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Wilson deans provide a glimpse of the past

Wilson deans provide a glimpse of the past

Sophie Jugeli-Giroux

November 19, 2019

From carrying out hall sweeps to enforcing discipline, Wilson’s deans often seem like intimidating superiors. But at one point, some were Wilson students themselves. As their roles have changed from students to staff members, the school has transformed with them. Twelfth grade dean and football coach M...

Stats, commentating, and home runs: inside Wilson Live

Stats, commentating, and home runs: inside Wilson Live

Grace Kowal

November 19, 2019

The taped-up stats sheets stick out like a sore thumb among a slew of Spanish posters in room 419. Crowded around the papers are four members of the dedicated Wilson Live crew, each busy carrying out their assigned task.  There are two commentators—one for play-by-play and the other for spitting...

Clemmons’ practical desk teaches there’s beauty in simplicity

Clemmons’ practical desk teaches there’s beauty in simplicity

Hallie Munsat

November 19, 2019

At Wilson, you may notice a variety of teachers’ desks, from plant-filled windowsills to the gallery-like set up of many art teachers. Physical Education teacher Tia Clemmons has a unique approach when it comes to showing off her workspace. Looking at her table you’ll notice the practical, yet visua...

Basketball player channels talents to counseling

Emily Muldering

November 19, 2019

A 6’9” professional basketball player probably isn’t what comes to mind when you picture a high-school counselor. But the new 11th-grade counselor, Bobby Collins, is just that, and considers his previous basketball career a fundamental part of motivating students.   Prior to his work in high ...

A firsthand account of the Danish exchange trip

A firsthand account of the Danish exchange trip

Amelia Bergeron

November 19, 2019

It is still dark outside during the 10-minute walk to the train station. After passengers use a transportation card to check in, the train’s manual doors open at the push of a button and reveal soft benches inside. Upon arriving at the “Husum” station, another walk, this time on a path surrounded ...

Barry Morrato: Wilson’s authority on beer, paper, and chemical engineering

Barry Morrato: Wilson’s authority on beer, paper, and chemical engineering

Anna Arnsberger

November 19, 2019

Peanut butter, toilet paper, and Wilson—these three completely unrelated topics have one thing in common: Barry Morrato. Now one of the newest members of the science department, Morrato previously spent 35 years as a new product developer. It’s thanks to Morrato’s innovation that items like Folg...

Is survival possible for the newest Tenleytown stores?

Is survival possible for the newest Tenleytown stores?

Hadley Carr and Rigby Zentner

November 19, 2019

Tenleytown has long been the center of activity for students at Wilson. So with many stores going out of business, their replacements are held to higher expectations. Wawa recently filled the place of Sears, and its cheap snacks and convenient location have proved worthy in the eyes of Wilson students....

Creator’s death reminds city of mambo legacy

Creator’s death reminds city of mambo legacy

Sarah Morgan

November 19, 2019

DC natives tend to be mambo sauce aficionados, considering they are the originators of the sweet, sticky substance. Capital City Mambo Sauce is the most prevalent mambo sold in stores, and (like many others) my family always keeps a couple of bottles of in our pantry.  So my family and city alike were devastated ...

Wilson used to own a masterpiece. Now it’s lost.

Wilson used to own a masterpiece. Now it’s lost.

Anna Arnsberger

November 18, 2019

It’s the mid-1900s and a coveted 130 year-old painting worth a considerable amount of money is donated to a respected public institution. The massive portrait, much fancier than its surroundings, is far too grand to overlook. Yet somehow it manages to disappear without a trace.  This seems like a...

Q&A with Wilson stick and poke artists

Q&A with Wilson stick and poke artists

Hannah Frank and Hannah Masling

November 14, 2019

Ava Mackaye (12), Sophie Magerl (11), and Jordyn Edwards (12) have all given stick and poke tattoos—a method of tattooing that utilizes a single needle and ink. Each student sat down with The Beacon to discuss all things stick and poke, including their favorite designs, tattoo-giving mindsets, and int...

Student 51: how a journalism conference taught me the importance of DC statehood

Student 51: how a journalism conference taught me the importance of DC statehood

Hannah Masling

November 13, 2019

As 50 other high school juniors boarded planes, trains, and buses, I sat at home wondering what the next week had in store. Would it be strange to attend a journalism conference in my own city? Would I get agitated with other students’ lack of knowledge about DC? Would I be utterly bored during the s...

Law professor discusses the Constitution’s relevance with Wilson students

Law professor discusses the Constitution’s relevance with Wilson students

Anna Dueholm

October 30, 2019

How does the Constitution apply to your life? Leave it to Kim Wehle to let you know. A staunch believer that the historic document is relevant to each of us daily, regardless of age or background, the Constitution expert came to speak at Wilson on Monday, October 21. Wehle is a lawyer, legal analyst, author, an...

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