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“Cats”: cat-astrophically awkward and confusing

Ariana Negron

February 10, 2020

“Cats”, the musical typically known for being one of Broadway's most famous shows, was turned into a movie. With star appearances from Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and more, you would hope the movie would own up to its great Broadway reputation. The movie came out on Decem...

Zoolights remains a festive DC winter tradition

Emily Muldering

February 10, 2020

Okay, okay, I get it: NO ONE likes Zoolights. It’s cold, your hands feel like they’re going to freeze off, and who wants to walk all the way up that big hill at the end? And that’s all true… but seeing all the festive, colorful lights will never fail to put me in the holiday spirit. It’s a...

“The Rise of Skywalker” lets down the saga

“The Rise of Skywalker” lets down the saga

Margaret Heffernan and Alex Holmes

February 6, 2020

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is a mess of a movie that can be confounding at times and lacks a compelling aesthetic. Yet despite its flaws, if you ignore the red flags pulsating from your brain with increasing regularity over the course of its runtime, it’s still, beneath the jumble of a ...

A guide to local thrifting

Charlotte Guy

February 2, 2020

The thrill of thrifting is scavenging for gems and poking around for great deals, not wasting your time looking for an adequate thrift store. Whether you’ve decided to thrift because of a tight budget, environmental benefits, or accompanying street cred, you’ll find what you’re looking for if yo...

“There’s a Fire” shines light on issues of racial discrimation and identity

“There’s a Fire” shines light on issues of racial discrimation and identity

Margot Durfee and Chau Nguyen

February 2, 2020

The lights dimmed and the audience went silent. A procession of people dressed in black slowly descended the center stairs of the library. Faces glowed in the light of the flickering candles they held while the mission of Labels Off! was announced through the overhead speakers. Soon after, the cast ...

Clothing swap highlights sustainable fashion initiative

Isabelle Pala

February 2, 2020

If you didn’t see the signs hanging around the school, then you likely heard about the clothing swap from a friend who scored three new shirts and a cute dress for free. Not only was every item in the swap as cheap as it gets, but it also presented an opportunity to get rid of a few pieces of clot...

Jack of all instruments Benjamin Molero lives by music

Jack of all instruments Benjamin Molero lives by music

Alexander Diaz-Lopez

February 2, 2020

Senior Benjamin Molero is part of the untapped talent here at Wilson. Often found playing the guitar (just one of the instruments he plays) on his Instagram story, Molero is a 17-year-old musical standout. Molero came to the United States from Venezuela when he was 13. Molero describes this transitio...

From sketching feet to funky portraits: student artists at Wilson

Zelia Jacobson, Isa Thompson

February 2, 2020

Wilson’s wide range of art classes provides a foundation for students to further their self-expression and grow their artistic talents. The Beacon interviewed a handful of artists that have a strong passion to continue their art not only at Wilson, but outside of the school walls as well.  Coly...

Helmer vs. Holmes: Oscars edition

Helmer vs. Holmes: Oscars edition

Alex Helmer and Alex Holmes

February 2, 2020

It’s Oscar season, and because The Academy nearly always gets it wrong, the Beacon’s top film critics (heh) are here to write about the movies that should win the industry’s top prizes. This year, along with what was nominated, it’s worth noting what was left out. The 2020 Oscar nominations were...

Must reads for 2020

Shirah Lister

February 2, 2020

1. “The Beginning of Everything” by Robyn Schneider There is no better way to start off the new decade than with a book on starting anew. “The Beginning of Everything” is about a star tennis player whose life plan is put on hold after shattering his knee. Once he meets a mysterious girl, his l...

Meet Wilson’s potential stars of DC-CAP

Chau Nguyen

February 2, 2020

Every year, DCPS students show off their singing, instrument-playing, and dancing skills to compete for a $10,000 scholarship from the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) and become a DC-CAPital Star. This year, ten out of the 40 contestants in the competitive semifinal round are from Wilson. The s...

Enjoy winter with a guide to DC’s best ice skating spots

Enjoy winter with a guide to DC’s best ice skating spots

Annette Leber and Ruby Mason

January 30, 2020

With January comes cold weather, which usually means spending time inside doing nothing. But you don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy outdoor activities like ice skating. With all of the rinks in DC it can be hard to decide which is the best one to go to. We’ve compiled a list of our top 3 choices of ...

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