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  • April 20Governor Announces Schools Will Remain Closed for Rest of School Year
  • April 10New AP Exam Schedule Available
  • August 30No school on Sept. 2
May 12 Downers Grove village council meeting re-cap
DGS building repurposed to help community during COVID-19; MFP work continues while students are away
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Long form: a look at the graduating class of 2020

Vincent Llanes, Copy Editor
May 15, 2020

May of 2020 was expected to be an incredible and memorable time for the graduating class of 2020 all throughout the world. For the class of 2020, however, these dreams were quickly cut short by COVID-19; the pandemic quickly spread throughout the world and forced in-home learning for virtually all students -- effectively ending events like prom, graduation and celebrations for many seniors. Although...

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COVID-19 brings challenges to student athletes: How athletes have been keeping up with staying fit

Ariel Oh, Print Features Editor
May 14, 2020

With the remainder of the school year being cancelled due to COVID-19, situations with sports teams at DGS have been left up in the air. Student athletes have been making-do with all workout facilities, fields, gyms and spring sports seasons being shut down -- which has affected quite a few students’ motivation to stay in shape. Junior Emma Huget plays for the girls varsity tennis team, and has...

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AP photography: What is expected from students

Marjorie Lichner, Head Copy Editor
May 13, 2020

Click! An AP photography student snaps her camera to capture the perfect shot of a ladybug sunning itself on a lilypad. This isn’t the only AP art class offered here at DGS -- AP design, AP studio art 3D design, AP music theory and AP computer design are many of the art based AP classes offered to students. This AP photography class shares one thing in common for students -- the freedom to...

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The best Taco Bell sauces: Ranked

Kate Riley, Online Features Editor
May 5, 2020

Ever since I was little, Taco Bell had always been a fast food staple in my diet. It took a few years, but as I grew up I eventually learned to love the hot sauces that Taco Bell provided. This is something that younger me could not have never fathomed with an extra mild taco in her hand. I will admit, everything at Taco Bell pretty much tastes the same, but with the addition of the signature sauces,...

Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ brings the heat

Sarah Barber, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 5, 2020

Right now, something everyone can benefit from is a good distraction, and Hulu has delivered a perfect option in the form of its eight episode miniseries: “Little Fires Everywhere.” This enthralling drama features prominent names, with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington starring in the two lead female roles. Based on the novel by Celeste Ng, the show tackles issues of race, adoption, motherhood,...

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Baylor bound: Equestrian Tatum Mitchell commits to division I university

Sarah Barber, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 25, 2020

The horse begins at a trot, approaching the first jump before clearing it with ease, as senior rider Tatum Mitchell is confidently in control -- making it clear to the judges and spectators why she is one of four class of 2020 students in the country committed to Baylor University as a division I equestrian. “I'm more excited than nervous about riding on Baylor's team. It is a lot of pressure,...

Leinart reigns supreme: Legally blind swimmer wins state, breaks records

Sarah Barber, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 18, 2020

A tennis ball tapped the head of junior Matthew Leinart as he flew through the pool, executing a flip turn before speeding toward the end of his lane -- he was about to shatter the IHSA and pool records in the state final of the 100-yard breaststroke in Athletes with Disabilities class B. As a legally blind athlete, it's hard for Leinart to know when to turn. His coaches tap his head with a tennis...

Dumford strikes spot on division I college team; Dedication makes her highly respected DGS player

Alyssa Deplaris, Social Media Director
March 13, 2020

The soccer ball soars toward the net as goalkeeper Rose Dumford dives to make the save. Her rapid reflexes and years of skill let her legs spring towards the ball, swiftly making the save and showing the spectators why she deserves to play at the Division I level. After a long commitment process, she committed to Western Michigan University in December 2019. DGS senior Rose Dumford has dedicated...

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