The Black and White

Magnet programs strive toward more equitable selection process

Many magnet programs in MCPS and around the country

By Taylor Haber

February 7, 2020

In the summer before the 2018-2019 school year, rising fourth-grader Anika Claussen had to make a choice. She could either stay at Bannockburn Elementary School, where she had been a student for the past three years, or she could transfer to her school’s local magnet program at Chevy Chase Elementary...

Students remember Kobe Bryant’s legacy

After Kobe Bryant passed away in a tragic accident Jan. 26, students remember his legacy both as a player and a person.

By Gabe Schaner

February 5, 2020

Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant died tragically in a helicopter crash that killed eight others Jan. 26. Among those dead was also his 13-year old daughter, Gianna. Throughout his career, Bryant achieved greatness: he was an 18-time NBA All-Star, 5-time NBA Champion, 1997 NBA Dunk Con...

Q&A with Georgetown Men’s Soccer Coach and NCAA Champion Brian Wiese

(From left) Georgetown Men's Soccer coach Brian Wiese celebrates winning the NCAA championship by holding the championship trophy.

By James Marzolf-Miller

January 30, 2020

The Georgetown University Men’s Soccer team won the NCAA championship title for the first time in the program’s history Dec. 15, 2019. The Hoyas fought the University of Virginia Cavaliers in a stunning match; regulation time ended with a 3-3 tie, forcing the game into overtime. Freshman midfielder...

Bethesda Row’s newest sweet treat: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Wildberry Lavender is a very popular flavor  at Jeni's; it's made with blueberries, citrus and lavender.

By Lexi Fleck

January 17, 2020

Jeni Britton Bauer was halfway through college at Ohio State University when she realized that she should incorporate her passion for art history into something bigger — she loved learning, but she thought the school environment wasn’t exciting enough for her.  While working at an indoor farmers market in...

Bridging the gap: The challenges of transitioning from an international school

When making the transition from an international school to Whitman, many students find themselves lost.

By Celina Fratzscher

January 16, 2020

Junior Abbie Hall has been moving her whole life. When she was only three months old, her family moved from the U.S. to Sweden for her father’s job. But her Scandanavian adventure proved short-lived; at the age of four, Hall moved back to Bethesda for three years. From there, off to Kathmandu, Nepal ...

“Jeepers Creepers:” Whitman teachers have lots of catchphrases

Cody Therrien, AP Language: “Plethora” and “Perouze”
Therrien uses these words a lot, and his students have started to use them in their writing “possibly to poke fun at me but it’s all in good fun,” he said. Therrien recalls that many years ago, he was watching the movie, The Three Amigos, which has a funny scene about the word plethora. He explained that the word perouze is a contronym — a word with two contrasting definitions — to plethora. “Perouze” officially means to read something very closely and annotate it, but people generally use the word to mean “skim over.”

By Ethan Wagner

January 14, 2020

If you walked by a teacher’s classroom, you’d see nothing but the standard — a teacher standing at the front, lecturing from the Promethean board or a teacher grading quizzes. But, inside the classroom, students learn so much more about a teacher’s personality and funny quirks — including ...

Q&A with ABC’s season 20 “The Bachelor” Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins was the season 20 lead of ABC's hit reality show

By Ally Navarrete

January 6, 2020

Ben Higgins placed third on season 11 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 2015 and then starred as the lead on season 20 of  “The Bachelor” in 2016. Higgins grew up in Warsaw, Indiana, attended the University of Indiana and moved to Denver, Colorado, when he was 24 years old. From a standard d...

“Helping others, righting the wrongs”

Mike Manatos and his children, including freshman Sienna, inspire courage at a Make-A-Wish Gala. Manatos loves to get his family involved with the foundation any way he can.

By Jocie Mintz

January 3, 2020

Mike Manatos (‘86) goes to work every day wearing the same pin on his lapel. Every morning, he fastens it on his suit jacket or sports coat in the hopes that people will ask about what that little gold wishbone with a ribbon tied around it means. “It’s the logo for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” he’ll re...

What’s in, what’s out: 2020

What's in, what's out: 2020

By Ally Navarrete, Anna Yuan, and Dana Herrnstadt

January 2, 2020

Hey, gang!  Suffrage! Prohibition! Al Capone’s rise (but not his fall)! Here we are in the Roarin’ 20s — but 100 years later. Every New Year’s Day, The Washington Post comprises a list of what’s in and what’s out. We wanted to try our hand. Here’s what we came up with. What's in:...

Nutcracker production builds community, year after year

Sophomore Rachel Chen dances in the “Waltz of the Flowers.” The Ovations dance studio puts on an annual production of The Nutcracker at the Greenberg Theatre.

By Isabella Brody

January 1, 2020

The curtain parts and lights illuminate the small stage at American University’s Greenberg Theatre. The classic Tchaikovsky overture plays, reminding families in the audience of why they keep coming back year after year to see this production.  For over 10 years, Ovations, a small dance studio in Bethesda, p...