The Wilson Beacon

Mouse population squeaks to a slow

Mouse population squeaks to a slow

Anna Arnsberger

December 20, 2019

Custodial foreman James Lewis had grown accustomed to murmurs of scratching on his early-morning walks through Wilson last year. An eerie skittering of nails often permeated the otherwise silent hallways of an empty school. While Lewis was always the only person in the building that early, a ubiquito...

Club traditions bring joy to holiday season

Club traditions bring joy to holiday season

Hadley Carr

December 20, 2019

While the second advisory at Wilson is often associated with loss of school, consequent grade decline, and looming midterms, it is also marked by the abundance of holidays filling up the DCPS calendar. While most clubs do not stray from their usual agenda during the winter season, some have taken it upon...

Catching up with class of 2019 Wilson grads

Catching up with class of 2019 Wilson grads

Elena Rubens Goldfarb

December 20, 2019

The act of moving the tassel on your graduation cap from right to left is simple, but that moment represents the beginning of the rest of your life. As you leave behind the comfort and security of what you’ve known, what comes next is up to you. For many Wilson graduates, their next steps are usually to go to...

JROTC prepares cadets for the future

JROTC prepares cadets for the future

Shirah Lister

December 20, 2019

Tucked away behind the gym, through the empty stairwell and across the laundry room lies the famed Junior Reserve Officer Corps Training (JROTC) classroom. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Wilson hallways, JROTC has made itself a cozy nest where students grow as leaders and as a community. ...

Food, fun, and festivities: the holiday spirit in Wilson clubs

December 12, 2019

While the second advisory at Wilson is often associated with loss of school, consequent grade decline, and looming midterms, it is also marked by the abundance of holidays bursting through the DCPS calendar. While most clubs do not stray from their usual agenda during the winter season, some have ta...

Wilson deans provide a glimpse of the past

Wilson deans provide a glimpse of the past

Sophie Jugeli-Giroux

November 19, 2019

From carrying out hall sweeps to enforcing discipline, Wilson’s deans often seem like intimidating superiors. But at one point, some were Wilson students themselves. As their roles have changed from students to staff members, the school has transformed with them. Twelfth grade dean and football coach M...

Stats, commentating, and home runs: inside Wilson Live

Stats, commentating, and home runs: inside Wilson Live

Grace Kowal

November 19, 2019

The taped-up stats sheets stick out like a sore thumb among a slew of Spanish posters in room 419. Crowded around the papers are four members of the dedicated Wilson Live crew, each busy carrying out their assigned task.  There are two commentators—one for play-by-play and the other for spitting...

Clemmons’ practical desk teaches there’s beauty in simplicity

Clemmons’ practical desk teaches there’s beauty in simplicity

Hallie Munsat

November 19, 2019

At Wilson, you may notice a variety of teachers’ desks, from plant-filled windowsills to the gallery-like set up of many art teachers. Physical Education teacher Tia Clemmons has a unique approach when it comes to showing off her workspace. Looking at her table you’ll notice the practical, yet visua...

Basketball player channels talents to counseling

Emily Muldering

November 19, 2019

A 6’9” professional basketball player probably isn’t what comes to mind when you picture a high-school counselor. But the new 11th-grade counselor, Bobby Collins, is just that, and considers his previous basketball career a fundamental part of motivating students.   Prior to his work in high ...

A firsthand account of the Danish exchange trip

A firsthand account of the Danish exchange trip

Amelia Bergeron

November 19, 2019

It is still dark outside during the 10-minute walk to the train station. After passengers use a transportation card to check in, the train’s manual doors open at the push of a button and reveal soft benches inside. Upon arriving at the “Husum” station, another walk, this time on a path surrounded ...

Barry Morrato: Wilson’s authority on beer, paper, and chemical engineering

Barry Morrato: Wilson’s authority on beer, paper, and chemical engineering

Anna Arnsberger

November 19, 2019

Peanut butter, toilet paper, and Wilson—these three completely unrelated topics have one thing in common: Barry Morrato. Now one of the newest members of the science department, Morrato previously spent 35 years as a new product developer. It’s thanks to Morrato’s innovation that items like Folg...

Is survival possible for the newest Tenleytown stores?

Is survival possible for the newest Tenleytown stores?

Hadley Carr and Rigby Zentner

November 19, 2019

Tenleytown has long been the center of activity for students at Wilson. So with many stores going out of business, their replacements are held to higher expectations. Wawa recently filled the place of Sears, and its cheap snacks and convenient location have proved worthy in the eyes of Wilson students....

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