The Altamont Beacon is a student journal whose goal is to document the feelings and beliefs of the time in a way that highlights the kind of independent thinking and innovative ideas nurtured at Altamont within the framework of an academic journal. In this journal, we welcome work from 8th-12th grade students from a wide range of disciplines, perspectives, and subject areas that speak to social and political phenomena. While we will publish work of a variety of forms (e.g. formal research paper, poetry, art, philosophy), the journal mission is narrowly tailored.
The Altamont Beacon is an homage to Ida B. Wells-Barnett. An advocate for women’s suffrage and civil rights, and an investigative reporter who made white mob violence public, Wells-Barnett was determined to tell the truth about America. For doing so, she was labeled a ‘slanderous and dirty-minded mulatress’ by The New York Times, lived under constant threat, and faced continuous efforts to deny her a chance at a livelihood. But still, she told the truth.
2021-2022 Editors: Alex Melonas, Lisa Daniels, Alesha Dawson, Casey Gillespie, Greyson Parham '22, Meghan Goyle '22, Lucine Carsen '24, and Ariel Dean '23.
Below, you can find each year's publication, starting with the most recent. Simply click a year to see its contents.