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The Beacon

The Student Newspaper of Jackson-Reed High School

The Beacon

Devan Mehta

Devan Mehta, News Editor

Devan is the person on the Beacon with the best hot takes, which ultimately is why she is one of the fabulous opinion editors. She does theater, choir, and Bollywood dance but manages to still be opinionated in all of those things! You will often find her reading a romance novel, watching the Baltimore Ravens, or doing both at the same time. She also would give Taylor Swift literally any of her organs if necessary.

  • 2021-23: Junior Editor
  • 2022-24: Opinions Editor
All content by Devan Mehta
FILM SHOWING - The ASU screens 5 Broken Cameras during lunch

ASU shows film about Palestine after interim agreement

Isadora Groves, Devan Mehta, and Gil Leifman June 11, 2024

After months of controversy, the Arab Student Union and the Jackson-Reed administration reached an agreement in federal court last month allowing the student group to screen a documentary about Palestine...

Students attending colleges in swing states recognize the importance of their vote

Students attending colleges in swing states recognize the importance of their vote

Devan Mehta, News Editor June 11, 2024

Going to a high school in the nation’s capital, Jackson-Reed students are exposed to American politics and major current events daily. Though we may not realize it, many of the students at our schools...

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...

Ranking tacos in Tenley

Devan Mehta and Luther Hoy June 11, 2024

Your favorite food reviewers are back for another Tenleytown lunchtime excursion! Though this may be our most controversial ranking yet, we dove into the all-around favorite that is the taco. For those...

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...

‘Killer meals’ at The Heights

Devan Mehta, News Editor March 29, 2024

Late last year, a new food hall opened less than a mile from Jackson-Reed in Friendship Heights. With exactly ten “concept” restaurants, The Heights features cuisines from all around the globe. Recently,...

BATTLE OF THE MAC - Luther and Devan try all the mac ‘n cheeses to crown the best.

Ranking mac ’n cheese in Tenley

Devan Mehta and Luther Hoy March 29, 2024

Would you believe it if we told you that the Beacon has never reviewed the mac n’ cheese in Tenleytown before? How catastrophic is that? Mac n’ cheese, the ultimate comfort food and arguably one of...

The best pizza in Tenley

The best pizza in Tenley

Devan Mehta and Luther Hoy February 13, 2024

Picture this, you’re ravenous in Tenleytown, craving the most authentic Italian cuisine: cheese pizza. But with so many options, how are you ever supposed to decide where to eat? Many of the esteemed...

As AI grows, we should learn to utilize it productively

As AI grows, we should learn to utilize it productively

Devan Mehta, News Editor February 13, 2024

As high school students, we are immersed in a constantly evolving world. Our generation has been the first to grow up in the era of social media and widespread internet use, which we have come to deeply...

New literacy initiative introduces CER writing to be implemented all classes

New literacy initiative introduces CER writing to be implemented all classes

Devan Mehta, News Editor February 13, 2024

For the 2023-2024 school year, Jackson-Reed has introduced a new initiative that requires all students to write under the claim, evidence, reasoning (CER) format. This mandate states that all teachers...

Popcorn fundraiser covers cost of senior caps and gowns

Popcorn fundraiser covers cost of senior caps and gowns

Devan Mehta, News Editor December 18, 2023

For the first time, the cost of caps and gowns will be covered for the senior class due to funds made from a student-run popcorn fundraiser. Spanning September 25-29, the 111 students who participated...

School responds to state of emergency over juvenile crime

Devan Mehta and Josephine Caplan December 18, 2023

Last month, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public state of emergency over the increase in juvenile crime and the opioid crisis in DC.  In the six-page order, Bowser described how the lingering effects...

100 word rants: Froyo, steps, tummy

Devan Mehta, Adler Amolsch, and Dani Wallace November 21, 2023

Froyo If you are an insanely cool person like myself, there is one truth about the world that you cannot deny: froyo is better than ice cream. It just is. But that is not what I am here to rant about...

