The Wilson Beacon

Martin named DC Principal of the Year

Martin named DC Principal of the Year

Max Karp and Gabe Solomon

June 9, 2019

Principal Kimberly Martin was selected as the 2019 District of Columbia State Principal of the Year. Martin will be honored this fall by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as one of the top principals in the country. The NASSP recognizes outstanding middle and high school principa...

Wilson mourns the loss of coach Horace Fleming

Wilson mourns the loss of coach Horace Fleming

Alex Cirino

June 8, 2019

Wilson football coach Horace Fleming III died on May 13, 2019, at the age of 70. Fleming, who had been ill for a long period of time, left his mark on the Wilson community as a life-changing mentor to many of his students. Fleming was a part of the Wilson community for 31 years as both a coach and a ...

CHAMPS: Boys crew wins national title

CHAMPS: Boys crew wins national title

Chloe Fatsis and Elie Salem

June 8, 2019

Senior Seb Murrell’s heart was pounding and his body ached, but all he could think about was the next stroke. It was the biggest regatta of the year, and everything was on the line. Pausing between breaths, Murrell peeked out of the boat, coming to the exhilarating realization that their boat was ahead. “I...

Fourteen staff members to leave Wilson

Fourteen staff members to leave Wilson

Anna Dueholm

June 8, 2019

Fourteen Wilson teachers and staff members have decided not to return next year. Among those leaving are English teacher and football coach Jacob Williams, choir director Lori Williams, and Assistant Principal Tiffany Mercer. Jacob Williams began teaching English at Wilson in 2014, and his decision to...

Wilson turf undergoes overdue renovations

Wilson turf undergoes overdue renovations

Zoe Friedman

June 8, 2019

After 11 years of constant use, the Wilson field is finally undergoing a significant renovation after DCPS allocated funds to replace the field, and will be closed from May 28 to August. The turf will be replaced, safety netting will be added, and there are plans to repair the storage areas and add...

Beloved former principal passes away

Beloved former principal passes away

Nate Belman and Max Karp

May 14, 2019

Peter Cahall, Wilson principal from 2008 to 2014, died suddenly on Sunday, May 5 of a heart attack. He will be remembered for his dedicated leadership to the Wilson community. Cahall oversaw Wilson’s massive renovation in 2011 and worked to reduce the achievement gap in student grades and test sc...

Wards 7 and 8 schools lose $13.6 million in new budget

Wards 7 and 8 schools lose $13.6 million in new budget

Amanda McHugh and Elie Salem

May 5, 2019

DCPS has drastically reduced the budgets of schools in Wards 7 and 8 due mainly to a significant decline in enrollment projections. Schools in that area make up just one third of DCPS schools, but face two-thirds of the school district’s total budget cuts. While this year’s budget appeared to be $5...

DCPS rejects Wilson online enrollment idea for next school year

DCPS rejects Wilson online enrollment idea for next school year

Zach Kaplan and Max Karp

May 5, 2019

DCPS rejected Wilson’s plan to pilot a new online enrollment system for next school year. The program sought to provide returning Wilson families with the option to enroll their children through the DCPS website rather than in person. Wilson Registrar Tasha Bishop proposed the idea in an effort to ...

Wilson alumni oppose proposed name change

Wilson alumni oppose proposed name change

Zoe Friedman

May 5, 2019

Wilson alumni Damon Cordom created a survey in March on the Facebook group of Wilson alumni to gauge alumni support for changing Wilson’s name. While the survey is still collecting responses, a majority of alumni oppose the name change so far based on comments in the Alumni Beacon, a publication pr...

Remembering Breon Austin

Remembering Breon Austin

Keymiah Armstrong

May 5, 2019

Exactly a week before Breon left us, he was telling me that his mom was making him go to military school. He didn’t really want to go, but I just laughed at him. I told him that it was going to be good for him and that it would be nice to take a break from DC. He was worried about his clothing line...

PTSO seeks to eliminate class rank

PTSO seeks to eliminate class rank

Molly Goldwasser and Charlotte Guy

May 5, 2019

Parents proposed eliminating class rank at a recent Parent Teacher Student Organisation (PTSO) meeting, and the proposal has since been discussed by the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT). So far, no moves have been made to actually eliminate the ranking system. Currently, students are ranked based on thei...

Administration’s response to tragedy met with criticism

Administration’s response to tragedy met with criticism

Max Karp and Ellida Parker

May 5, 2019

Principal Kimberly Martin led an open meeting with students in the library last Friday during STEP to address student concerns surrounding the administration's response to the murder of Wilson sophomore Breon Austin. The meeting developed into a tense dialogue between students who felt that the scho...

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