The Black and White

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.

Ryan Derenberger to replace Louise Reynolds as Black & White advisor

Ryan Derenberger to replace Louise Reynolds as Black & White advisor

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 19, 2019

Introduction to Journalism teacher Ryan Derenberger will replace Louise Reynolds as the advisor of The Black & White starting in the 2019 school year. Reynolds announced the change at today’s end-of-year Black & White banquet. Reynolds, who has advised The Black & White for 12 years,...

Whitman ranked #1 in state, #93 in country

Whitman ranked #1 in state, #93 in country

By Zoe Kaufmann

May 17, 2019

US News & World Report named Whitman the best high school in Maryland and the 93rd best in the country for the 2017-2018 school year. This ranking marks a turnaround for Whitman, which was not ranked either state- or nation-wide in the 2015-2016 report. The report, released April 30, ranked Woot...

Students light up the floor at the Best Buddies talent show

Students light up the floor at the Best Buddies talent show

By James Marzolf-Miller

May 14, 2019

Before the doors to the WAUD auditorium opened May 7, members of Whitman’s Best Buddies placed props on stage and arranged metal folding chairs into rows. At 5:30 p.m, parents, students and teachers started trickling in. By 6, the audience filled the room, waiting for the annual Best Buddies Talent ...

Whitman parent Michael Bobbitt steps down as artistic director of Adventure Theater

Whitman parent Michael Bobbitt steps down as artistic director of Adventure Theater

By Katie Hanson

May 8, 2019

When Michael Bobbitt first became artistic director of Adventure Theater in 2007, he saw potential in the volunteer-run community playhouse. It was a small operation: the Glen Echo theater was in minimal debt, had a low budget and only produced five or six different shows annually. Under Bobbitt’s...

Administrators, Minority Scholars Program host town hall in response to racial incident

Administrators, Minority Scholars Program host town hall in response to racial incident

By Ben Baisinger-Rosen and Sam Mulford

May 8, 2019

Principal Robby Dodd and the Minority Scholars Program hosted a town hall meeting to discuss how to make Whitman a more inclusive school May 3 during fifth and sixth lunches. Dodd decided to host the meeting in wake of last week’s racial incident involving two freshmen posting an image on social media in what appeared to be blackface, captioning the photo with the N-word. Many ...

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

MD General Assembly passes $46.6 billion budget, with $7 billion for public school education

By Max London

May 7, 2019

The Maryland General Assembly passed a $46.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year March 26. The budget includes $7 billion in funding for Maryland public schools, a 400 million increase from the $6.6 billion allotted last year. This is the most the state has ever provided for education funding. As pa...

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

Students angry over B-CC rating incident

By Meera Dahiya

May 6, 2019

The Washington Post reported that a group of male students made a list ranking teenage girls in the International Baccalaureate program at Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School March 26, upsetting Whitman students and sparking discussions about sexual harassment. The boys assigned 18 females scores based on thei...

Pyle addition set to include several classrooms, auxiliary gym

Pyle addition set to include several classrooms, auxiliary gym

By Zara Ali

May 6, 2019

Delmar Architects are set to complete the $25.1 million addition to Pyle Middle School by September 2020. The addition is currently in the construction phase. The new addition is set to include seven standard classrooms, a second gymnasium, two auxiliary gyms, a health classroom, a fitness room, an ...

MCPS to conduct review of all school names

MCPS to conduct review of all school names

By Anna Yuan

May 5, 2019

For the first time, the Board of Education will be conducting a review of all 206 Montgomery County school names. This follows county council president Nancy Navarro’s recommendation that the Board change Colonel E. Brooke Lee Middle School’s name in February. The middle school’s namesake set up the fi...

MCPS looks to lower substitute teacher requirement

MCPS looks to lower substitute teacher requirement

By Blake Layman

May 4, 2019

Due to a recent decrease in the availability of substitute teachers, the Montgomery County Board of Education is exploring lowering the qualification requirements for the position. The Board is expecting a report in the summer with information about the lack of substitute teachers and whether lowering t...

Volume 58 Staff

Volume 58 Staff

May 2, 2019

Online Editor-in-Chief: Dana Herrnstadt Print Editor-in-Chief: Alex Robinson Online Managing Editors: Ally Navarrete and Anna Yuan Print Managing Editors: Katie Hanson and Max London Online Copy Editor: Hirari Sato Print Copy Editor: Meera Dahiya How we work and play editors: Aditi Gujaran, Sar...