The Black & White

Teach OCD in middle school health classes

Teach OCD in middle school health classes

By Dana Herrnstadt

May 31, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Checking that the door is locked is normal. But checking eight times when leaving the house isn’t: it’s OCD. Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder include unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, images and sensations. People with OCD often engage in repetitive and useless behaviors or me...

Superintendent: bring back exams at upcoming BOE discussions

Superintendent: bring back exams at upcoming BOE discussions

By Staff Editorial

May 31, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion, Showcase

Two years ago, MCPS eliminated final exams, making it easier for students to maintain their higher grades by making quarter grades trend upward. Since then, the county has faced complaints from students and teachers alike who believe that the system doesn’t prepare students for higher education. This s...

Student voices on mental health

Student voices on mental health

May 31, 2018


Filed under Also in Print, Opinion, Showcase

Editor's note: Over the course of the past year, Whitman students and administrators have made efforts to address mental health issues among students, from scheduling mental health awareness presentations to promoting an SGA-sponsored app. Staff members wrote the two student opinions below, and t...

Modernize sex education: stop preaching abstinence

Modernize sex education: stop preaching abstinence

By Rebecca Hirsh

May 9, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Don’t have sex. If you do, you will certainly contract at least one STD or STI and end up pregnant and struggling at 16. The only solution is to practice abstinence—or so the county’s health curriculum might have you believe. In Montgomery County, all high school students are required to t...

It’s time for change: protect LGBTQ+ rights under law

It’s time for change: protect LGBTQ+ rights under law

By Anna Koretsky

May 1, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The 2012 legalization of gay marriage marked a major step in the right direction for LGBTQ+ rights. Six years later, though, some Americans are under the impression that legalizing marriage was the only necessary step to promote acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community.

Merit scholarships open educational pathway to the middle class

Merit scholarships open educational pathway to the middle class

By Ella Atsavapranee

April 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To encourage this trend, more public and private colleges should implement these types of scholarships to aid middle-class students and increase diversity on their campuses.

“Just Say No:” Discontinue DARE in Maryland

“Just Say No:” Discontinue DARE in Maryland

By Eva Herscowitz

April 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

DARE is an ineffective and insufficient program; to save lives, Maryland should discontinue the DARE program in these counties and replace it with local Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education chapters across all Maryland school districts.

Students: stay healthy, reduce cancer risks, complete your HPV vaccination series

Students: stay healthy, reduce cancer risks, complete your HPV vaccination series

By Mira Dwyer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Human Papillomavirus infection vaccination is a series of three shots given to all people between the ages of 11 and 26 to protect against strains of HPV known to cause cancer. In a Black & White survey of 196 Whitman students across all grades, 21.9 percent—or 43—of students reported not receiving all of their recommended doses of the HPV vaccination. Of these 43, 11 said they aren’t planning to complete the series. Some students said that they didn’t think the vaccine was necessary or said they kept forgetting to finish the series.

Renew the fight for renewable energy

Renew the fight for renewable energy

By Katherine Sylvester

April 26, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

There’s one very effective way to do this: the Maryland General Assembly should reintroduce The 100 Percent Clean Renewable Energy and Equity Act, Bill HB878.

MD: Don’t offer Amazon $3 billion in incentives

MD: Don’t offer Amazon $3 billion in incentives

By Zoe Kaufmann

April 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Maryland—and other states in the running—shouldn’t offer Amazon billions of taxpayer dollars in tax incentives: it won’t make Amazon more likely to move here, it’ll cost our state billions and, if successful, it might not provide the benefits Amazon promises.

Whitman drama: provide sensory-friendly versions of productions

Whitman drama: provide sensory-friendly versions of productions

By Sydney Miller

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To create a more inclusive theater environment, Whitman drama should create an additional production of each of their musicals and plays that is sensory-friendly so all students have the opportunity to enjoy the productions.

Stop tracking demonstrated interest, make need-blind admissions real

Stop tracking demonstrated interest, make need-blind admissions real

By Rebecca Hirsh and Zoe Kaufmann

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Colleges and universities should stop factoring demonstrated interest into admissions in order to combat wealth and achievement gaps and level the playing field for all applicants, regardless of background.