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GOLDEN MOMENT - The Varsity Baseball boys pose for a picture with their newly won DCSAA Championship banner. The team beat the Maret Frogs late Sunday afternoon.
Varsity Baseball crowned DCSAA State Champions in a walkoff comeback
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 19, 2024

Early on in Sunday’s DCSAA Baseball State Championship, almost nothing appeared to go right for the Tigers. Mistakes, heartbreak, failure, and head scratchers darkened a sunny, winner-take-all final at Nats Academy. Each effort seemed to hold no answer. Down all game, in an attempt to pick up his players in the multitude of frustration, head coach Robinson Mateo relayed the message: “Six outs to make it count.” In the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, junior third baseman Etan Rosario...

Changes in course selection process leave room for improvement
Daniel Raviv, Junior Editor • May 19, 2024

Selecting courses for the next school year can be a very stressful process. Balancing the desire to take rigorous courses while maintaining a manageable schedule Is challenging for many. Is five APs too...

The Jackson-Reed varsity baseball team poses for a team photo after their win over Gonzaga Thursday afternoon. Their final game of the season will be on Sunday versus Maret.
Dominant pitching lifts the Tigers past Gonzaga to advance to the DCSAA State Championship
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 18, 2024

On Thursday afternoon at Nats Academy, senior right handed pitcher Quinn Lindblom looked down at his glove on the mound and searched for an answer. In the second inning, the captain found himself in a...

ONE TEAM - The varsity baseball embrace after a March 21 win over the Landon School. Nearly two months later, the goal of a DCSAA title is near.
Rain? No Problem. Varsity Baseball advances to DCSAA Semifinal in win over Sidwell Friends
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 16, 2024

At around 1:30 p.m on Tuesday, the varsity baseball team reported to Fort Reno Park, two hours ahead of the DCSAA Quarter Final against Sidwell Friends. Opening the equipment shed, the players would normally...

ONE FAMILY: The Jackson-Reed Baseball Program poses for a team photo with the 2024 DCIAA Championship Trophy.
Mercy rule extends Varsity Baseball’s DCIAA Championship Streak to 31 Years
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

When he took to the mound Wednesday afternoon in the DCIAA Championship, sophomore Nelson Hayes did so with a purpose. In the third inning, the bases were loaded and the young right-handed pitcher found...

Volume 87 Issue 6
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The Beacon Staff May 3, 2024

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November 21, 2023
Several schools reinstate the SAT/ACT requirement
Clara Doyle, Web Technical Editor • May 3, 2024

This February, Dartmouth announced it would begin requiring SAT or ACT scores for the school year (SY) 24-25 admissions cycle. Dartmouth was the first of several colleges to announce that they would reinstate the test requirement.  In a press release, Dartmouth cited an internal study that argued the test-optional policy disadvantaged applicants from lower income backgrounds. According to the press...

Students reflect on COVID’s impacts four years later
Students reflect on COVID’s impacts four years later
Nicole Dickinson, Written Content Editor • May 3, 2024

This March marks four years since the beginning of COVID and the transition of many schools  to online learning. The graduating class of 2024 is the last class to have endured the pandemic during high...

Two AP exams to be digital at Jackson-Reed
Two AP exams to be digital at Jackson-Reed
Maya Roskes, Spread Editor • May 3, 2024

This May at Jackson-Reed, two Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be held online: AP Computer Science Principles, which was held digitally last year as well, and for the first time, AP African American...

BREAKING NEWS - A group dances at Palestinian culture night in the atrium hosted by the Arab Student Union. The event took place the night after the ASU filed a lawsuit against Principal Brown and the city.
Arab Student Union accuses Brown, DC of censorship in new lawsuit
Rebecca Green, Francesca Purificato, and Isadora Groves May 3, 2024

Jackson-Reed’s Arab Student Union filed a lawsuit in federal court last Wednesday accusing Principal Sah Brown and the District of Columbia of censoring pro-Palestinian speech, including the school’s...

Delays with the FAFSA leave students in the dark over financial aid
Duy Nguyen, Junior Editor • May 3, 2024

A delayed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process left seniors struggling to make important college decisions for the 2024-2025 school year. The new FAFSA form could not be accessed until...

New DC crime law prompts questions about disparities
Izzy Posner-Brown, Section Copy Editor • May 3, 2024

In March, a DC public safety bill was signed into law on a permanent and emergency basis, meaning the bill would be effective immediately. The original law was proposed by Public Safety Committee Chair...

Changes in course selection process leave room for improvement
Daniel Raviv, Junior Editor • May 19, 2024

Selecting courses for the next school year can be a very stressful process. Balancing the desire to take rigorous courses while maintaining a manageable schedule Is challenging for many. Is five APs too many? Should I have a free period? Can I have a free period? Will AP Psychology take up too much of my free time? Many students grapple with these questions come course selection time. Because these...

