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Graph of the Month: AP enrollment by race

Graph of the Month: AP enrollment by race

Anna Arnsberger and Amelia Bergeron

January 30, 2020

Hello loyal readers and data enthusiasts! If you’ve been keeping up with The Beacon lately, it’s likely that you, like us, have noticed a disappointing lack of graphs in our past few issues. We painfully regret having left our readers thirsting for numbers, and for that we apologize. As the Featu...

Maureen Thompson reflects on a career in Guyana and the lottery that got her here

Maureen Thompson reflects on a career in Guyana and the lottery that got her here

Hadley Carr

January 30, 2020

When most people enter lotteries, they are frequently met with disappointment. But over twenty years ago, Wilson Special Education teacher Maureen Thompson lucked out. Thompson’s prize, called a Diversity Visa, allowed her to move from her hometown of Georgetown, Guyana to the U.S. The lottery p...

Wilson sends delegation to Chicago Model UN conference

Wilson sends delegation to Chicago Model UN conference

Anna Dueholm

December 25, 2019

It’s 12:45 am and someone is banging on your door, screaming, “Your country needs you!” No, it’s not an invasion, it’s a crisis simulation at the Chicago Model UN conference! Wilson sent a team of eight delegates to participate in the conference this year, which took place the first weekend in...

Cheer coaches strive to lead team to victory

Cheer coaches strive to lead team to victory

December 22, 2019

In movies and popular culture, cheerleading is plagued by elitist, superficial stereotypes. However, coaches Dionna McTaw and Africa “Liz” Lancaster have sought to make the sport a space for empowerment and leadership.  Lancaster, a former Wilson cheerleader herself, started her coaching career when ...

Blast from the past; Updates from Wilson cheer alumni

Blast from the past; Updates from Wilson cheer alumni

Talya Lehrich

December 22, 2019

Wilson Cheer Alumni Shaniya Spriggs and Cheyenne Smallwood, class of 2017, share their experiences and words of wisdom to current and future Wilson cheerleaders.   Q: Where has life taken you after Wilson? Spriggs: I am currently a junior at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. I am major...

Cheer season update

Cheer season update

Alex Cirino

December 22, 2019

With the fall season coming to an end, the members of Wilson’s cheerleading team see it as the midpoint of their long, strenuous schedule. After traveling all fall with the varsity football team, the cheerleaders have jumped right into the winter season, juggling tri-weekly practice with basketball games....

Four Years a Wilson tiger Cheerleader

Four Years a Wilson tiger Cheerleader

Rasheda White

December 22, 2019

It was the summer before freshman year and the flyers about Wilson’s cheer team were broadcast all over social media. Nervous and excited, I prepared myself for August tryouts. Being a cheerleader at Deal, I had admired Wilson’s cheer program for years, especially when Wilson and Deal shared the...

Calculus teacher Walker Yane is the ultimate mathlete

Calculus teacher Walker Yane is the ultimate mathlete

Alex Cirino

December 20, 2019

If you’ve ever been to the back corner of the fourth floor, you’ve likely seen a tall, moustachioed gentleman wearing an illustrious belt buckle and flannel with rolled-up sleeves loitering next to room 427. Or maybe at a Wilson sporting event you’ve spotted that same guy—now sporting sunglas...

Why, Wilson?

Joanna Chait

December 20, 2019

When you look at a clock you expect to find one thing—the correct time. And if you go through the trouble of building a giant white tower with windows, and a weather vein, simply to display a clock, that better be one impressive clock. If you are any regular Wilson student, you may have realized that Wils...

A student’s experience with Seasonal Affective Disorder

A student's experience with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Grace Kowal and Madelyn Shapiro

December 20, 2019

For most of her life, junior Virginia Suardi eagerly awaited the winter. Between the snow, holiday atmosphere, her birthday, and hot chocolate, winter was her favorite time of the year.  Then, when she started high school, all of her enjoyment of the changing seasons disappeared. “Every single ...

Multimedia extraordinaire Grover Massenburg to retire

Multimedia extraordinaire Grover Massenburg to retire

Amelia Bergeron

December 20, 2019

Grover Massenburg spends his day in a computer-congested classroom teaching countless students to design apps and websites. Through his career, mentoring students has been a rewarding experience for Massenburg, but he plans to retire at the end of the school year. Growing up in DC on Capitol Hill, Massenburg...

Money coming soon: an inside look at popular money scams

Money coming soon: an inside look at popular money scams

Madeline Kessler

December 20, 2019

During my sophomore year, my social media feed was flooded with invitations to join plots to rack up a quick check. It was a sensation. All the upperclassmen I followed were saying I could make money by paying them. I was too busy with my AP World notes to join, but I was certainly intrigued. The...

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