The student news site of Downers Grove South High School

Blueprint

  • 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

Blueprint

The student news site of Downers Grove South High School

Blueprint

2021-2022 Staff

Anika Brown
Editor-in-Chief

Anika Brown

Anika Brown is a senior at DGS and is in her second year on the Blueprint staff as an Editor-in-Chief. At DGS, she has completed three years on the girls soccer team along with participating with photography and yearbook club. To alleviate her boredom outside of school, Brown enjoys to hang out with...

Kassem Ossman
Editor-in-Chief

Kassem Ossman

Kassem Ossman is a Senior at DGS. This is Ossman’s second year on the Blueprint staff as an Editor-In-Chief. When he’s not writing, he’s a competitor for the DGS speech team, a member for the Masque and Gavel club and sings for the DGS choirs. Ossman is also the Vice-President of the Masque and...

Gwendolynne Royle
Editor-in-Chief

Gwendolynne Royle

Senior Gwendolynne Royle is an Editor-in-Chief in her second year on the Blueprint staff. When she is not writing in journalism, she is a speech competitor, a singer in the DGS Choirs and the Vice President and head of the makeup crew in the Masque and Gavel club. She is also in the National Honors Society,...

Emma Fudacz
Managing Editor

Emma Fudacz

Junior Emma Fudacz is the Managing Editor for the Blueprint, and this is her first year on the staff. Fudacz is a member of the Life of a Mustang club, a French tutor and an honor roll student. Fudacz is also involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and received her Eagle Scout award in February 2021. During...

Nora Joy
News Editor

Nora Joy

Nora Joy is a junior at DGS in her first year on the Blueprint staff working as a News Editor. In addition to Blueprint, Joy is a member of the varsity cross country and track team which fosters her competitive spirit. When she is not running, other ways she gets involved at DGS include being a member...

Justin Muller
News Editor

Justin Muller

Senior Justin Muller has joined the DGS Blueprint staff this year. He studied ancient history and politics, as he has a love for all things history. He has also worked two elections for the Election Commission and has worked at Jewel Osco. Working for the Election Commission was a way to participate...

Ava Lafin
Opinions Editor

Ava Lafin

Junior Ava Lafin is an Opinions Editor in her first year on Blueprint Staff. She is on the Varsity Dance Team and an officer of Orchesis Dance Club. She is also involved in many leadership clubs such as Blue Crew, Snowball, Life of a Mustang, PE Leading and Changemakers. Outside of school, Lafin...

Abigail Durkin
Opinions Editor

Abigail Durkin

Abigail Durkin is a senior at DGS in her first year on the Blueprint staff. Durkin is a fourth year member of the DGS speech team, a Blue Crew leader, a member of her Classboard, an honor roll student, a member of NHS and has been French Club president for three years. Starting her freshman year, Durkin...

Sydney Richardson
Features Editor

Sydney Richardson

Senior Sydney Richardson is in her first year on the Blueprint staff as a Features Editor. She is the President of Masque and Gavel where she competes on the speech team, acts, directs and assists in the makeup crew for numerous stage productions at DGS. She is also an honor roll student, a member of...

Faith Nelson
Features Editor

Faith Nelson

Senior Faith Nelson is excited to join the Blueprint staff as a Features Editor. Nelson is a Masque & Gavel Vice President, transfer student leader, honor roll student and member of the International Thespian Society and National Speech and Debate Association. When she is not busy creating content,...

Sally Lichner
Entertainment Editor

Sally Lichner

Sally Lichner is a senior at Downers Grove South. She wrote freelance for Blueprint club her sophomore and junior year and now writes as an Entertainment Editor on the Blueprint staff. At school, Lichner is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Orchesis dance group, badminton, drama club, key club and a Blue...

Annie Metherd
Entertainment Editor

Annie Metherd

Annie Metherd is a senior at DGS. She continues her fourth year on both the girl's soccer and volleyball teams at DGS. Metherd is also involved in a handful of clubs including changemakers and student council, in addition to that she also coaches the D99 Hoops Special Olympic, basketball team. Metherd...

Michael Piotrowski
Sports Editor

Michael Piotrowski

Senior Michael Piotrowski is a Sports Editor in his first year on the Blueprint Staff. At DGS, Piotrowski is on the varsity lacrosse team where he has received all-conference honors and has been selected as a team captain. On top of sports, he is a high honor roll student and is a member of NHS. Outside...

Claire Valenti
Sports Editor

Claire Valenti

Senior Claire Valenti is a Sports Editor for Blueprint, and this is her first year on the Blueprint staff. Valenti was a freelance writer during the 2020-2021 school year and had two articles, one podcast and one documentary published to Blueprint. Both the documentary and the podcast have been awarded...

