The Black and White

Juniors Justin Yang and Rohin Dahiya exchange a hug after winning first place in their event at the ICDC.

Whitman juniors place first in team business event at international DECA conference

By Aditte Parasher May 18, 2022

Whitman juniors Justin Yang and Rohin Dahiya won first place in the “Buying and Merchandising Team Decision-Making” event at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta in...

The language department opened the World Language Cafe for students to experience different languages and cultures at Whitman with country-based events each month.

World Language Cafe celebrates diverse cultures with monthly events

By Zach Poe May 16, 2022

The language department opened the World Language Cafe this semester for students to celebrate the diverse language and culture at Whitman with country-based events each month.   Spanish teacher and...

Seniors dance to music at prom for the first time since 2019.

Whitman hosts first prom celebration in 3 years

By Ines Foscarini May 13, 2022

Over 480 seniors attended Whitman’s first prom celebration in three years on May 6 at the North Bethesda Marriott in Rockville.  From 8:00 p.m. until midnight, the school’s graduating class danced...

MCPS decided to remove its practice of contact tracing in schools, leaving some community members concerned about COVID-19 virus transmission.

MCPS ends contact tracing in schools

By Chris Landy and Amelia Laroski May 12, 2022

MCPS ended its COVID-19 contact tracing program on May 2 to align with recommendations from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. The school district first announced the change in a community...

The Whitman sailing team racing on the Anacostia River during practice.

Navigating friendly waters: students find unity on the Whitman sailing team

By Stephanie Solomon May 4, 2022

A slight breeze sweeps gently through the air as the Whitman sailing team walks down the barnacle-studded dock towards the Anacostia River. The athletes will start practice soon, but instead of school...

Volume 61 Staff

Volume 61 Staff

April 24, 2022

Online Editor-in-Chief: Ethan Schenker  Print Editor-in-Chief: Lauren Heberlee  Online Managing Editors: Sonya Rashkovan and Stephanie Solomon Print Managing Editors: Simone Meyer and Samie...

Police arrested a 23-year-old man on Thursday in connection with the fatal overdose of Whitman sophomore Landen Hausman. Mikiyas Maryie Kefyalew is accused of selling Hausman counterfeit Percocet pills that later tested positive for fentanyl.

Police arrest man in connection with fatal fentanyl overdose of Whitman student

By Ethan Schenker April 18, 2022

Montgomery County police arrested a 23-year-old man on Thursday in connection with the fatal overdose of 16-year-old Whitman student Landen Hausman in January. Mikiyas Maryie Kefyalew of Piney Branch,...

 Montgomery County police responded to reports of a student in possession of an airsoft gun at Walt Whitman High School today. School officials contacted police after a student alerted administrators that a firearm was potentially present in the school building.

Student brings BB gun to Whitman, police respond

By Stephanie Solomon and Ethan Schenker April 8, 2022

Montgomery County police and school security responded to reports of a student in possession of an airsoft BB gun at Walt Whitman High School today, Principal Robert Dodd wrote in an email to community...

While ballet is no longer a part of my life, I still see a ballerina in the mirror.

Slipping into the toxic culture of ballet

By Stephanie Solomon April 7, 2022

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to negative body image and eating disorders.   The reflection in the mirror wasn’t mine. Staring at this altered image of myself,...

Tyler Herman is Whitman Dramas new director. Hermans experience in theater goes back to his childhood.

A new act for Whitman Drama: Tyler Herman commands the stage as director

By Samie Travis April 4, 2022

“Break a leg!” Tyler Herman whispered to his actors — except his thespians happened to be some of his favorite Legos and action figures, preparing to go on stage for opening night. Herman shuffled...

Prosecutors dropped charges against a former Whitman student in connection with the December 19 killing of a man in Bethesda, citing a lack of evidence to prosecute the 19-year-old.

Prosecutors drop murder charges against former Whitman student Blaise Uchemadu

By Ethan Schenker March 20, 2022

Prosecutors dropped all charges against former Whitman student Blaise Uchemadu in connection with the December 19 killing of a man in downtown Bethesda, citing a lack of evidence to prosecute the 19-year-old,...

Its long past time for American lawmakers to implement common sense gun restrictions. Students can help make this happen.

Whitman students: demand action on gun safety

By Sophie Hummel March 13, 2022

Oxford High School sophomore Max Reed remembers November 30, 2021, as if it were yesterday. His morning began like it was any other weekday. He enjoyed breakfast with his friends in the school cafeteria...

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