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2017-2018 Staff

Natalie Casas

Natalie Casas

Natalie Casas is a senior at DGS and is the Online Entertainment Editor for the Blueprint. She has been a member for the past two years and hopes to end with a bang! In past years, she had been on the Speech Team, Masque & Gavel, Swim Team and Radio Club. With the experiences with public speaking,...

Srushti Desai

Srushti Desai

Srushti Desai is a senior at DGS and one of the Co-Editor-in-Chiefs for Blueprint. She enjoys playing sports such as badminton and soccer. Desai has been on the DGS badminton team since her freshman year, and wants to play this year in hopes of having a full circle high-school experience. Desai enjoys spe...

Marc Alvarez

Marc Alvarez

Marc Alvarez is a senior at DGS and a copy editor for the Blueprint. He is a varsity runner for the cross country and track teams at DGS and has been a team member for the last four years. He has earned 9 all-conference awards on the track and the cross country course. Alvarez is also the president...

Katie Anthony

Katie Anthony

Katie Anthony is a senior at DGS and the Print News Editor for the Blueprint during the 2017-2018 school year. Within DGS Anthony has been a part of the JV girls golf team, Mustangs Aware and Athletes Committed to Excellence.  Anthony is also a part of the National Honor Society and enjoys volunteering at Fee...

Jayna Bardahl

Jayna Bardahl

Jayna Bardahl is a senior at DGS and one of the Print Editors-In-Chief for the Blueprint. During the 2016-2017 year Bardahl worked as the Print News Editor on the Blueprint staff. She is also involved in the varsity cheerleading team, ACE club, English peer tutors, and P.E. leaders. In 2017 Bardahl...

Kendall Brost

Kendall Brost

Kendall Brost is a senior at DGS and is the online entertainment editor. She was also selected to be in Mad Dash, Mustang Way, Blue Crew and P.E Leading. Additionally, Brost has her own radio show that she runs and the community tunes into every week. Brost is involved in soccer both outside and inside...

Barbara Collins

Barbara Collins

Barbara Collins is a senior at DGS. This year she is one of the online co-editor-in-chief of the Blueprint. Collins enjoys being a captain of the DGS girls varsity tennis team, and has played on the team for four years. She is involved in Earth Action Club, P.E Leading and National Honors Societ...

Sydney Hall

Sydney Hall

Sydney Hall is a senior at DGS. She is an Online News Editor for the 2017-2018 Blueprint newspaper. Hall is involved in various clubs at DGS such as Superfans and ACE and hopes to join more throughout her senior year at DGS. After high school, she plans to continue her education at college by majoring...

Calvin Herion

Calvin Herion

Calvin Herion is a senior and a member of Peer Leaders,  Law Club and National Honor Society.  Herion is the online sports editor and this is his first year on the Blueprint staff. He enjoys writing and reading, so he is hoping to study journalism in college or write novels for a living. Although h...

Matthew Hollendonner

Matthew Hollendonner

Matthew Hollendonner is a senior at DGS and is the business manager of the 2017-2018 Blueprint. Matthew was a part of Key Club which is where he developed his drive to help others, Hollendonner spends any available time helping neighbors and family. The last two years he has come in early to meet...

Sarah Major

Sarah Major

Sarah Major is a senior and works as a Print Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Blueprint. During the 2016-17 school year, she was the Print Features Editor for the Blueprint. Major won first place at the IJEA awards and an honorable mention award at NISPA for her spread on the DGS athletic code. She has ...

Will Miller

Will Miller

Will Miller is the definition of hardworking and being personable. He strives to do his best while appealing to many different types of people. Some may say he is the voice of the unspoken and the fearful. Miller strives in a business setting. In the last three years, he has competed in many competitions...

Kora Montana

Kora Montana

Kora Montana is a Senior at DGS and one of the Online Editors-in-Chief for the Blueprint Newspaper. Montana was a freelance writer for the Blueprint during the 2016-2017 school year; this is her first year on staff.  In the IJEA 2017 Competition, Montana placed first place for a podcast entry and earned a...

Jhenevie Oca

Jhenevie Oca

Jhenevie Oca is a senior at DGS and works as a Photo Editor for this year’s Blueprint. She has a passion for art and has taken five courses of photography at DGS. In the future, she hopes to do photography on the side while pursuing a main career in nursing. Her goal is to become an amazing ER nurse an...

Jonah Ocuto

Jonah Ocuto

Jonah Ocuto is a senior at DGS and the Video News Director for the Blueprint. He has been a member of the Drama Club for four years and is going into his third year with the Speech team. Ocuto loves movies and theater, and he wants to go to college to study acting and journalism. Ocuto placed 2nd...

Donte Reed

Donte Reed

Donte Reed is a senior at DGS and is in his first year as a member of the Blueprint Staff. He is a member of the varsity co-ed cheerleading and boys varsity gymnastics teams. Outside of school he is a member of the Delayed Entry Program for the United States Marine Corps, and he is planning on making...

Elizabeth Rose Szpytek

Elizabeth Rose Szpytek

Elizabeth Rose Szpytek (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers) is a senior at Downers Grove South, and—for reasons still unknown—oversees the online opinions section for the Blueprint. Szpytek, a self-described "genderqueer woman," is passionate about fighting the cissexism, transmisogyny and sexism that i...

Sherwin Thomas

Sherwin Thomas

Sherwin Thomas is a senior at DGS and a copy editor for the Blueprint. He is reaching the end of his second year volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital. Thomas loves gaming and technology, and he wants to go to college to major in computer science. Schools of interest to him include the University of Illinois at...

Rhaya Truman is the Managing Editor of the Blueprint.

Rhaya Truman

Rhaya Truman is a senior at DGS and is the Managing Editor for the Blueprint. She has participated in basketball and dance in her DGS years and is currently a member of the Speech team. She is involved in many organizations, for example, Kpop club,  Peer Tutors, Speech, Mustang Way Leaders and the Com...

Lindsay Valero

Lindsay Valero

Lindsay Valero is a senior at DGS. She is a Photo Editor and Co-Video Editor for Blueprint. Valero is involved in various clubs and activities at DGS: Superfans, ACE, softball, Blue Crew, Photo Club, Peer Tutors, Spanish Honors Society and National Honors Society. This year she plans on joining Steppers...

Vince Vena

Vince Vena

Vince Vena is a senior at DGS and a Copy Editor for the Blueprint. He has been a member of the Marching Mustangs for four years. Vince has played Trombone for the past three seasons but for his last season,  he became a member of the DGS Drumline and currently plays Bass Drum.   Vince avidly ...

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