The Wilson Beacon

Connected by color: being brown in an AP class

Connected by color: being brown in an AP class

Sarah Morgan

March 7, 2020

There is something inherently connective about being one of the few people of color in a sea of white faces. It’s not a new phenomenon, but I really began to understand it during the race unit in my AP Human Geography class. A breakdown of ethnicities in the class was produced, and I found that...

Neighborhood Spotlight: Glover Park

Neighborhood Spotlight: Glover Park

Riley Frey

February 24, 2020

As someone who has lived in Glover Park all of their life, by now I would think I’ve gotten used to everything. But, it's really just the opposite. Daily walks with my dog around the neighborhood give me the chance to see the beauty of such a neighborhood. We meet several new dogs almost every day, and ...

Coding, climate change, and ukuleles: Facebook hosts Wilson Hackathon

Coding, climate change, and ukuleles: Facebook hosts Wilson Hackathon

Hadley Carr

February 3, 2020

With seven hours left on the clock, you and your team are left with a daunting task: come up with a solution to climate change through code. So it’s off to the drawing boards. What code will emerge from the minds of a few high school students and computers? A game simulating natural disasters? A website ra...

SGA creates class to improve effectiveness, work in committees

SGA creates class to improve effectiveness, work in committees

Amelia Bergeron

February 2, 2020

In order to increase productivity levels of Wilson’s Student Government Association (SGA), English teacher Natalie Zuravleff, Italian teacher Simona Spicciani, and 12th grade Assistant Principal Gregory Bargeman collaborated to create a class for SGA members. Now during third period, the class consist...

Tenley’s Club Pilates is a blast

Tenley's Club Pilates is a blast

Virginia Suardi

February 1, 2020

Looking for an effective workout, a chic exercise studio, and a welcoming community? You might want to check out Club Pilates Tenleytown, the newest Pilates facility conveniently located next to Mayflower Chinese Restaurant. Contrary to the stereotype that it is easy and low-impact, Pilates provides bo...

Elusive plants, tundra treks, and the quests that made Mr. Meyers

Elusive plants, tundra treks, and the quests that made Mr. Meyers

Anna Arnsberger

February 1, 2020

Hallucinating, with disheveled hair and scratches from head-to-toe, Zachary Meyers looked like he had been attacked by a bear. After days of hiking through the Alaskan wilderness, Meyers returned from his expedition and promptly took a two-day nap. He had been searching for the rare endemic pea plant ...

Basketball to sourdough: teachers’ ambitious New Year’s resolutions

Basketball to sourdough: teachers' ambitious New Year's resolutions

Sam Alswang

February 1, 2020

As Christmas passes, followed by Hanukkah and New Years, you are left with the sad, harsh reality that you must return to school. However, students return with a new determination—a new year, new me mentality. But Wilson students are not the only members of the community that return different; our teac...

Wilson’s redesigned SAT prep class

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

Madelyn Shapiro

February 1, 2020

The SAT is everywhere, from the emails flooding your inbox to the College Board ads popping up on Snapchat. It has even made its way into the Wilson curriculum, in the form of a semester-long SAT Preparation class. The course objectives are to help students understand the test and learn strategies t...

Three seniors, three different experiences applying to college

Three seniors, three different experiences applying to college

Sophia Ibrahim

February 1, 2020

While the college application process is daunting for all high school seniors, the details are different for students of varying backgrounds and demographics. Seniors Selam Weimer, Sabrina Hevia-Lenckiwicz, and Dylan Blumenthal discuss their own college application experiences.  All three of the interviewees were encourage...

College town to capital city: what it was like to move from Ann Arbor to Washington, DC

College town to capital city: what it was like to move from Ann Arbor to Washington, DC

Martina Sanchez-Gonzalez

February 1, 2020

Not even the entire first day of school passed before I noticed about ten people in the Wilson hallways sporting University of Michigan gear. Coming from “The Big House” city itself, Michigan apparel made up pretty much everyone’s closet, so at first, I didn’t even notice all the maize and b...

Flash from the past: Wilson then vs now

Flash from the past: Wilson then vs now

Hannah Frank and Shirah Lister

January 30, 2020

It’s a sunny August day, but instead of spending it outside, you’re walking into Wilson for the first time in over two months. After the initial dread and hatred sets in, a wave of nostalgia washes over you and you’re relieved to find yourself in a familiar setting. No matter what generation you a...

A look back at 2010s trends

A look back at 2010s trends

Ethan Leifman

January 30, 2020

The 2010s were a wild time, and there are so many trends that left a big impact on us growing up. Here are some of the biggest.   Silly Bandz Silly Bandz were the coolest thing you could own in the early 2010s. Whether you were in the collection game for your favorite bandz or just seeing how many ...

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