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Troubles with testing: teachers adjust to administering tests virtually

Troubles with testing: teachers adjust to administering tests virtually
November 10, 2020

School is fully flung in session, and fully online. In addition to classes and assignments being virtual, tests are as well. Right now the status of finals is unknown, but midterms will definitely be occurring...

Wilson community brainstorms ideas for name change

Wilson community brainstorms ideas for name change
November 10, 2020

The Wilson community has been granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—changing the school’s namesake, Woodrow Wilson, to a more deserving figure. Currently, parents, faculty, and students alike are...

Students and teachers reflect on the 2020 election in real time

Students and teachers reflect on the 2020 election in real time
November 6, 2020

Since pre-election season in 2015, The Beacon published more than 80 articles written by students who have critiqued, bashed, questioned, analyzed, and debated the policies of the most controversial president...

Biking in DC is a unexpected and thrilling experience

Biking in DC is a unexpected and thrilling experience
November 2, 2020

Ever had a death wish? Go biking in the city! With honking cars zooming past you, being sure to avoid potholes, and trying to figure out if you’re on 34th Street (which leads downtown) or 34th Place...

The trials and tribulations of a top Oregon trail player

The trials and tribulations of a top Oregon trail player
October 29, 2020

The day was crisp, just like any other in the homey town of Independence, but today, I was to leave everything I once knew. Some called me a trailblazer, as I packed up my failed carpenter shop with Mr....

Some faculty have chosen to return to working from inside the Wilson building

Some faculty have chosen to return to working from inside the Wilson building
October 29, 2020

Picture this—a teacher at the front of the class typing fervently on their computer. Beyond them, a sea of empty desks. Although the inside of the school building was somewhat of a ghost town last spring,...

Phone banking and polling stations: students get involved in the election

Phone banking and polling stations: students get involved in the election
October 15, 2020

With the upcoming presidential election, many Wilson students under the age of 18 have wondered how they could participate in the political process without voting. In recent months, teenagers across the...

Students decide between COVID-19 and cash

Students decide between COVID-19 and cash
October 15, 2020

Complaints about jobs usually revolve around feeling bored or hating the boss. These days, however, thoughts of viruses and personal protective equipment prevail. Wilson students who are employed right...

Black seniors face demographic dilemmas when choosing a college

Black seniors face demographic dilemmas when choosing a college
October 10, 2020

Searching for the right college is always a challenge, but for Black seniors the college search is even more complex. For many, there are only two choices: attending a Historically Black College and University...

A student’s reflection: there are virtually no problems with distance learning

A student’s reflection: there are virtually no problems with distance learning
October 10, 2020

After a long and relaxing summer, school is back and more exciting than ever. From students’ houses flooding during online class, to teachers getting locked out of their own Teams calls, we really have...

Tips and tricks for staying motivated during online school

Tips and tricks for staying motivated during online school
October 9, 2020

At the beginning of every school year, I always tell myself: this will be the year that I’m extremely productive and positive. The first few months of school go by and I’m going strong. Then BAM! That...

College visits move online with distance learning

College visits move online with distance learning
October 4, 2020

In years past, a rite of passage for Wilson’s juniors and seniors was attending college visits in the College and Career Center in order to get exposed to schools across the country. Even though the...

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