Jake Hahn
Copy-Editor-In-Chief

Jake Hahn

Senior Jake Hahn is Copy-Editor-in-Chief for his final year of high school and first year in the Blueprint staff. At DGS, Hahn is a part of the school journalism team competing in the copy editing event and placing 5th in state in his junior year. He is a competent student with an affinity for courses...

Casey Muzykansky
Copy Editor

Casey Muzykansky

Copy Editor Casey Muzykansky is a junior at DGS. She is involved in many things inside and outside of school. Inside of school, she is a part of snowball, choir, the speech team, theatre and blue crew. Outside of school, Muzykansky is a blackbelt in Tang Soo Do martial arts. She teaches people of...

Allison Scherquist
Copy Editor

Allison Scherquist

Allison Scherquist is a Junior at DGS, and it is her first year on staff as a Copy-Editor for the Blueprint. In addition, Scherquist is involved in DGS Cross Country and Track and is a third-year member of Key Club and ACE. She is an avid reader-writer. When Scherquist isn't writing she is listening...

Ema Paskevicius
Copy Editor

Ema Paskevicius

Senior Ema Paskevicius is a Copy Editor in her first year on the Blueprint staff. Alongside her passion for writing, Paskevicius has been a part of the DGS dance program for all four of her years in high school. Paskevicius is also in the process of making the DGS yearbook this year, and is a Mad Dash...

Emily Mordaunt
Copy Editor

Emily Mordaunt

Emily Mordaunt is a junior at DGS and this is her first year on the Blueprint Staff. When she’s not writing, she is running cross country and track. This is Mordaunt’s debut in high school running and she is loving every minute of it. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and...

Savanna Martinez
Graphics/Photo Editor

Savanna Martinez

Senior Savanna Martinez is in her first year on the Blueprint staff as a Graphics/Photo Editor. Martinez loves to do volunteer work at animal shelters as she wants to become a veterinarian in the future. Martinez is also an artist and has been in art shows during her time at DGS. In Martinez’s free...

Abigail Culcasi
Graphics/Photo Editor

Abigail Culcasi

Abigail Culcasi is a junior at DGS and a Graphics/Photo Editor in her first year on Blueprint Staff. In addition to journalism, Culcasi enjoys dancing and is a three year member of the dance team at DGS. She is also a member of Orchesis and dances outside of school. Culcasi loves to volunteer and...

Lily Myszak
Video News Director

Lily Myszak

Lily Myszak is a senior at DGS and a Video News Director for Blueprint. Often lost in thought, she is most comfortable when alone or in the company of close friends where she can ponder aloud. Her podcast “Women in the Workplace” won a Best of SNO award in 2020. As an early-blooming cat lady,...

Kristin Weidner
Video News Director

Kristin Weidner

Kristin Weidner is a senior at DGS. This is Weidner’s first year on the Blueprint team as a News Video Editor. Weidner relishes in the creative freedom of screenwriting, cinematography and digital design, however when she is not using her left brain, she is involved in the National Honors Society,...

Owen Atseff
Video News Director

Owen Atseff

Senior Owen Atseff is a first year member of Blueprint, as the Video News Director. At DGS, Atseff runs varsity on the cross country and track team. Along with running, Atseff also participates in DGS swim and dive. Academically, he is an honor roll student and a member of the ACE board, NHS and NTHS....

Samantha Bachara
Business Manager/Social Media Director

Samantha Bachara

Senior Samantha Bachara is serving as the Business Manager and Social Media Director for her first year on the Blueprint staff. When she is not writing, she is a competitor on the Speech team, sings in the DGS Choirs and is the Vice President of the Masque and Gavel club. Bachara is also a member of...

Kari Alore
Adviser

Kari Alore

Kari Alore loves Downers Grove South.  In fact, her full 11 years of teaching have been spent right here at DGS.  This school year she is excited to be teaching English II, English II Honors and Journalistic Expression and Media Literacy at DGS. Alore has two children who she loves dearly but woul...

Mark Indreika
Adviser

Mark Indreika

Mark Indreika has been an English teacher at DGS since 1996. He graduated from DGS in 1984, and he attended Northern Illinois University where he received degrees in English and journalism. He advised The Blueprint, teaching the advanced journalism class for eight years. He is now happy to assist Ms....

Mary Long
Adviser

Mary Long

Mary Long teaches English III, Journalistic Expression and Advanced Journalistic Writing at DGS. Prior to working at DGS, she taught in Wisconsin for eight years and in Cicero for one year. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Iowa where she triple majored in journalism, English and...