The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Downers Grove South High School
All Things ADHD: Neurodiversity in the Classroom
Audio

Faith Nelson | May 19, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 18, 2021.

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It’s Too Early for This
Video

Claire Valenti | May 13, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 12, 2021.

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Pinned
Video

Jimmy Riedel | May 11, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 10, 2021.

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Bliss & Wicks: The Candle Queen
Video

Emma Huget | May 10, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 7, 2021.

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Protests around abortion spark conflicting viewpoints
Features

Kassem Ossman | May 5, 2021

Last week, the 40 Days for Life organization, aiming to end abortion through prayer and fasting in front of abortion clinics, wrapped up their last day of prayers. Protests spark conflicting emotions from…

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Stock trader by 17: Rainu George gains hundreds
Features

Annie Le | March 18, 2021

Senior Rainu George opens her stock holdings portfolio for the first time after COVID-19 air travel restrictions eased. Her screen lights up with green numbers and charts as she is faced with three words…

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Attitude
Audio

Katie Arnold | March 4, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on February 24, 2021.

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Women in the workplace
Audio

Lily Myszak | March 3, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on February 26, 2021.

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The effects of toxic masculinity on the adolescents psyche
Features

Kassem Ossman | March 3, 2021

“Stop being a girl,” “stop being gay” and other sayings like “be a man” all come from the same umbrella term — toxic masculinity. What some may pass as a joke can hurt an individual’s psyche,…

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Teens unseen: Diversity at DGS
Audio

Claire Valenti | February 9, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on February 9, 2021.

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‘Teaching into the Zoom Void’: Teachers struggle with students’ lack of engagement
Features

Jacqueline Barba | January 29, 2021

While the focus of virtual learning has primarily been on students, there has been one presence in the classroom that has been largely ignored — teachers. Among the varied hurdles educators have had to…

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One of six percent: Domani Sharkey earns full-ride to Caltech
Features

Annie Le | January 28, 2021

Senior Domani Sharkey slowly moved her mouse to hover over the status update button. She held her breath and clicked. “Congratulations, you matched! You have been selected for admission to the California…

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Acceptance over authenticity: Students and staff of color share their experiences with code-switching
Features

Luc Alvarez | January 26, 2021

Merriam-Webster defines code-switching as “the switching from the linguistic system of one language or dialect to that of another.” For those from minority communities, this may come in the form of…

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Healthcare for the few: Do I deserve to die because I can’t afford my medication?
Opinions

Jacqueline Barba | January 20, 2021

Last month, my health care insurance, provided to me by my mom’s job, refused to cover the costs of my prescribed medication and I was left without a way to fill my prescription. Even a letter from my…

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Two Americas: The contrasts between the U.S. Capitol and BLM protests
Opinions

Enzo Rovito | January 7, 2021

The events of Jan. 6 strike many with a frightening familiarity of this past summer. On the front steps of our country’s democracy, a frightening insurrection took place in an attempt to “maintain…

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Taylor Swift conveys talented lyricism, longevity on new album ‘Evermore’
Arts & Entertainment

Alex Miranda | December 16, 2020

Well, Taylor Swift has done it again.

A mere five months after the surprise drop of her eighth studio album Folklore in late July, Swift announced to her 141 million Instagram followers on Dec. 10 that…

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It takes more than an email: Addressing racism among students at DGN and DGS
Opinions

Ariel Oh | December 11, 2020

Time and time again, we get the same response from District 99 that addresses an instance of racism that occured at DGS or DGN. The response has the three basics: the explanation that yet another student…

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Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community in the suburbs
Features

Kassem Ossman | November 30, 2020

With around 2,800 students that attend DGS, there are 2,800 stories to be told. Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is something that people, especially in the suburbs, tend to hide from. They are too…

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The 17 year-old in scrubs: Lestin Kandakudy finds a place in nursing
Features

Annie Le | November 24, 2020

Senior Lestin Kandakudy sets down his pencil and closes the cover of the AP biology textbook on his desk. He looks at the clock — it’s time. He puts on his scrubs, clips on his nursing ID tag and is…

