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Teachers react to DCPS's hybrid learning plan

Teachers react to DCPS’s hybrid learning plan

Charlotte Guy and Emily Mulderig February 23, 2021

The second semester is underway, and teachers have to face the entirely new challenge of teaching a combination of both in-person and virtual students.  Matthew Burgoyne, a history teacher, feels that...

In-person students share their thoughts about returning to the building

In-person students share their thoughts about returning to the building

Charlotte Guy February 23, 2021

Freshman Felix Geffen’s first-day at Wilson was nothing close to what he had envisioned. Instead of jam-packed hallways and bustling stairwells he was met with a different reality: one teacher and one...

Invisible students: behind the blank screen

Invisible students: behind the blank screen

Leah Carrier and Sophia Ibrahim February 5, 2021

Sophomore Amina Vázquez has a lot going on in her household. She lives with seven siblings and attends virtual school from her dining room table, so it’s understandable that she rarely has her camera...

No students, no problem: custodians repair an empty Wilson

No students, no problem: custodians repair an empty Wilson

Hadley Carr February 2, 2021

In February last year, you may have seen the walls of the library expanded and painted red in celebration of Winston Salem State University. Its entrance was transformed into a museum bursting with information...

Families4Families club aims to ease pandemic induced difficulties

Families4Families club aims to ease pandemic induced difficulties

Charlotte Guy February 2, 2021

Seven bananas, a package of hotdogs, a gallon of milk, two dozen eggs, two boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, and one box of fruit snacks—these are just a fraction of the items that go into every bag packed...

Debate team amps up competition in the pandemic

Debate team amps up competition in the pandemic

Sophie Reeves January 17, 2021

The Speech and Debate team here at Wilson has had a successful fall season, even amidst the pandemic. Tournaments have transitioned to be virtual, and luckily for debaters, that has made the national debate...

Celebrating in a pandemic: clubs adapt to virtual activities for the holidays

Celebrating in a pandemic: clubs adapt to virtual activities for the holidays

Hadley Carr January 17, 2021

T’was the month before winter break when all through the Zoom, clubs were stirring, accepting their members from the waiting room. They had met weekly and planned with care, but few planned for the holidays...

Learning online for Wilson from Switzerland

Learning online for Wilson from Switzerland

Deirdre de Leeuw den Bouter January 17, 2021

I wake up at 10, get changed, eat breakfast, and leave the house by 11. Maybe I’ll go on a hike, or a bike ride, or even into the city, and come back to the house around 2. After showering, I'll do homework,...

University of California site crashes the night before the deadline creating immediate panic

University of California site crashes the night before the deadline creating immediate panic

Georgia Rankin January 7, 2021

It was Sunday, November 30. Exhausted from hours of editing, I was eager to submit my application to four of the University of California colleges. I grabbed my laptop, took a seat at my desk, and pulled...

Covid-19 complicates college application process

Covid-19 complicates college application process

Becca Green December 28, 2020

Some students spend years doing extracurriculars, taking tests, and studying so that they can go to the college of their choice. Applying to college is no easy task and it has become even more complicated...

Neighborhood spotlight: Capitol Hill

Neighborhood spotlight: Capitol Hill

Isabelle Pala December 28, 2020

I’ve lived in Capitol hill since I was five years old but it has never ceased to amaze me. Colorful brick townhouses and dainty front yards line its streets while the markets, cafes, and parks bring...

Covid-19 prompts a rise in pet adoptions for Wilson families

Covid-19 prompts a rise in pet adoptions for Wilson families

Maisie Derlega December 28, 2020

Since the pandemic began, there has been a dramatic increase in pet adoptions. Pets provide companionship, ease stress, and can substantially boost our moods—some things we could all benefit from during...

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