Blueprint

2019-2020 Staff

Elliot Sheets

Elliot Sheets

Elliot Sheets is a senior at DGS and the Graphics Director for the Blueprint. This is his first year on the Blueprint staff; however, he has provided visuals before in the past. Sheets is very passionate about art and drawing, taking art classes to refine his craft. Over the summer, Sheets went on family vacat...

Kevin Clyde Tate

Kevin Clyde Tate

Kevin Clyde Tate is senior at DGS and is the Graphics Director in his first year on staff. In addition to Blueprint, Kevin is a member of the speech team, DGS Madrigal Singers and is a co-president of Masque and Gavel.  Last February, he won the IHSA Speech State Championship in Original Comedy, in his s...

Kira Matheson

Kira Matheson

Kira Matheson is a senior at DGS and is the Online Opinions Editor for the Blueprint. This is her first year on staff. At DGS Matheson is the president of Masque and Gavel and is a member of the varsity speech team, Mad Dash and the choral program.  After high school she would like to attend the University of Ill...

Lauren Wilmore

Lauren Wilmore

Lauren Wilmore is a senior at DGS and is going on her second year as a part of the blueprint staff. She is involved in Class Board and National Honors Society. After being a DGS cheerleader for two years, Wilmore decided to focus mainly on the competitive side of cheer to match her passion for the...

Teagan Smith

Teagan Smith

Teagan Smith is a senior at DGS and has been on the Blueprint staff for two years. Smith is currently in her fourth year as a varsity cheerleader at DGS. She is also involved in NHS, peer leaders, is a Mad Dash director, Operation Snowball director and on the executive board for student council. Next...

Alyssa Deplaris

Alyssa Deplaris

Alyssa Deplaris is a senior at DGS and is in her first year on staff. She is the Social Media Director for the Blueprint. Deplaris is involved with Mad Dash, Badminton, Spanish Club and was part of the Swim and Dive team freshman and sophomore year.  Deplaris has a passion for martial arts and self defense - she i...

Brenna Cohoon

Brenna Cohoon

Brenna Cohoon is a senior at DGS and is the Online Sports Editor for the Blueprint.  This is her first year on staff, but she has experience from writing blogs for an Illinois running news website, ilxctf.com. Cohoon is involved at school as a member of the cross country and track teams, as well as NHS, Blue Crew...

Isabella Johnsen

Isabella Johnsen

Isabella Johnsen is a senior at DGS and is a Copy Editor for the Blueprint. This is her first year on staff.  Outside of journalism she loves to explore other aspects of art like music and photography. Johnsen loves to sing, play the guitar and take photos whenever she can.  In addition to arts,...

Jovana Kuzmanovic

Jovana Kuzmanovic

Jovana Kuzmanovic is a senior at DGS and the Online Entertainment Editor for the Blueprint. At DGS, she is part of the English tutor program and NHS. During her junior year, Kuzmanovic was appointed the role of an English tutor leader and plans to continue this duty. Kuzmanovic desires to continue her education...

Madeline O'Neil

Madeline O’Neil

Madeline O’Neil is a senior at DGS and is currently a Copy Editor for the Blueprint. Along with Journalism, O’Neil is a member of Mustang Way, the Senior Class Board and Operation Snowball. O’Neil is also on the Varsity Dance Team and an Orchesis officer and has a passion for dancing and the a...

Marjorie Lichner

Marjorie Lichner

Marjorie Lichner is a senior at DGS and is the Head Copy Editor for the Blueprint. This is her first year on the Blueprint; however, she did freelance a few pieces for the paper last year.  When Lichner isn’t at school, she spends most of her time at work. As a Consumables team member at Targe...

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Vincent Llanes

Vincent Llanes is a senior at DGS and is in his first year with the Blueprint where he is the Business Manager and Copy Editor. He has been a member of both the track & field and cross country teams since his sophomore year and currently competes at the varsity level with the intent of heading to t...

Alison Goulding

Alison Goulding

Alison Goulding is a senior and is the Print News Editor for the Blueprint staff. This is her first year on the Blueprint Staff. At DGS, Goulding works for the literacy center as the head tutor and is also involved with Masque and Gavel. When not in school or doing homework, Goulding spends her time w...

Kate Riley

Kate Riley

Kate Riley is a senior at DGS and is the Online Features Editor in her first year on staff. Along with Blueprint she is a co-vice president of Masque and Gavel, where she has competed on the varsity speech team, acted as head of makeup crew and performed in several DGS productions. Additionally, Rile...

Luc Alvarez

Luc Alvarez

Senior Luc Alvarez is an Editor-in-Chief in his second year on the Blueprint staff. At DGS Alvarez runs varsity on the cross country and track teams where he has received All-Conference honors and been selected as Team Captain. In addition to running, he is an honor roll student, a math and English tutor...

Drey McGrew

Drey McGrew

Dreyden McGrew is a senior at DGS and the Print Sports Editor of the Blueprint. This is his second year on the Blueprint staff. McGrew is also a varsity football player on the DGS football team. Outside of school McGrew enjoys hanging out with friends, cruising on his longboard, watching anime, and...

Ashley Boak

Ashley Boak

Ashley Boak is a senior at DGS and the Photo Editor for the Blueprint. This is Boak’s first year on the Blueprint staff, but she freelanced for the Blueprint throughout her junior year. Boak swims for DGS and is involved in Mustang Way leading, Operation Snowball, Mad Dash and the student board for ...

Jacqueline Barba

Jacqueline Barba

Jackie Barba is a senior at DGS and is in her second year on staff as Editor-In-Chief for the Blueprint. Barba is also a state competitor for the DGS speech team, a member of the Read-Aloud club, a Mad Dash director and a Girl Scout since Kindergarten. In her free time, Barba finds continued motivation...

Kari Alore

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

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

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...

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...

Alex Miranda

Alex Miranda

Alex Miranda is a senior at DGS and an Editor-in-Chief for the Blueprint. He began his journalism endeavors as one of only two sophomores on the 2018-19 staff, competing at IHSA sectionals and state for editorial writing. As a junior, he was the Video News Director and achieved multiple accolades, most...

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...

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...

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...

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