16 Beacon Students on Family Politics, Values, Social Media Activism, and the College Admissions Scandal: A “Beacon Beat Roundtable”

The Beacon Beat has formally decided to begin hosting “roundtable discussions” between members of both the newspaper staff and the public on specific topical issues. Below is a transcription of a conversation that occurred on March 13th. The transcription has been edited for clarity and grammar. Initially, the topic of discussion was “Family Politics vs….

Beaconnected

Beaconnected is a weekly column that focuses on getting to know the distinct personalities, styles, and lives of Beacon students. You can nominate students to be featured in the column and/or suggest questions for interview subjects here: https://goo.gl/forms/AySjSNxTXtdC01cn1. Written by Kate Jeffrey 11/2: AAYUSHA DUWADI NAME: Aayusha Duwadi GRADE: Junior What is your favorite TV…

A Taste of the Future: Representative Hakeem Jeffries Visits Beacon

By Jude Messler & Adrian Flynn, with additional questions by Cynthia Enofe Before March 20th, a whirlwind of loudspeaker announcements and ubiquitous posters let students know that Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was coming to Beacon. Excitement soon followed as people prepared to listen to what the Representative from New York’s 8th Congressional District had to say….

The Passing of Cassius Clay the Crab & the Crab Sanctuary in Room 527

By Adrian Flynn The Beacon community was rattled in April by the unfortunate and untimely passing of Cassius Clay the crab. The female blue crab, named after the prolific boxer Muhammad Ali, somehow made it out of her tank and into a sink in Mr. McKenna’s classroom. By the time she was discovered, she had…

Advisory at Beacon: A Failed Concept?

By Ariella Moses & Tali Lebowitsch Throughout the high-school application process, many students felt overwhelmed when deciding between each school and its unique features. Of these differing traits, one that seemed to stand out at Beacon specifically was its commitment to “Advisory.” It is described on the Beacon website as a nurturing place to provide…

Beacon Boys Ultimate Starts the Season Off Strong

By Jacob Rafiy The Beacon Boys Ultimate Team has had a very promising start this year, posting a 1-0-0 record in the NYC Ultimate League as well as two very high tournament finishes. The team has recently been promoted to Division A due to its stellar performance the season prior. In 2018, the Beacon Boys…

The Mind Of Jordan Peele

By Henry Wheeler-Klainberg Note: SPOILERS AHEAD! From a comedy genius to a horror extraordinaire, Jordan Peele has risen to a prestigious state in Hollywood. With the recent release of his latest horror film Us, we see once again the talent and precision that Peele brings to his movies. With his ability to create complex and…

Blue Demon Wrestling Turns it Around in 2019

By Guy Mermelstein Beacon’s varsity sports teams have been playing strikingly well during their 2018-19 campaigns. Beacon Boys Varsity Soccer finished the season first in their division with 11 wins and one loss, while Girls Varsity Soccer finished the year undefeated, and Girls Volleyball split their season record with six wins and losses. On top…

America to Me: A New Docuseries About Race in American Public Schools

By Mollie Butler “America to Me” is a ten episode documentary series on the Starz network which takes places at Oak Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago that follows students from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds at each grade level within the school. The documentary exposes the social, political, and administrative aspects of…