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Downers Grove South High School
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Downers Grove South High School
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Downers Grove South High School
Stories from Downers Grove South High School
Mustang Mugs delivers coffee and smiles
Features

Paul Szmanda | October 22, 2019

The multi-needs program is beginning a daily morning-coffee delivery program for DGS teachers. Called Mustang Mugs, the service brings a medium-roast coffee during first and second periods to all the teachers…

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DGS staff continues to misrepresent diversity of student body
Opinions

Ariel Oh | October 21, 2019

On Sept. 14, 2018 I, Ariel Oh, asked a question that was never answered:

What is our district doing to recruit minority teachers and administrators to support our growing number of diverse students?

Well,…

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The new generation: How teens use fashion to express themselves
Photo

Isabella Johnsen | October 21, 2019

Sophomore Olivia Seery: I make most of my own jewelry. I make my bracelets most of the time, and I make my own earrings. Most of the earrings I wear are made by me. I like wearing silly T-shirts with…

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‘Head in the Clouds II’ is pure island electronic perfection
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | October 18, 2019

On Oct. 11, 2019, 88rising released their second compilation album titled “Head in the Clouds II.” The little known music company is suddenly on the rise thanks to the popularity of a select few of…

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Junior Chris Sapinski puzzled by challenge of finding harder classes to take
Features

Jacqueline Barba | October 16, 2019

For most juniors and seniors, finding space in their schedule for every class they’d like to take is like doing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, but for junior Chris Sapinski, the struggle is different….

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Village of Downers Grove expects to not legalize cannabis product sales
News

Tatum Mitchell | October 8, 2019

The legal sale of cannabis products in Downers Grove is currently being discussed by the village council, a ruling will be made on Oct. 8, 2019. Mayor Bob Barnett said the expected decision will be that…

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Facing the impact of an injury head on: Concussions
Features

Ariel Oh | October 7, 2019

Grabbing his head, a student has an agonizing headache. He stands up and feels dizzy, barely remembering what occurred to make him feel this way. A medical professional diagnoses him with a severe concussion,…

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For-never 21: The death of fast fashion
Opinions

Kevin Clyde Tate | October 4, 2019

From the massive piles of mini skirts flooding into the aisles to finding a potentially cute shirt only to turn it around and see “I don’t care. I’m getting tacos” printed on the back, shopping…

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Athletes’ injuries are becoming more than physical
Showcase

Brenna Cohoon | October 3, 2019

A competitive athlete’s career can change in a matter of seconds: anything from pivoting the wrong way on a turf field to landing awkwardly after a rebound can cause an agonizing injury and although…

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Medina makes his mark: Sophomore becomes first male flyer in DGS history
Sports

Sarah Barber | October 3, 2019

The stadium lights glare down as DGS varsity cheer pushes their five flyers up in extensions and the crowd’s eyes widen with realization as they see something unfamiliar in the air among the petite girls:…

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Intruder safety drill encounters technological difficulties
News

Sarah Barber | September 26, 2019

DGS held an intruder safety drill to practice ALICE procedures and test the BluePoint Alert Solutions system on Thursday Sept. 26, with students and staff under the impression an announcement would be…

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Twice’s latest release will truly make you ‘Feel Special’
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | September 25, 2019

On Sept. 23, 2019, international icons and record-breaking girl group Twice released their 13th studio record “Feel Special,” causing me to cry over a music video at 5 a.m. No, I’m serious, I actually…

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‘ANONYMOUS’ proves Blackbear deserves to be quite the opposite in the music industry
Arts & Entertainment

Alex Miranda | May 15, 2019

On April 26, 2019, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Blackbear dropped his fifth studio album “ANONYMOUS” to his long-awaiting fans. Originally scheduled to come out on Valentine’s Day, the album…

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Boys track changes routine to seek improvement
Video

Kelly Jankowski | May 15, 2019

This story was originally published on Blueprint on April 30, 2019.