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‘Derek Draws,’ audience awes: Hoffman entertains, inspires with personal Youtube channel
Features

Alex Miranda | November 23, 2020

Science class chaos, hell’s itch and Animal Crossing—senior Derek Hoffman’s creative world bubbles with honest, eccentric depictions of his personal passions and experiences. Fusing charismatic intelligence…

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COVID-(20)19 and beyond: COVID-19’s impact on the education of today and tomorrow
Features

Luc Alvarez | November 19, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic first began in the U.S., DGS has been forced to remain almost exclusively remote, drastically changing how the school year has looked for students and teachers thus far. The…

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‘ZZZ’oom meetings: Online learning and its effect on students’ fatigue
Features

Alexis Pragides | November 16, 2020

Since the switch to remote learning began at the start of the school year, many students have begun to feel a new type of weariness—Zoom fatigue. Zoom fatigue refers to the tiredness one may feel because…

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Awaiting election results in the eyes of minorities
Features

Ariel Oh | November 9, 2020

With the 2020 election results approaching, stress is high among thousands of citizens in the United States. For the past four years, president Donald Trump has not only made a controversial mark on Twitter,…

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Teaching and parenting worlds collide: How COVID has forced DGS teachers to manage multiple roles
Features

Mimi Akintunde-Nieves | November 9, 2020

Since COVID-19 has started, there has been a drastic change in the education system–teachers have had to alter the ways they instruct their classes, not to mention some teachers have had to raise their…

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You’re not alt if you don’t support the BLM
Opinions

Kassem Ossman | October 21, 2020

This story was originally published on Blueprint on October 15, 2020.

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Women in rap: Empowering or extreme
Arts & Entertainment

Gwendolynne Royle | September 28, 2020

In this podcast we talk about women in the rap industry, the content of they’re songs and how they affect women and young girls. Interviewees: freshman Maija Flannery, Mother Jessica Flannery and senior…

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Casey McQuiston’s ‘Red, White and Royal Blue’ is the romance read you’ve been searching for
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Barba | September 17, 2020

All other modern romance novelists bow down, Casey McQuiston’s “Red, White and Royal Blue” has come to sweep us all off our feet. With POC characters, LGBTQ+ representation and a picture of what…

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This ‘Reflection’ isn’t a good one: Everything wrong with ‘Mulan’
Arts & Entertainment

Ariel Oh | September 11, 2020

“Mulan” — one of the most anticipated Disney live action films that quickly and rightfully went down the drain was released on Sept. 4, 2020 and streaming on Disney+. “Mulan” costs viewers a questionable…

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DGS students, administration respond to “Zoom bombing” incidents
News

Alex Miranda | September 10, 2020

Since the beginning of the semester on Aug. 17, instances have occurred where unauthorized individuals entered scheduled Zoom calls and engaged in inappropriate behavior. The offense, coined “Zoom bombing”…

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Under the microscope: An inside look at DGS’s Research Club
Features

Jacqueline Barba | May 15, 2020

Stepping into Research Club, there’s a sense of controlled chaos. In one corner, students laugh with each other while pouring and mixing different liquids in beakers while in another, a student sits…

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How the community is responding to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Monserrat Perez | May 11, 2020

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 8, 2020.

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Behind the Zoom screen: How teachers are coping with remote learning
Coronavirus

Sarah Barber | May 11, 2020

There’s no denying how much COVID-19 has altered the world we live in– from working and learning online to being unable to see loved ones, this is an unprecedented time. In District 99, the majority…

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Student Instagram account celebrates Class of 2020; District 99 community supports seniors during COVID-19
Coronavirus

Jacob Casella | May 7, 2020

With DGS seniors unable to celebrate their future plans in the classroom due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures, senior Samantha Simmons has made an Instagram account with the username…

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Student documentary: Family makes masks during Covid-19
Coronavirus

Andrew Calek | May 7, 2020

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 6, 2020.

