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  • October 7 Girls bowling meeting on Oct. 13 at 3:30 pm
  • October 7 Girls gymnastics informational meeting on Oct. 12 at 7:30 and 3:30 pm
  • October 7 Downers Grove South and Hinsdale South soccer match on Oct. 6 at 6:30 pm
  • October 7 Boys and Girls Cross Country Twilight Invite on Oct. 6 at 4:30 pm
  • October 1 French and German club soccer match on Oct. 5 at 3:30 pm
  • October 1 First Choir Concert Oct. 5 at 7 pm
  • September 30 Come support DGS soccer at crosstown against North at 6:30 on Sept. 30
  • September 30 Men's swim and dive informational meeting at 7:30 am on Sept. 30
  • September 30 Seniors and juniors: Some colleges are visiting DGS on Oct. 1! Sign up through Naviance
  • September 30 The Super Smash Brothers Club informational meeting at 3:30 pm on Sept. 30
The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


The new DGS auditorium is open to all on Oct. 28 for the fall concert.
DGS hosts fall band concert October 28
Jake Hahn, Copy-Editor-in-Chief • October 22, 2021

DGS’ fall band concert will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 2021 in the new performing arts center. The bands featured will include the concert band, symphonic band and the wind symphony. The concert will take place from 7-9 p.m. and will be the result...

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Students shared why they chose to stay away from substances on a anonymous form.
D99 takes a new approach to Red Ribbon Week
Kassem Ossman, Editor-in-Chief • October 20, 2021

As Red Ribbon Week came to an end, there was a Mustang Way lesson on Oct. 18th, talking about the reasons students at D99 decide not to do drugs....

At Downers Grove South, students have six absences where they don’t have to provide a doctor’s note; they can just be called out. Any time a student is absent, they can make up their work,”DGS Counselor Jenny Franz said.
Illinois to institute mental health days for students
Emma Fudacz, Managing Editor • October 19, 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...

While mask wearing is still being required by the state, DGS, and its staff members will continue to enforce this policy.
DGS students: Their experiences with students and masks
Juliana Conyer, Freelance Writer • October 7, 2021

Since early 2020, masks have become an essential aspect of many people’s lives. For some, grabbing a mask before leaving the house has become...

Liv Balicki, third year member of the Marching Mustangs, wears her 2019 Music Bowl shirt to show support for this years upcoming Music Bowl.
DGS marching band gets back into the rhythm of hosting the Music Bowl
Marty Blader, Freelance Writer • October 6, 2021

The Music Bowl is a competition hosted by the DGS Marching Band for other schools to showcase their performances. Last year, due to COVID-19...

Geese are the bane of my existence, and before you call me crazy, here are 5 reasons why geese are the worst species on the planet.
Why I hate geese
Meida Kuzminskas October 20, 2021
Geese are the bane of my existence, and before you call me crazy, here are five reasons why geese are the worst species on the planet.

As an academically-motivated perfectionist, I’m here to tell you that pressure and competitiveness is part of being a student, and having a valedictorian isn’t extra stress - it’s a reward.
Bring valedictorian back
Maya Homberg, Freelance Writer • October 19, 2021
Although many schools, including DGS, have an Honor Roll and various other academic awards, one is missing: the title of valedictorian and salutatorian.
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The lasting social and emotional impact of the pandemic on students.
COVID-19 collateral
Kassem Ossman, Anika Brown, Sally Lichner, Samantha Bachara, Faith Nelson, and Sydney Richardson October 24, 2021

Choir teacher Joy Belt talked about the joys that singing brought her through the years.
South side stories: Belt reminisces about the joy choir brought her
Kassem Ossman , Editor-in-Chief • October 14, 2021

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Spook up your October with  the viewing of the Halloween series.
‘Halloween’ saga: Which film claims the crown
Anika Brown, Editor-in-Chief • October 21, 2021

Forty years, 12 movies and two reboots later, you still can’t kill the boogeyman. However, that hasn’t stopped directors from continually creating the most infamous horror franchise: “Halloween.”...

“to hell with it” brings a unique sound with it’s samples from older songs spliced with vocals from PinkPantheress
Viral TikTok music artist PinkPantheress debuts mix-tape
Kassem Ossman , Editor-in-Chief • October 19, 2021

On Oct. 15 2021, PinkPatheress released her debut mix-tape “to hell with it”. The young artist rose to fame from clips of her songs going viral. This short mix-tape gives a refreshing new sound and...

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 In efforts to continue their success, members of the DGS baseball team headed over to T’s Training Academy in Lombard to train with Ben Chantos of B3 Human Performance.
DGS baseball players crushing it in the weight room
Thomas Willard, Freelance Writer • October 26, 2021

Coming off of a 27 win season in the spring of 2021, the DGS baseball team has high aspirations to repeat their previous season's success. In efforts to continue their success, members of the DGS baseball...

From starting at the bottom and making her way to the top, Metherd shares her experiences with DGS volleyball and what she has learned from it.
Senior Annie Metherd bumps up from B team to varsity
Olivia Ray, Freelance Writer • October 26, 2021

Senior Annie Metherd has been a part of the DGS volleyball program for all four years of her high school experience. Metherd started out as a middle hitter on the freshman B team and is now an outside...

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The internet has given teens the chance to stream their thoughts to anyone at any given time.
Oversharing on the internet
Claire Valenti, Sports Writer • October 15, 2021
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What Pintrest Aesthic are You?
Allison Scherquist, Copy Editor • October 26, 2021
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Courtyard turned cafe: New seating options available for lunch
Kassem Ossman, Editor-in-Chief • October 12, 2021
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