The Black and White

Three seniors, including Olivia Eisenberg (left), sit in a Spanish classrooms. They are the only students for that class who are learning in-person that week.

Back into the classrooms: three seniors recount the first day of in-person school

By Matt Eisner April 16, 2021

On Thursday morning, senior Joseph Kaplan rolled out of bed, got dressed and began his daily routine. It had been over a year since Kaplan had last stepped foot inside the Whitman building, and he wanted...

It's important to embrace happiness, sadness and your love of the Jonas Brothers.

Apologies to the Jonas Brothers: It can’t be “Like It’s Christmas” every day

By Lily Freeman April 15, 2021

The uplifting holiday hit “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers is, in my view, the most iconic song ever produced — and that’s coming from a proud Hebrew school graduate (‘18). It’s...

Many Whitman students participate in fantasy sports leagues every year, competing with friends and family in an effort to claim the league title.

Fantasy sports build traditions and bring competition at Whitman

By Daniel Miller April 14, 2021

The sense of responsibility that comes with being the general manager of your own team — drafting players, making roster moves and trying to keep yourself in contention to win it all — is certainly...

End the hibernation; stay active and healthy during the pandemic

End the hibernation; stay active and healthy during the pandemic

By Jaclyn Morgan April 13, 2021

At the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic, I struggled to find ways to stay active. I felt overwhelmed with schoolwork and rarely set aside time to focus on my own wellbeing. A few months into the first...

Going into school with an optimistic mindset can improve everyone's experiences.

Whitman students: Stay optimistic about hybrid learning

By Felix Leonhardt April 12, 2021

When I tell my friends that I plan on returning to in-person learning this spring, they question me. To them, I’m sacrificing extra sleep just to go sit in a building with a mask on.  In-person...

Juniors Hana O'Looney (left) and Henry Kaye (right) are the finalists in this year's SMOB election. Both candidates attend Richard Montgomery High School.

Get to know this year’s SMOB finalists

By Skylar Chasen April 11, 2021

This year, high stakes surround the Student Member of the Board of Education election; pressing issues such as reopening schools, reallocating MCPS’ budget and searching for a new superintendent are...

Poetry has served as a source of light for me throughout a dark time in my life.

How poetry helped me cope with loss during a pandemic

By Nada Fadul April 9, 2021

During the 1940s, Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes leveraged poetry to express the racial struggles of Black people. In the 1960s, Allen Ginsburg’s “Beat Generation” revitalized...

Gendered language, especially in a classroom setting, has become outdated.

Retire “she or he”: teachers should start using gender-neutral language in the classroom

By Maya Goelman April 8, 2021

“Should the Monarch only provide his/her opinion when asked by the Parliament or should the Monarch provide advice on issues when he/she feels it necessary?” a worksheet for my AP Comparative Politics...

Playing basketball alone is one of many creative mediums that allows a person to use their imagination to the fullest extent in a world where we’re constantly told what to do.

Sparking my imagination: How playing basketball alone has helped me through a pandemic

By Quentin Corpuel April 7, 2021

“Twenty seconds to go, Knicks down by two. Quentin Corpuel has the ball with the chance to win the New York Knicks their first championship since 1973. The crowd is on their feet here at Madison Square...

Michael Dunn ('12) tackles his opponent. Dunn was recently signed to the Los Angeles Rams' practice squad, and his journey in the NFL continues.

Cleveland Browns guard Michael Dunn started his NFL career in Jerome M. Marco Stadium

By Rafe Epstein April 5, 2021

As Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield yells pre-snap audibles, guard Michael Dunn (’12) is lined up, ready to block Pro Bowl defensive linemen T.J. Watt. Dunn scans his surroundings: the bright...

Students should have the opportunity to excuse themselves and talk to a counselor when triggering topics arise during class.

MCPS: Allow students to exempt themselves from triggering conversations in the classroom

By Cate Navarrete and Alex Schupak April 3, 2021

One student’s name has been changed for anonymity. In her elementary school science class, Sara stepped up to the whiteboard, prepared to jot down her weight in front of her peers. The activity was...

Advocates gather during the student-led Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bethesda on June 2. Since the protest, many students'

‘More than just an incident’: One year after initial racist graffiti, community continues to push against prejudice

By Lily Freeman April 1, 2021

When senior Tatiana Johnson reflected on her time at Whitman before the building closed last March, she said felt classmates sometimes labeled her “loud and Black” during conversations. In her classes,...

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