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The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

Emily Blumberg

Emily Blumberg, Editor-in-Chief

My name is Emily Blumberg and I am an Editor-in-Chief for The Oracle! I am a senior, making this my fourth year at GBS. Throughout these four years, I have gotten involved in many activities, including Key Club, Cause for Paws, and playing for the badminton team. Outside of school, I like playing tennis, cooking and spending time with my family and friends. I really enjoy writing for the Oracle and hope to pursue this passion by either becoming a lawyer or journalist someday!

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Let go of expectations

Let go of expectations

Emily Blumberg, former co-editor-in-chief
May 19, 2023

At the beginning of senior year, I had my future planned out. I would go to my dream school, join a top sorority, and have an entire friend group all within the first month of college.  Would you believe...

The playlist that has followed me throughout my life

Emily Blumberg, co-editor-in-chief
May 20, 2022

This column is dedicated to my “writing playlist.” The compilation of approximately 30 songs that has played in the background while I’ve written nearly every essay or story throughout my South career.  The...

Illustration by Mia Carr

Empathy: To those facing difficulties during the holidays, compassion is essential

Emily Blumberg and Skylar Kreske
December 17, 2021

“Happy Holidays!” A celebratory feeling fills the atmosphere as the festive greeting rings throughout the hallways and classrooms. The entrances begin flooding with students, anxiously waiting to begin...

“My heart cries for Texan women”

Emily Blumberg, co-editor-in-chief
October 1, 2021

On Sept. 1, senior Harmony-Keli Tomety crossed off all schools in the Lone Star State from her college list. And only one factor prompted her to do so: the recent Texas abortion legislation. The Texas...

Illustration by Aubrey Palaganas


Emily Blumberg and Skylar Kreske
May 21, 2021

He was the perfect kid. The perfect student. The perfect athlete. So when Dylan Buckner, who was a Glenbrook North senior, died by suicide on Jan. 7, the tragedy was felt throughout the community. Dylan’s...

Who can be trusted in the media? How publications work towards unbiased journalism in a politically-charged era

Maggie Baumstark and Emily Blumberg
March 19, 2021

“A country divided as ever” has become commonplace in the modern American’s vernacular. It is no secret: a middle ground is hard to come by in today’s political climate. The intense political...

Photo illustration by Om Patel, 
photos by Maggie Baumstark and Edgars Cers

A divide: The college resource opportunity gap

Maggie Baumstark and Emily Blumberg
December 18, 2020

As seniors anxiously await admission decisions from universities, a looming question may run through their minds: “Did my school do everything to prepare me for college?” Named the 17th best public...

Administration expires teacher accommodations for in-person learning

Emily Blumberg and Ella Naugle
December 18, 2020

Many teachers have worked from home since the beginning of the school year as a result of numerous accommodations. When South moves into the second semester on Jan. 19,  the accommodation for teachers...

Illustration by Patsy Carolan

Election season leaves South with tough conversations

Emily Blumberg, co-news editor
November 20, 2020

The 2020 presidential election has created dissent across the country, and with a polarized electorate, it has become an unavoidable topic in many communities, including South. Although South is home to...

South moves into Step 3 hybrid model

Emily Blumberg and Ella Naugle
October 2, 2020

On Oct. 5, District 225 will move to Step 3 of the reopening plan — a hybrid schedule — making the district one of the first public school districts on the North Shore to do so. The school will first...

graphic by district 225 administration

Administration approves new back-to-school plan beginning with E-learning

Emily Blumberg and Ella Naugle
July 29, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year will begin on August 19 with e-learning, although newly created policies prove that it will look much different than the previous spring semester, according to District and South...

Finding the Beauty in Cultural Differences

Emily Blumberg, asst. opinions editor
March 16, 2020

People who I talk to will often tell me that they’re German or Irish. Some say they’re a mix of many nationalities. Others will admit that their families have been in America too long to embrace any...

Illustration by Theone Purev

Valentine’s Day: a holiday for self-love

Emily Blumberg, asst. opinions editor
February 14, 2020

I’ve never loved Valentine’s Day. The cards are cliché, candy hearts have always tasted like plastic and the day itself only seems to remind people that they are spending yet another Feb. 14 alone. Walking...

Illustration by Ella Prillaman

“Carry On” into 2020; leave your past behind

Emily Blumberg, asst. opinions editor
December 20, 2019

There is nothing more relaxing than going on a Sunday drive around the North Shore. Passing the lake and catching a glimpse of all the decorated storefronts puts my mind at ease. Stopping to get a warm...

Illustration by Esther Yun

CPS strike provokes reflection of GBS privilege

Emily Blumberg, asst. opinions editor
November 15, 2019

I was walking down the stairs in the old pit when I overheard a girl telling her friend she can’t believe how hard her life is right now. She complained that her teachers were being difficult and she...

Illustration by Hannah Franklin

Respect still possible despite political differences

Emily Blumberg, assistant opinions editor
October 4, 2019

The 2016 presidential election brought on many distinct changes to our country: a new national leader, a different party taking office, and most apparent in our community, the unwillingness to discuss...

Humanities students create graffiti collage

Emily Blumberg, Dani Carr, and
May 24, 2019

Self-expression. Closure. Wisdom. Three words expressed in a visual reflection by Humanities Seniors using unconventional forms of art to convey their experiences at South. The Seniors used the project...

Splashing Swimmers: Practicing their kicking skills, kids in “Learn to Swim” are taught by South students. Founded in 1962, the program helps teach young children how to swim while building leadership skills in South students.

Students teach important skills in “Learn to Swim”

Emily Blumberg and Dani Carr
April 22, 2019

Saturday mornings at Glenbrook South’s pools are filled with excitement for the Glenview youth as eager young children learn how to swim with the assistance of high schoolers in the “Learn to Swim”...

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