Pro-Tips for Eclipse Chasing
Pro-Tips for Eclipse Chasing
Samara Cuaresma, Junior Editor • May 9, 2024

This past April, I witnessed the total solar eclipse in Waco, Texas. As the sky darkened around me, and the sun turned into a glowing ring around a pit of emptiness, I had only one thought: the Beacon...

RIVAL REVIEWERS WRAP UP - Francesca and Becca pose in front of a high school for the last time. After years of reviewing Rivals, the two reflect on their time at JR.
Rival Reviews: Jackson-Reed
Becca Green and Francesca Purificato May 3, 2024

Dear beloved readers and followers, We are sad to say (no we are not) that our time with you is coming to a close. While this isn’t the last Beacon of the year, it is our last edition with our names...

Green New Deal for school resolution passed by DC
Gil Leifman, News Editor • May 3, 2024

On January 17, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) unanimously passed a Green New Deal for Schools (GND4S) resolution written by students from the School Without Walls. While the passage of the resolution...

I went a week without Instagram
Elsa McIntyre, Contributor • May 3, 2024

Recently psychologists and scientists have said that social media is an addiction similar to smoking cigarettes. So for the sake of my lungs, I decided to delete the app for the last week of the term. Day...

CULTURE NIGHT - Sophomore Yasmine Foty delivers the opening remarks at the ASU’s Palestinian Culture Night. Foty’s speech introduced the singing, dancing, and poetry readings that took place that evening.
Arab Student Union hosts Palestinian culture night
Gil Leifman and Greta Bradley-Meal May 3, 2024

On Thursday, April 25, the Arab Student Union (ASU) hosted a Palestinian Culture Night that was originally planned for January, but was postponed by administration. Students, teachers, and community members...

Top 10 reasons to go to school in term 4
The Beacon Staff May 3, 2024

Boone's high fives Seeing your hallway crush Crew practice Coming to Beacon interest meetings Laps Avoiding truancy police Feeding the rats Playing chess in the atrium We're running out of ideas... There aren't any.

The unseen impact of code-switching
Micah Greene, Contributor • May 3, 2024

Code-switching, the practice of transitioning from one’s cultural colloquialism into a standard dialect (usually determined by the dominant group), is common and often feels necessary. This practice...

Effects of racial disparities remain in DC schools
Lolera Tesema and Wesley Hoy May 3, 2024

During the “separate but equal” era of education before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, DC had seven all-white high public schools. Meanwhile, people of color were taught...

The TikTok ban wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world
Henley Kaminskas, Features Editor • May 3, 2024

According to a recent vote in the House of Representatives, TikTok, a popular video app, must either be sold or banned in America due to concerns about the safety of user information. When you look at...

Upperclassmen should mentor the freshmen around them
Upperclassmen should mentor the freshmen around them
Henry Brylawski, Contributor • May 3, 2024

community service, sports, clubs, and classes I had never heard of; I didn’t know what to expect at all. It was great to have juniors and even seniors who knew much more about what they were doing than...

CHEERIO, CHIEFS! - Becca and Simon pose with two Beacon editions from their time as Editors-in-Chief. After a tumultuous tenure, the two plan to use the lessons they have learned to their advantage during this next chapter.
Editors-in-Chief say farewell
Becca Green and Simon Holland May 3, 2024

With April showers come May flowers, and with May flowers comes giving up our powers.  As we publish our final edition as chiefs, we wanted to reflect on our time on the Beacon. From humble beginnings...

GOLDEN MOMENT - The Varsity Baseball boys pose for a picture with their newly won DCSAA Championship banner. The team beat the Maret Frogs late Sunday afternoon.
Varsity Baseball crowned DCSAA State Champions in a walkoff comeback
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 19, 2024

Early on in Sunday’s DCSAA Baseball State Championship, almost nothing appeared to go right for the Tigers. Mistakes, heartbreak, failure, and head scratchers darkened a sunny, winner-take-all final at Nats Academy. Each effort seemed to hold no answer. Down all game, in an attempt to pick up his players in the multitude of frustration, head coach Robinson Mateo relayed the message: “Six outs to...

The Jackson-Reed varsity baseball team poses for a team photo after their win over Gonzaga Thursday afternoon. Their final game of the season will be on Sunday versus Maret.
Dominant pitching lifts the Tigers past Gonzaga to advance to the DCSAA State Championship
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 18, 2024

On Thursday afternoon at Nats Academy, senior right handed pitcher Quinn Lindblom looked down at his glove on the mound and searched for an answer. In the second inning, the captain found himself in a...

ONE TEAM - The varsity baseball embrace after a March 21 win over the Landon School. Nearly two months later, the goal of a DCSAA title is near.
Rain? No Problem. Varsity Baseball advances to DCSAA Semifinal in win over Sidwell Friends
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 16, 2024

At around 1:30 p.m on Tuesday, the varsity baseball team reported to Fort Reno Park, two hours ahead of the DCSAA Quarter Final against Sidwell Friends. Opening the equipment shed, the players would normally...

