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Q&A with Det. Sgt. John O’Brien of the MCPD Collision Reconstruction Unit

Q&A with Det. Sgt. John O’Brien of the MCPD Collision Reconstruction Unit

By Zoe Kaufmann

June 19, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Detective Sergeant John O’Brien oversees crash investigations and reconstructions for the Montgomery County Police Department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit. O’Brien worked in different units within the MCPD for eight years before transferring to his current job, where he oversees investigations of all fatal, serious or high-profile collisions in the county. O’Brien spoke to The Black & White about his experiences with the unit.

Stop neglecting the humanities

Stop neglecting the humanities

By David Villani

June 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We should shift our focus away from only STEM and towards a more balanced education. Skills learned from the humanities make us autonomous and anti-conformist, which help us think outside the box. They help us adopt creative, innovative solutions to complex problems.

Athletes play on elite summer sports teams, gain exposure to recruiting agents

Athletes play on elite summer sports teams, gain exposure to recruiting agents

By Bennett Solomon

June 18, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

As part of the recruitment process for elite players to continue their sport in college, top high school athletes across the country join intense summer teams, competing in national tournaments from coast to coast.

Q&A: 2018-19 Maryland State SMOB Bryce Awono

Q&A: 2018-19 Maryland State SMOB Bryce Awono

By Jack Middleton

June 18, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Not to be confused with the Montgomery County Student Member of the Board, the Maryland SMOB is a position appointed by the Governor that serves on the Maryland Board of Education. Bryce Awono, the state SMOB for the upcoming school year, is a rising junior at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County. Awono will be sworn in on July 1.

Students celebrate Stanley Cup victory at Capitals parade

Students celebrate Stanley Cup victory at Capitals parade

By Elyse Lowet

June 16, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports

Students joined hundreds of thousands of D.C. sports fans in the streets around the National Mall Tuesday to cheer on the Washington Capitals as they celebrated their first Stanley Cup victory. Surrounded by a sea of red, fans hollered and chanted as the players drove by in double decker buses, hoisting the cup into the air.

Retiring staff reflect on time at Whitman

Retiring staff reflect on time at Whitman

By Aditi Gujaran

June 15, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Ten staff members will retire at the end of the school year. Their combined tenures add up to a total of an astounding 213 years.

Student IDs change color for security

Student IDs change color for security

By Matthew Proestel

June 15, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

When students return in the fall for the 2018-19 school year, student IDs will vary in color based on students’ grades. The freshman IDs will be red, the sophomore IDs will be orange, the junior IDs will be blue and the senior IDs will be green.

Uncovering hidden heroes of human rights

Uncovering hidden heroes of human rights

By Naren Roy

June 15, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Showcase

With so many ways to become young activists in a community that fosters advocacy, deviation and progress, it becomes harder to contextualize our actions as being anything other than the supported norm. But it’s important to consider each activist and their individual story.

Passion and grit trump talent

Passion and grit trump talent

By Calli Lipping

June 14, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Showcase, Uncategorized

We all know that feeling: you study hours for a test, reviewing notes and watching Khan Academy videos. Your friend hangs out with classmates and goes to sleep early. Then they get a higher grade. While that feeling of invalidation may rest uncomfortably in your stomach, know that your work ethic is e...

National Greek life incidents sway students’ college choices

National Greek life incidents sway students’ college choices

By Mira Dwyer

June 13, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

As students visit and commit to universities, Greek life has influenced some seniors’ decisions.

Dodd meets with new parents at principal’s coffee

Dodd meets with new parents at principal’s coffee

By Thomas Mande

June 13, 2018


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Incoming principal Robert Dodd spoke with new parents and members of the PTA at the annual principal’s coffee for parents of new students June 12.

Offer intensives after AP exams

Offer intensives after AP exams

By Arthur Varner and Maeve Trainor

June 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Media, Showcase, Videos

Teachers voice their opinions on the feasibility of offering "intensives" in AP classes after the exams in May. These classes would be taught by AP teachers and would be focused on new and creative topics. Students would be able to choose which teacher's class they attend for their AP period.