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#15
2018-2019
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Downers Grove South High School
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Downers Grove South High School
in 2018-2019
#17
2018-2019
Best of SNO Rank for
Downers Grove South High School
Stories from Downers Grove South High School
‘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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Girls wrestling team fighting to become official
Sports

Natalia Ruiz | November 28, 2018

Wrestling was first introduced in 1905 in the St. Louis games as a freestyle sport, and for 89 years, it was considered a boys-only sport. Starting this school years, girls wrestling is considered an emerging…

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SoundCloud rappers mumble rap: are we missing the moral message?
Arts & Entertainment

Emmanuelle Copeland | November 28, 2018

Described by New York Times author Jon Caramanica as “the most vital and disruptive new movement in hip-hop thanks to rebellious music, volcanic energy and occasional acts of malevolence,” SoundCloud…

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Most Teens posters are cute — I’d rather they be useful
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Emmanuelle Copeland | November 8, 2018

The Most Teens posters have come out and you know what that means: Watching middle-aged adults attempt to pick up the lingo of the #coolkids and everyone else cringing a little.

I mean, it’s not that…

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Deeper than the roster: the lack of minority representation in activities at DGS
Features

Rhaya Truman | November 7, 2018

At DGS, students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds have a multitude of experiences — good and bad — that affect how involved they can be in our clubs and activities.

During the 2016-17…

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Florence + The Machine lived up to its high hopes
Arts & Entertainment

Jacqueline Sumida | November 7, 2018

After urgently texting my friends, holding tickets for a half-hour and dropping $300, I finally got to see Florence + The Machine in concert at United Center on Oct. 19. As an avid Florence fan since the…

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Brooks comes to Mustang Country; a noteworthy addition to the DGS staff
Features

Andrea Davenport | October 31, 2018

The band stared up at him intensely as he spoke.

“Do you know why I had you play the last note for as long as I did? — Because that is how long the last quarter note of the song is. I know it’s…

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Conrad cultivates compassionate culture as new girls’ volleyball head coach
Sports

Sarah Barber | October 31, 2018

There is a new player on the court for DGS girls’ varsity volleyball: the new head coach, Kristina Conrad. Conrad has coached the sophomore volleyball team at DGS for five out of her seven years with…

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