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Stories from Downers Grove North High School
Thank you, AAPI
Opinions

Emma Cho | May 13, 2021

The month of May is recognized as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With the recent rise of hate and racism targeted towards the AAPI community, now, more than ever, we need to come together…

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AAPI: processing spaces, student union created after attacks
Features

Gretchen Lucina | May 13, 2021

“My grandparents go to Chinatown a lot to go get food, and I heard that Chinatowns are a very prominent place where all the targeting happens,” junior Mia Chen said. “They have stopped going to the…

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A Downers Grove treasure: Community gathers support for local bakery
Features

Amelia Carlson | May 12, 2021

Ingram’s Busy Bee Bakery, a family-owned business located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove, has gathered generations of supportive customers through their famous pastries and service to the community….

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Omegle provides a risky escape for bored teenagers
Arts & Entertainment

Molly St Clair | April 20, 2021

In a time when people are feeling as isolated from the world as ever, teenagers are bound to find a new form of entertainment, so what will it be? The newest craze is Omegle. Omegle is an online video…

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Leaving a legacy: A reflection on Jennifer Mullen’s 14 years at DGN
Features

Emma Cho | April 13, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year marks orchestra director Jennifer Mullen’s 14th and final year at DGN. An educator at both Downers Grove North and South, Mullen has been teaching for District 99 since April…

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DGN students step up within healthcare jobs
Features

Amelia Carlson | April 6, 2021

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, frontline workers have continued to go to work and risk their own lives for the wellbeing of others. Frontline workers have inspired numerous individuals…

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Review: Everywhere at the End of Time
Arts & Entertainment

Julia Szostak | April 1, 2021

Many people ponder the meaning of life. Though I don’t have an answer to this question, I do know one thing for certain—each and every day we are creating memories. Memories of people, of experiences,…

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Managing in-person hybrid classes with under four students
Features

Emily Falconer | February 15, 2021

Through six weeks into the 2021 hybrid schedule, some in-person classes have been filled with students while others have been barren, at times consisting of only one to two students. With students having…

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Overcoming Online: A look inside the minds, mental health of remote students
Features

Emily Falconer | February 12, 2021

“Hello, I hope you are well. I am emailing you because I am not,” junior Alexa Hanson wrote in an email to one of her teachers Nov. 8.

With over a month having passed since she sent her email, Hanson…

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Two perspectives on the insurrection: A congressman and his daughter
Features

Claire Gorey | February 11, 2021

This story was written by junior Gwen Casten and her father, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten IL(06). This narrative tells what happened on January 6, 2021 and is told from Gwen’s perspective in Downers…

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Humans of DGN: sophomore Amneet Kaur’s impact on a global issue
Features

Amelia Carlson | February 11, 2021

“Whenever I’ve gone to a protest, I’ve always listened to the speakers. But when I went up to speak, I felt so passionate about it and I spoke really well, which really surprised me,” sophomore…

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Addressing the elephant (and donkey) in the room: Capitol insurrection spurs larger discussion over nature of political conversation in school
Features

Sam Bull | February 9, 2021

One month ago, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in what has come to be known as “the insurrection.” Later that night, Principal Janice Schwarze began formulating…

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Humans of DGN: Maddy Dvorak, small business owner
Features

Gretchen Lucina | February 8, 2021

Welding, twisting, and sculpting are just a few things sophomore Maddy Dvorak does in her free time. In November, she went one step further, turning this hobby into her own self-made small business, Silver…

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‘…Overall, it’s fatiguing’: Minority students, teachers open up about constant struggle against discrimination
Features

Sam Bull | December 18, 2020

When he read Principal Janice Schwarze’s Nov. 18 email informing the student body of “violent and racist” social media posts involving DGN students, PE chairperson and Black Student Union co-sponsor…

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Humans of DGN: Meet Trojan Thunder… slapping sticks and making music
Features

Emma Cho | December 8, 2020

“I just think it’s kind of funny, like the stereotypical [teenager] is out driving fast cars, doing drugs, just being a delinquent, and we’re here whacking sticks against our legs,” senior Drew…

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Kim Ng is a role model and trailblazer for women in sports
Sports

Madeline Schallmoser | December 4, 2020

Staffers Madeline Schallmoser and Emma Cho share their thoughts on some of the biggest current news in sports. As hosts of The Omega’s Cubs podcast, The Ross Riot, Madeline and Emma are empowered by…

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Teenage workers, restaurants impacted by indoor dining ban
Features

Emily Falconer | November 30, 2020

The implemented indoor dining ban has proved to not only have restaurants take a hit, but the teenage workers behind them as well. With some unemployed and others waiting for when they’ll be able to…

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Best of teacher’s Zoom backgrounds: from memes to Batman
Features

