The Black and White

One year later, Prince Cutchember faces legal battle from Whitman “panning” incident

A year after September's incident, Prince Cutchember faces a legal battle

By Eva Levy

September 30, 2020

Dubbed the “frying pan incident,” students and staff likely remember the event that occurred September of last year. A plethora of memes and jokes circulated around the school and on social media, making fun of “pan man.” But few recognize the name of the 19-year-old arrested for assaulting a...

MCPS enrollment down thousands from last year

MCPS enrollment  declined by over 2000 students this year following a period of sustained growth.

By Lily Freeman

September 29, 2020

Enrollment in MCPS is down for the first time in over a decade, school district officials said during a Board of Education meeting on September 10.  The decline comes after years of positive growth: over 11,000 students enrolled in the school district in the last decade, including 2,700 during the ...

Nonprofit sues MCPS over changes to middle school magnet program admissions

The AEF sued MCPS on September 1, citing discriminatory admissions practices of middle school magnet programs.

By Lily Freeman

September 25, 2020

The Association for Education Fairness, a Montgomery County parent coalition, filed a lawsuit against MCPS on September 1, claiming that recent changes to the admissions process for the county’s middle school magnet programs discriminate against Asian students. The AEF alleges in its complaint that the co...

“Phenomenal” educator Joseph Msefya joins staff as new assistant principal

Assistant Principal Joseph Msefya joined Whitman's staff this year. Msefya formerly served as a staff development teacher at Newport Mill Middle School.

By Lily Freeman

September 23, 2020

Whitman welcomed former Newport Mill Middle School staff development teacher Joseph Msefya as the new 11th grade administrator this past July. Msefya, who replaced Rebecca Zatz, is serving as Clubs Faculty Advisor, overseeing the science department, administering standardized testing and managing th...

“My heart sunk”: Whitman community mourns the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an inspiration to many Whitman students, passed away September 18.

By Aleydis Barnes

September 21, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at her home in Washington D.C. Friday night due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to a Supreme Court press release.  While technical director of the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU from 1972 to 1980), Ginsburg advocated for w...

County climate activists host forum on housing, economy and healthcare

Montgomery County Green New Deal Coalition Forum fostered productive conversations on environmental and housing issues.

By Christian Larson

September 19, 2020

The Montgomery County Green New Deal Coalition hosted an online meeting on September 16, providing residents with a platform to discuss countywide concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics ranged from housing shortages to socioeconomic disparities and healthcare access. Over 70 residents attended the meeting. Mode...

I’m not just checking a box, I’m acknowledging my heritage

Identity isn’t just a box to check on college applications. It’s a connection to family and culture

By Cate Navarrete

September 18, 2020

When brought up in conversation, my ethnic background usually gets two different reactions: “Wait, you’re Hispanic? But you look white,” or  “You’re so lucky; it’ll be so easy for you to get into college.” For most of my life, I considered myself Spanish and Irish; my paternal grandmo...

MCPS requires MAP testing for high school students

MCPS requires MAP testing for high school students

By Zoe Cantor

September 15, 2020

Students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments from their homes on September 16 and 23.  As a result of MCPS’ emergency closing in March due to COVID-19, the Maryland State Department of Education has mandated that students from grades K–12 complete diagnostic tests. In previou...

It’s not just another meme: Why teens need to be conscious of hate online

Cyberbullying is normalized among teens on social media. Apple introduced the social awarenss emoji to bring attention to cyberbullying.

By Caitlin Cowan

September 14, 2020

Quarantine halted my world and left me adrift with no schedule to dictate my day. I became attached to my phone. No matter what I was doing — eating breakfast or lunch, walking my dogs or going on a run — I always had it with me. Until online school staged an intervention two weeks into quarantine, it s...

“This is a crime scene”: Friday rally for historic Moses African Cemetery draws passionate crowd

Demonstrators sing songs and shout chants in protest of the destruction of Moses Cemetery on River Road.

By Lexi Fleck

September 5, 2020

On Friday, September 4, demonstrators from the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition held a rally to “save” Moses Cemetery, a historic African cemetery, from demolition. Around 80 people gathered for two hours near the Capital Crescent Trail overpass at River Road to protest the destruction of the ...

Celebrating Ramadan virtually: how quarantine has forced new traditions

The Ilias family delivers sweets to friends for Eid in the time of a pandemic.

By Iman Ilias

August 15, 2020

Eating dates and samosas with friends at the mosque. Listening to the imam’s sermon late at night. Choosing what to wear on Eid. Praying side by side with people of all different backgrounds and ages.  That’s what usually comes to mind when I think about Ramadan, the holy Islamic month durin...

International book exchange brings students together

An advertisement for the international book exchange made by participant Lara Nobleman to post on her Instagram story and spread the word about the swap.

By Defne Aslan

July 26, 2020

Sophomore Yuxi Apel caught a glimpse of the UPS worker walking by her window and wandered downstairs to check what had arrived at her front porch. When she opened the front door, she found a small package carefully wrapped in last Sunday’s comics and immediately knew what it was.  “I sent you...