The Black and White

“Soft-spoken and caring”: Michelle Quackenbush retires after 30 years of teaching

“Soft-spoken and caring”: Michelle Quackenbush retires after 30 years of teaching

By Afsoon Movahed

November 16, 2019

Russian teacher Michelle Quackenbush may be soft-spoken in the classroom, but that doesn’t mean her passions are muted. To her students, she’s a beacon of the saying, “Do What You Love.” She’s inspired students across two continents to find their own passions, no matter how unconventional...

Arts students pursue real-life experience in New York City, Los Angeles, during gap years

Arts students pursue real-life experience in New York City, Los Angeles, during gap years

By Bella Brody

November 12, 2019

Ben Wolstein (‘19) loves playing the trumpet — so much so that he’s decided to play every night at different “jam sessions” in one of the greatest music hubs in the world: New York City. Wolstein, who played trumpet in Whitman’s Wind Ensemble during high school, is taking a gap year before he atte...

From cosmetology to construction, vocational high schools teach career-readiness

From cosmetology to construction, vocational high schools teach career-readiness

By Gabe Schaner

November 6, 2019

Walter Johnson junior Eliot Eisen’s feet dangled out of a window, 45 feet in the air. Surrounding him was the frame of a house — a house he, along with the construction cluster at Thomas Edison High School, was building. Though unusual for most schools, building during class is a typical scene for st...

Livia Mckee draws on personal experience to release eight original songs

Livia Mckee draws on personal experience to release eight original songs

By Sarah Tong

November 5, 2019

When junior Livia McKee was only five years old, she would put on full concert-style productions and sing in front of her entire family just for fun. She would throw on crazy Halloween costumes, grab her mic and belt out her favorite Taylor Swift songs.  “I really like writing music and I like pe...

In U.S., art opportunities draw a senior’s passion

In U.S., art opportunities draw a senior’s passion

By Afsoon Movahed

October 30, 2019

When senior Anna Bedratenko lived in Ukraine, she didn’t have much time for creativity. She had always liked drawing and painting, but the Ukrainian art curriculum in her school taught art as a skill rather than an outlet for imagination, she said. So, when she moved to the United States her freshm...

Emerging Light: student artwork featured in Glen Echo exhibit

Emerging Light: student artwork featured in Glen Echo exhibit

By Celina Fratzscher

October 28, 2019

Ela Shroff was nervous. It was her first day of the Yellow Barn teenage drawing and painting class at Glen Echo, and after searching long and hard for an art class specifically for teens, Shroff was anxious to meet her classmates and teacher.  She had expected it to be like any typical art class: students s...

Senior wins End Family Fire contest with striking video

Senior wins End Family Fire contest with striking video

By Meera Shroff

October 20, 2019

On a Monday in late July, senior Amelia Montagnino headed to her summer internship at the Brady Campaign — a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing gun violence. As usual, she attended the all-staff meeting, listening as the top staff of Brady shared news and plans for the upcoming week.  The...

REACHing toward modern art

REACHing toward modern art

By Lexi Fleck

October 15, 2019

Vibrant, electric purple hands the size of houses flop to the beat of blasting music, stopping outdoor festival-goers in their tracks. Performers sing lively African music inside, grabbing the attention of many community members.   After witnessing the scene, a festival-goer added “cool” to ...

Poms perform in Redskins’ halftime Spirit Explosion

Poms perform in Redskins’ halftime Spirit Explosion

By Matt Mande

October 15, 2019

Blaring music, screaming fans and HTTR posters are only to be expected at a Redskins game. Less typical is what fans saw on October 6. Twelve members of Whitman’s Poms team performed alongside professional Redskins’ cheerleaders as well as members from the Redskins’ All-Star and Junior cheerleadin...

Ten days of silence: Allison Hayes retreats to Thailand, practices meditation

Ten days of silence: Allison Hayes retreats to Thailand, practices meditation

By Holly Adams

October 10, 2019

It’s 4 a.m. in the remote forests of Southern Thailand. A bell rings and science teacher Allison Hayes wakes up for a session of early morning meditation. After, she heads to a sun-rise yoga session, and then a traditional vegetarian Thai breakfast. Aside from meals, Hayes meditates until 9:30 p.m....

Arena Stage’s “Jitney” is an amusing must-see

Arena Stage’s “Jitney” is an amusing must-see

By Jocie Mintz

October 7, 2019

Business shouldn’t be personal. But when you’re dealing with a drunk, a serial flirt and a man who can’t help but poke his nose in everyone’s business, things might just have to get personal — and even messy.  Chronicling the lives of five African American taxi drivers in the 1970s, Augu...

Prima brings health and variety to downtown Bethesda

Prima brings health and variety to downtown Bethesda

By Matt Mande

October 6, 2019

A drifting aroma of fresh produce. Potted plants set on lightly stained wooden tables. Dark green vines lining the ceiling. A warm breeze. All combine to form a scene of undeniable natural appeal at downtown Bethesda’s newest food spot: Prima.  Prima, an Italian restaurant that opened last May, provides a gluten-free, nutritious, fas...