Emily Falconer | November 24, 2020

With classes being remote, a new opportunity has been presented which allows teachers to set their backgrounds on Zoom to any image they see fit. Here are some of DGN students’ favorite picks for teachers…

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Why Donald Trump failing to win reelection is a huge step for the protection of truth
Opinions

Sam Bull | November 12, 2020

Well, that’s it. Biden has been elected president, according to the projections of most major news sources. Still, as amateur journalists and citizens of a democracy, we were frustrated with the rampant…

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UIUC implements COVID-19 saliva test allowing for rapid test results
News

Kate Gross | October 7, 2020

“I believe compared to many other colleges, UIUC is doing some of the best things regarding COVID-19,” DGN alum and UIUC freshman Maeve Cook said. “The development of the saliva test by students…

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Overcoming Online: Physical education classes face obstacles, prioritize safety amid Remote Learning
Sports

Nicholas Hanscom | September 23, 2020

“I was always the type of student that needed to be in class to be able to interact,” physical education department chair Courtney White said. “[As] human beings, that’s what we crave, and to not…

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Overcoming Online: Science department adapting, staying optimistic despite obstacles
Features

Sam Bull | September 15, 2020

“For me, one of the saddest things is that I don’t get to see all of you in person. I like to tell jokes and interact, and that gets lost in this setting,” science teacher Jeffrey Grant said, gesturing…

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Pandemic parenting: a complicated balancing act for teachers
News

Kate Gross | September 8, 2020

As schools around the country prepare to begin instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers face the added challenge of parenting, and in some cases, educating their own children while simultaneously…

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DuPage county resident represents flaws in COVID-19 case count
Coronavirus

Andrew Thompson | April 20, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, quick testing methods have become more readily available to the general public in efforts to stop the spread of the disease. But even with increased testing supply,…

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Undocumented students: finding hope through struggle
Features

Sam Bull | April 9, 2020

Sitting in class, senior Rosa Flores* hears them talk.

“I can’t stand these illegal Mexicans taking American jobs!” one says.

“We need to deport all of them,” another argues.

“Everyone…

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Back again: self-guided classroom sets precedent for the future
News

Libby Soelberg | November 5, 2019

Last school year, Christopher Bronke, a DGN English chairperson led a self-guided classroom in hopes of gaining ideas for the future. He chose to continue it this year to help “empower students to own…

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School zones established near Main Street crossing
News

Sam Weinheimer | November 4, 2019

At the end of February, efforts to create safer crosswalks around DGN began after the death of junior Beth Dunlap. Beth, who was fatally struck by an imparied driver, obeyed the pedestrian laws and was…

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David Edwards becomes first DGN alum drafted to NFL
Sports

Mary Wojcik | May 20, 2019

Former DGN football player David Edwards is added to the Los Angeles Rams roster as the 169th pick during this year’s NFL draft, which took place April 25 through April 27.

“We had heard so many…

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Box office closed: students reminisce about Cascade Drive-In
News

Mary Wojcik | May 20, 2019

This summer, a popular activity frequented by students, friends and families will no longer be available to experience as the Cascade Drive-In officially closes down.

The drive-in has been operating…

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Nerf Wars: Annual senior assassins competition tests players’ aim and friendship
News

Sam Weinheimer | April 23, 2019

It was a brisk and mellow night when senior John Landry bolted out of theater rehearsal to pursue senior Shea Pauley, his target. He drove to Pauley’s friend’s house and waited in his car. After…

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Weighing benefits of early graduation
Features

Mary Wojcik | April 19, 2019

This school year, 13 seniors chose to depart from high school ahead of their class as early graduates. Although a discouraged decision by District 99, students who have fulfilled their graduation requirements…

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Place over taste: The case for bad coffee
Opinions

Matt Troher | April 11, 2019

I am a coffee snob.

I exclusively buy whole coffee beans, grinding them myself as I go. I wouldn’t touch anything pre-ground with a ten-foot pole. I use a French press to craft my morning beverage,…

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Former DGN football player declares for NFL draft
Sports

Mary Wojcik | January 28, 2019

After spending three years with the Wisconsin Badgers, former DGN football player David Edwards will be forgoing his last year with Wisconsin in order to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Edwards was…

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FOODS UNKNOWN: A Glimpse Into the Seoul
Arts & Entertainment

Katherine Gross | January 11, 2019

Seoul Taco is a Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant in Chicago that serves up tacos, gogi bowls, and diversity– something that drew senior Ciara Asonye to the restaurant right away. After all, a person’s…

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Protests: Anti-abortion protesters assemble in front of DGN
News

Matt Troher | January 9, 2019

A once routine act, crossing Main Street to enter DGN became eventful during the week of Wednesday, Dec. 5.

On the morning of Dec. 5, two male protesters stood on the sidewalk in front of DGN and held…

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