The Black and White

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

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

Shakespeare club performs Romeo and Juliet—with a twist

Shakespeare club performs Romeo and Juliet—with a twist

By Ben Waldman

May 17, 2019

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...

Walt Whitman: the Overlooked Namesake of our School Turns 200

Walt Whitman: the Overlooked Namesake of our School Turns 200

By Emma Iturregui

May 15, 2019

In Whitman students: in their own words, two hundred of Whitman’s two thousand students reflect on their idiosyncrasies. Together, they comprise Walt Whitman High School. Many of those same students know close to nothing about Walt Whitman, who was not only a pioneer of modern-day poetry, but a propo...

Students take advantage of Whitman connections

Students take advantage of Whitman connections

By Max London and Meera Dahiya

May 10, 2019

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...

Pushed out: An in-depth look at gentrification in Montgomery County

Pushed out: An in-depth look at gentrification in Montgomery County

By David Villani

May 9, 2019

Ms. Ashraf has been living in the same Rockville home for 20 years. In this time, she’s seen Montgomery County change dramatically, from a suburban county of 850,000 inhabitants to the sprawling economic powerhouse of 1.2 million today. But as the county’s population skyrocketed, so has her cost of...

Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film

Junior spreads mental health awareness, creates short film

By Alex Robinson

May 3, 2019

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide. The summer after ninth grade, junior Amelia Montagnino’s summer health teacher started the mental health lesson by asking anyone who had a connection to the topic of suicide to stand up. At the time, Amelia didn’t know anyone...

Lecture circuit gives students a platform to speak out

Lecture circuit gives students a platform to speak out

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 3, 2019

A short walk from the commotion of the cafeteria—hidden from students sitting cross-legged on the crumb-laden hallway floor, concealed from freshman snacking on carrot sticks and crunching extra-cheddar goldfish crackers—senior Daniel Harris approaches a microphoned podium in the media center. Thi...

JUST TRYAN IT raises money for families grappling with cancer

JUST TRYAN IT raises money for families grappling with cancer

By Meera Dahiya

May 2, 2019

Whitman parent Mollie Darby has watched kids compete in her JUST TRYAN IT triathlon for nearly nine years, but she still tears up when she talks about the first time she watched her son, freshman Ryan Darby, cross the finish line in 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer. “We had gotten him to a point where he was...

“Local supporting local”: Whitman parent to open coffee shop in Bethesda

“Local supporting local”: Whitman parent to open coffee shop in Bethesda

By Meera Dahiya

April 29, 2019

In her 50s, Whitman parent Janet Forlini’s mother switched careers, and in an effort to serve her community, bought out and revamped the town’s local newspaper. Inspired by her mom, Forlini is transitioning from her current career in law to creating a community space in Bethesda: a local coffee sho...

Whitman alum, daughter create female empowerment platform

Whitman alum, daughter create female empowerment platform

By Katie Hanson

April 28, 2019

When Monika Samtani (‘85) and her daughter Natasha Samtani think about the media platform they built to share women’s stories internationally, they come back to one word: inspiring. “Women are the same across the world, all over the universe. We all have a story to tell,” Monika said. ...

Breanna McDonald leads Minority Scholars Program

Breanna McDonald leads Minority Scholars Program

By Alex Robinson

April 27, 2019

For years, senior Breanna McDonald has seen herself as an athlete, a photographer and a high-achieving student. She led the track team to States this past season, where she placed fifth in the 800-meter dash, she has been taking photos since she got her first camera in eighth grade, and she said she ...