The Black & White

Students pursue engineering majors

Students pursue engineering majors

By Jack McGuire and Lincoln Polan

June 21, 2019

Though he had always liked math, senior Bo Rider had never considered an engineering career. But right after he completed Principles of Engineering his freshman year, he immediately knew that he wanted to explore a future in that field. “The combination of being able to work with my hands and use m...

A cappella balances work and play, hits all the right notes

A cappella balances work and play, hits all the right notes

By Afsoon Movahed

June 18, 2019

It’s rehearsal time, and every member of Whitman’s male a cappella group, Solid & Sound, seems to have arrived at the choir room to practice. One by one, members split into four different warm-up groups: the tenor ones, tenor twos, base ones and base twos. When all members are confident with ...

NBA Mock Draft 2019

NBA Mock Draft 2019

By Andrew Eagle and Gabe Schaner

June 15, 2019

The NBA draft lottery used to be very predictable. But this year, the NBA reformed their draft lottery to discourage teams from losing games to get high picks. Many analysts speculated that the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns or Cleveland Cavaliers would get the first pick, but they have picks three, six ...

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

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

By 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 painful, but mostly rewarding—years in the county’s Chinese curriculum, it’s off-put...

Spreading positivity and love through music: Q&A with Philip Diby (’19)

Spreading positivity and love through music: Q&A with Philip Diby (’19)

By Lukas Troost

June 14, 2019

Philip Diby is a Whitman graduate (‘19) and musical artist. His songs focus on positivity and the importance of coming together as a society while obtaining true happiness and love. Through his channel on Spotify, he has encompassed over 15,000 monthly listeners. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. ...

Photo of the day, June 14: freshman orientation

Photo of the day, June 14: freshman orientation

By Dana Herrnstadt

June 14, 2019

Current eighth grade students file into Fabiola Katz's AP Spanish class today during a tour. The students visited Whitman this morning for Freshman Orientation, and Whitman's student "Navigators" led group tours around the school. "It's nerve-wracking," rising freshman Victorine Meuwissen said. "I...

Drawing inspiration from her parents’ stories, sophomore Nicole Ahad forms Students for Afghanistan

Drawing inspiration from her parents’ stories, sophomore Nicole Ahad forms Students for Afghanistan

By Jaclyn Morgan

June 14, 2019

Ever since she was little, sophomore Nicole Ahad’s parents have told her stories about the horrors they faced growing up in conflict-ridden Afghanistan. Ahad’s mother originally moved to the US because the Taliban bombed her neighborhood, shattering their windows and splitting trees in their backyard....

Windows down, spirits high: songs of the summer from the last 5 years

Windows down, spirits high: songs of the summer from the last 5 years

By Bella Brody

June 13, 2019

Every summer has a unique, defining soundtrack—songs that blast from the radio and pop-up on Spotify recommended until we can’t stand them anymore. But to be the song of the summer, a song needs to have a windows down, volume up, summer kind of feel. Before the summer of 2019 begins and the inevita...

Retiring, leaving teachers excited but sentimental

Retiring, leaving teachers excited but sentimental

By Bella Learn and Jack McGuire

June 13, 2019

Six staff members will retire at the end of the school year, and six will move to new jobs at different schools. Though they're excited for what the future holds, many teachers will miss Whitman and the students they've grown close with. Jeff Davidson Choral director Jeff Davidson is retiring af...

When it comes to summer work, quality over quantity

When it comes to summer work, quality over quantity

By Ethan Wagner

June 13, 2019

Over the summer, students binge the latest Netflix original, sunbathe on the beach and sleep until noon. Regardless of the activity, students’ summer plans don’t usually involve learning or thinking analytically. Assigned summer school work is more about quantity than quality. We’re forced to ann...