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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
Senior artist paints his future path
Arts & Entertainment

Marty Blader | November 18, 2022

While the rest of his class is busy taking notes, senior Ben Abarro is more concentrated on the cartoon sketches that he brings to life in the margins of his classwork. His knack and talent for art awarded…

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No, I’m not changing my name – learn how to pronounce it
Opinions

Tia Ramahi | November 15, 2022

“Tia Razmani, please come on back,” the nurse said. “It’s actually Ramahi,” I said. The nurse looked up from her clipboard, unamused, and just rolled her eyes and walked on back, expecting me…

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Senior social media influencer guides others’ fitness journeys, as well as her own
Arts & Entertainment

Marty Blader | November 7, 2022

On Dec. 31, 2020, senior Gabbie Metz hit “share” on an Instagram post that took her love for wellness and shared it with the world. Her fitness account, @gabriella.metz, has since grown in activity…

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Teenage Traps
Features

Emma Fudacz | November 3, 2022

Teens in a modern world face many stressors in their everyday life. When dealing with these issues, it can be easy to develop negative habits instead of coming up with healthy coping mechanisms. Here are…

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Senior foreign exchange student ‘serves’ up success this tennis season
Sports

Catherine Hewawissa | October 31, 2022

Topping off the 2022 Varsity lineup for the girls’ tennis team was a new name at DGS– Nikola (Niki) Hermanova, a senior from the Czech Republic studying in Illinois for first semester. Ending the season…

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Downers Grove Public Library cancels Drag Queen Bingo over violent threats
News

Emma Fudacz | September 22, 2022

During the final week of August, the Downers Grove Public Library (DGPL) announced that it would be holding a Drag Queen Bingo event for teens on Oct. 11, 2022 to celebrate National Coming Out Day. On…

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Reel Teens: Are they at the cinema?
Audio

Charlie Minch | May 19, 2022

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 11, 2022.

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Teen Tok
Video

Lauren Miranda | May 12, 2022

This story was originally published on Blueprint on May 4, 2022.

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Lady Mustang Micro-Influencers
Audio

Emma Fudacz | April 11, 2022

This story was originally published on Blueprint on March 16, 2022.

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Senior tradition turned sideways by the burden of inequality
Opinions

Kristin Weidner | March 17, 2022

For the graduating class of 2022, March marks the beginning of the end; to celebrate, seniors have assembled together for a game called senior assassins. Senior assassins has been a DGS tradition for several…

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Coach’s choice: Prioritizing seniority or skill in high school sports
Sports

Claire Valenti | December 9, 2021

There comes a time when a coach needs to make a decision. On one hand, there’s a bright-eyed freshman with raw talent and athleticism. On the other, there’s a senior who has trained for four years.

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Checkout charity: The battle between comfort, convenience and transparency
Features

Faith Nelson | December 6, 2021

With the holidays being right around the corner, you may be asked what some may deem an uncomfortable question while checking out at the store: “Would you like to round up for charity?” Given the name…

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Lights, camera, representation: A look at depictions of LGBTQ+ characters in media
Audio

Gwendolynne Royle | November 10, 2021

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

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Modulating the key: The Fine Arts department tries to diversify
Audio

Gwendolynne Royle | November 9, 2021

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

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The new gold rush: A look into online streaming
Video

Faith Nelson | November 5, 2021

This story was originally published on Blueprint on November 3, 2021.

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The heavy burden of weight stigma in healthcare
Features

Sydney Richardson | November 4, 2021

For many people, a visit to the doctor’s office is fairly standard, but for patients considered overweight or obese by their doctors, even a routine check-up could be damaging to one’s mental and physical…

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Moravec flips his way onto the US gymnastics team
Sports

Michael Piotrowski | October 26, 2021

After countless flips, spins and crashes, DGS senior Hunter Moravec has landed himself a spot on the 2021 USA trampoline team and will be competing in Baku, Azerbaijan Nov. 20-30.

From an early age,…

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COVID-19 collateral
Features

Kassem Ossman | October 26, 2021

Freshman involvement leaves student activities unfulfilled

Freshmen have been impacted by the pandemic more than most understand. As we enter the school year, students of every year get back into…

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Illinois to institute mental health days for students
News

Emma Fudacz | October 20, 2021

In August 2021, a bill signed into effect by Governor J.B. Pritzker stated that all Illinois students will be allowed to take up to five mental health days per semester starting in January 2022. Students…

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Can Greta Van Fleet revive classic rock?
Arts & Entertainment

Jo Stewart | October 1, 2021

American rock band Greta Van Fleet has been cultivating their unique 70’s throwback sound since 2012. While the band has been winning Grammys since 2019, their current 2021 tour has not only spiked their…

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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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