The Black and White

The uncertain fate of the National Philharmonic: why we should care

The National Philharmonic nearly closed this fall after a decline in funding.
November 13, 2019

It was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Drums boomed, violins raced and cannons exploded. It was electric; everything within the warm wooden walls of Strathmore's grand theater seemed to be vibrating with...

The Nats were “never supposed to be here,” but D.C. celebrated a championship Saturday

November 7, 2019

Since I was little, Nats Park has been a haven to me. I’d watch in awe as first-baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving play, and I’d cheer as pitcher Stephen Strasburg managed to strikeout player after...

I wasn’t a climate change activist. Then Greta Thunberg changed my mind.

Amnesty International, an organization that combats human rights abuses globally, held a climate change event on the George Washington University campus Sept. 16.  At the event, Amnesty presented 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg with the Ambassador of Conscience Award.
November 7, 2019

Becoming a climate change activist had never really occurred to me. Yes, I’m surrounded by student activists every day in school, and living in D.C., many of my friends have attended protests and marches...

School spirit motivates athletes — we need more of it at girls games

At our basketball games, there are almost never students in the stands, usually only some parents.
November 7, 2019

On a Friday night in the Whitman gym, I raced across the court during my girls basketball game. The intense squeaking of basketball shoes against the wooden floor rang in my ears as our coach yelled for...

You’re not alone

What I had to do after I was raped
November 5, 2019

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to rape. The questions are always how, why, when, what were you wearing and who. Most of the time, they’re for the benefit of the listener,...

Appreciate, don’t appropriate

Growing up, Henna was an important cultural tradition that connected me to a culture 4000 miles away. It's important that the people who do wear Henna know that it's more than an aesthetic.
November 4, 2019

Growing up, I loved Saturday mornings. I bounced with excitement every time I watched my mom swirl out the familiar dark brown paste of henna, and I’d stand on my tiptoes to watch her pick out a raw,...

The other side of trick-or-treating

Finding joy in handing out candy
October 28, 2019

When high school rolled around and I was designated "too old" to trick-or-treat, I was heartbroken. Where would I get free candy? When would I be able to stroll through my neighborhood dressed like a ninja...

Whitman should make an effort to increase staff diversity

Whitman's staff is 88.9% white, much higher than some other MCPS schools.
October 19, 2019

It’s not shocking to say that Whitman lacks diversity among its student body; for the 2017–18 school year, 66.8% of our student body was white. But what many students don’t recognize is Whitman’s...

MCPS should abandon extended schedules

Students at Arcola ES walk to their classrooms. Arcola is one of two Title I elementary schools piloting an extended school year program. Photo courtesy MCPS.
October 8, 2019

How would you like six extra weeks of school? As fearsome as that may seem to the average high school student, expanded schedules have become a reality this school year for hundreds of MCPS students....

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting

Whitman: In the wake of Monday’s attack, stop suppressing and start reflecting
September 20, 2019

On Monday, two announcements told us to stay in our classrooms regardless of any bells. Then, a fire alarm sounded. Eventually, the events were reconciled—but in the meantime, students exchanged details...

Dropping a language class after two years? That’s overrated.

This is my Chinese class on the seniors' last day. We celebrated with large amounts of delicious Chinese food and sharing stories of the last three years all together at Whitman and the two years we spent together learning Chinese at Pyle. Photo courtesy Clara Koritz Hawkes.
June 14, 2019

At this point in my high school tenure, there’s one mystery that continues to elude me: why people drop languages after they reach the measly two year requirement. As someone who has stuck out six—sometimes...

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