A Taste of the Future: Representative Hakeem Jeffries visits Beacon

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 Congressmen’s budding leadership role in the Democratic caucus has catapulted him…

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…

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….

A Call to Caution

By Adrian Flynn In the past few months, many Beacon students have freely shared their opinions on two major political incidents: the Covington confrontation and the Jussie Smollett episode. Similar sentiments of outrage were expressed by many liberals across the nation in response to these two events. As we have now learned, both of these…

Queens, Dick, and Lobster: A Review Of The Oscar Front-runners

by Linus Coersmeier The films ‘Vice’ and ‘The Favourite’ are set 300 years apart, with a budget difference of 45 million dollars, one about a drunk turned Vice President and one about a peasant turned into the Queen’s lover, seemingly having no connection other than their ‘underdog’ themes. However, upon further examination, the two are…

Getting Involved: A NYC High School Student’s Guide to the Midterms

By Adrian Flynn It’s no secret that the midterm elections just under a month away will be enormously consequential for the future of the country and this administration. Democrats seem to be in a good position to win a majority in the House of Representatives, as many Republican representatives are in vulnerable positions and the…

All Politics Is Local: Council Member Brad Lander Comes to Beacon

By Adrian Flynn Photos by Kareem Sidibe & Adrian Flynn On Wednesday, May 16th, NYC Council Member Brad Lander spoke to Beacon students about his experience in city government as part of an event organized by Model Congress minority leader Divine Ndombo. In her opening speech, Ndombo noted Lander’s support for youth involvement in politics,…

Let’s Be Awake: The Benefits of Starting the School Day at 9am

Op-Ed Contest Winner #1 By Leonardo Elie “Everybody learns better when they are awake,” observes Mary Carskadon, Brown University Professor of Human Behavior. Unfortunately, this cannot be a reality at The Beacon School in New York City, where many students trudge through the day like zombies, their brains and bodies unable to meet the requirements…

Increasing School Spirit Means Uniting the Student Body

Op-Ed Contest Winner #2 By Camilla Ffrench There is a beauty to standing in a cheering crowd and celebrating the final goal, to standing on stage with your classmates and basking in the glory of the lights and applauding audience, and to walking through the doors on that first day of school to be welcomed…