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Qi Guo looks back on her path to math

Qi Guo looks back on her path to math

Shirah Lister

March 29, 2020

Wilson’s very own math god Qi Guo never expected to be a math teacher. She studied computer science as an undergrad, but when she came to the U.S., the university campus where her husband was teaching didn’t offer computer science. Since the university would be paying her tuition, Guo made the switc...

Student teachers find a home at Wilson

Student teachers find a home at Wilson

Jamie Stewart-Aday

March 26, 2020

When most of us imagine college, we think of big lecture halls, relaxed class schedules, and parties. We probably don’t imagine waking up at six every morning to go hang out with a bunch of 16-year-olds. But that is the life of a student teacher. “You’re a senior in college and all of your friends are havi...

How to spend your coronacation

How to spend your coronacation

Alejandro Diaz-Lopez

March 15, 2020

The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has caused society to take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. As coronavirus concerns cancel school and public events, students may find themselves bored at home. In spite of “social distancing,” there are fun things to do while spending the...

Students express lax reactions to coronavirus

Students express lax reactions to coronavirus

Anna Arnsberger

March 14, 2020

Over the past few weeks, the spread of the coronavirus has taken over the forefront of the public mind. Nearly all events and gatherings have been cancelled and no matter where you go, it seems that distressed talk of the virus is inescapable. But since COVID-19 poses more of a threat for older peop...

Teachers plan for remote learning in event of Wilson closure

Amelia Bergeron

March 12, 2020

With dozens of schools in the DC area closing due to COVID-19 and Mayor Muriel Bowser declaring a state of emergency in the District, a DCPS closure seems increasingly likely. To prepare for a temporary shutdown, teachers have begun adjusting their lesson plans for remote teaching. Many teachers are ...

Why, Wilson?

Why, Wilson?

Shaina Adams and Chloe Fatsis

March 7, 2020

The pool entrance, reserved for juniors and seniors, seems at first to be a convenient option for those looking to bypass the longer lines at Wilson’s main entrance. But if you’ve ever had the experience of arriving at the pool entrance at 8:54 only to be told that it’s closed and you have to w...

What would you do for love? Teacher’s best love stories

What would you do for love? Teacher's best love stories

Avery Ferrier

March 7, 2020

Valentine’s Day has fast approached and love is indeed on the brain. I’ve bravely delved into the past love lives of Wilson teachers and collected a few memorable stories. Will your Valentine’s Day plans outdo these ancient anecdotes?  You might have thought that history teacher Aaron Besser told yo...

Senioritis: an inescapable disease with a hopeful prognosis

Senioritis: an inescapable disease with a hopeful prognosis

Sadie Wyatt

March 7, 2020

Second semester has begun, and we all know what that means—extra stress, February and spring break, AP tests and finals, and the looming hope that summer will eventually come. For seniors, it means the onset of the dreaded hurts-my-grades-so-bad-but-feels-so-good case of senioritis. We’ve all hear...

I did the metro challenge so that you don’t have too (please don’t)

I did the metro challenge so that you don’t have too (please don’t)

Shirah Lister

March 7, 2020

Red Line to Green and back to Red, to Silver to Orange to Blue to Yellow and back to Green, to Blue to Red and again to Green to Orange to Silver to Green to Red. Eleven hours, zero pee breaks, and three transfers at L’Enfant plaza later, I had completed the Metro challenge and had only one thought on my ...

Maxwell Stone: the programming phenom

Maxwell Stone: the programming phenom

Joanna Chait

March 7, 2020

When Maxwell Stone was 10 and his brother was eight, their father created a competition between them: whoever created an app that was accepted onto the App Store would get the latest iPhone.  Most 10-year-olds enjoy running around in the park, playing make-believe, or reading basic chapter books. Not...

Graph of the month: subject GPA by grade

Graph of the month: subject GPA by grade

Anna Arnsberger and Amelia Bergeron

March 7, 2020

Welcome back, statistics lovers! Bet you didn’t think we’d make it two consecutive months. Lucky for you, we’re too dedicated to the numbers to have given up that easily. And to prove our dedication, we’re here with not one graph, but four juicy, data-packed charts. Data coordinator Joseph Bellino really...

In retail and rock climbing, students mix passions and employment

In retail and rock climbing, students mix passions and employment

Chiara Purificato

March 7, 2020

One day at work junior Francesca Vichr, along with her colleagues, had to scramble to round up a group of horses gone rogue. The horses in her barn had strayed from their spots and began sprinting towards the highway, it was up to them to relocate them back to their homes safe and sound. This isn’t th...

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