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  • May 16IHSA Boys Track and Field Sectionals, Thursday May 19
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  • May 16IHSA Girls Soccer Regionals, Friday May 20
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  • May 16IHSA Girls Track and Field State Finals, Friday May 20 and Saturday May 21
  • May 16Graduation, Friday May 20
  • May 16Senior Prom, Tues May 17
The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


The student news site of Downers Grove South High School


Paul Szmanda

Paul Szmanda, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 Politics Club, and the founder of the new Supreme Court Club. In the spring, he runs sprints and hurdles on the Track & Field team.

In addition to English, Szmanda is fluent in Polish.  Szmanda has visited his family in Poland ten times, also visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and hiking in the Tatra mountains with his uncle.

In his free time, Szmanda enjoys riding his bike, having a personal record of 100 miles in one day.  In addition he has a hobby of fishkeeping, tending to his two saltwater and freshwater aquaria. Szmanda also volunteers at the West Suburban Community Pantry on Saturdays.

Over the summer, Szmanda became employed at Benote Wimp’s State Farm Agency, where he is the Director of Claims, Media, & Information Distribution.

Szmanda is still deciding on colleges.  He wants to major in communications- and politics-related topics.

All content by Paul Szmanda
This is the peaceful autumn scene to which I awoke earlier this week.

No, it’s not winter yet

December 19, 2019
Its the week of Halloween! Discover whats happening at DGS in the last few days of the month.

Weekly Preview: Oct. 27

October 28, 2019
DGS football played York High School on Sept. 6 and won.

Get to know a DGS athlete

September 25, 2019

Issue 4

March 22, 2019
Freshmen Lauren and Peyton Norkus with their little sister.

Two of a kind

December 11, 2018
A standard bandage on a standard paper cut.

No phone call, no relief

November 30, 2018
The school year is coming to an end and we all need a little bit of motivation to keep pushing.

Weekly Preview Nov. 26-30

November 27, 2018
A stranger knocks on a classroom door.

ALICE arrives at DGS

November 24, 2018

Issue 2

November 16, 2018

Issue 1

October 4, 2018
A sirloin steak with a side of mashed potatoes and shrimp.

3 Corners, 4 stars

September 17, 2018
Q & A with Lindsay Morton

Q & A with Lindsay Morton

September 26, 2017
A text-marking tragedy

A text-marking tragedy

September 26, 2017
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