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Parents Rally Against Budget Cuts

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Concerned parents prepared to battle recently-announced cuts to Wilson’s 2015-2016 budget at a meeting organized by the PTSO and LSAT on Wednesday evening. The cuts, announced last month, will reduce Wilson’s budget by a total of $1.8 million, as per pupil funding is cut by 10 percent and Wilson’s population is

Artist’s Profile: Katya Ekimian

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Junior Katya Ekimian cuts an unassuming figure, walking down the Wilson hallways in plain jeans and a hoodie. Looking at her, you wouldn’t know that she is a talented aspiring fashion designer, whose work has been praised by fashion moguls and is regularly worn by more than one Wilson student. “It’s

Bowser Tweaks School Assignment Plan

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her office’s adjustments to the new student assignment plan for DC public schools on February 27. The tweaks, which Bowser released two months after taking office, directly affect the Crestwood and 16th Street Heights neighborhoods and Kelly Miller Middle School community. The changes take effect immediately. “Our

Paris Attack Demonstrates Importance of Freedom of Expression and Tolerance

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Words are powerful things. They have the power to provoke thought, change, understanding, conflict. And as the world discovered yesterday, they also have the power, in some twisted way, to provoke violent extremists to murder 12 innocent people in the Paris headquarters of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. For a tragedy

NMSI Program Discontinued

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Normally-lethargic seniors snapped back to life last week when they received their much-awaited NMSI checks. Students who passed AP math, science, and English exams last spring received $100 per exam as part of the National Math and Science Initiative program, which the school thought was supposed to last for three years.

Wilson Reacts to Rolling Stone UVA Rape Story

COMPILED BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF A gang-rape allegedly committed in 2012 by fraternity members at the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia was investigated and exposed in a Rolling Stone article Tuesday. The article made waves across the country, as readers responded viscerally to the brutal assault it described, other young women stepped

Wilson Hosts Mayoral Forum

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Wilson students saw a wide range of personalities and beliefs displayed at the mayoral candidate forum hosted by DC history teachers on October 27. In an effort to appeal to young voters before the November 4 election, candidates spoke about topics ranging from education to marijuana to the importance of equestrian

Gender Inequality Issues

CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gender Equality Discussion held by The Beacon and OUDC MUSIC Throughout interviews with Wilson students and a discussion on gender issues that The Beacon helped host, misogyny and the sexualization of women in music was a recurring theme. In senior Angel Cox’s experience, most people “support rappers who disgrace women and put

Wilson Demonstrates Pride at Westboro Baptist Church Counter-Protest

BY CLAIRE PARKER, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, AND EMMA BUZBEE, NEWS EDITOR VIDEO BY HELEN MALHOTRA, NEWS EDITOR, AND SOPHIE REVEAL, VIDEOGRAPHER Rainbow flags, brightly colored signs, and hundreds of loud, cheering counter-protesters met at least 10 anti-gay protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church on the streets surrounding Wilson early this morning. The counter-protesters, organized by Wilson’s Student Government