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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


Filed under News, School, Showcase

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,...

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


Filed under Feature, News, School, Showcase

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 ...

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


Filed under News, School, Showcase

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 ...

MCPS looks to lower substitute teacher requirement

MCPS looks to lower substitute teacher requirement

By Blake Layman

May 4, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

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


Filed under News, School, Showcase

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...

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

Photo captioned with N-word spurs hate-bias investigation

By Dana Herrnstadt

April 30, 2019


Filed under Local, National, News, School, Showcase

Two Whitman students posted an image of themselves wearing splotches of a black facial mask on a private social media account last weekend, captioning the photo with the N-word. The picture was widely shared online and reported to the Montgomery County Police, who are investigating the matter as a ...

County puts up ‘No Parking’ signs by baseball field

County puts up ‘No Parking’ signs by baseball field

By Blake Layman

April 30, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation recently installed “no parking” signs on the left side of Pyle Road by the back entrance to Whitman, effectively cutting the number of available parking spots by the baseball field in half. Students were outraged. “It makes no sense why th...

Senior class election results: Iliad Izadi president, class officers Ellie Block and Molly Rothschild

Senior class election results: Iliad Izadi president, class officers Ellie Block and Molly Rothschild

By Matthew Proestel

April 29, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

In a new election Monday, April 29, Iliad Izadi won senior class president and Ellie Block and Molly Rothschild won senior class officers. The election was a redo of Friday’s class elections, where the senior class president race was too close to call. The votes were recorded as coming within a one...

Photo of the Day: April 29

Photo of the Day: April 29

By Dana Herrnstadt

April 29, 2019


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Last weekend, 224 students from the music department competed in “Festivals of Music,” a music competition for middle and high school students. This year, the festival took place in Chicago, with nine schools from across the country and Canada attending. Whitman’s Treble Chorale, men’s chorus,...

SMOB election preview

SMOB election preview

By David Villani

April 23, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

MCPS middle and high school students will vote tomorrow to elect their next Student Member of the Board. While 13 candidates initially ran for the position, the county SGA selected Nate Tinbite—a junior from Kennedy High School—and Zoe Tishaev—a junior from Clarksburg High School—as the two finali...

Students discuss equity in schools at second County Council-sponsored conversation

Students discuss equity in schools at second County Council-sponsored conversation

By David Villani

April 14, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

Local students, educators and politicians held a second County Council-sponsored conversation about racial equity at Gaithersburg High School April 8. Unlike the first meeting, which focused more broadly on equity in all aspects of life, this conversation was specifically targeted toward discussing equity in...

Photo of the day: April 12

Photo of the day: April 12

By Joey Sola-Sole

April 12, 2019


Filed under Local, News, School, Showcase

SMOB candidate Nate Tinbite walks through the Black & White room handing out stickers during 5th period. Tinbite visited Whitman classes and lunches today. He shared a few of his main objectives with students; if elected, Tinbite hopes to include more LGBTQ+, female and African American authors...