The Black and White

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

After moving to the U.S. from Ukraine, senior Anna Bedratenko discovered a passion for art. Ukrainian art classes didn't allow for much creativity, she said.

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

Sophomore Haley Engelstad's piece

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

Squonk Opera performs

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

Last summer, science teacher Allison Hayes practiced meditation for 10 days in Thailand. She had to remain silent the entire time.

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

(R to L) Harvy Blanks (Shealy) and Amari Cheatom (Youngblood) in Jitney running September 13 through October 27, 2019 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

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 recently opened in downtown Bethesda. The fast-casual restaurant serves a variety of bowls, all gluten-free.

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...

How to have fun at a Nationals game

The sun sets over Nationals Park during a game. Photo courtesy Steve Lathrop.

By Jesse Rider

October 4, 2019

In Southeast D.C. — overlooking the Anacostia River — lies Nationals Park which can seat up to 40,000 fans. The stadium has everything you can ask for: good food, spirited fans and even a variety of special events. Obviously, I’ve got to start with the food. From standard ball-park snacks to l...

Summer photo contest winners 2019

Summer photo contest winners 2019

October 4, 2019

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The climate strike in photos

Students hold up a banner while chanting. The strike was filled with colorful signs with catchy but solemn slogans, mostly being held up by high school students.

By Chloe Lesser

September 23, 2019

Thousands of students from across the D.C. area gathered at the Capitol for the youth-led global climate strike Sept. 20. Protesters striking in front of the Capitol Building heard various speakers, including Rep. Jim McGovern and 16-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes from the Standing Rock Nation in North D...