The Black and White

The boundary analysis is only the first step: MCPS must continue to promote diversity

MCPS should strive to create student gatherings that promote diversity.

By Tara Davoodi

October 26, 2020

Whether it was the echoing stomps of a step dance team or the smooth moves of salsa dancers, hundreds of black and brown hands clapped for every act that took the stage. Students and teachers alike jumped up and down as music blared from the loudspeakers, and cheers echoed off the auditorium walls. The e...

How “The Social Dilemma” changed my life

Released in January, 2020,

By Andrew Audas

October 24, 2020

Social media is my gateway to a wealth of information. Every morning, my routine of scrolling through apps remains the same. I check Instagram to stay updated on any sports news from the night before, I watch several TikToks for my morning dose of memes and I run through a few channels on YouTube, main...

Love at first spike: how a simple net game helped me find normalcy during uncertain times

Spikeball provided me and my friends with a safe and fun outlet for our love of sports.

By Rafe Epstein

October 23, 2020

Few things are more thrilling than those decisive moments when the margin between winning and losing becomes razor thin. It’s an undeniably exhilarating experience. I encountered such a situation earlier this summer. The score was tied 10–10, and either team’s next shot could be the game’s last...

Maryland should prioritize public schools in the midst of a pandemic

A classroom at Georgetown Preparatory School, where students may receive in-person learning. Many private schools are opening using state funds, while public schools are left completely virtual.

By Caitlin Cowan

October 22, 2020

Two students from the same neighborhood: they’re in the same grade, take the same number of accelerated courses, strive for the same dream school. There’s only one difference: money. The wealthier family can afford to pay thousands of dollars to send their child to a private school that offers a ...

Virtual learning shouldn’t mean the end of collaborative learning

Just because students learn virtually, doesn't mean they must learn without collaboration.

By Felix Leonhardt

October 18, 2020

We’ve all been there. The painful silence of a Zoom breakout room where no one turns on their camera or microphone, leaving the room full of blank screens and awkwardness. This has been all too common throughout the first month of school. While school may be entirely online for the foreseeable futu...

Hey, Whitman progressives: support Joe Biden

As a progressive, it may not be easy to support Biden, but it should still be done.

By Felix Leonhardt

October 15, 2020

Like many progressives at Whitman, I supported Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primary. I yearn to see our country become more progressive by establishing policies such as Medicare-for-All, and I thought that either Sanders or Warren would be the most inclined to p...

It’s time to abolish standardized testing

While students from wealthy backgrounds can afford tutors and multiple test dates, many of their less privileged peers don't have these opportunities.

By Cate Navarrete

October 9, 2020

After struggling to find a way to take the SAT during the coronavirus pandemic, senior Claire Sorkin drives for 90 minutes to an unfamiliar location in Virginia in order to take the test. Upon arrival, she’s relieved to know the exam hasn’t been cancelled. She puts her mask on and enters into a s...

South Lake Elementary School was denied renovation for over 8 years

While schools like Whitman and Woodward were granted renovations quickly, schools in low -income areas like SLES were continually denied this opportunity.

By Caitlin Cowan

October 6, 2020

Every school day, the 890 students of South Lake Elementary School would hustle through the overcrowded, sparsely heated hallways and into its rodent-infested classrooms, including 14 portables that consume the school parking lot. MCPS students should be entitled to a physically safe and comfortable...

I’m not just checking a box, I’m acknowledging my heritage

Identity isn’t just a box to check on college applications. It’s a connection to family and culture

By Cate Navarrete

September 18, 2020

When brought up in conversation, my ethnic background usually gets two different reactions: “Wait, you’re Hispanic? But you look white,” or  “You’re so lucky; it’ll be so easy for you to get into college.” For most of my life, I considered myself Spanish and Irish; my paternal grandmo...

It’s not just another meme: Why teens need to be conscious of hate online

Cyberbullying is normalized among teens on social media. Apple introduced the social awarenss emoji to bring attention to cyberbullying.

By Caitlin Cowan

September 14, 2020

Quarantine halted my world and left me adrift with no schedule to dictate my day. I became attached to my phone. No matter what I was doing — eating breakfast or lunch, walking my dogs or going on a run — I always had it with me. Until online school staged an intervention two weeks into quarantine, it s...

Celebrating Ramadan virtually: how quarantine has forced new traditions

The Ilias family delivers sweets to friends for Eid in the time of a pandemic.

By Iman Ilias

August 15, 2020

Eating dates and samosas with friends at the mosque. Listening to the imam’s sermon late at night. Choosing what to wear on Eid. Praying side by side with people of all different backgrounds and ages.  That’s what usually comes to mind when I think about Ramadan, the holy Islamic month durin...

Mourning during a pandemic

Mourning during a pandemic

By Isabella Brody

July 2, 2020

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide. I never expected I would live through a global pandemic in my lifetime, and I never expected to lose my best friend either, let alone at the same time. Two things that seemed nearly unimaginable to me happened just months ago, an...