• November 30Remote through semester
  • November 23Odd periods 11/23 and even periods 11/24 then from 11/25 to 11/29 Thanksgiving break
  • November 23Illinois goes back to stage 3
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 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.

Paul Szmanda, Online Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2020
On the other side of the Zoom screen: Teachers learn e-Learning (Story/Media)
Apr 15, 2020
Sorry, but you’re non-essential (Story/Media)
Mar 04, 2020
Downers Grove Village Council debates electronic message boards (Story/Media)
Feb 12, 2020
‘COUNTRY FUZZ’ lacks buzz (Story)
Feb 06, 2020
Kesha’s ‘High Road’ takes the low road (Story)
Feb 03, 2020
February: Notice the first “r”? (Story)
Jan 15, 2020
DG Village Council discusses Civil Rights Day, zoning, Project Dandelion (Story/Media)
Jan 09, 2020
Gallery: New members inducted into National Honor Society (Story/Media)
Dec 19, 2019
No, it’s not winter yet (Story/Media)
Dec 09, 2019
Weekly Preview: Week of Dec. 9 (Story)
Nov 22, 2019
DGS still buzzed by Juul epidemic (Story)
Nov 07, 2019
‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ uncovers the true nature of man (Story/Media)
Nov 04, 2019
Weekly Preview: Nov. 3-9 (Story/Media)
Nov 01, 2019
Student musicians jam out in new rock band class (Story)
Oct 29, 2019
Girls cross country team takes first at regional meet (Story)
Oct 28, 2019
Weekly Preview: Oct. 27 (Story/Media)
Oct 21, 2019
Mustang Mugs delivers coffee and smiles (Story/Media)
Oct 09, 2019
Downers Grove opts out of recreational cannabis sales (Story/Media)
Oct 05, 2019
The stress of college applications is in full swing (Media)
Oct 04, 2019
Alina Brindza putts her way from high school to college (Story)
Sep 25, 2019
Get to know a DGS athlete (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
Community marches in annual homecoming parade (Story/Media)
May 13, 2019
Yearbook distribution begins Wed. May 15 in cafeteria (Story/Media)
Apr 30, 2019
Volleyball Q&A with senior Max Hlavin (Story)
Apr 29, 2019
Weekly Preview: Week of April 29 (Story)
Apr 16, 2019
Erika’s Lighthouse will highlight mental health at this year’s philanthropy assembly (Story)
Apr 08, 2019
Lesser known clubs find their purpose (Story/Media)
Mar 22, 2019
Senior assassins reboots before break (Story)
Mar 22, 2019
Issue 4 (Story)
Mar 20, 2019
Downers Grove village council is awarded for stormwater management at March 19 meeting (Story/Media)
Feb 19, 2019
DGS Chess competes at state tournament (Story)
Feb 05, 2019
Darien discusses referendum, Sterigenics at city council meeting (Story/Media)
Jan 23, 2019
Middle-schoolers jam out at Jazz Cafe (Story)
Jan 04, 2019
Freshman Friday: Sara Mekhail (Story)
Dec 13, 2018
Video News: Dec. 14, 2018 (Story)
Dec 11, 2018
Two of a kind (Story)
Nov 30, 2018
No phone call, no relief (Story/Media)
Nov 27, 2018
Weekly Preview Nov. 26-30 (Story/Media)
Nov 24, 2018
ALICE arrives at DGS (Story/Media)
Nov 16, 2018
Issue 2 (Story)
Oct 15, 2018
Weekly Preview: Oct. 15 – Oct. 22 (Story/Media)
Oct 04, 2018
Roskam Visits AP Government Classes (Story)
Oct 04, 2018
Issue 1 (Story)
Oct 04, 2018
Nike failed at correctly representing their brand by choosing Kaepernick (Story)
Sep 17, 2018
3 Corners, 4 stars (Story/Media)
Sep 11, 2018
Say bonjour a Madame Reuillon (Story/Media)
Sep 26, 2017
Q & A with Lindsay Morton (Story)
Sep 26, 2017
A text-marking tragedy (Story)
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