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What the 2023-24 senior staff will be remembered for

Beacon Staff June 11, 2024

Rebecca Green: bringing Anna Wintour to the Beacon Simon Holland: his de-stress walks after multitasking Beacon & theater (peep Cliff) Francesca Purrificato: her scary top 10 rejections (she'll...

JR Survival Guide

Norah Caplan and Josephine Caplan June 11, 2024

Dear underclassmen, As AP season comes to a close and summer is finally here, we have some thoughts. As two juniors who have seen it all, we’re here to help you uncover the do’s and don'ts of Jackson-Reed. 1....

CAPE testing is misunderstood

CAPE testing is misunderstood

Noa Gordon and Clara Doyle June 11, 2024

While for freshmen it can be a struggle, the rest of us get mornings off and more time to study for AP tests. It’s the only two weeks in the school year where you can show up at 12:30 PM and miss absolutely...

100 word rants: Rain, Trader Joe’s, end of school

Jordanna Sloane, Benji Roskes, and Ava Serafino June 11, 2024

I hate rain April showers bring May flowers, but it’s May and it's still raining. All I want to do is hang out in Tenleytown, but no, I have to plan around the weather. I want to wake up and not have...

Being a woman in a world of Harrison Butkers

Devan Mehta, News Editor June 11, 2024

Between winning a second consecutive Super Bowl and having a tight end in what is arguably the most famous couple in the United States, it’s no shock that the Kansas City Chiefs have received a significant...

Should we have additional required classes?

Esme Nooruddin and Cecelia Grant June 11, 2024

To graduate from Jackson-Reed, a series of classes are required by the District with the intent of preparing students for success. However, the current required courses do not prepare students for real...

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...

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...

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