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Stories from Downers Grove South High School
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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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