The Wilson Beacon

Four students quit musical, alleging casting bias

Ayomi Wolff

October 14, 2019

Junior Nikki Keating, senior Aline Contreras, and two students who chose to remain anonymous resigned from this year’s fall musical, “Matilda,” because they believe the show was cast unfairly and didn’t make students of color feel comfortable.  “I didn’t see myself being in it,” sai...

‘Jitney’: fun in full wheel drive

‘Jitney’: fun in full wheel drive

Virginia Suardi and Ayomi Wolff

October 14, 2019

Putt-putt-sputter. Your car gives one last cough of the exhaust then sinks into its tires, dead. You have someplace to be with no ride. Perhaps a jitney is in order?  “Jitney,” by August Wilson, performed at Arena Stage, successfully maintains an entertaining plot line while also dealing with...

“It Chapter Two” exceeds expectations

“It Chapter Two” exceeds expectations

Anna Gustafson

October 14, 2019

*MINOR SPOILER ALERT* Comparing “It” and “It Chapter Two,” based on Stephen King’s novel, is next to impossible. As a horror movie enthusiast, the sequel exceeded my every expectation set by the first film.  Set during the late 80s in Derry, Maine, the original “It” follows seven kids...

Faculty Favorites: Does Italian Pizza Kitchen live up to its hype?

Faculty Favorites: Does Italian Pizza Kitchen live up to its hype?

Sophia Monroe

October 14, 2019

Lunch can be an exciting and interesting time for us students, filled with activities, conversations, and, most importantly, food. But, have you ever wondered where teachers choose to spend their time? Wilson English teacher Lisa Grymes often goes to Italian Pizza Kitchen in Van Ness to eat one of her f...

“Years and Years” goes by in the blink of an eye

Alex Holmes

October 14, 2019

Trump and Boris and Brexit, oh my! The world is a chaotic and scary place these days, and the HBO show “Years and Years” is here to heal your wounds and provide comfort. Just kidding. If you thought “Black Mirror” hit a little bit too close to home, this show is going to rock your world.  ...

Sophomore Jillian Upshaw drums up musical success

Sophomore Jillian Upshaw drums up musical success

Max Wix

October 14, 2019

Being a 14-year-old female drumming prodigy, like Wilson sophomore Jillian Upshaw, is nearly unheard of. Recently seen jamming out to “Lemon” by N.E.R.D at the homecoming talent show, winning a $10,000 scholarship in a music competition, and playing one-note samba at the National Museum of Afric...

Helmer vs. Holmes: Downton Abbey

Helmer vs. Holmes: Downton Abbey

October 14, 2019

Alex Holmes: Rating: 9/10 “Downton Abbey” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s hard to see anybody walking away from this not at least a little bit charmed.  The feel-good movie of the year is based on the excellent TV show that follows the lives of the Crawley family, who li...

September Albums of the Month

September Albums of the Month

Max Gualtieri, Ariana Negron, and Isa Thompson

October 14, 2019

“Mirrorland” by EarthGang Max Gualtieri 9/10 With a unique concoction of interesting beats, vocals, and meaningful lyrics, EarthGang’s “Mirrorland” has it all. The album is perfect if you’re looking for an upbeat, feel-good song, or if you need some slower music with a bit more benea...

Theater students talk fall musical choice “Matilda”

Ava Koerner

October 9, 2019

“Matilda,” based on Roald Dahl’s beloved 1988 novel and the 1996 award-winning film, is this year’s fall musical. Although “Matilda” is globally praised, Wilson theater students have mixed opinions. The story follows young Matilda, a quiet girl in an uproariously loud family. Their brutish habits driv...

Summer Book Reviews

Summer Book Reviews

Anna Arnsberger, Olivia Biggs, Alex Holmes, and Sophia Ibrahim

September 10, 2019

Freshmen: "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding Sophia Ibrahim If William Golding’s novel “The Lord of the Flies” was a song from the early 2000s, it would be “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. Just like the hit song, it’s engrossing and unprecedented diegesis makes for a great start that draws the rea...

Wawa makes its way to Tenleytown

Wawa makes its way to Tenleytown

Virginia Suardi

September 8, 2019

As most of us are probably aware of by now, Wawa opened in late June just around the corner from Panera. While some students find the service subpar, the convenient location and variety of food options made it my go-to-spot. Wawa has definitely hit the nail on the head for its market, which will pre...

Back-to-School Playlist

Back-to-School Playlist

Chiara Purificato

September 8, 2019

This playlist is comprised of old songs, new songs, hype songs, and relaxing songs. Getting back into the groove of studying and getting yourself organized can be stressful, and music can be a way to destress, or help focus. Listen to this as school starts up again to get you in a studious mood or t...

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