatting with teacher Charles Wang. Students file in and out, some eating...

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

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

By Anna Labarca

May 26, 2019


Filed under Artist Spotlight, Feature, Showcase

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...

“Junk” isn’t junk

“Junk” isn’t junk

By Azraf Khan, Hannah Feuer, and Rebecca Hirsh

May 26, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s play “Junk” opened in D.C.’s Arena Stage April 11 and played through May 5. The show debuted on Broadway in 2016 under the title “Junk: The Golden Age of Debt.” The Arena Stage production features an all-new cast and stage. The play focuses ...

Battle of the Bands rocks out in the WAUD one last time

Battle of the Bands rocks out in the WAUD one last time

By Taylor Haber, Bella Grumet, and Gabe Schaner

May 22, 2019


Filed under Feature, Media, Showcase, Videos

Covered in tie-dyed bed sheets and strewn with black electrical cords, the Waudatorium had shaken its usual English class undercurrents; instead of scribbling notes for some Socratic seminar, students plugged in amps and adjusted mics. Instead of studying Macbeth and Hamlet, they tuned their guitars. And i...

Senior Destinations 2019

Senior Destinations 2019

By Anthony Breder, Webmaster

May 21, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Shakespeare club performs Romeo and Juliet—with a twist

Shakespeare club performs Romeo and Juliet—with a twist

By Ben Waldman

May 17, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

In a blur of red and blue, the Capulets and the Montagues burst onto the WAUD stage, erupting into a sea of age-old hatred. But instead of Shakespeare’s typical 16th century setting, this production of Romeo and Juliet took place outside the borders of Verona, Italy—in Revolutionary America. The Sha...

Students take advantage of Whitman connections

Students take advantage of Whitman connections

By Max London and Meera Dahiya

May 10, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

After sixth period, senior Eric Paxson drives straight to his internship at 3 Bethesda Metro Center. His work with the Consero Group—a business management consultant firm—is a major change from his work in the classroom; he’s learned to research for new marketing strategies, experienced working...