The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

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The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

Alice Patterson, Features Editor

  • Junior Editor: 2023-2024
All content by Alice Patterson
I scream, you scream: A guide of where to get ice cream this summer

I scream, you scream: A guide of where to get ice cream this summer

Alice Patterson, Features Editor June 11, 2024

As the weather heats up and the sun comes out, there has been only one thing on our minds: where can we find the perfect ice cream? This question nagged us, kept us awake. The only solution? Try them all! So,...

100 word rants: Grammys, cold, mansplaining

Haley Crouch, Alice Patterson, and Devan Mehta March 29, 2024

Grammys If you paid attention to the Grammys this year, you may have seen the winners and noticed that originality was lacking. In 2024, it seems music is often made to be marketable on TikTok, as opposed...

Sophomores take field trip to the Holocaust Museum

Alice Patterson and Ben Holland March 29, 2024

Throughout the weeks of March 6 and March 13, sophomore students in English II classes took field trips to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. These trips were taken in preparation for an English...

A look into the lack of female voices in English II

Alice Patterson and Clara Doyle March 29, 2024

Jackson-Reed prides itself on its diversity, both in its student body and curriculum. However, there is a serious failure to showcase female voices in English classes. This is most apparent in the English...

ROX club seeks to uplift girls at JR

ROX club seeks to uplift girls at JR

Henley Kaminskas and Alice Patterson March 29, 2024

As of this year, JR is home to the first DC chapter of the nationwide organization, Ruling Our Experiences (ROX). The club’s mission is to create generations of confident girls who control their own...

JR union representative and teacher Rebecca Bradshaw-Smith rallies teachers at the March 8 demonstration. The Washington Teachers’ Union is pushing for an updated contract to provide teachers with better working conditions.

Teachers walk out

On March 8, teachers from multiple DCPS schools including Jackson-Reed, Alice Deal Middle School, Janney Elementary School, and Murch Elementary School, met at Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street at...

Best and worst dressed at the 2024 Golden Globes

Alice Patterson and Maria Joyce-Johnson March 3, 2024

As two extremely online teenage girls, we find ourselves more than qualified to evaluate the looks from the 2024 Golden Globes red carpet. This year brought a wide array of looks and showed us that there...

SMILING SWIMMERS - The Lady Tiger Sharks pose for a pic after winning the DCIAA championships. Claire Yoder was one of the members of the successful squad.

Day in the life of a Jackson-Reed Tiger Shark

Alice Patterson, Features Editor March 2, 2024

Jackson-Reed has some very high profile sports. It’s mostly the classics: basketball, football, and soccer; even the crew team gets publicity. But what about one of Jackson-Reed’s lesser known sports:...

Top five holiday gag gifts

Top five holiday gag gifts

Alice Patterson, Features Editor December 18, 2023

Whether it be with a sports team, class, or friends—Secret Santa and White Elephant are commonplace during the holiday season. While fun, it can be difficult to decide what to get for these holiday games....

Sophomores deserve off campus lunch

Sophomores deserve off campus lunch

Alice Patterson, Features Editor November 21, 2023

The class of 2026 is now fully ensconced in our sophomore year, and I believe I speak for many of us when I say that we deserve off-campus lunch privileges. I know I have spent many STEP periods with my...

Be extravagant with extracurriculars

Alice Patterson and Meredith Page October 18, 2023

The immense pressure to get into college is a familiar one in this day and age, whether it’s coming from parents, teachers, administrators, or peers. As college applications draw closer, it is common...

Unblocked games: blessing to students, curse to teachers

Alice Patterson and Maria Joyce-Johnson October 18, 2023

We’re sure you’re all familiar with the feeling of sitting in class while your teacher pulls up a 50 slide PowerPoint and you know you’re in it for the long haul. Your eyelids are drooping and you...

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