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Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

Alex Helmer

February 2, 2020

How many times have you crumpled up a piece of paper and launched it into the recycling bin whilst howling,“Kobe!”? How many times have you witnessed a player record over 80 points in a game? How many times has an NBA player won an Academy Award? There are endless questions I could allude to reg...

Senior night capped off with dominant wins

Senior night capped off with dominant wins

Alex Cirino and Kennedy Whitby

February 2, 2020

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams celebrated their senior nights on January 24 with convincing wins over the Cardozo Clerks, winning 67-43 and 70-2 respectively. Senior Night celebrates the senior class members of each team in a ceremonial format that took place between both varsity games.  ...

Wrestling team thrives despite funding obstacles

Max Gualtieri

February 1, 2020

Despite being underfunded and unsupported by the school, the Wilson wrestling team has won six state championships in past years. The team is also the only public high school wrestling program in DC, allowing them to have wrestlers from other schools on their team. Senior Sammy Toggas won the NOVA Classic at ...

DC Stars skate through the season

DC Stars skate through the season

Chiara Purificato

February 1, 2020

The 2019-20 Wilson Ice Hockey team is comprised of 21 student athletes, with an underclassmen-heavy roster. Similar to the 2016-17 season, this year the team is called “DC Stars.” Unique to this hockey season, however, is that not all of these students go to Wilson.  The “DC Stars” team is comprised of Wi...

Students hoop in Jelleff rec league

Students hoop in Jelleff rec league

Alex Cirino and Margaret Heffernan

February 1, 2020

The Jelleff Basketball League is more than just a weekend recreational program, it is an influential and welcoming basketball community. Through Jelleff, teams meet up once a week and participate in an eight-game season against other teams within the program. The league, which has been around since 198...

A beginner’s guide to the Wilson weight room

A beginner’s guide to the Wilson weight room

Talya Lehrich

February 1, 2020

Watch where you’re going The intimate nature of the weight room does not leave much space for messing around. Navigating the weight room can feel like Mario Kart, avoiding the swinging spike balls in Bowser's castle, and if you don’t watch where you’re going, you’ll end up in the fire pit...

Wilson graduate joins Brown University frisbee team

Wilson graduate joins Brown University frisbee team

Evan Vieth

January 30, 2020

Class of 2019 Wilson graduate Jacques Nissen is already making a big name for himself on the highest stage of frisbee. Nissen is currently a member of the Brown University Ultimate team as well as the DC Breeze, Washington’s professional frisbee team. Nissen has already played in five games for the Br...

Athlete of the Month: Darren Buchanan Jr.

Athlete of the Month: Darren Buchanan Jr.

Alex Cirino

January 30, 2020

It’s not every day you see a sophomore dominating the District’s basketball scene with consistent slam-dunk games while averaging 19 points per game. Highlighted by his 6’6” frame, Darren Buchanan Jr., now in his second season on the basketball team, is the main leader on an underclassman-heav...

Georgetown Men’s soccer captures first ever National Championship

Georgetown Men’s soccer captures first ever National Championship

Alex Cirino

January 15, 2020

Freshman goalkeeper Tomas Romero was the hero of the seven-round penalty shootout that saw the Georgetown University Men’s soccer team win the 2019 NCAA Division 1 College Cup championship. After a thrilling, back-and-forth game against the University of Virginia, the score remained 3-3 after regula...

Crew Captain finds value in grueling practices

Crew Captain finds value in grueling practices

Margot Durfee

December 20, 2019

It’s a winter morning—cold, silent, peaceful. Stepping into Wilson’s main entrance, however, you are met with an explosion of mechanical whirring, blasting music, and yelling echoing from the atrium. If you’ve come to school before 8 a.m. during the winter, you’ve likely seen the crew team lined...

Wilson grads triumph in collegiate basketball

Wilson grads triumph in collegiate basketball

Alex Cirino

December 20, 2019

Jay Heath stepped onto the court for his collegiate debut on November 6—and what an atmosphere it was. There was a large home crowd on their feet during the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) season opener, Boston College vs Wake Forest. Wearing his signature number five, Heath went out as a starter for...

Lack of trainers impedes DCPS concussion policy

Lack of trainers impedes DCPS concussion policy

Ava Nicely

December 20, 2019

When senior Gabby Bagnoli tripped and hit her head on the ground during a soccer game in early November, she was immediately removed from the game and evaluated by the athletic trainer per the DCIAA Concussion and Head Injury Policy.   “They asked me a bunch of questions. Some of them were simpl...

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