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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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Gee dazzles with synchronized figure skating team
Sports

Jacqueline Barba | January 27, 2020

Skates glide across the ice as senior Lauren Gee moves through her long program, a feeling she’s been familiar with since the age of five. Her mother had skated as a child and felt it was a fun thing…

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Starbucks Roastery leaves Chicagoans still thirsty
Arts & Entertainment

Alex Miranda | January 23, 2020

There are countless Starbucks spots in the city of Chicago, but none more popular than the recently opened Starbucks Reserve Roastery on the corner of Michigan and Erie billed “the largest Starbucks…

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Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ unearths the bones in America’s racist past
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Barba | January 23, 2020

To read Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” is to come face-to-face not with the Civil Rights Movement but to dip a toe in the pool of unknown horrors that everyday Americans — in this case, young…

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The same, but different: Birthday twins
Photo

Lauren Wilmore | December 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This story was originally published on Blueprint on December 18, 2019.

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DGS still buzzed by Juul epidemic
Vaping

Ariel Oh | December 9, 2019

The presence of vaping at DGS has drawn attention from students, teachers and other staff. What used to be a social trend has evolved into something extremely different, and teenage vaping rates and injuries…

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Cailyn Trant takes on the world: Life of an Irish dancer
Features

Kira Matheson | December 9, 2019

After 13 years of practice, senior Cailyn Trant qualified for the 2020 Irish Dancing World Championships in Dublin. This achievement, a culmination of her years of training, was an honor for which she…

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Agne Giedraityte: Classically trained, musically accomplished
Features

Alex Miranda | December 4, 2019

“Memory, all alone in the moonlight // I can smile at the old days.”

These words from “Memory,” a song in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s acclaimed Broadway musical “Cats,” is the lyric that encapsulates…

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Mr. Kuhn bites down on biggest fear with new Instagram account
Features

Jacob Casella | December 4, 2019

@40yearoldfood– an Instagram username that could mean many different things. Does this account belong to someone who hoards old food? Does it display fancy aged wines and cheeses? Or does the account…

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Underage ink: Students show off their tattoos
Features

Teagan Smith | December 2, 2019

Tattoos– a form of self expression that is regulated by many states, but this doesn’t stop minors from getting inked.

Illinois law requires that a person has to be 18 years or older [regardless of…

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Being homeless made me who I am today
Opinions

Jorie Alexander | November 26, 2019

It all started with the eviction notice, a screaming hot pink piece of paper in a brown hallway, a brown door, brown stairs and a brown floor.

My family was unable to keep paying rent where we were…

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Rob Lyrical discusses music, influences
Audio

November 22, 2019

This story was originally published on Blueprint on November 22, 2019.

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R.I.P. Albums: Why digital streaming has killed records
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | November 22, 2019

When I was eight years old, I bought my first CD from the holy grail that was the Disc Replay on Butterfield. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen, a whole 40 minutes of music put onto one single…

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What I am thankful for: Beating cancer
Opinions

Marjorie Lichner | November 21, 2019

I had cancer. Stage four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to be specific.

I feel like the best way to start this article is to tell you that I’m fine. I’m not going to die (yet), and I have a unique story…

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Illness: What is so romantic about it?
Opinions

Marjorie Lichner | November 15, 2019

“The Fault in our Stars,” “Midnight Sun” and “Five Feet Apart.” All of these romantic movies share at least one thing in common, that being, the romanticizing of illness. The common theme in…

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Rau twins commit to play Division III softball at UW-OshKosh
Sports

Sarah Barber | November 5, 2019

Senior varsity softball players and identical twins Morgan and Sydney Rau have just fulfilled a dream they’ve had since first stepping onto a field 12 years ago: committing to play at the collegiate…

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Monsta X’s fifth studio album will ‘Find You’ hope in your darkest moments
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | November 1, 2019

On Oct. 28, 2019, one of the world’s most sonically recognizable boy bands, Monsta X, released their third album of 2019 “Follow- Find You.” As one of my favorite groups of all time, I was over the…

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Art students paint a picture of what SEL means to them
Features

Jacqueline Barba | October 25, 2019

Art students at DGS have been in a frenzy of activity creating a composition from scratch. DGS’s combined Drawing 3 and Studio Art classes have been drawing, binding and gluing together books for their…

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AP culture creates stress amongst students
Audio

Kate Riley | October 24, 2019

This story was originally published on Blueprint on October 23, 2019.

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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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