Why seniority works

Why seniority works

Devan Mehta, News Editor November 21, 2023

Jackson-Reed is filled to the brim with clubs, sports teams, and the most niche extracurriculars that any student could ask for. However, an incoming freshman isn’t necessarily going to immediately become...

Pass or Plate: Thanksgiving food reviews

Pass or Plate: Thanksgiving food reviews

Devan Mehta, News Editor November 21, 2023

I’m sure the word “fall” makes millions yearn for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. However, the best part of this season by far is Thanksgiving. The holiday brings a five-day weekend, parades, and visits from...

AP Psych banned in Florida

AP Psych banned in Florida

Devan Mehta, News Editor October 18, 2023

On August 3rd, College Board released a statement announcing that AP Psychology was “effectively banned” in the state of Florida after deciding its content contradicted Florida’s new education laws....

JR soccer teams begin the hunt for DCSAA title

Devan Mehta and Samuel Biggie October 12, 2023

Girls After 13 consecutive years of DCIAA championships, girls varsity soccer is prepared to continue the streak. As for the beginning of the school season, the Tigers started with a 1-1 tie in a...

Why I love summer and you should too

Why I love summer and you should too

Devan Mehta, News Editor June 21, 2023

Who doesn’t like summer? Please find me a person (other than my lovely co-editor, of course) who doesn’t like summer. Between no school, nice weather, and all-you-can-eat ice cream, there truly are...

Holiday movie faves

Devan Mehta, News Editor May 23, 2023

As the holiday season has crept up upon us all, it’s important to spend time doing things other than homework and trying not to freeze to death. Luckily,corporate America has turned Christmas into a...

100 word rants: We don’t talk about Bruno, security, hall sweeps

Many people know and love me for my hot takes. And let’s be real, I have a lot of them. But my biggest irk of all may still come as a shock to my loyal fans: I detest Bruno Mars. When I see that fedora...

English curriculums need to highlight female voices

Devan Mehta, News Editor May 12, 2023

Let’s be real—reading in school doesn’t suck. In fact, once in a blue moon, DCPS picks a book that actually captivates us. However, we have not read a single book this year that has portrayed a woman...

Trekking with Thompson

Devan Mehta, Josephine Caplan, and Norah Caplan January 24, 2023

    Junior Editors   Last year, as puny little freshmen, the three of us would eat lunch outside, gazing up at the clocktower that sat atop the school. Devan thought it was where...

Album Review: Good Person by Ingrid Andress

Devan Mehta, News Editor October 17, 2022

Pop-country artist Ingrid Andress takes listeners on a vivid journey through the good, bad, and ugly of relationships in her new album Good Person, released on August 26, 2022. The album's first single...

How real is BeReal?

How real is BeReal?

Devan Mehta, News Editor October 14, 2022

  On August 6, 2022, I joined BeReal. After hearing about the app for months on end, my best friend finally convinced me to create an account. Hearing from her and others about the relaxed nature...

The Importance of Women’s History Month

Devan Mehta, News Editor April 29, 2022

Women’s History Month was first celebrated during the Reagan administration in 1987, seven years after President Jimmy Carter first created Women’s History Week. Carter thought it was important to...

Should Wilson continue the 4x4 schedule?

Should Wilson continue the 4×4 schedule?

Kassiani Anifantis and Devan Mehta February 27, 2022

YES Coming out of the first semester, I feel exhausted from the last four months. Thanks to the 4x4 schedule, I get a fresh start for the second half of the year. This schedule is highly preferable...

Less is more when it comes to extracurriculars

Devan Mehta and Adler Amolsch January 5, 2022

Figuring out what to focus on can be hard: do you participate in multiple school clubs and teams, or do you concentrate on only a few activities you're passionate about? As we make our way into the second...

Four DC attractions to get you in the holiday spirit

Devan Mehta, News Editor December 17, 2021

With just a few days left until winter break, the holiday season is in full swing! No matter how you celebrate, there are many great ways to spend your winter right in your home city.    The...

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