The Black & White

Valerie Akinyoyenu
Grade: 12


Interests: Singing, Writing, Speech & Debate


Why did you join the Black & White? I joined the paper because I recognize that high schoolers otherwise have limited opportunities to simultaneously influence, inform and amplify voices in the community.


Why are you well suited to write/edit for your section or to perform your job?  Aside from reporting for the Black & White as a news writer last year, I've explored various journalistic styles and techniques in journalism programs at Georgetown University and American University.

Valerie Akinyoyenu, Online Managing Editor

May 11, 2017
Robotics wins first district event (Story)
May 02, 2017
Senior, SMOB receive Top Teen Award for community contributions (Story)
Apr 05, 2017
Writing Center hosts instructional essay writing series (Story)
Mar 20, 2017
Robotics secures second place finish at host tournament (Story)
Feb 14, 2017
Graduation rates climb with Class of 2016 (Story)
Dec 19, 2016
New threats demand upgraded policies: analyzing the evolution of school safety and security (Story)
Nov 30, 2016
Hate vandalism prompts county council response (Story)
Nov 13, 2016
Distracted driving assembly led by injury lawyer impacts students (Story)
Nov 01, 2016
Spray-painted swastikas at Burning Tree Elementary investigated as hate crime (Story)
Sep 28, 2016
10 students named National Merit semifinalists (Story)
Jun 02, 2016
Seniors and Washington Post columnist to speak at graduation (Story)
May 13, 2016
Students challenge runoff election’s constitutionality (Story)
May 01, 2016
DECA scores two finalist medals at international conference (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Drama students revive One Acts (Story)
Apr 13, 2016
State legislature passes bill prohibiting student paper censorship (Story)
Apr 11, 2016
Robotics team reaches quarterfinals in district championship, qualifies for worlds (Story)