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Budney running under her teammates sticks as her name is called before the game against Lampeter-Strasburg.

Freshman On The Field

Audrey Frey and Kiele Wright, Freelance Writer June 3, 2024

From picking up her first stick in kindergarten, to making the varsity team, freshman Julie Budney has always had a strong passion for lacrosse, but did not know it would take her this far. Since second...

Behind the Music

Erin Wagman, Freelance Writer June 3, 2024

You may know her from seeing her in the halls, perhaps the school performances, or even saw her face displayed in the front lobby.  There's a chance you got to see her in the spotlight. Heard, her...

Club members represent Unified in the annual Dallastown Halloween Parade. (dtownunified Instagram)

Spreading Meaningful Inclusion

Weslyn Harvey, Freelance Writer June 3, 2024

Unified Club, on its surface, is exactly what it sounds like - an extracurricular activity that brings people together. But at its core, Unified is so much more than just a club. Every Thursday afternoon...

Kennedy Messinger poses for a photo after a bake sale with the money she raised. With this money, Messinger bought Christmas presents for 5 local teenagers.

Life is What You Bake it

Lea Linga, Freelance Writer June 2, 2024

When it comes to Junior Kennedy Messinger, she has always loved baking. However, she takes it above and beyond when she makes a difference in the lives of many with a single cake. Since 2019, Messinger...

The Beacon Senior Issue 2024

The Beacon Senior Issue 2024

Congratulations, Dallastown Class of 2024! This Senior Issue was created by senior Beacon editors and members of the Journalism II: Digital Media class. Information and votes were compiled from a survey...

Prom Night In the Clouds

Maddie Herrington, Reporter May 23, 2024

On May 4, 2024, Dallastown High School had their annual Prom dance. Although the weather wasn't ideal, students made the best of the rain and had a fantastic night at Wisehaven Events Center. From...

A study by Market Watch showed that nearly a third of adult Americans still don’t know how to cook. Are schools at fault?

Back By Popular Demand

Chesley Ellis, Reporter May 22, 2024

One of the most highly requested electives taken at high schools across the country is Family and Consumer Science. It is a lot more than baking brownies or taste-testing foods.  FCS is a course involving...

Members of the crew gather for the official program photo for The Lightning Thief. Crew members work with various off stage elements such as lights, sound, and moving props. Student directors are also pictured.

What Happens Behind the Curtain?

Kendyl McPherson, Reporter May 1, 2024

As the stage lights dim and the curtains are drawn, audiences see plays and musicals come to life on stage. But what truly goes into the work backstage? This year's musical, "The Lightning Thief"...

The Video Production Club Members Visit the STN Convention

Camera, Lights, Action!

Austin Miller, Reporter April 30, 2024

On Tuesday March 12, the Video Production Club went on a trip to participate in the Student Television Network (STN) convention that took place in Long Beach, California.  In addition to competing...

The 3rd annual silent disco was held at Dallastown. 5 neighboring school districts participated with the same goal of promoting autism awareness.

April is for Awareness

Chesley Ellis, Reporter April 19, 2024

For over 50 years, the month of April has been recognized as Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders are developmental disorders that often affect communication skills, social interaction,...

Senior Jillian Stefko poses with a shirt of the university she has committed to - Florida Gulf Coast.

The Application for Your Future

Larissa Swisher, Reporter April 19, 2024

In March, senior Jillian Stefko opened her computer anxious to find out if she had gotten into her dream school: Florida Gulf Coast. Her college application process, however, started months before. College...

Cottrell, sporting her York College t-shirt, after placing 7th in the district for the 200m. This was her first and last districts during her senior year at Dallastown in 2023.

Determination, Persistence, and Some Record Breaking

Emily Smith, Features Editor April 18, 2024

One might fear the fire that is life’s challenges, and some modestly prevail to bring out their inner fire. For Dallastown graduate Natalie Cottrell, her inner fire forced her to prove herself right...

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