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School Boundaries to be Redrawn

School Boundaries to be Redrawn

December 15, 2013

BY: CLAIRE PARKER, MANAGING EDITOR/NEWS EDITOR The DC public school system will soon undergo the biggest transformation it has experienced in several decades. Deputy Mayor of Education Abigail Smith launched a school assignment revision process in October, which, once completed, will result in new b...

Investigation Into Alleged Rape at Wilson Pool

Investigation Into Alleged Rape at Wilson Pool

December 5, 2013

BY: NATHAN DAVIS, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nearly two weeks after an alleged rape at Wilson's own aquatic center, the investigation into the events of Monday, November 26th is still ongoing. "It is an open investigation and we are not commenting on it," a representative from the Public Information Office...

Road to the Championship

Photo courtesy of Cory F. Royster

November 24, 2013

Photo by: Cory F Royster Photography BY: BEN KOSTYACK, STAFF WRITER The Wilson football team prepares to face H.D. Woodson in this year’s annual Turkey Bowl, memories of last year’s controversy are still hanging around. Last season Wilson had an ineligible player and was unable to compete in...

Fat Trel Refunds School for Missed Performance

Photo by: Kyle Gustafson /

November 20, 2013

BY: NATHAN DAVIS AND EVAN HAMLIN, CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Following the absence of D.C. rapper Fat Trel at the Wilson homecoming dance on November 2, Trel’s manager said that the funds the performer was advanced for the appearance were returned. Students expecting Trel to perform at the November 2nd homec...

Gray Gives the Lowdown on the Shutdown

Vincent Gray answers questions after his visit to history teacher Michelle Bolliger's class on Friday, October 11--Day 11 of the government shutdown.

October 12, 2013

  CLAIRE PARKER, MANAGING EDITOR AND NEWS EDITOR D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray gave a lesson to a Wilson history class yesterday explaining the city’s Contingency Cash Reserve Fund as money that has been put aside for a rainy day.   Well, it’s been raining. It is Day 11 of the government shutdown, and the mora...

Wilson’s LAYC Coordinator Furloughed; PTSO Fund Position in Short Term


October 11, 2013

CLAIRE PARKER, MANAGING EDITOR AND CO-NEWS EDITOR: The federal government shutdown hit Wilson’s Hispanic population particularly hard, as the Latin American Youth Center was forced to furlough coordinator Maria Navarrete and cut back important programs. LAYC is one of many D.C. nonprofits i...

The Beacon Wins 5 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

The Beacon Wins 5 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

October 8, 2013

On Friday, September 20, The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, an international student press organization run by Columbia University, announced their annual awards for student work published in the 2012-2013 school year. The Gold Circle Awards are the highest level of recognition for individual...

Wilson Receives NMSI Grant

Wilson Receives NMSI Grant

September 26, 2013

CLAIRE PARKER, MANAGING EDITOR AND CO-NEWS EDITOR: Big money is at stake with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) grant to Wilson for its Advanced Placement program.  Announced on June 7, the grant aims to increase Wilson’s AP pass rates by providing students and teachers with moneta...

National Women’s Law Center Files Complaint Against DCPS for Title IX Violation

National Women's Law Center Files Complaint Against DCPS for Title IX Violation

September 12, 2013

CLAIRE PARKER AND ANNIE ROSENTHAL, NEWS EDITORS: In 1972, Congress passed Title IX, which ensures the right of girls to equal opportunities in athletics. On June 27 of this year, the National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint to the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights alleging that the DCPS ...

The Beacon at Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Event

The First Lady gets movin' with Orr Elementary students.

September 10, 2013

EVAN HAMLIN, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: On Friday, September 6, The Beacon was fortunate enough to attend an event hosted by Michelle Obama promoting the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign. The initiative, which aims to bring healthier foods and increased exercise into schools, has been the hallmark of the...

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