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  • May 16IHSA Boys Track and Field Sectionals, Thursday May 19
  • May 16IHSA Boys Volleyball Sectionals, Saturday May 21
  • May 16IHSA Girls Soccer Regionals, Friday May 20
  • May 16IHSA Boys Tennis Sectionals, Friday May 20
  • May 16IHSA Girls Track and Field State Finals, Friday May 20 and Saturday May 21
  • May 16Graduation, Friday May 20
  • May 16Senior Prom, Tues May 17
  • May 16Wind Ensemble Concert, Mon May 16
  • April 19Compete in lunchroom games to win the spirit jug for your grade!
  • April 11Spirit assembly on Friday, April 22
The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


Students wait in the small gym before getting their blood drawn.
DGS hosts blood drive
Ava Lafin, Opinions Editor • May 5, 2022

DGS hosted its semi-annual blood drive on Thursday May 5th with students and staff participating. The blood drive was held in the small gym, running all 8 periods in the day. Students over the age of sixteen had the opportunity to donate during their...

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The seniors gather for a photo-op after the Spirit Week assembly.
A spirit week to remember
Kristin Weidner, Video News Director • April 26, 2022

With the return of normalcy at DGS, the students and staff warmly welcome the 2022 spirit week accompanied with an assembly on Friday. Since...

The Future Medical Professionals of DGS club is a student run club for those interested in the medical industry.
DGS welcomes new student medical club
Emma Fudacz, Managing Editor • April 7, 2022

The Future Medical Professionals of DGS club is in it's trial year after being conceptualized and put into action by junior Sarah Illimoottil....

“He really knows whats happening in our community whether its academically, athletically, activities or with the parents. I think hes the heart of South, Jennifer Martinez said.
Schwartz's impact honored by award
Ava Lafin, Opinions Editor • March 28, 2022

Retiring principal Edward Schwartz has won a Principal Recognition Award through Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA), and will be...

Young adult author, Adi Alsaid speaks to students of DGS.
Young adult author Adi Alsaid visits DGS
Anika Brown, Editor-in-Chief • March 22, 2022

DGS welcomed young adult author Adi Alsaid on Wednesday, March 16 as a guest speaker for certain English classes. The school librarians and students...

As of Feb 28. students have had the option to wear a mask while in school.
Student observations from the first week of mask optional
Nora Joy, News Editor • March 8, 2022

On Monday Feb. 28, 2022, District 99 moved to “mask optional” following an Illinois Supreme Court judges’ decision to deny Governor Pritzker’s...

Stardew Valley released in 2016 and has changed my life for the better.
Games I find relaxing
Jake Hahn, Copy-Editor-in-Chief • May 13, 2022
Pencils flying, cars honking and people complaining; the stresses of everyday life weigh down on everyone from time to time. Relieving this stress
Social anxiety may cause one to have overwhelming thought doubt and anxiety, caused by a social interaction.
Living with social anxiety
Anika Brown, Editor-in-Chief • May 10, 2022
“Why’d you say that? Stupid, stupid, stupid.”

The little voices tease me in my head, and my mind goes into overdrive. People are watching,
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TikToks lethal beauty standards
TikTok's lethal beauty standards
Allison Scherquist, Copy Editor • May 12, 2022

Social media has been on the rise since the early 2000s and with popular apps like Instagram and Snapchat gaining more users every day, it’s clear that it won’t be slowing down any time soon. However,...

Some of the more well-known Fast fashion brands include Zara, H&M Group, UNIQLO, GAP, Forever 21, Topshop, Fashion Nova and New Look.
Fast fashion threading plastic into the ocean
Abigail Durkin, Opinions Editor • May 6, 2022

With summer vacation being right around the corner, students are saving up money to buy their Pinterest-perfect outfits for the new season and ensuring that they will be able to match with Emma Chamberlain...

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From drab to fab: How to look like your best self at prom
From drab to fab: How to look like your best self at prom
Faith Nelson, Features Editor • May 6, 2022

Elise gets promposal brought to her outside the girls senior night.
Girls Track and Field Senior Night 2022
Annie Metherd , Entertainment Editor • May 6, 2022

The Downers Grove South girls track team held their senior night Monday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. They opened with recognition to all seniors escorted by a friend or family member of choice while having...

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The White Sox playing a home game at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Sox in the School
Caden Sexton, Freelance Writer • May 12, 2022

Whether you win or you lose, theres always going to be a game the next day, assistant varsity boys baseball coach Tim Cappelen said.
Mustangs lose to Morton
Claire Valenti, Sports Editor • May 10, 2022

In a must-win game after losing 1-3 against Hinsdale South, the varsity boys baseball team couldn’t keep Morton at bay, with 11 runs being scored with two outs. The Mustangs couldn’t generate offense...

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In this podcast, Charlie looks into whether or not teens find themselves at the cinema.
Reel Teens: Are they at the cinema?
Charlie Minch, Freelance Writer • May 11, 2022
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All 36 seniors who received the Jim Mizener scholarship at this year’s senior award night.
Where in the world are our seniors going?
Gwendolynne Royle, Editor-in-Chief • May 5, 2022
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DGS choir show
Jo Stewart, Freelance Writer • March 16, 2022
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