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Graduates reflect on their senior year

Graduates reflect on their senior year

Leah Carrier June 28, 2021

Listening to the stories of two Wilson seniors made for a bittersweet experience. On their faces I saw wistful expressions, but also a refreshing sentiment: optimism. Spending the last year of high...

An open letter to cicadas

An open letter to cicadas

Charlotte Guy June 15, 2021

Dear cicadas, It’s been seventeen long years since you’ve last emerged from your boroughs in the ground. Would it shock you to hear it was just seventeen years ago that I, Charlotte Guy, emerged...

Delving into data: how the pandemic shaped this year

Delving into data: how the pandemic shaped this year

Charlotte Guy and Emily Mulderig June 14, 2021

After what was surely one of the wonkiest years in Wilson’s history, we couldn’t help but wonder what had changed in our school community. So as any ordinary teenager would, we contacted our school’s...

Wilson’s entrances through the ages

Wilson’s entrances through the ages

Hadley Carr June 14, 2021

Every Wilson Tiger has the glass entryway ingrained into their mind. The broken metal detectors and bustling lines are a quintessential Wilson experience. But if you were to talk to an alum from before...

Benjamin leaves Wilson after 24 years

Benjamin leaves Wilson after 24 years

Leah Carrier June 14, 2021

Angela Benjamin leads the SciMaTech academy, teaches one of the most difficult courses at Wilson, and has won numerous local and national education awards. And now, after 24 years as a physics teacher...

Beloved English teacher departs after four years

Beloved English teacher departs after four years

Sophia Hosford June 14, 2021

No matter the day of the week or the time of year, English teacher Natalie Zuravleff’s door was wide open, inviting students into her colorful classroom. Her ability to reach across cultures and backgrounds...

Freshman online: A new girl’s perspective on her first year in high school

Freshman online: A new girl’s perspective on her first year in high school

Mailey Rash June 14, 2021

I moved to DC from Maryland last May with the hopes of meeting people at a new school, creating memories, and living the city life. The pandemic changed all of that.   My freshman year of high school...

Wilson alumni express dissatisfaction with name change proposal

Wilson alumni express dissatisfaction with name change proposal

Charlotte Guy and Emily Mulderig May 24, 2021

Sally Schwartz can still picture the fury on her principal’s face as she and a band of classmates marched into his office, victoriously bearing a stack of papers scrawled with the signatures of every...

Coach Dunham’s memoir revisits past struggles

Coach Dunham’s memoir revisits past struggles

Sophie Reeves May 24, 2021

Quarantine has posed insurmountable challenges for some. But for Wilson PE teacher and coach Desmond Dunham, it has provided the chance to finally write the book he had been thinking about for years. Writing...

From high school dropout to high school namesake

From high school dropout to high school namesake

Aniset Idriss May 24, 2021

At age 15 August Wilson dropped out of high school. Now over 60 years later, he is going to be the namesake of one. Wilson was born in Pittsburgh in 1945. During his time in high school, he had shown...

Rummaging through relics

Rummaging through relics

Hadley Carr May 24, 2021

Hello readers! In this inaugural edition of Rummaging through Relics we take a look at a hidden treasure found in Wilson’s archives: the meticulous scrapbook of a senior during the 1936-1937 school year.   Susan...

Five decades later: a Q&A with a Beacon alumni

Five decades later: a Q&A with a Beacon alumni

Charlotte Guy and Emily Mulderig May 9, 2021

We set out on a very important mission with only one goal: to be transported back in time. To a time when typewriter ink and teach-ins about the Vietnam war were more prevalent than cell phones. To accomplish...

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