Blueprint

2018-2019 Staff

Sarah Barber

Sarah Barber

Sarah Barber is a senior at DGS and is in her second year on staff. This year, she is the Online Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Blueprint. In addition to journalism, Barber competes with the DGS varsity speech team and is involved with Operation Snowball, Mad Dash and masque and gavel.  In the future, ...

Jacob Casella

Jacob Casella

Jacob Casella is a senior at DGS and is the Social Media Director for the Blueprint. This is Casella’s second year on staff. In addition to writing for the Blueprint, he is a member of the DGS speech team, NHS and volunteers as a tutor in the English Literacy Center. Last year, Casella competed in the IHSA Stat...

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...

Colin Dodd

Colin Dodd

Colin Dodd is a junior at DGS and is the Print Opinions Editor for the Blueprint. This is Dodd’s first year on Blueprint, but he was a club member his sophomore year. Dodd has competed in multiple creative writing contests and has one short story published. At DGS, he is involved in German Club and ...

Kelly Jankowski

Kelly Jankowski

Kelly Jankowski is a senior at DGS and is the Video News Director. She was involved with the Blueprint club last year, but is excited to be working with the full team for the first time. With no previous journalistic writing experience, Jankowski is ready to learn what it takes to become a journalist...

Miles Little

Miles Little

Miles Little is a senior at DGS and is the Online Sports Editor. This is Miles’s first year on the DGS Blueprint staff. Miles is also on the DGS lacrosse team and plays competitively outside of school for East Ave. Little plans on continuing his lacrosse career in college. For fun Little loves to eat food. His favori...

Vianney Mendoza

Vianney Mendoza

Vianney Mendoza is a junior at DGS and is the Business Manager for Blueprint. At DGS she has been involved in French Club, in Superfans, and in gymnastics as a team manager. In her free time, Mendoza enjoys hanging out with friends and driving while listening to the most recent pop music.  She also e...

Tatum Mitchell

Tatum Mitchell

Tatum Mitchell the Print Editor-in-Chief and a second-year staff member. Mitchell competed on the sectional/state journalism team in 2019 for news writing. She qualified for state, taking home third at sectionals.  Mitchell is involved in theater, music and she also rides horses competitively. Sh...

Trevor Owcarz

Trevor Owcarz

Trevor Owcarz is a senior at DGS and is the Online News Editor for the Blueprint. He loves sports and plays golf on the DGS team in the fall. While maintaining his passion for sports, Owcarz is involved in Unified, Mad Dash and Blue Crew. Owcarz plans on attending college in the future, although he doe...

Ariel Oh

Ariel Oh

Ariel Oh is a senior at DGS and is an Opinions Editor for the Blueprint. This is Oh’s third year on staff; she joined as a sophomore to develop her writing skills. Oh placed first in the 2019 Journalism Sectionals for video news and later went on to the state competition. In addition to participating in the Blueprin...

Phillip Pakowski

Phillip Pakowski

Phillip Pakowski is a senior at DGS and is the Print Sports Editor for the Blueprint. He loves sports and has been playing lacrosse since his sophomore year and has played on varsity since his junior year. He is also involved in clubs and activities such as Unified Special Olympics, Snowball and JKB. ...

Samantha Perkins

Sam Perkins

Sam Perkins is a senior at DGS and is the Photo Editor for the newspaper. In her freetime she loves taking photos and has been involved with photography at DGS since she was a freshman. Perkins has competed in multiple photography contests within the last few years and has won most of her awards at S...

Becca Pritchett

Becca Pritchett

Becca Pritchett is a senior at DGS and the Head Copy Editor for the Blueprint. She is on the varsity cheerleading team and has been since her sophomore year. She loves helping others and is involved in many activities in her school and community, some of which include: Snowball, Mad Dash, Peer Led Li...

Natalia Ruiz

Natalia Ruiz

Natalia Ruiz is a senior at DGS and is the Online Features Editor. Over the years, Ruiz has been a Mad Dash Leader and a part of the Key Club. During her senior year, she hopes to get involved in more clubs such as the yearbook club and super fans. When Ruiz is not busy with school and work, she enjoys hanging o...

Jacqueline Sumida

Jacqueline Sumida

Jacqueline Sumida is a senior and is the Print Entertainment Editor for the Blueprint. This her second year on the staff and in the entertainment section. DGS, Sumida is a member of a cappella Choir, Madrigal Singers and Thespians.  Outside of school Sumida works part-time at Goodwill as a sales ...

Paul Szmanda

Paul Szmanda

Paul Szmanda is a senior at DGS and an Online Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Blueprint.  This is his second year on the official Blueprint staff, but he freelanced for the publication during his first two years in high school.  Szmanda is also a varsity member on the DGS Speech Team, the Secretary of P...

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...

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