ONE FAMILY: The Jackson-Reed Baseball Program poses for a team photo with the 2024 DCIAA Championship Trophy.
Mercy rule extends Varsity Baseball’s DCIAA Championship Streak to 31 Years
Justin Glenn, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

When he took to the mound Wednesday afternoon in the DCIAA Championship, sophomore Nelson Hayes did so with a purpose. In the third inning, the bases were loaded and the young right-handed pitcher found...

MAGNIFICENT MANAGER - Team manager Ida Steinberg poses with baseball players. Steinberg provides a balanced and organized energy to keep the keep running smoothly.
Behind the scenes of the baseball manager, Ida Steinberg
Josephine Caplan, Spread Editor • May 3, 2024

The spring season for sports has come, bringing updated rosters, game schedules, and most importantly, new managers! The role managers play to help our teams is severely underappreciated, so I decided...

How I got recruited to Elon University
Dani Wallace, Managing Editor • May 3, 2024

When I first touched a volleyball seven years ago, I immediately knew I wanted to play the sport in college. This past March, I committed to Elon University to continue my academic career and play D1 volleyball. The...

April Spread
April Spread
Gil Leifman, Edith Corrigan Conaty, Javier Thompson, Sarah Wiesenfelder, Caleb Simpson, Maria Joyce-Johnson, Meredith Page, Miles Green, and Ben O'Toole May 3, 2024

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What @scaryterry4_ eats in a day
What @scaryterry4_ eats in a day
Kaleb Simpson, Contributor • May 3, 2024

1. Cinnamon toast crunch (my go to breakfast). 2. JR’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the protein! 3. Subway’s spicy Italian sandwich with pepperoni, salami, pepper jack cheese,...

My Georgetown adventure
Sabrina Bergeron, Junior Editor • February 13, 2024

On the first day of my dual enrollment class at Georgetown University, I walked in a bit shaky from the nerves of being in a new place surrounded by people older than me.  As a junior, I applied to...

Day in the Life at JR and GW
Day in the Life at JR and GW
Dana Clocker, Copy Editor • February 13, 2024

5:30am - Wake up and drive to school to catch the team’s bus to the Takoma Aquatic Center for morning swim practice. 6:45am - Swim! 8:15am - Hop back on the bus with my fellow Tiger Sharks to return...

Dual enrollment: two approaches
Edith Corrigan Conaty, Managing Editor • February 13, 2024

Signing up for collegiate schoolwork and courseloads as a high schooler may be considered extreme, but some motivated students have pushed themselves to take on the challenge.  Dania Abdalla and Anna...

ACADEMIC WEAPON WES - Wesley Hoy flaunts his AU sweatshirt in front of the College of History. He rates his AU class, Statistical Programming in R, a 4/10.
My AU dual enrollment experience
Wesley Hoy, Web Technical Editor • February 13, 2024

Last year, senior friends raved about their amazing dual enrollment experiences. After completing the Computer Science Academy pathway at Jackson-Reed, taking a class at one of the schools offered in the...

Influencia puertorriqueño en musica
Alex Frommer, Colaboradora • May 3, 2024

La isla de Puerto Rico ha tenido una gran influencia en la musica latina durante el siglo pasado. Si has estado caminando por la calle y has escuchado los altavoces de un coche en max volumen reproduciendo...

La senioritis consume la promoción de 2024
May 3, 2024

Con el segundo semestre empezando, los estudiantes del grado 12 en todo Estados Unidos están sufriendo...

Varios colegios reinstauran el requisito del SAT/ACT
Varios colegios reinstauran el requisito del SAT/ACT
May 3, 2024

En Febrero, la universidad Dartmouth anunció que comenzaría a requerir puntajes del SAT o ACT para...

Retrasos en FAFSA afectan decisiónes universitarias
May 3, 2024

Un proceso demorado  de Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA) dejó a muchos...

La Importancia de annuncios en Español
May 3, 2024

Jackson-Reed es una escuela compuesta por personas de diversas razas, etnicidades, y países de origen,...

How to wow your mother this Mother’s Day
Josephine Caplan, Spread Editor • May 3, 2024

The most complicated and exhausting day is coming up once again: Mother’s Day. Most of them work hard to help us live our best lives, but they are undoubtedly the worst people to go gift shopping for....

Stop letting Black horror movies fall into the cliche of Black trauma
May 3, 2024

Ever since the release of Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get Out”, Black horror has been trending....

REHEARSING IN STYLE - Adrian Belmonte strikes a pose with the Kit Kat Girls. The cast rehearses the musical “Cabaret” that is set to go on in late May.
Willkommen! JR Theater brings 'Cabaret' to Black Box
May 3, 2024

Preparations for Jackson-Reed’s ‘Cabaret’ are well underway. The musical will open May 16, with...

Stories, seders, and the origins of Passover traditions
Stories, seders, and the origins of Passover traditions
May 3, 2024

With spring comes Passavor, a holiday many Jews all around the world prepare for and celebrate. Passover...

Beacon’s Spring Playlist
Beacon’s Spring Playlist
May 3, 2024

Get ready for warmer weather and pollen allergies with this selection of spring tunes!

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