The Student News Site of Walt Whitman High School

The Black and White

The Student News Site of Walt Whitman High School

The Black and White

The Student News Site of Walt Whitman High School

The Black and White

Clothing choice is a powerful means of communication that reflects the wearer’s personality, mood and intentions. In a society where first impressions matter, fashion is the first look into one’s identity.

Fashion isn’t just clothes: It’s a canvas

By Katelyn Leonard April 16, 2024

A young woman glares in frustration at the mountain of clothes tossed haphazardly onto her bed. After 30 minutes, she still cannot find the perfect outfit for her interview — something reputable and...

While interior design is often reduced to mere aesthetics, on a deeper level, it’s a powerful psychological tool MCPS can use to foster collaborative and enriching learning environments.

The power of interior design in schools

By Katelyn Leonard April 16, 2024

From dropping final exams to rounding up marking period grades, MCPS has frequently attempted to satisfy the student body and improve productivity and student well-being. However, beyond curriculums and...

Regardless of final exams, grade-weighing policies and testing requirements in MCPS create educational environments overly focused on assessment.

MCPS grading regulations impair student performance

By Rebecca Waldman April 9, 2024

In 2016, MCPS officials radically changed the county’s grading system by removing final exams. The change came after growing criticism that final and midterm exams were unequal, stressful and time-consuming...

While there are companies genuinely committed to sustainability, many brands falsely claim their products are eco-friendly, using buzzwords like “sustainable” or “clean.”

We can’t greenwash our way into a greener future

By Liam Darnell April 3, 2024

Walking down the grocery aisle can feel overwhelming — every item fights for the customer’s attention with bold assertions and misleading claims about its supposed benefits. Similar advertisements...

Montgomery County community members mustn’t neglect the local library system that provides comfort and resources for those in need.

Overlooked resources: The role of libraries in a digital world

By Alara Göksu April 2, 2024

It’s no secret that libraries are fading as more information transfers to the digital realm. The ability to find an answer to any question in a matter of seconds is an undeniably powerful asset, but...

My goal for the week was to connect with as many people as possible: no one was too big or small to converse with.

My experience as a high school sports writer at the Senior Bowl

By Ben Belford-Peltzman April 2, 2024

It’s 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, and I’m wide awake. Not because I can’t sleep or because I’m worried about an upcoming test, it’s because I have my computer and notepad beside me as I watch college...

“Minecraft” has become synonymous with childhood in the last decade, and for kids like me, it was both the ultimate creative outlet and the foundation of my earliest friendships. 

Real friends in a virtual world: My experience with video games

By Ichi Bai March 19, 2024

In first grade, I loaded into a “Minecraft” world for the first time on my mom’s computer. I’d already spent countless hours on YouTube watching other people play the game, and I was bursting with...

While there’s a palpable sense of nostalgia and adventure returning to this world, “Kung Fu Panda 4” breaks the number one rule of legacy sequels; if the franchise is as perfect as it was before, there is no reason to tack another film onto the series.

“Kung Fu Panda 4”: An interruption of inner peace

By Rylan Ammerman March 18, 2024

  Endless marble steps sweep up a mountain. An ornate temple overlooks villages in the valley below. Emerald trees and majestic cliffs cut through the misty clouds in an endless blue sky. Hot-pink...

Quantifiable craft collides with untold scores of human emotions, and audiences see how the power of love acts as a conduit for exceptional cooking.

“The Taste of Things”: A deliciously dramatic full-course meal

By Henry Dupree March 6, 2024

It’s hard to know what puts the most masterful chefs a cut above the rest. Is it their natural ability in the kitchen? A finely tuned skill? Their exact execution or precise attention to detail? In 2023’s...

For a ridiculous runtime of two hours and 19 minutes, “Argylle” humiliates those involved while falling into all the blockbuster trappings that continue to jade audiences.

“Argylle”: $200 million down the drain

By Rylan Ammerman March 6, 2024

★★☆☆☆   It’s time for audiences to meet a real cinematic misfire. In “Argylle,” espionage author Elly Conway (Bryce Dallas Howard) goes on the run after the events in her...

The plot lacks substance and genuine effort, and it seems as if the first draft of the script wasn’t revised at all. 

“Madame Web”: Is this the worst movie ever made?

By Zhara Thomas March 6, 2024

For fans of Sony’s Spider-Man cinematic universe, it would seem impossible to stoop below the standard of “Morbius” — a notorious box office bomb. Yet, two years later, Sony proved fans wrong with...

“Dune: Part Two” astounds with a product that is already one of the most well-rounded and excellent films of the decade. 

“Dune: Part Two”: an instant sci-fi classic

By Ian Cooper February 28, 2024

★★★★★ Three years after its critically acclaimed predecessor, “Dune: Part One,” viewers finally receive a cinematic resolution to the iconic sci-fi story of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel...

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