The Wilson Beacon

Compassion is a collective effort

Compassion is a collective effort

Sarah Morgan

September 8, 2019

Mutual respect is one of the most basic foundations for any healthy, productive relationship, and Wilson seems to be missing it. We as students have a knack for getting under teachers’ skin, and teachers have a knack for calling kids out in embarrassingly public corrective endeavors. Things like these cr...

Students need space, not stress, to thrive

Students need space, not stress, to thrive

Shirah Lister

September 8, 2019

Less than a decade ago, Wilson renovated the building, but somewhere along the line they forgot to renovate how they teach their students. The focus on homework and testing, among other things, has led to an enormous and sometimes unnecessary amount of stress. During conversation, many students will casu...

We’re paying attention to the wrong aspect of the Area 51 raid

We’re paying attention to the wrong aspect of the Area 51 raid

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

September 8, 2019

In the past weeks, we’ve seen a veritable flood of media coverage surrounding the ever-mysterious Area 51, the heavily guarded USAF base in rural Nevada, which has long been rumored to be the site of alien activity. The most important element of the whole debacle was one rooted in revolutionary the...

Trump crushed my dreams. He also opened my eyes.

Trump crushed my dreams. He also opened my eyes.

Anna Parra-Jordan

September 8, 2019

Trump. Trump. Trump. On TV, on the radio, and worst of all—on Twitter. There is no escaping the nightmare that is Donald Trump. But whether or not I like him, he’s been a huge part of my teenage years. All feelings aside, it’s time to think about how President Trump has shaped me. When Presiden...

Please, don’t let Go-go go-go

Please, don’t let Go-go go-go

Kamryn Bess

September 8, 2019

As a native Washingtonian, I’ve grown up listening to Go-go music on the radio. It’s considered a staple of DC’s culture that has been around for years, and is especially important within the Black community. But recently, the staple genre was threatened. Go-go is the sound of pre-gentrified ...

Stop giving homework over religious holidays

Stop giving homework over religious holidays

Shirah Lister

September 8, 2019

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot. You name it, I celebrate it, and it’s happening during the same month in autumn. You’ll probably be able to find me begging my teachers for extensions or in the attendance office, explaining why I have to miss eight days of school when it’s only September. ...

Privatization corrupts the American justice system

Privatization corrupts the American justice system

Madeline Kessler

September 8, 2019

The United States, tired of the expenses of running its prisons, has offloaded the costs of doing so into the greedy cuff-linked hands of corporate America. The for-profit prison industry’s lucrative contracts with the government rack up $3.3 billion annually.  These corporations vie for the greatest amou...

Wilson is the worst school––except all the others

Wilson is the worst school––except all the others

Jamie Stewart-Aday

September 8, 2019

Over the past three years, I’ve often been asked if I’d recommend Wilson to a prospective freshman. This question makes me think. I think about the struggle I go through managing my schedule at the beginning of every year. I think about the general dysfunction that plagues our halls. And I think ...

Toni Morrison is a Wilson icon

Toni Morrison is a Wilson icon

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

September 7, 2019

Every one of Toni Morrison’s works is a powerhouse. Whether you began with “The Bluest Eye” in freshman year, or sought her out on your own, every book, every essay, every poem, is a transformative experience. She had a power over words and narrative that is unmatched by anyone. Morrison’s ability...

I love Prime Day, but Amazon deserves scrutiny

I love Prime Day, but Amazon deserves scrutiny

Ethan Leifman

September 7, 2019

It’s not an exaggeration to say my family couldn’t survive without Amazon. We use Amazon Prime for nearly every odd but necessary purchase, the Washington Post can be found on our kitchen table, and the majority of the food in our fridge is from Whole Foods. So of course, Amazon’s Prime Day in...

A$AP Rocky treated unfairly in Sweden

A$AP Rocky treated unfairly in Sweden

Virginia Suardi

September 7, 2019

A$AP Rocky’s summer altercation and imprisonment in Sweden was unjustly prolonged, exposing the racist tendencies of the Swedish criminal justice system.  For those who have forgotten exactly what transpired, this summer, rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested and detained in Stockholm, Sweden, on the char...

Remembering Toni Morrison and her impact on Wilson

Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger

August 30, 2019

Every one of Toni Morrison’s works was a powerhouse. Whether you began with “The Bluest Eye” in freshman year, or sought her out on your own, every book, every essay, every poem, was a transformative experience. She had a power over words, and over narrative, that was unmatched by anyone. Morris...

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