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Creator’s death reminds city of mambo legacy

Creator's death reminds city of mambo legacy

Sarah Morgan

November 19, 2019

DC natives tend to be mambo sauce aficionados, considering they are the originators of the sweet, sticky substance. Capital City Mambo Sauce is the most prevalent mambo sold in stores, and (like many others) my family always keeps a couple of bottles of in our pantry.  So my family and city alike were devastated ...

Wilson used to own a masterpiece. Now it’s lost.

Wilson used to own a masterpiece. Now it’s lost.

Anna Arnsberger

November 18, 2019

It’s the mid-1900s and a coveted 130 year-old painting worth a considerable amount of money is donated to a respected public institution. The massive portrait, much fancier than its surroundings, is far too grand to overlook. Yet somehow it manages to disappear without a trace.  This seems like a...

Q&A with Wilson stick and poke artists

Q&A with Wilson stick and poke artists

Hannah Frank and Hannah Masling

November 14, 2019

Ava Mackaye (12), Sophie Magerl (11), and Jordyn Edwards (12) have all given stick and poke tattoos—a method of tattooing that utilizes a single needle and ink. Each student sat down with The Beacon to discuss all things stick and poke, including their favorite designs, tattoo-giving mindsets, and int...

Student 51: how a journalism conference taught me the importance of DC statehood

Student 51: how a journalism conference taught me the importance of DC statehood

Hannah Masling

November 13, 2019

As 50 other high school juniors boarded planes, trains, and buses, I sat at home wondering what the next week had in store. Would it be strange to attend a journalism conference in my own city? Would I get agitated with other students’ lack of knowledge about DC? Would I be utterly bored during the s...

Law professor discusses the Constitution’s relevance with Wilson students

Law professor discusses the Constitution’s relevance with Wilson students

Anna Dueholm

October 30, 2019

How does the Constitution apply to your life? Leave it to Kim Wehle to let you know. A staunch believer that the historic document is relevant to each of us daily, regardless of age or background, the Constitution expert came to speak at Wilson on Monday, October 21. Wehle is a lawyer, legal analyst, author, an...

My dad caught me vaping

Annoymous

October 15, 2019

Some parents don’t have a single clue about the shenanigans us vapers get up to. For the parents that don’t have a clue, get an idea. I vape regularly, and have been caught using it in action. Usually, I vape once I get home from school to sit back and relax. There’s nothing like a good ‘nic...

The case against vaping

The case against vaping

Saige Gootman

October 15, 2019

Wilson students think vaping is harmless, but a growing body of evidence suggests vaping has dangerous mental, physical, and emotional effects. Over 800 cases of rare vaping-related lung diseases, as well as 12 deaths, have been confirmed this month by the Center for Disease Control, which also found...

Smoke Island vape shop prompts community backlash

Talya Lehrich and Madelyn Shapiro

October 15, 2019

With the vaping trend on the rise, parents and lawmakers alike want to ensure that underage users do not have access to vaping products. The opening of a new vape supply shop, Smoke Island, just blocks from Wilson, has prompted parent backlash. Wilson parent Lisa Newman noticed the shop in late August,...

Pass the Juul: Vaping rampant among students

Pass the Juul: Vaping rampant among students

Zara Hall and Maddy Kessler

October 15, 2019

With teen cigarette smoking in the US at an all-time low, the typical 80s movie scene where three girls are crowded in the end stall by the window smoking a cigarette is unheard of. Instead, on a visit to the third-floor girl's bathroom, you may find six pairs of feet in the handicap stall sucking f...

Students walk out for climate

Students walk out for climate

Margaret Heffernan and Alex Holmes

October 11, 2019

On September 20, students and adults all over the world participated in the International Climate Strike. They walked out of class and work, and in DC, they ended up at the Capitol. The Beacon talked to Wilson students who attended the strike. They were asked about why they attended, their experience...

From Alicante to America: the Spanish roots of Victor Vela

From Alicante to America: the Spanish roots of Victor Vela

Sophia Ibrahim and Selam Weimer

October 11, 2019

You might spot him running around the fourth floor with his bike in tow before class starts, or hanging out in the staff break room during his planning periods through a crack in the door. With his impeccable fashion sense and seemingly always perfect hair, Spanish teacher Victor Vela Martinez is hard to...

Unpopular opinions spark heated student debate

Unpopular opinions spark heated student debate

Hannah Masling

October 11, 2019

One of them is a Trump supporter. The other? An anarcho-communist. Though these aspects of their identity are quite disfavored at Wilson, neither Alex DeSouza nor Walker Price lets the unpopularity of their opinions prevent them from voicing their beliefs. “The first time in each class it’s reall...

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