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The Student News Site of Dallastown Area High School

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Dr. Wilson and her family: Matthew, her four-year-old son, and her husband, Mr. Eric Wilson. In the midst of planning for the new school year, the Wilsons went on adventures to spend time with one another.

Q & A With Dr. Wilson

Ainsley Ellis, Co-Editor-In-Chief September 9, 2022

After a summer of water balloons and mini-adventures with her son, Dr. Misty Wilson has officially taken over as the Dallastown High School principal. After 13 years as a physics and chemistry teacher...

The Mamma Mia set crew dedicates their time and energy to making spacious set pieces such as this.

Mamma Mia! Here we go… For Real this Time

Maddie Herrington, Reporter June 3, 2022

Countless school events were put on hold because of the pandemic, including the long-awaited, fan-favorite musical that was originally planned to be performed on the DHS stage in April of 2020. Mamma...

The Beacon Senior Issue - Class of 2022

The Beacon Senior Issue – Class of 2022

June 2, 2022

Each year, The Beacon staff surveys the senior class as a means to gather information for their annual Senior Issue. While the yearbook, The Spectator, includes a photo of every senior and every club and...

A picture of the entire Dallastown marching band from this past season.

Brand New Band

Alli Fleming, Reporter June 1, 2022

It's a Friday night football game. Middle schools are walking the track, parents are gossiping in the stands, the student section is packed with high schoolers, cheerleaders are smiling and cheering, and...

As participants get Down and Dirty in the 10 competitions, being covered in mud is guaranteed.

The Day of Down-and-Dirty (Photostory)

Brannigan Stiles, Maddie Herrington, Reporters May 26, 2022

On Saturday, May 21, Down-and-Dirty made its comeback to Dallastown. The day-long event consisted of several heats of teams who participated in ten events set up around the soccer fields, including a mud...

March on April 22, 2017 for science literacy, open communication, informed public policy, and stable investment in science and research.

Taking Years Back

Gia Elliot, reporter May 5, 2022

Five years; what if you were told you had only five more years left on this earth? No one knows that for sure; it’s just an estimate, we should be looking after our planet under any circumstances....

Official Cat Packs Program Logo- Featured On Their Website. Cat Packs was introduced as a independent program after COVID struck the District.

Backpack to Cat Pack

Maddie Herrington, Reporter May 5, 2022

On May 21, students will have the opportunity to participate in various challenges, obstacles, and fun at the revamped Down and Dirty event being held at our school. However, what’s most important is...

Flyer for this years Down-and-Dirty can be seen posted all around the high  school with the information about the event.

The Return of Down-and-Dirty

Brannigan Stiles, Reporter April 29, 2022

In 2018, one of Dallastown’s most popular traditions came to an end. Down-and-Dirty, an annual fundraising event held at the high school, was put on for the last time…until now.  This year, however,...

Senior, Ben Poff, escorted his grandparents, Cathy and Steve Bortner, around at their fourth Senior Citizen Day.

Senior Citizens Go Back to School

Morgan O'Neill , Reporter April 20, 2022

On March 30, over 100 senior citizens from the local community went back to high school for the day at the 37th Annual Senior Citizens Conference sponsored by the Dallastown High School Student Council.    This...

Mrs. Susan Eckert rings up a student meal in the cafeteria. For the past two school years, student meals have been free for everyone as a part of a national program of COVID relief. That program is expected to end in June.

Free School Lunch Program Expected to End in June

Sophia Ahrens, Reporter April 14, 2022

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020, the Wolf Administration obtained approval from the Food and Nutrition Service of Agriculture to conduct $1 billion in federally-funded benefits...

Moving from left to right are Dallastowns administrators, special guest speakers and PA Seal of Biliteracy recipients. Dr. Doll, Senora Garrett, Joao Abreu, Jarno Ottati, Francesca Croci, Maria Ramirez, Beatrice Piatesi, Madelyn Concepcion-Perez, Billie Ramon-Maldonado, PA Secretary of Education Noe Ortega, PA Second Lady Gisele Fetterman, and Carlos Rivas.

Polyglots of PA: Bilingual Students Make History

Michaela Long , Reporter March 28, 2022

According to the state of Pennsylvania has over 8,539 vacant jobs for bilingual workers and over 1,000 of them are in York County.  Thanks to a new state program, several Dallastown students...

Cast and crew of the fall play Whodunnit? gather for rehearsal. This years play will be a comedic murder mystery with audience interaction.


Natalia Ipatova , Reporter November 17, 2021

Last year Dallastown Performing Arts Club (DPAC) was forced to do the performances of their annual Fall Play virtually. The actors missed performing for a live audience so much that this year they decided...

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