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2019-2020 Staff

Paul Szmanda

Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

Paul Szmanda is a junior at DGS and an Online Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Blueprint.  This is his first year on the official Blueprint staff, but he has freelanced for the publication for the past two years.  Szmanda is also a varsity member on the DGS Speech Team, the Secretary of Politics Club, and...

Sarah Barber

Online Opinions Editor

Sarah Barber is a junior at DGS and the Online Opinions Editor for Blueprint. She is a member of the DGS speech team, which she joined her sophomore year and has loved ever since. Barber is also involved in Mad Dash, Mustang Way, Operation Snowball, freshman play and Masque and Gavel at DGS.  In the f...

Jacqueline Sumida

Online Entertainment Editor

Jacqueline Sumida is a junior and the Online Entertainment Editor for the Blueprint. At DGS, Sumida is a member of the varsity speech team, Acapella Choir, Treble Ensemble and drama club. Outside of school, Sumida spends time working part-time at Goodwill as a sales floor associate as well as doing home...

Jacob Casella

Social Media Director

Jacob Casella is a junior at DGS and is the Social Media Director for the Blueprint. He has been a member of the speech team at DGS since his freshman year. Casella competed at the IHSA State Final in speech his sophomore and junior years. He is also a member of the Madrigal Singers at DGS; part of the dra...

Tatum Mitchell

Print News Editor

Tatum Mitchell is a junior at DGS and the Print News Editor for the Blueprint. Mitchell loves theater, music and riding horses competitively. She has participated in choir since freshman year and has been in multiple DGS productions. Mitchell is involved in a variety of clubs at DGS including JKB (an ...

Rachel Ley

Print Entertainment Editor

Rachel Ley is a junior at DGS and the Print Entertainment Editor for Blueprint. She is heavily involved in the music program at DGS and can most commonly be found roaming the music wing or in a practice room. Rachel Ley is a longtime honors English student and has a strong passion for reading and writin...

Alex Miranda

Copy Editor

Alex Miranda is a sophomore at DGS and a copy editor for the Blueprint. As a freshman, he participated in Key Club and Student Council. Miranda also received recognition awards from the World Languages, Social Studies and English Departments for demonstrating strong leadership, superior attitude and outstandi...

Ariel Oh

Copy Editor

Ariel Oh is a sophomore at DGS and a Copy Editor for the Blueprint. She is a multi-sport athlete, participating in cheerleading and softball at DGS. She also plays for the Downers Grove Outlaws softball team. Oh is involved with different activities such as Superfans, ACE and Maddash. She hopes to ...

Kari Alore


Kari Alore teaches English I, English II and Journalistic Expression and Media Literacy at DGS.  She also co-advises the Blueprint.  She has her undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College, where she majored in English.  She started her teaching career in 2008 at DGS and has since gone back to school...

Mark Indreika


Mark Indreika graduated from DGS in 1984, he attended Northern Illinois University where he studied Journalism and English Education. He continued with post-graduate work at Northern earning a masters degree in English and American Literature in 1995. He began teaching at DGS in the fall of 1996. For...

Mary Long


Mary Long teaches English III, Journalistic Expression and Advanced Journalistic Writing at DGS. She also advises the Blueprint. She has her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, where she triple majored in Journalism, English and Art. After graduating from the University of Iowa, she got ...

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