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Martin asks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to speak at Wilson graduation ceremony

Martin asks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to speak at Wilson graduation ceremony

Elie Salem

March 25, 2019

Principal Kimberly Martin asked star freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be a graduation speaker at Wilson on June 15th via twitter. While the chance of her visiting is unlikely, the prospect greatly excites Wilson students. Martin’s tweet, sent from her personal twitter account “@dcd...

House passes bill endorsing DC statehood

House passes bill endorsing DC statehood

Zoe Friedman

March 22, 2019

The House of Representatives voted 234 to 193 on March 8 in favor of a bill that endorsed DC statehood. While the legislation will almost certainly not pass in the Senate, the vote is an important step forward for Washington statehood advocates. The provision of the bill that includes DC statehood reads: “S...

Wilson SGA to hold first ‘Spring Fling’ dance

Nate Belman

March 21, 2019

The Spring Fling at Wilson is being hosted March 30 in the atrium from 8 to 11 p.m. The theme for the event is springtime, and there will be decorations adorning the school building to celebrate the coming of the new season. The tickets were sold for the three weeks leading up to the event in the a...

Beefsteak joins Best Buy in Tenley exodus

Beefsteak joins Best Buy in Tenley exodus

Ava Nicely and Madelyn Shapiro

March 20, 2019

The fast-casual vegetarian restaurant Beefsteak’s Tenleytown location closed on Sunday, February 17. The chain was started by celebrity chef José Andrés in 2015 and opened in Tenley in 2016, offering a new healthy food option to the community. Andrés owns several other restaurants in DC such as...

Wilson hosts international night

Wilson hosts international night

Sophie Ludgin

March 18, 2019

Wilson’s annual ‘International Night,' a fundraiser for the Wilson International Program Studies academy (WISP), occurred on Wednesday, March 13. The event is run by teacher, student, and parent volunteers and aims for Wilson students to be further immersed in different cultures. WISP is one of eig...

Target replacing Best Buy in Tenleytown

Target replacing Best Buy in Tenleytown

Ethan Leifman

March 13, 2019

A new Target store will open in Tenleytown in 2020, filling the retail space formerly occupied by Best Buy. The retail chain is expanding nationwide as it moves to focus more on clothes as opposed to household essentials, a business model similar to the one it held before the 2008 recession. Best Bu...

Wilson robotics team District championship qualification in contention after underperforming at tournament

Wilson robotics team District championship qualification in contention after underperforming at tournament

Elie Salem

March 10, 2019

The offense and defense players scramble to their positions, the spectators cheer wildly in anticipation, the whistle blows, and the game begins. Immediately, Wilson leaps into the spotlight, seizing a ball and dunking it for a three-pointer. The opponents push on, sinking shot after shot to the adoratio...

New Tenley Tuesday promotion provides restaurant discounts to students and staff

New Tenley Tuesday promotion provides restaurant discounts to students and staff

Zoe Friedman

March 10, 2019

The Tenleytown Main Street organization decided to kick off 2019 with a new business promotion: “Tenley Tuesdays.” Students, teachers, and administration at Wilson, along with other schools in the area, can get discounts at participating Tenley establishments on Tuesdays by showing their student IDs. ...

PSAs featuring Wilson students to air nationally

PSAs featuring Wilson students to air nationally

Nate Belman and Elie Salem

March 7, 2019

A series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Wilson students will be aired on television around the nation in the coming months. The three PSAs were contracted by Boys Town, a counseling and support organization for youth, and focused on mental health issues and suicide. A PSA is an ad...

Latin teacher departs mid-year, ending program

Latin teacher departs mid-year, ending program

Hannah Masling

March 4, 2019

Latin teacher Nathalie Hanlet permanently left Wilson after midterms to take care of her ill mother. Wilson administration failed to find a replacement and ended the course, leaving Latin students scrambling to transfer to new classes. Right after winter break, Hanlet informed Wilson administration ...

Wilson partners with Truth Initiative to combat juuling

Wilson partners with Truth Initiative to combat juuling

Zara Hall, Sophie Ludgin, and Baraka Aboul-Magd

March 4, 2019

Truth Initiative, a DC based nonprofit dedicated to ending tobacco use, has expanded its quit smoking program to e-cigarettes. The new program comes after the U.S. Surgeon General released an advisory declaring youth e-cigarette use an epidemic. Truth Initiative has partnered with Wilson in their new progra...

Mayor Bowser announces summer school improvement projects

Sophie Ludgin and Max Karp

March 4, 2019

DCPS will implement structural repairs at 21 DCPS schools over the summer,  announced Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn in a letter to DCPS families on January 25. At Wilson, the turf field will be replaced and metal detectors will be updated, among other projects. DCPS Central Office is allocating $73.9 mill...

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