The Black & White

“OneWhitman” initiative begins, builds community

“OneWhitman” initiative begins, builds community

By Taylor Haber, Education writer

September 12, 2019

After last year’s race-related incident, administrators designed the “OneWhitman” initiative over the summer to promote diversity and inclusion through classroom discussion. Administration oversaw the first weekly OneWhitman seminar Wednesday.  The program will take place in homeroom classes for 45 ...

Two teachers involuntarily transferred due to reduced staffing allocation

Two teachers involuntarily transferred due to reduced staffing allocation

By Katie Hanson and Alex Robinson

June 13, 2019

The county decreased next year’s staffing allocation by 5.0 positions in March, forcing two full-time teachers to involuntarily transfer to other schools within the county next year and others to drop class periods. The reduction affected all academic departments, except for P.E. and Health. Initial...

Ian Anthony Coleman replaces Randy Snight as drama director

Ian Anthony Coleman replaces Randy Snight as drama director

By Eve Titlebaum

June 13, 2019

Ian Anthony Coleman will replace Randy Snight as the Whitman Drama director next year. Last year was Snight’s first at Whitman; he directed Pippin and The Tempest. Whitman Drama boosters announced the change May 28 after administrators searched and interviewed candidates. Coleman has worked in ma...

Chamber Choir performs in annual farewell concert, honors retiring choral director Jeff Davidson

Chamber Choir performs in annual farewell concert, honors retiring choral director Jeff Davidson

By Matthew Mande

June 9, 2019

Honoring retiring choral director Jeff Davidson and graduating seniors, the Chamber Choir performed their farewell concert at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church June 5. After several songs from the choir, Davidson said a few words thanking and complementing each senior in Chamber Choir. Following a q...

Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, seniors to speak at graduation

Montgomery County Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, seniors to speak at graduation

By Blake Layman

June 5, 2019

Shifting away from the trend of prominent journalists as speakers, administrators selected Gabe Albornoz ('94), a Montgomery County Councilmember, to give the keynote speech at graduation June 6. Seniors Obi Onwuamegbu, Maeve Trainor and Breanna McDonald will also speak. Senior class sponsor Todd Michaels, senior c...

Michelle Searle Kim to become Whitman’s first female choral director

Michelle Searle Kim to become Whitman’s first female choral director

By Anna Kulbashny

June 5, 2019

Michelle Searle Kim will replace Jeffrey Davidson as Whitman’s new choral director next year. Kim has been the choral director at Seneca Valley High School for the last 20 years, and she will be Whitman's first female choral director. Davidson announced his retirement in April of this year after ove...

MCPS shortens football season, doubles number of teams in playoffs

MCPS shortens football season, doubles number of teams in playoffs

By Ben Stricker

June 4, 2019

The Maryland high school football regular season will be one game shorter next season, going from 10 games to nine games. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association also added an additional round of playoffs games, which will double the number of teams that will compete in the playof...

County Council sets new lead limit for school drinking water

County Council sets new lead limit for school drinking water

By Lincoln Polan

June 4, 2019

The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill May 7 that will reduce the amount of lead in students’ drinking water by 75 percent—from 20 parts per billion to 5 parts per billion. Councilmember Tom Hucker sponsored the bill after MCPS conducted lead tests on water fountains that revea...

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...

Congressman Jamie Raskin highlights importance of student activism

Congressman Jamie Raskin highlights importance of student activism

By Ben Baisinger-Rosen

June 3, 2019

Emphasizing that students are "at the heart of many of our most critical social struggles," Congressman Jamie Raskin answered questions from AP NSL students May 30 in the auditorium. Topics ranged from immigration reform to foreign aid. Freshman Katherine Dwyer, co-president of the Yemen Action Club...

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...

Women’s rights forum provides space to discuss recent abortion laws

Women’s rights forum provides space to discuss recent abortion laws

By Eva Levy

May 28, 2019

Hoping to provide a space for students to openly express concerns and opinions about recent abortion laws, GenerationWOW, a student-run women’s empowerment club, held a forum in the media center May 24. Of all the laws, Alabama’s is the most extreme, banning abortion at any stage and calling for...