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  • December 14Winter Play in the Auditorium 7:00-9:00 p.m.

  • December 10D99 Bands with Special Guests from Tokyo 7:00 p.m. Dec. 18

  • December 10Winter Break Begins Dec. 22

  • Anti abortion demonstrators protest outside of DGS
  • Two of a kind
  • Casa Bueno
  • Women diversifying the STEM field, one opportunity at a time
  • End the trend: the dangerous effects of glamorizing student-teacher relationships in teen TV
  • DGS captivates the culture
  • Anti abortion demonstrators protest outside of DGS

    Anti abortion demonstrators protest outside of DGS

    Rhaya Truman and Trevor Owcarz

    December 13, 2018

    This morning protesters were stationed around the DGS campus protesting abortion, which led to disruption in students getting to school. The protesters were passing out pamphlets, yelling into bullhorns and holding graphic signs depicting aborted fetuses. During the 2nd period morning announcements,...

    One of the pamphlets passed out by the protesters containing a comic story about following religion and the original copy of Principal Schwartz's morning announcement.

    Rhaya Truman

  • Two of a kind

    Two of a kind

    Paul Szmanda, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

    December 11, 2018

    Twins -- there are roughly 10.5 million of them in the U.S. However, in a country of 325 million, that’s only 32 in every 1,000 people. Most Americans don’t know the unique life experiences that come with being a twin. Being a twin can be an odd thing to get used to. Sophomore Joseph Rosalia sa...

    Freshmen Lauren and Peyton Norkus with their little sister.

    Photo Courtesy Jacob Casella

  • Casa Bueno

    Casa Bueno

    Trevor Owcarz and Becca Pritchett

    December 11, 2018

    Walking into the new Mexican restaurant on Butterfield Road, there is an instant sense of a classic Mexican vibe throughout the place. Casa Margarita really captures the holiday spirit, a sense of red and green lighting filled the vibrant community full of workers and customers. We were immediately taken back not only by the fes...

    Stunning view of the outdoor area of the resturaunt.

    Trevor Owcarz

  • Women diversifying the STEM field, one opportunity at a time

    Women diversifying the STEM field, one opportunity at a time

    Becca Pritchett, Head Copy Editor

    December 7, 2018

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are the four components that make up the STEM field. DGS has multiple STEM-related clubs and classes open for anyone and everyone to join. However, the number of males wanting to take part in the classes and clubs is significantly higher than the number of femal...

    Lauren Gee, Deija Jones, Magdalena Sanchez, Jimena Gomez and Riley Vernon, members of Mark Molinari's third period class, pose with a message they feel is important.

    Becca Pritchett

  • End the trend: the dangerous effects of glamorizing student-teacher relationships in teen TV

    End the trend: the dangerous effects of glamorizing student-teacher relationships in teen TV

    Alex Miranda, Copy Editor

    December 7, 2018

    Teen television is addicting. There, I said it. It’s true. There are many TV dramas targeted to high school students that have gained immense popularity among the youth demographic, especially in our time of viral mass media. These shows grasp viewer attention with their oftentimes enigmatic and...

    Teen TV shows generate both praise and criticism from Twitter concerning the portrayal of student-teacher relationships onscreen.

    Alex Miranda

  • DGS captivates the culture

    DGS captivates the culture

    Rhaya Truman, Managing Editor

    December 7, 2018

    When you walk the halls of DGS, you see an array of colors and ethnicities. From Hispanic to Caucasian to Japanese, DGS has a lot to offer when it comes to representing a large amount of the world in their student body. With clubs like Cultures in Alliance, UMOJA and Kpop, students of all cultures ha...

    Seniors Scottyln Williams, Catherine Mcintrye, Reese Clemens and Melissa Valmores sit at lunch together every day, sharing their life experiences despite their differences in culture and ethnicity.

    Rhaya Truman

Fighting back: An inside look at the new spin on Robin Hood
D99 students perform annual holiday concert
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DGS was only the beginning to Maudlyne Ihejirika’s success

Tatum Mitchell, Print News Editor
December 14, 2018

Maudlyne Ihejirika and her family fled from the Nigerian war when she was five years old. Ihejirika and her family lived on the south side of Chicago for a period of time and in 1977 they moved to Woodridge and into district 99. Ihejirika spoke on her experience as a minority in a mostly white neighborhood and school district in a speech to the DGS student body. Ihejirika said that her family was...

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Learn the language of DGS

Ina Barashka, Online Editor-in-Chief
December 14, 2018

Throughout history, language and communication have evolved because of the development of the world around. Words have been removed and added to the dictionary, languages have been learned and lost. In one country, language is a pattern of clicks, in another it's a formation of words, the same can be said for language at DGS versus language at home for many students; language looks different at home...

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Freshman Friday: Sammy Bachara

Emmanuelle Copeland, Print Features Editor
December 7, 2018

Q: What activities are you involved in? A: I’m in choir and speech. Q: Why do you do these activities? A: [Choir and speech] are fun … It helps me get out of my comfort zone and perform which I normally wouldn't do a lot but now I get to do every Saturday. Q: What’s your favorite event in speech? A: Dramatic duets because it’s fun to be dramatic and yell sometimes. And [my partner...

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In a studying frenzy? Read some helping horoscopes

Srushti Desai, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief
December 12, 2018

Finals are right around the corner.  If you haven’t already figured out your studying habits, check out the horoscopes below: Aries- Forgets to study and then studies the night before finals. Taurus- Started studying before school even began. Gemini- Forgets when they started and finished studying—the one who pulls an all nighter. Cancer- Looks over notes and review packets, but doesn’t...

Kilwins has quite the scoop

Katie Dobson, Freelance Writer
December 12, 2018

Ice cream cravings are real. They seemingly come along at the strangest times. For example, sitting on your couch on a chilly, rainy night. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, I would recommend a visit to Kilwins in downtown Naperville. The ice cream I ordered was called “Kilwins tracks,” a spinoff of the well-known moose tracks flavor. It contained vanilla ice cream, cookie dough...

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Jaelynn Blecke: Football is my therapy

Miles Little, Online Sports Editor
December 11, 2018

The lights switch on with a sudden force. Senior Jaelynn Blecke gets ready to step on the field. Blecke squints as he looks up toward the crowd. Football more than just a game to Blecke; football is everything to him. Football has become a therapeutic release in his life. “Family has encouraged me to do better, and they tell me to let football be your way to go to college and be successful,”...

Game, set, match: DGS tennis star qualifies for state

Andrea Davenport, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 16, 2018

The sun was out, but it was cold. The wind blew as sophomore varsity tennis player Gerda Jucys stared down her opponent at the other end of the court. She threw the ball up into the air, swung her racket and hit the ball with all the power she could muster for one last serve. At 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, Jucys played the match of her lifetime, qualifying her for day two of the IHSA State Finals...

New coach, new rules

Bailey McCoy, Freelancer
November 7, 2018

Girls' volleyball Assistant Head Coach Ryan Altenburg is new to the school and to the team. Coming onto the team, he had many different ideas and expectations -- some were fulfilled while others were not. Altenburg has a very detailed background prior to DGS. He has had many experiences playing and coaching volleyball. “I’ve spent the previous four years as a coach and teacher over at Bolingbrook....

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