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For students, the unique hands-on connection to the material provides a far better understanding than any textbook or video a student might watch independently.

Education in action: Students need more simulation-based learning

By Ian Cooper January 24, 2023

“Homework is due by midnight tonight!” my teacher dictates as in-person class instruction comes to a close. Chromebooks quickly open and phones come out. Soon, the period devolves into an impromptu...

In the past year, there has been a 78% rise in overdoses and a 100% rise in fatalities.

County leaders hold press conference to address spike in youth overdoses

By Alessia Pedrazzini January 23, 2023

MCPS leaders joined local government officials at a press conference on Thursday to address the growing impact of opioid overdoses on the school system. During the press conference, officials announced...

During the Nov. 30 meeting, some parents criticized the lack of clear and consistent information from the school district during the shooting while others brought up the long student dismissal process that followed. 

One year after shooting, Magruder HS parents remain frustrated with MCPS officials

By Harper Barnowski January 20, 2023

One year after a shooting in a Magruder High School bathroom left one student in a coma, parents remain frustrated with MCPS leaders and Montgomery County police over their response to the incident.  School...

Career Day presenter Cara Lesser speaks to students at the event on Friday, Jan. 13.

SGA hosts first-ever Career Day event

By Marissa Rancilio January 20, 2023

The SGA hosted Whitman’s first-ever “Career Day” event in the Commons last Thursday and Friday. The program brought together parents who work in various career fields to speak about their occupations...

As the seasonal depression sinks in and intrusive thoughts flood my mind, my love for skiing is my lantern in the dark.

Skiing the stress away: How embracing the winter helped my seasonal depression

By Maddie Kaltman January 17, 2023

My toes are numb, my legs bruised and sore and my eyes are burning in the bright yellow sun. But here — flying downhill against the blustery wind — is where I’m at my happiest. Waking up at 5 a.m....

Overcoming FOMO meant shifting my mindset from wishing I was experiencing everything with my peers to feeling happy for others’ success and happiness.

The harsh reality of “FOMO” and how I overcame it

By Ava Faghani January 6, 2023

A typical Friday night as a pre-teen didn’t consist of any epic function. It meant hanging out with a friend, sitting behind a computer screen on Minecraft or curling up on the couch to watch a movie...

The College and Career Readiness departments across MCPS should focus on extending their resources to students earlier on so they are better prepared for the admissions process. 

College counseling: Students need more help, earlier on

By Lucia Gutierrez January 4, 2023

For high school students, the college admissions process is arguably the most stressful part of their experience. But in Whitman’s overachieving environment, this stress begins as soon as freshman year....

I selected recipes for four popular types of cookies — gingerbread, Linzer, chocolate crinkle and peanut butter blossom cookies — to bake before declaring one as the winner of my own Holiday Cookie Showdown.

The Black & White’s Holiday Cookie Showdown

By Emily Weiss December 25, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means hanging colorful Christmas lights, buying presents for our loved ones and hosting festive holiday parties. But perhaps the most important tradition...

Here are The Black & White’s top 10 last-minute gift ideas for the upcoming holidays.

The Black & White’s last-minute holiday gift guide

By Ava Faghani December 21, 2022

Last-minute gifts can be a struggle. Trying to find a balance between a heartfelt gift and staying on budget can pose an even greater challenge. Here are The Black & White’s top 10 last-minute gift...

County officials and community members worked quickly to remove the painted images, but pictures of the graffiti continued to circulate on social media platforms in the following days.

“Are we in danger?”: Community members reflect after antisemitism hits close to home

By Dani Klein and Meredith Lee December 2, 2022

In the early hours of the morning on Monday, Nov. 14, the Montgomery County Police received reports of antisemitic vandalism on a wall along the Bethesda Trolley Trail above I-270. The graffiti depicted...

Girls soccer defeats Quince Orchard 2–0, wins second consecutive state championship

Girls soccer defeats Quince Orchard 2–0, wins second consecutive state championship

By Faiyaad Kamal November 20, 2022

The girls soccer team (16–1) took home the Maryland 4A state championship for the second consecutive year on Saturday night at Loyola University of Maryland, beating the Quince Orchard Cougars (14–4)...

The Ouija Board has fascinated people since its invention in the late 1800s, with roots in divination tools like tarot cards and the I Ching, which both purportedly tap into influence beyond consciousness.

I believe in ghosts. Here’s why.

By Kiara Pearce October 31, 2022

Don’t taunt the dead. If there’s one thing I learned from my paranormal experience, it’s that. As well as the importance of completing thorough research on whether the train tracks you take pictures...

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