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Devan Mehta, Opinions 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

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, Opinions 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, Opinions 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, Opinions 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, Opinions 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, Junior 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, Junior 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, Junior 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, Junior 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 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 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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