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Water polo club fights to be recognized by the IHSA
Sports

Natalia Ruiz | May 15, 2019

Water polo has been a club at DGS for six years. The numbers have grown tremendously, and this year the club is hoping to be recognized by the administration and the IHSA.

Pool manager and swim coach…

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Additional courses at Downers Grove North add depth to the curriculum
Video

Kelly Jankowski | April 23, 2019

This story was originally published on Blueprint on April 4, 2019.

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Opinions

Rhaya Truman | April 1, 2019

During my junior year, I decided to join DGS speech.

I was searching for a place to tell my story openly. Speech taught me the art of writing, speaking and mostly the art of poetry. But even with the…

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Video

Ariel Oh | April 1, 2019

This story was originally published on Blueprint on March 19, 2019.

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Best of both lives: how I accepted my identity
Opinions

Ariel Oh | March 31, 2019

My name is Ariel Oh. I am Korean; my favorite subject is math; I like eating rice; I play the piano and have a black belt in karate; also, I aspire to be a doctor, and if that doesn’t work out, I would…

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The Japanese House tells the story of my broken relationships, but it actually sounds good
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | March 22, 2019

The Japanese House released her debut album on March 1, 2019, and it’s the story of all my relationships ever. Except it’s actually my favorite album of 2019 so far and isn’t about a 17-year-old…

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Oh my mogul: An evening with your newest music obsession, the Aces
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | March 21, 2019

When The Aces, four girls from rural Utah with a killer pop-rock sound, announced their first ever U.S. tour– I screamed. I immediately got VIP tickets, rounded up friends, watched the date get moved,…

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Piloting his future: Joey Ermel — student pilot
Features

Andrea Davenport | March 19, 2019

On June 15, 2018, junior Joey Ermel stepped into a plane by himself for the first time. After one last hug from his 82-year-old grandpa, Ermel secured his headset and took flight in a one-of-a-kind 1946…

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The Parkland massacre: one year later
Features

Kelly Jankowski | February 21, 2019

On Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, killing 17 people and changing the conversation about gun violence. In the past year, DGS has made numerous…

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The power of speaking multiple languages
Audio

Alyssa Mojica | February 13, 2019

This story was originally published on Blueprint on February 12, 2019.

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From DG to GB: junior Addy Karmik commits to play Division I volleyball
Sports

Sarah Barber | February 12, 2019

The whistle blows and junior Addy Karmik tosses the volleyball into the air. She jumps up and serves it across the net for a perfect arc — a move she has been perfecting since the 5th grade. After six…

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Bringing friendship into a performance: winter guard
Features

Ariel Oh | January 31, 2019

On Jan. 26, 2019, 25 participants of the DGS winter guard team quietly pitter-pattered barefoot onto a tarp together at Romeoville High School to execute their first performance in front of a panel of…

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DGS junior dazzles on the ice rink
Sports

Sarah Barber | January 30, 2019

The cold air slices her skin as junior Dana Kozlowski glides effortlessly across the rink at the Downers Grove Ice Arena in the early hours of the morning. For the past 14 years of her life, Kozlowski…

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End the trend: the dangerous effects of glamorizing student-teacher relationships in teen TV
Arts & Entertainment

Alex Miranda | December 26, 2018

Teen television is addicting. There, I said it. It’s true.

There are many TV dramas targeted to high school students that have gained immense popularity among the youth demographic, especially in…

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Game, set, match: DGS tennis star qualifies for state
Sports

Andrea Davenport | December 11, 2018

The sun was out, but it was cold. The wind blew as sophomore varsity tennis player Gerda Jucys stared down her opponent at the other end of the court. She threw the ball up into the air, swung her racket…

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Fundamentals of fighting
Features

Ariel Oh | November 29, 2018

In light of the national discussion on safety, DGS has made some changes, increasing the number of security personnel. However, instead of defending the school from external threats, these faculty members…

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