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Blueprint

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  • April 15Musical at DGS on April 18, 19, & 20th
  • April 15DGS Principal-Parent Partnership on April 17
  • April 15Culture Week Food Trucks on April 16
  • April 8Mustang Trot on April 14
  • April 8Bilingual Family Dinner Dance from 6-8 p.m. on April 11
  • April 8FCCLA state on April 11-12
  • April 8Non-attendance day for freshmen, sophomores and seniors on April 11
  • April 8Juniors take the SAT; attend 8:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 11
  • April 8Non-attendance day for juniors and seniors on April 10
  • April 8Freshmen and sophomores take PSAT; attend 8:20-11:35 a.m. on April 10
The student news site of Downers Grove South High School

Blueprint

The student news site of Downers Grove South High School

Blueprint

2023-2024 Staff

Owen Chaidez
Editor-in-Chief

Owen Chaidez

Senior Owen Chaidez is an Editor-In-Chief for the DGS Blueprint. He is an honors student who is dedicated to bringing awareness to the daily lives and struggles of people with disabilities, as he has a disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. His journey with journalism began his sophomore...

Maya Homberg
Editor-in-Chief

Maya Homberg

Senior Maya Homberg is an Editor-in-Chief, and this is her second year on the Blueprint staff. Homberg is an honor roll student and has been swimming for over 10 years. At DGS, she is the president of NHS and also takes part in ACE, Spanish NHS, Earth Action Club and Key Club. Homberg joined journalism...

Lauren Miranda
Editor-in-Chief

Lauren Miranda

Senior Lauren Miranda is an Editor-in-Chief on the Blueprint staff. In addition to journalism, Miranda is the captain of the DGS varsity dance team and dances in a company outside of school. She is an English tutor at DGS and a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Athletes...

Juliana Conyer
Managing Editor

Juliana Conyer

Junior Juliana Conyer is the Managing Editor in her first year on the Blueprint staff. Besides journalism, Conyer is a part of book club, varsity speech team, PE Leading program and is a vice president of student council. Conyer was a part of the 2023 Journalism IHSA team and took first place at the...

Olivia Velazquez
News Editor

Olivia Velazquez

Junior Olivia Velazquez is a first year News Editor for the Blueprint. Velazquez was inspired to take Journalistic Expression in her sophomore year and loved every minute of it. She enjoys writing because she gets to express not only her opinion, but others' as well. She has a curious mind and a passion...

Caitlin Spindler
News Editor

Caitlin Spindler

Senior Caitlin Spindler is a first year News Editor for the DGS Blueprint. Spindler is an honor roll student and is also a member of the DGS/DGN lacrosse team and a club lacrosse program. Spindler took Journalistic Expression her junior year which continued to prove her love for journalism and further...

Anthony Addante
Opinions Editor

Anthony Addante

Senior Anthony Addante is a second year staff member and is an Opinions Editor on the Blueprint. Addante is a member of the cross country and track team. He is passionate about learning and is consistently a high honor roll student. He is also a member of Model UN and politics club. In addition, he...

Nicholas Sadelski
Opinions Editor

Nicholas Sadelski

Senior Nicholas Sadelski is an Opinions Editor for his first year on the Blueprint staff. Additionally, Sadelski is on the varsity cross country and track team, part of the a capella and madrigal choirs, a member of National Honors Society, an honor roll student, and participates in various clubs including...

Grace Rerucha
Features Editor

Grace Rerucha

Senior Grace Rerucha is a Features Editor for the DGS Blueprint. Rerucha is a member of the Fillies, as well as dancing at her studio, DLD Dance Center. In addition to her roles as student council vice president and orchesis officer, she participates in National Honors Society, madrigal choir, the spring...

Sebastian Blanco
Features Editor

Sebastian Blanco

Junior Sebastian Blanco is a Features Editor in his first year on the DGS Blueprint staff. In addition to journalism, Blanco is a member of the DGS varsity speech team, Madrigal choir and is deeply involved with the drama department as a whole. While he did not take Journalistic Expression, his love...

