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  • June 1Boys Volleyball State June 4
  • May 31Boys lacrosse state finals on Thursday June 2
  • 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
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...

One of the most important lessons for myself and any high schooler to learn is that it’s okay to still be a kid, and the best thing you can do for yourself senior year is to spend time doing things that make you happy.
My goal for senior year
Emma Fudacz, Managing Editor • May 17, 2022
If I’m being totally honest, I still feel like I am a freshman. You could tell me that I have four more years of high school left, and I would
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
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Many events like Senior Night and spirit assemblies are a large part of the upcoming year for the class of 2023.
Incoming senior discusses year ahead
Sydney Richardson and Ava Lafin August 4, 2022

Grace Barry is an incoming senior at DGS, and like many, she is excited yet nervous about her final year at DGS. She spoke on some upcoming events special to students in their senior year. Going into...

Incoming senior Tekavin Russel sings for the DGS student body during the April 2022 pep assembly.
Dancing onto the 2023 Blueprint staff
Faith Nelson and Jake Hahn July 28, 2022

Tekavin Russel is an incoming senior and the newest member of the 2023 Blueprint staff. He is an energetic individual with a love for music and all things self expression. We asked Russel a few questions...

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10 TikTok accounts you have to follow
10 TikTok accounts you have to follow
Gwendolynne Royle and Ema Paskevicius June 3, 2022

@laurahfritz Lena and Laura are the most entertaining Mother-Daughter duo on TikTok. Lena, better known as "Wena," always provides her fans with hilarious, quotable one-liners as well as warming their...

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

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The varsity boys baseball team has four games left in their season.
Mustangs win over Morton
Claire Valenti, Sports Editor • May 13, 2022

With 85 pitches, nine strikeouts and one walk through six innings, senior pitcher Christian Schloneger led the varsity boys baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Morton, winning the third and final game...

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

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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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Despite the good weather, some students find that there are many disadvantages to having a summer birthday.
Summer sun brings birthday blues: Ten things people with summer birthdays miss out on
Sydney Richardson and Jake Hahn August 2, 2022
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DGS choir show
Jo Stewart, Freelance Writer • March 16, 2022
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