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Animal cruelty: Why I stopped going to zoos

Animal cruelty: Why I stopped going to zoos

Sophie Strazzella

September 20, 2017

Zoological institutions have been around since 1847. Whether for educational purposes or fun, almost everybody has been to a zoo before. Originally, zoos were established to educate the public on particular species and how they interact with one another in their habitats. However, studies are discoverin...

Lack of LGBT media representation is dangerous

Lack of LGBT media representation is dangerous

Adelaide Kaiser

September 12, 2017

Throughout our entire lives, our ideas about the world as a whole come from everything that we experience. What our parents tell us, what we read, and what we see on TV are few of countless examples which feed into our image of the world, from how we think we are supposed to be, to how we think others s...

Safe sex makes sense

Safe sex makes sense

Talia Zitner

September 6, 2017

When I was little, my mom used to show me her birth control pills while I sat in the bathroom, watching her get ready for work. They were arranged in a beautiful rainbow pattern, a mysterious circle of medication that we dubbed, “no baby pills.” To me, birth control has always seemed like a ration...

There are more important things than Delta Math

There are more important things than Delta Math

Femi Witherspoon

August 17, 2017

As students attending Wilson, we’re all familiar with the annual summer assignments. We receive a reading and math assignment, and if you're lucky, an AP assignment. I would never mind the reading assignments because they always correlated with the curriculum for the first advisory unit. The AP ass...

White Privilege: Not a Liberal Hoax

White Privilege: Not a Liberal Hoax

Ava Ahmann

May 23, 2017

The summer before my final year of middle school, Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man in Ferguson, Missouri. The unjust event angered many across the nation, sparking protests and the national recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement and their...

Schools should rethink their use of letter grades

Schools should rethink their use of letter grades

Chloe Fatsis

April 24, 2017

Countries all around the world use the letter grade system. Though the letters and the percentages assigned to them slightly vary from country to country, most people are familiar with the system. People are so used to A through F grading that no one realizes its faults. Most people know the feelin...

Human Geography should be a required class

Ellida Parker, Junior Editor

April 15, 2017

At the beginning of this school year, I knew that there was an Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but there’s no chance I would have been able to explain it to someone. I had a small idea about how European colonization had set back the development of Africa, but I couldn’t have explained what superimpose...

Lowering the drinking age has societal benefits

Lowering the drinking age has societal benefits

Emma Jacobson

April 12, 2017

In the United States, the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA), is 21 years old. The thought behind this law is to protect the developing minds of young people, however, I believe it does the opposite. The current MLDA makes it difficult for young adults to get alcohol; therefore when they have the rare opp...

Is protesting effective?

Is protesting effective?

Maya Edwards

April 4, 2017

Civil disobedience is the act of opposing a law one considers unjust and peacefully disobeying it while accepting the consequences. This concept isn’t new to DC students. On November 14th, 2016, over 300 of us participated in a city-wide walkout to demonstrate unity and represent a population that...

Antisemitic attacks spark fear in Wilson students

Antisemitic attacks spark fear in Wilson students

Eden Breslow, Danielle Breslow

April 2, 2017

Growing up in a reform Jewish household, we’ve always been well informed about the discrimination and violence Jews have faced for centuries; however, being surrounded by the protective liberal DC bubble we have never had to feel that persecution, until now. Since beginning of January of 2017 there hav...

Stereotypes of Black culture still persist in media

Stereotypes of Black culture still persist in media

Maya Canady

March 31, 2017

Although Hollywood has made drastic improvements in the field of diversity and has successfully increased inclusion of Black actors, many of the Black characters portrayed in movies and on television are stereotypes. These harmful stereotypes perpetuate outdated beliefs about Black people and their be...

Fast fashion brings hidden dangers

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Hannah Masling

March 30, 2017

Fashion is everywhere. It can be found in a window on the way to school, in magazines, on the sides of busses, and all over the internet. Posters of women in cable knit sweaters and the newest shoe trend surround us, yet we rarely question where it all comes from. The answer? Generally anywhere but ...

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