The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


  • August 30National Honors Society applications due Sept. 9
  • August 30Young Hearts for Life screening Sept. 16
  • August 25FAFSA informational session on Sept. 8
  • August 24Second Vaccination Clinic held at North High on Aug. 24
  • August 24Curriculum Night on Aug. 26
  • August 23Senior focus group presentation in English classes on Aug. 25
  • August 20Online Freshman Play auditions due on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.
  • August 20Freshman Play auditions on Aug. 23 at 3:40 p.m.
  • August 17Home football game on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.
  • August 12Late start and Mustang Way on Aug. 16.
The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


2021 Homecoming Week
2021 Homecoming Week
Abigail Durkin and Emma Fudacz September 18, 2021

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The DGS football field where the 2021 homecoming dance will take place.
DGS to host outdoor homecoming Sept. 25
Abigail Culcasi, Photo/Graphics Editor • September 17, 2021

Homecoming is fast approaching at DGS. This year’s outer-space themed homecoming will take place outside on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 p.m....

Freshmen play practice in action.
DGS presents a masked show, better yet a masked freshmen
Annie Metherd , Entertainment Editor • September 15, 2021

"The Masked Freshmen" play opens Sept. 16 and runs through Sept. 17. The play showcases several skits staring freshmen. The play is directed...

The new DGS lunch option the stable which serves pizza and pasta.
DGS welcomes new breakfast and lunch menus
Gwendolynne Royle, Editor-in-Chief • September 10, 2021

As a new school year rolls in, DGS also now has new breakfast and lunch menus that are provided by Chartwells. This provider offers DGS students...

Aside from a new commons area, DGS now has a new theatre. These were both part of the renovation process.
DGS hosts open house event available Sept. 11
Justin Muller, News Editor • September 9, 2021

Downers Grove South will host an open house event on Sept. 11. This is an opportunity for community members to visit DGS to see what the $136.6...

This year students are allowed to wear hats at DGS; however, they are not allowed to wear hoods.
DGS updates dress code to allow hats in the building
Emily Mordaunt, Copy Editor • September 9, 2021

Many students celebrate as Downers Grove South has altered its dress code, making the school’s headwear policies more lenient than previous...

This cartoon depicts the everyday stressors in the average high schooler
Those darn kids and their phones
Ava Lafin, Opinions Editor • September 16, 2021
High school students are often tackling homework, sports, activities, social life and worries about their future, which is enough to cause stress
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DGS students showing how prominent social media is among the school.
Social media impacts self-image
Teyani Sharkey, Social media director • September 7, 2021
Expectations to be perfect, unrealistic depiction of life and eurocentric beauty standards that impair adolescents' view of themselves is only
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Before class begins at DGS, our commons are quiet and comfy.
10 Ways to use the Commons
Jake Hahn, Copy-Editor-in-Chief • September 3, 2021
Downers Grove South’s new learning commons area is vast. Through this space open to the student body, several exciting uses for the area have
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Papavero poses near his language classroom where he practices speaking French, his fourth language, almost everyday.
High school senior Roco Papavero takes on learning his fourth language
Gracie Lapacek, Freelance Writer • September 17, 2021

Senior Roco Papavero isn’t your typical high school student. Most students must learn a second language when in high school, but unlike those students, Papavero is on the way to learning a fourth language....

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Omar Torrijos shares his story on how working in the cafe impacts his life on the day to day.
High school senior Omar Torrijos gets a jump on the real world
Juliana Rossi, Freelance Writer • September 17, 2021

Senior Omar Torrijos ties his apron on and pours the first pot of coffee; his long shift at his father’s cafe is about to start. Working in a family business might not be what you expect- Torrijos’s...

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Faith Nelson recommends the pumpkin scone but deems the pumpkin Frappuccino a hard pass.
This year’s fall menu at Starbucks: hits, misses and honorable mentions
Faith Nelson, Features Editor • September 9, 2021

It is now September, which kicks off my favorite time of the year. As a self proclaimed fall flavor connoisseur, the second the fall line drops, you can find me with a pumpkin spice latte in hand even...

Netflix campus drama, "The Chair" is out now on the popular streaming service.
Netflix original ‘The Chair’ becomes the ‘dramedy of the year’
Anika Brown, Editor-in-Chief • September 9, 2021

Netflix original, “The Chair”, gained an abundance of five star ratings since its release on Aug. 20, the streaming service claiming it to be “the dramedy of the year.” Sandra Oh stars in the well...

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Scherquist cheers during the football game against Downers Grove North.
Scherquist tumbles into senior year
Claire Valenti, Sports Editor • September 10, 2021

Music blaring, crowd cheering, three deep breaths. Senior Kelly Scherquist runs across the field and lands a handspring into a back tuck. Flip after flip her tumbling passes have been a fixture in the...

Seconds after the gun fires, the Mustangs charge to the front dominating the field at the Fenton Invitational.
DGS girls cross country competes at Fenton Invitational
Nora Joy, News Editor • September 9, 2021

In this podcast, Faith Nelson researches neurodiversity in the classroom.
All Things ADHD: Neurodiversity in the Classroom
Faith Nelson, Freelance Writer • May 18, 2021
In this research based podcast, Faith Nelson explores neurodiversity in the classroom.
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The parking lot at DGS can be frustrating and comedic place.
Parking lot purgatory
Kassem Ossman, Editor-in-Chief • September 17, 2021
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"Seeing the kids come back has been great, but at the same time there are some students who just can
COVID and the classroom: Educators and students discuss learning during the pandemic
Alex Miranda, Ariel Oh, and Andrew Calek May 3, 2021

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