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Sophomore Jillian Upshaw drums up musical success

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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’

Courtesy of Ayomi Wolff

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

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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...

“Euphoria” brings empathy and coolness to new generation

“Euphoria” brings empathy and coolness to new generation

Alex Holmes

September 8, 2019

Every generation believes the next is just a bunch of lazy hooligans who don’t know what they’re doing. There’s often a lot of finger-pointing and name-calling, because each generation thinks the next is the worst generation ever. All of that toxicity may be even worse nowadays because our gene...

Random kid, random gig: Global Distortion Tour

Random kid, random gig: Global Distortion Tour

Chiara Purificato

September 8, 2019

Having only purchased my ticket an hour ago, I walked into an unfamiliar concert venue with high hopes for an exciting night and the discovery of some quality music. In the heart of DC’s nightlife lies the Tropicalia Lounge, a small concert venue and nightclub situated on the corner of 14th and...

Wilson fashionistas find passions, found businesses

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Madelyn Shapiro

September 8, 2019

With hopes of selling unique, quality, and sustainable products, several Wilson students have started their own businesses. These entrepreneurs have created Instagram pages and websites to help gain customers throughout the DMV.  Braxi Lashes               ...

In the end, “Yesterday” doesn’t quite come together

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Grace Kowal

September 8, 2019

The plot of Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” was enticing enough: A 12-second power outage causes everyone in the world to completely forget about The Beatles and all of their songs. Only aspiring musician and main protagonist Jack remembers their music. Once the bewildered Jack finds out the world has ne...

August Albums of the Month

August Albums of the Month

Margot Durfee, Anna Gustafson, and Madeline Kessler

September 8, 2019

"Angel's Pulse" by Blood Orange Madeline Kessler 8/10 “Angel’s Pulse,” the latest from British artist Blood Orange, is beautiful. When playing the leading song, titled “I Wanna C U,” for a friend, she mistook it for late Prince’s high rifts. It’s not surprising; hearing Hynes’s d...

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