NB Bandera
Entertainment Editor

NB Bandera

NB Bandera is a senior at DGS and a second-year staff member in Blueprint. Bandera was a Video Editor her first year, and now she is an Entertainment Editor. Other than Blueprint, Bandera participates in girl’s varsity badminton and directed a IHSA film in a competition of 2023 for the state of...

Taylor Beattie
Entertainment Editor

Taylor Beattie

Senior Taylor Beattie is an Entertainment Editor and this is her first year on the Blueprint staff. At DGS, Beattie has participated in tennis and band; she previously was a member of their concert and symphonic ensembles. Beattie had taken Journalistic Expression her junior year of high school and decided...

Carson Kass
Sports Editor

Carson Kass

Senior Carson Kass is a Sports Editor for the DGS Blueprint. Kass is an honor roll student who is in charge of live broadcasts for DGS Esports and commentates for the DGS football team. Kass enjoys being the voice of many different programs in the school and beyond. Kass’ interest in journalism...

Kate Dziewinski
Sports Editor

Kate Dziewinski

Junior Kate Dziewinski is a Sports Editor for the DGS Blueprint. During her sophomore year, Dziewinski took Journalistic Expression, which sparked her interest in writing. Journalism quickly turned into one of her passions. Last year she qualified for the IHSA Journalism state competition in sports...

Jack Pastore
Head Copy Editor

Jack Pastore

Senior Jack Pastore is the Copy Editor-in-Chief and an Entertainment Editor on the Blueprint Staff. In addition to this, Pastore is involved in multiple school activities and works at Mariano’s. Outside of Blueprint, Pastore has had a long acting career at Downers Grove South. He has acted in two...

Sabrina Crowley
Copy Editor

Sabrina Crowley

Senior Sabrina Crowley is so excited for her first year on the Blueprint staff as a Copy Editor. As the daughter of two English teachers, Crowley has loved writing for as long as she can remember. However, her interest sparked in her freshman year when she joined the speech team and found love in writing...

Sumit Shah
Graphics/Photo Editor

Sumit Shah

Senior Sumit Shah is a Graphics/Photos Editor on the Blueprint staff. In addition to being part of the Blueprint staff, Shah has also been a part of the DGS speech team since his sophomore year. He has participated in the 3D Visualization portion of the SkillsUSA contest his sophomore and junior year....

Itzel Sanchez
Graphics/Photo Editor

Itzel Sanchez

Itzel Sanchez is a senior, and this is her first year working on the Blueprint staff as a Graphics/Photo Editor. In 2023, they started making editorial cartoons for the Blueprint and qualified for the IHSA journalism state competition for Advertising shortly after. Sanchez’s love for the arts started...

Vanja Bogdanovic
Graphics/Photo Editor

Vanja Bogdanovic

Senior Vanja Bogdanovic is a Graphics and Photo Editor in her first year on the Blueprint staff. Bogdanovic is involved in numerous school activities, such as being a French tutor and an active member of the internship program at DGS. Bogdanovic is also an AP Photography student this year. Photography...

Melo Medina
Video Editor

Melo Medina

Junior Melo Medina is a first-year Video Editor for the DGS Blueprint. Along with being in Blueprint, Medina is a member of the DGS stage crew club and Latino Student Union. They are also a part of the Changemakers organization and the AVID program. Medina’s interest in editing developed when they...

Lucas Penavic
Video Editor

Lucas Penavic

Senior Lucas Penavic is a first-year Video Editor for the DGS Blueprint. Outside of working on the newspaper, he plays in the DGS Concert Orchestra and attempts to pass his math class. Penavic’s interest in video production truly began after taking TV 1 his sophomore year and TV 2 in his junior...

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 TV 1, TV 2, Writing for Broadcast, Creative Writing, Journalistic Expression and Advanced Journalistic Writing at DGS. Prior to working at DGS, she taught in Wisconsin for eight years and in Cicero, Il for one year. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Iowa where she...