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Earth Day celebrations take on new look amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jessie Norwood and Olivia Perkins

April 25, 2020

As quarantine stretches on for people around the world, scientists are noticing the remarkable effect staying at home is having on wildlife. With more people staying in and animals coming out, Earth Day became a time to celebrate ...

Approval of new AP Physics course offers more accessibility

Ella Naugle and Dea Sulejmani

March 16, 2020

The District 225 Board of Education recently added the AP Physics 1 course to the 2020 curriculum, according to Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel. Beforehand, South only offered AP Physics C, which required present or past enrollment of A...

New Automotives course allows for more personal experiences

Connor Fondrevay-Bedell and Max Beitzel

March 16, 2020

A new course option in the automotives department called Small Engines 161 was approved by the school board at a Jan. 27 meeting and will soon be available to students at South, according to Dawn Hall, Career, Technology, and E...

Marijuana’s first month legal: South students, staff reflect on impacts of new Illinois law

Gwyn Skiles and Maggie Baumstark

February 14, 2020

From political campaign stages to casual sidewalk conversations, the question of the legalization of marijuana has long been a hotly debated topic. Illinois recently took a powerful stride in the debate, passing a law at the b...

Functional fitness: renovations in fitness center

Chloe Arciero, asst. news editor

February 14, 2020

After undergoing large-scale renovations, South’s Fitness Center reopened for students and staff as a more organized and useful space, the administration said. These renovations, which began on Jan. 9 and ended on Jan. 23, i...

Misinterpretations of link lunch policy cause confusion

Anne Ribordy and Noah Walch

December 20, 2019

Students who spend their unscheduled time, such as lunch and SRT, in the link this year have faced the consequence of being kicked out of the area by paraprofessionals. However, the deans’ office does not forbid the use of the...

Wellness workshop initiates mental health conversation, proves ineffective

Maddie Cloutier and Jessie Norwood

December 20, 2019

This year, South held its first ever all-school workshop, which focused on the general wellness of the student body. Opinions on the workshop were divided between the students who did not enjoy it and the staff involved in pl...

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