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Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’ redefines what an education is
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Barba | April 28, 2020

In the era of remote learning, where many students are finding it difficult to focus on school work, much less teach themselves new material, many are now struggling to understand what exactly learning…

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DGS building repurposed to help community during COVID-19; MFP work continues while students are away
Coronavirus

Jacqueline Barba | April 24, 2020

As of April 23, 41 days have passed since the student body has attended class within the walls of the DGS building. While the hallways may appear deserted without thousands of students to fill them, the…

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State mandate suspends in-person learning for the year, remote learning to continue
Coronavirus

Tatum Mitchell | April 23, 2020

Remote learning will continue throughout the remainder of the semester as all in-person instruction in Illinois has been suspended due to COVID-19, according to Governor JB Pritzker’s state-wide mandate.

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Social media challenges spreading positivity during COVID-19
Coronavirus

Brenna Cohoon | April 6, 2020

A teen sits in bed wearing the same pajamas they’ve had on for the past week, mindlessly flicking their finger and scrolling through their social media feeds. The next moment, they’re on the floor doing…

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Community under quarantine: Downers Grove adapts in wake of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Alex Miranda | March 27, 2020

This story was originally published on Blueprint on March 25, 2020.

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Baylor bound: Equestrian Tatum Mitchell commits to division I university
Sports

Sarah Barber | March 26, 2020

The horse begins at a trot, approaching the first jump before clearing it with ease, as senior rider Tatum Mitchell is confidently in control — making it clear to the judges and spectators why she is…

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Leinart reigns supreme: Legally blind swimmer wins state, breaks records
Sports

Sarah Barber | March 19, 2020

A tennis ball tapped the head of junior Matthew Leinart as he flew through the pool, executing a flip turn before speeding toward the end of his lane — he was about to shatter the IHSA and pool records…

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Focused on the future: DGS students respond to COVID-19 complications
Coronavirus

Jacqueline Barba | March 19, 2020

On March 13, DGS took precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 by implementing e-learning days in place of scheduled school attendance. The tentative plan is to return to school on April 6,…

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Baseball spring break trip canceled due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Ashley Boak | March 17, 2020

On Wednesday, March 12, the varsity baseball team’s spring break trip to California was canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. This cancellation was announced to the entire student body via an email from…

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‘American Dirt’ book whitewashes experience of Mexican immigrants
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Barba | March 16, 2020

“American Dirt,” written by Jeanine Cummins proves that writing about experiences you can only imagine is never the foundation for good writing. The novel tells the story of Lydia and Luca, the wife…

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Memorable teaching moments that have impacted DGS teachers
Features

Jovana Kuzmanovic | February 26, 2020

The day-to-day life of a DGS teacher usually consists of lesson-planning, meetings and, of course, teaching, but there are times when irregular events occur and leave a mark on teachers in various ways.

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Decade recap: How DGS has changed throughout the 2010’s
Features

Luc Alvarez | February 19, 2020

The past decade in the US has been one of great change, with social media becoming a defining force in the lives of most Americans and the polarization of American politics through the presidencies of…

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DGS SoundCloud rappers spit facts
Audio

Kathleen Woods | February 12, 2020

This podcast is about aspiring DGS SoundCloud rappers. Three senior rappers Nelson Burke, Trent Phifer and Johnny Werthman, share their experiences as well as interest with music.

This story was originally…

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Student-created ‘Project Dandelion’ database raises awareness of college sexual assault
Features

Alex Miranda | February 6, 2020

As high school students undergo the extensive college admissions process, universities make it very clear what they want to see from their applicant pool. Required SAT and ACT scores, average admitted…

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Super Bowl Halftime Show receives unwarranted, sexist controversy
Opinions

Jacqueline Barba | February 6, 2020

More popular than the game itself, the 2020 halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira sparked major controversy among viewers about whether their dance moves and outfits were appropriate and kid-friendly….

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Student diversity is shown through the different languages at DGS
Features

Ariel Oh | January 29, 2020

DGS is rich in culture and diversity. The student population in 2019/2020 consists of 57.1% white students, 20.5% Hispanic students, 11.7% black students, 7.4% Asian students and .01% Pacific Islander…

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