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How Whitman’s clubs have adapted to virtual learning

The Best Buddies club meets virtually over Zoom to play Pictionary.
January 16, 2021

Until the first brave soul hits their unmute button, the silence of a Zoom call can be deafening. The leaders of Whitman clubs and after-school activities understand this, and do their best to create an...

Cancellation of January PSAT renders MCPS juniors unable to take exam

Whitman juniors will not be able to take the PSAT — which means a loss of the opportunity to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
January 14, 2021

MCPS cancelled its January 26 PSAT/NMSQT exam administration following Tuesday’s Board of Education vote to delay the return of in-person learning, according to an email Assistant Principal Gregory Miller...

Last man standing: why Alex Ovechkin stays in D.C.

Ovechkin is the last of the great D.C. sports stars, and for a reason.
January 14, 2021

During the past decade, Washington has been home to some of the most captivating names in sports: Robert Griffin III was the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year, Bryce Harper was the 2010 National League...

After months of consideration, MCPS Board of Education delays schools reopening

After months of consideration, MCPS Board of Education delays schools reopening
January 12, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education delayed reopening public schools to March 15 — exactly one year after schools closed due to the pandemic — in a meeting today. Despite the postponement,...

“Polar Espresso”: Your guide to the best seasonal drinks in Bethesda

January 12, 2021

Check out Bella Grumet and Lexi Fleck's new video review on YouTube: "Polar Espresso": Your guide to the best seasonal drinks in Bethesda

Normalize saying “I don’t know”

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January 11, 2021

“What do you want for dinner?” Each time my parents ask me this question, my mind plunges into a frenzy of indecision and my eyes adopt a vacant stare. It’s such an open-ended query; there are...

MCPS: Stop the hypocrisy, save the Edson Lane Forest

Helping save the Earth, especially forests such as the Edson Lane Forest, can curb the devastating effects of climate change.
January 10, 2021

Linda Miller watched in awe as a snowy owl perched itself on a tree in the Edson Lane Forest. This bird-of-prey, which migrated from Canada, seemed straight from the magical land of Hogwarts.  Throughout...

Whitman: support LGBTQ+ students inside the classroom, too

At Whitman, LGTBQ+ students face harassments in a variety of forms, from microaggressions to death threats.
January 9, 2021

Harassment, dead-naming and misgendering are just a few of the countless issues LGBTQ+ students encounter in the classroom. Despite Whitman’s progressive exterior, its failure to address the concerns...

A letter to the next generation

Two Black & White staff writers pen a response to the attack on Capitol Hill.
In response to the insurrection at the Capitol, as well as America's troubling past.
January 8, 2021

To the next generation: Of all the emotions we felt on January 6, 2021, perhaps the most prevalent was exhaustion. We felt drained; we felt numb. Few were prepared to see our Capitol, the nation’s...

‘Terrifying and upsetting’: stunned Whitman community responds to Capitol insurrection

Mass insurrection disturbs Washington D.C. and interrupts a joint Congress session on January 6.
January 7, 2021

What was supposed to be a normal Wednesday spent doing homework and attending teachers’ virtual check-ins was instead one in which students could hardly look away from social media feeds and cable news...

Watching culture come to life; my experience with foreign media

One of my favorite Pakistani TV shows,
January 6, 2021

Curry and lentils steamed on the stove, my father sat with his feet up on the couch while my mother and grandmother quietly talked with one another. An intense Pakistani drama played out on the TV, with...

Keep teachers in mind while school is online

As we partake in virtual learning, we must keep in mind that our teachers are working extremely hard.
January 5, 2021

Let’s face it: at one point or another this year, every Whitman student has been confused, worried, or even stressed out by virtual instruction. We’re all learning new content on a new platform while...

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