The Black and White

Reynolds retires after 23 years at Whitman

Reynolds and her successor, Ryan Derenber. She was the Black & White advisor from 2007 until 2019 and created a

By Skylar Chasen

July 6, 2020

Sitting at her desk in the corner of room B212, armed with her signature purple pen, English teacher Louise Reynolds worked her way through a stack of drafts a few inches thick, marking them up with edits until she could barely see the page. Former Black & White Online Editor-in-Chief Maureen Saylor ...

Senior Destinations 2020

Senior Destinations 2020

By Jonathan Young

July 6, 2020

How to use the Senior Destinations Map: Click the upper left button or the markers on the map to view students and schools. Clicking the upper right full-screen button will bring you to the full feature map which contains the search function. Below is the full list of students and destinat...

Swimmers and divers reflect on lost summer season

Mohican Swim Club sits empty. The COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the annual summer swim and dive season, something many Whitman swimmers look forward too.

By Quentin Corpuel

July 3, 2020

At eight o’clock in the morning, the Mohican Swim Club in Bethesda is silent. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the pool water is untouched. That is, until rising junior Henry Cheetham arrives for another action-packed day. Over the course of five hours, he organizes chairs around the ...

Mourning during a pandemic

Mourning during a pandemic

By Isabella Brody

July 2, 2020

Content warning: This story contains language that pertains to suicide. I never expected I would live through a global pandemic in my lifetime, and I never expected to lose my best friend either, let alone at the same time. Two things that seemed nearly unimaginable to me happened just months ago, an...

Lending a hand: students organize ‘Teens Helping Seniors’ during pandemic

Teens Helping Seniors founders Matthew Casertano and Dhruv Pai shop for groceries before delivering them to senior citizens.

By Nil Özdemir

June 30, 2020

 When schools shut down, many students prepared for a relaxing two weeks off, free from the stress of homework and tests. Others quickly realized that the break was an opportunity to help their community. During their final daily carpools to school, Montgomery Blair sophomores Dhruv Pai and Matthew Casertano...

Students save annual performance, construct virtual talent show

Students save annual performance, construct virtual talent show

By Afsoon Movahed

June 27, 2020

 When MCPS announced that schools were closing for the rest of the year due to COVID-19, the staff of Whitman’s annual talent show immediately wondered about the fate of their beloved school production.  “It was upsetting when school closed because we were so close to our final product,” s...

Branching into a new hobby: The art of tree climbing

Four pine trees at Ferwood park. A storm knocked down the tree second from the left two days after I climbed it.

By Alex Schupak

June 27, 2020

With Tyler the Creator’s Igor blasting through my earbuds and the orange light of the summer sunset warming my face, all my worries seemed to drift away; this was the highest I had ever been. Two days later, the 80 foot pine tree that I was so proud of summiting lay strewn across the neighborhood park...

Why Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” matters

Why Netflix’s

By Tara Davoodi

June 26, 2020

As a little kid, Cinderella was my idol. One Halloween, I even dressed up as her: sparkly blue dress, tiara and all. It seems like typical behavior from a five year old immersed in Disney princess culture. I didn’t know anything different. My selection of role models was pretty limited. Like cou...

Food delivery services support local businesses, communities during pandemic

Glen Echo Heights Citizens Association volunteers prepare food orders for delivery.

By Aleydis Barnes

June 19, 2020

It’s delivery day. Glen Echo Heights Citizens’ Association President Lisa Esquevil-Owen surveys the array of cardboard boxes and coolers filled with fruits, vegetables and packages of meat that line the Washington Waldorf School’s entrance. She’s been up since 7 a.m., is on her second cup of...

Learning from questions

This year, I participated in an academic bowl for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Though COVID-19 derailed the tournament a bit, the Montgomery County team still managed to win.

By Caroline Itzkoff

June 18, 2020

For the past couple of months, I’ve had about the same quarantine routine as everyone else; sleep in, stay in sweats and pajamas all day, watch tons of Netflix and Zoom with friends. But my quarantine schedule also included something different from most: I competed in the 2020 Deaf and Hard of Heari...

Two Whitman students and one alumnus arrested for recent racist graffiti

Photo taken of the recent racist graffiti before Principal Robert Dodd painted over it.

By Lily Freeman

June 16, 2020

On Monday, the Montgomery County Police Department made three arrests in connection with the recent racist vandalism of a utility shed on Whitman’s campus this past Saturday. One of the suspects was also charged for vandalizing the school with identical racist graffiti on March 1. The MCPD said in a...

MCPS: Reform corollary sports

Whitman's bocce team poses for a photo after winning the bocce county championship.

By Felix Leonhardt

June 16, 2020

I didn’t think it was possible, but the Whitman section of the bleachers began cheering even louder. We had finally done it. I locked eyes with my brother, Jonah, and we both cracked a smile. After a long, tiring season, we were the 2020 county champs. No, I don’t play soccer, basketball or base...