The Black & White

Photo of the day, June 14: freshman orientation

Photo of the day, June 14: freshman orientation

By Dana Herrnstadt

June 14, 2019

Current eighth grade students file into Fabiola Katz's AP Spanish class today during a tour. The students visited Whitman this morning for Freshman Orientation, and Whitman's student "Navigators" led group tours around the school. "It's nerve-wracking," rising freshman Victorine Meuwissen said. "I...

“Solar power, man”: APES students test out homemade solar cookers

“Solar power, man”: APES students test out homemade solar cookers

By Anna Labarca

June 11, 2019

AP Environmental Science students gather on the WAUD tennis courts to test out homemade solar cookers. Students from teacher Kelly Garton’s APES class had to create solar cookers from items around their houses; today, they tested the cookers by heating 200 mL of water. Solar cookers varied from...

Special delivery! MCPS plunks portables in parking lot, drivers forced to evacuate

Special delivery! MCPS plunks portables in parking lot, drivers forced to evacuate

By Joseph Ferrari

June 5, 2019

MCPS delivered the halves of six out of 12 portable classrooms to the parking lot this afternoon. In third period, administrators announced over the PA that cars parked in the two rows closest to River Road must move to create space for the equipment. Administrators recommended they park in the remaining spot...

Pyle student Arvin Kim wins award for leadership in community

Pyle student Arvin Kim wins award for leadership in community

By Mia Friedman

June 5, 2019

Once a week, after a 20 minute drive, Pyle eighth grade student Arvin Kim opens the door to his family’s black Volvo. He waves goodbye to his mom as he walks toward the Board of Education building, where he meets with the rest of the Montgomery County Junior Council. During the meeting, they discus...

English teacher Omari James “reproposes” to counselor Angela Fang

English teacher Omari James “reproposes” to counselor Angela Fang

By Clara Koritz-Hawkes and Jack Gonzalez

June 4, 2019

There wasn’t a dry eye in Whitman’s main entrance when English teacher Omari James "reproposed" to his current fiancee, counselor Angela Fang, today during fifth period. James recruited Whitman’s male acapella group, Solid and Sound, to sing for Ms. Fang. The group sang “Can’t Help Falling...

Photo of the day: June 3

Photo of the day: June 3

By David Villani

June 3, 2019

Art teacher Nancy Mornini left free art supplies, books and old projects out on a table outside her classroom for students and staff to pick up during her “yart sale.” Mornini, who will retire this year after 37 years of teaching, is clearing out her room, and she will throw away anything that i...

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman!

Happy 200th, Walt Whitman!

By Ella Adams

May 31, 2019

On Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, we finally have the answer to why our school carries his name. In the summer of 1962, MCPS officials invited parents of the first freshman class to a meeting. There, they presented a list of potential school names—mostly famous inventors, poets and politician...

Photo of the day: May 29

Photo of the day: May 29

By Reuben Stoll

May 29, 2019

  (Top) From the left, freshmen Jack Andres, Taylor Beers and Olivia Sitrick rehearse a scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. (Right) Freshmen Saul Remmick (left), playing Tybalt, and Paul Meuwissen (right), playing Romeo, rehearse a vicious battle in a scene from Romeo and Juliet....

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...

Photo of the day: May 20

Photo of the day: May 20

By Elyse Lowet

May 20, 2019

Senior Christelle Mecherkany claims her yearbook in front of the main office. Seniors can pick up their yearbooks during both lunches May 20 to 23 outside the main office and auditorium.