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DC youth make their voices heard in peaceful demonstration

DC youth make their voices heard in peaceful demonstration

Ben Korn
November 15, 2016
Filed under News

Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, three Wilson High School groups were inspired to take action. Wilson Common Ground, the Wilson Human Rights Club, and the Wilson NOW (National Organization for Women) Chapter organized a DC Public School wide walkout ...

Trump’s first year in office: polarizing and problematic

Trump’s first year in office: polarizing and problematic

Olivia Sessums
December 17, 2017
Filed under Opinions

As the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration nears, it’s timely to reflect on his first year in office. Here are a few significant events of his tenure occupying the White House. Only a week after taking his seat in the Oval Office, Trump signed Executive Order 13769, more commonly known as the...

Wilson Student Awarded GW Scholarship

Wilson Student Awarded GW Scholarship

Ellida Parker
March 24, 2017
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Wilson student Will Davis was surprised by family members, administrators, and the President of George Washington University in the principal’s conference room on Wednesday afternoon, where he was told that he had received the university’s prestigious Stephen Joel Trachtenberg scholarship. T...

Participation grades detract from learning

Participation grades detract from learning

Ethan Fingerhut
October 20, 2016
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Introducing participation grades were intended to give shy students a reason to participate in class, but instead they have created a mentality among students that the only reason to contribute in class is to end the year with a good GPA. In my freshman year Spanish class, we had participation trackers t...

New requirements force upperclassmen to take PARCC exams

New requirements force upperclassmen to take PARCC exams

Clare Trinity, Anna Cestari
May 2, 2016
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Junior Nic Fishman was pulled out of his DC History class on April 20 and told he would have to take the Geometry PARCC. Like several upperclassmen, he has never taken a Geometry class at Wilson.  It was news to him that he would have to take the test on the same day he thought he was supposed to b...

Lowering the voting age would benefit teens and democracy alike

Lowering the voting age would benefit teens and democracy alike

Ella Feldman
April 21, 2016
Filed under Opinions

Sixteen is a meaningful age. At 16, one can pay taxes, begin driving, and potentially be charged for a crime as an adult. Despite these rights and responsibilities, 16- and 17-year-olds are not granted the right to vote. Early last November, three DC council members introduced a legislation to grant this rig...

Crime spikes citywide

Crime spikes citywide

September 25, 2015
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BY RACHEL PAGE, WRITTEN CONTENT EDITOR Number 48 was Tamara Gliss, shot in the head during a Memorial Day barbecue in Northwest DC. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter. She attended church regularly and once organized a community cookout for a local firefighter. Number 99 was Lore...

Intramural Basketball Heats Up At Wilson

Intramural Basketball Heats Up At Wilson

March 26, 2015
Filed under Sports

BY GREG KOPETSKY, WEB FEATURES EDITOR It’s a celebration of crossovers, showboating, and terrible shot selection. It’s March, ladies and gentlemen, and intramural basketball is in full swing at Wilson. This month, 9 teams entered the tournament to compete for the intramural trophy and the bragging...

“The Matchmaker” Opens Thursday, May 1st

“The Matchmaker” Opens Thursday, May 1st

April 29, 2014
Filed under Style

BY, EVAN HAMLIN, STAFF WRITER The curtains of the 2013-14 Wilson plays will close at the end of the Wilson Players’ production of “The Matchmaker,” a wild and hilarious play set in the 1890s in Yonkers, New York. The play, which was written by Thornton Wilder and is being directed by Wilson’s...

Wilson Evacuated after Chemical Spill at the Pool

Wilson Evacuated after Chemical Spill at the Pool

March 12, 2014
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EVAN HAMLIN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF Photo by Nico Artiga-Oliver Shortly after 2nd period got underway this morning, Principal Pete Cahall made an announcement on the public address system informing teachers and students of a chemical spill that had taken place in the Wilson Aquatic Center. Many fire and em...

Curtains Close on Another ‘One Acts’

Curtains Close on Another ‘One Acts’

March 6, 2014
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BY: JACK RADACK AND HENRY COHEN, CONTRIBUTORS Photo by: Will Hamlin, Staff Photographer “I wouldn’t touch your butt with a ten-foot pole,” says Samuel, the one and only Bar Mitzvah Boy of the Wilson One Acts. The One Acts are a Wilson tradition, a combination of experienced and amateur actin...

Fat Trel Refunds School for Missed Performance

Fat Trel Refunds School for Missed Performance

November 20, 2013
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BY: NATHAN DAVIS AND EVAN HAMLIN, CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Following the absence of D.C. rapper Fat Trel at the Wilson homecoming dance on November 2, Trel’s manager said that the funds the performer was advanced for the appearance were returned. Students expecting Trel to perform at the November 2nd homec...

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