The student news site of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois.


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2016-2017 Staff

Claire Fridkin

Writer I suppose

Claire Fridkin is a senior at Whitney Young. You might know her from her frequent hosting of DubTV, her HILARIOUS YouTube videos, or her features on the segment "Wednesday Update". Outside of DubTV and the Beacon, Claire d...

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Allyson Lin

Features Editor

Allyson is a junior at Whitney M. Young and Features editor of the Beacon newspaper. This is her first year with the Beacon staff and is stoked to see what opportunities it opens up. Besides being an editor, she is a member...

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Denise Azadeh


Denise Azadeh is a senior at WY, and it is her first year writing and editing for the Beacon. She is one of two editors for the Beacon's print Features section. She is also one of the co-founders of WY's Critical Film Studies...

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David Rivera


David is a senior and is now in his sixth year at WY after graduating from the Academic Center. This is his first year working on the Beacon. He serves as a contributor for the newspaper. His interests include sports, exercise, and m...

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Nathan Wong


Nathan Wong is a senior at WY and who also attended the Academic Center.  In addition to writing for the Beacon, he enjoys playing badminton and table tennis.  A fun fact about Nathan is that he was in the Whitney Young...

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Forrest Haydon

Contributor, Photographer

Forrest Haydon is a senior at Whitney M. Young. He is a member of the varsity track and soccer team. He is interested in studying BioMedical Engineering and International Relations in college. He enjoys photographing for the Beacon...

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Sydney Baer


Sydney Baer is a senior at WY. This is her first year writing for the Beacon. Sydney runs cross country and track and is also a member of Dance Marathon Club and the Freshmen Mentor Program at WY.    

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Shayla Isada


Sophomore, Taurus, INTP, Lawful Neutral, Slytherin, etc. etc. Part of Eco Club and Scholastic Bowl Aspiring writer Dogs are priority #1  

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August Greenberg


August Greenberg is a senior at Whitney M. Young High School, and is appalled to find out that autocorrect doesn't believe his last name is a word. This is his first year writing for the Beacon. He also participates in Model U.N.,...

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Katie Eppley


Katie Eppley is a senior here at WY and a first-year contributor to the Beacon and DubTV in 21st Century Media Literacy class.  Katie was accepted and plans on ateending Cedarville University in Ohio next fall. In her free ...

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Nathan Wong


I am a Senior Who attended the academic center.

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Anna E. Domahidi

News Editor

Anna Domahidi is a junior with blonde, curly hair. This is her first year writing for the Beacon and she's stoked, especially since she's one of the news editors. She plays lacrosse (she's a lax bro?) and is in WY's top orchestral...

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Emma Purcell


Emma Purcell is a senior and this is her second year on the Beacon. She's super excited to be working with Clare as the Editor-in-Chiefs this year! Besides working on the Beacon, Emma is also an active member of Props Crew for...

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