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DEDICATED DELEGATES: Focusing on her work, Maddy McGrath, Model United Nations co-president,  helps a crisis staff respond to crisis notes during the GBSMUN conference. South’s MUN team hosted over 500 students for a conference on April 6.

[Photo] Model UN hosts largest conference in club history

DEDICATED DELEGATES: Focusing on her work, Maddy McGrath, Model United Nations co-president, helps a crisis staff respond to crisis notes during the GBSMUN conference. South’s MUN team hosted over 500...

MONDAY WITH MANNY: On air for WGBK, senior Manny Martinez discusses baseball topics on his radio show Colombian Clubhouse which airs on Mondays at 5:30. In addition to WGBK, Martinez also is a part of Souths TV program.

Martinez pursues passion for broadcasting with South’s radio and television programs

Susie You, staff reporter
May 16, 2017

As a member of both WGBK and GBS TV, senior Manny Martinez is a familiar voice at South for his recurring appearances in morning announcements and for his frequent radio shows. According to Martinez, his...

Soccer   Stadler:  Blocking her Barrington opponent, sophomore Makayla Stadler defends the Titans in their game against the Broncos on April 13. The Titans were defeated by a score of 2-1

Women’s soccer attributes success to seniors

Sophie Hensley, co-sports editor
April 21, 2017

With a winning record of 5-2, the Women’s soccer team’s ability and chemistry on and off the field is stronger than ever, according to captain and defender Cassidy Price. Price emphasizes the importance...

Mid year art show showcases student creativity

Mid year art show showcases student creativity

Susie You, staff reporter
March 23, 2017

Every year, students who’ve taken an art class at South have the opportunity to showcase their artwork in the GBS mid-year art show, according to art teacher Natalie Ingaunis. Despite hosting the art...

Feminism stigma unwarranted, requires re-framing

Feminism stigma unwarranted, requires re-framing

Sam Casey and Sophie Hensley
March 17, 2017

We are assuming that seeing the word “feminism” in the headline didn’t deter you from starting to read our column. Or maybe even the slightest remark about feminists exasperates you so much that...

Conducting Kaplan: Performing music from the musical, Sweeney Todd, the orchestra for the All State Musical is led by Aaron Kaplan, Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra director. The orchestra contained students from South and schools across Illinois.

South students take part in Illinois All State Musical, Sweeney Todd

Susie You and Gabby Zabat
February 14, 2017

Audience members rush into the auditorium as they wait in anticipation for the gruesome, memorable and historic play. Behind the velvet curtains lie the Illinois All State Musical, Sweeney Todd, as students...

Lunging to avoid a defender, freshman midfielder MJ McNary, dribbles the ball down field during a game against F.W. Parker on Oct. 20.

Field hockey ends year with 12-7 record

Sophie Hensley, co-sports editor
November 4, 2016

The varsity women’s field hockey team, coached by Tom Rosenbaum, ended the season with a record of 12-7, according to Rosenbaum. “It’s not just about the games we won [this season], it’s about...

Miracle makers:   Pointing at freshman Abby Neptun, elves junior Erin Kirby, sophomore Becky Jacobson, freshman Luke Kirby, and junior Marina Madsen dance and joke with Neptun on stage of the fall play Miracle on 34th Street. The play’s storyline follows Kris Kringle, Macy’s hired Santa, who is soon put on trial after claiming he’s the real Santa Claus.

Miracle on 34th Street presents positive message

Emma Morris and Susie You
November 4, 2016

This year’s fall play Miracle on 34th Street took the audience on a journey to belief, according to Director Beth Ann Barber. According to Barber, Miracle on 34th Street was a great introduction to the...

Students explore fashion, promote self expression through clothing

Susie You, staff reporter
October 25, 2016

As students quickly fill up the tables lined with individual sewing machines, they eagerly wait to start the first meeting of Fashion Club. The atmosphere is filled with students who share the same hobby...

Friday night lights: Attempting to intercept the ball, junior Andy Sirakides (#8) jumps along side a St. Patricks runningback on Sept. 10. The Titans lost to St. Patricks by a score of 21-7.

Football starts season off with 0-5 record

Sophie Hensley, co-sports editor
September 30, 2016

The 2016-17 men’s football season started off with a record of 0-5; however, the team’s optimism and chemistry are stronger than ever, according to Brett Borre, senior captain and quarterback. “Other...

TOUGH TOMMY: Attempting to avoid a Maine West defender, senior captain Tommy Hagerty shoots the ball as the shot clock runs out during a game against Maine West on May 5. The Titans beat Maine West by a score of 11-5.

Men’s water polo places second in Sectionals

Sophie Hensley, co-sports editor
May 27, 2016

With an overall record of 27-6, the 2016 Men’s Water Polo team has had a generally successful season with a few setbacks, according to Head Coach David Lieberman. Senior captain Tommy Hagerty acknowledges...

KICKING AND SCREAMING: Following through on a kick, junior Callie Pekosh launches a ball down field during a game against New Trier on April 19. The Titans tied New Trier by a score of 1-1.

Women’s soccer maintains winning record

Sophie Hensley, asst. sports editor
April 22, 2016

The women’s soccer team is halfway through their season with a current record of 8-2, placing in their original sectional for playoffs for the first time since 2007, according to Head Coach Seong Bong...

HUDDLE UP: Listening to new Head Coach Will Jeffery, the men’s lacrosse team receives advice at half-time during a game against Palatine on April 11; the Titans beat Palatine 15-2. Jeffery played lacrosse for GBS, and this is his first year coaching at South.

Men’s lacrosse aims to improve under new head coach

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
April 22, 2016

In 2015, the men’s lacrosse team ended with a record of 8-9 and are now looking to advance farther in the playoffs, according to senior Ben Herzon. The men currently have a record of 2-5, according...

Clenching his teeth and fists, senior Jimmy Lustig rounds the corner of the outdoor track during practice. The  team looks to continue to do well in their outdoor season.

Men’s track and field places third at Conference

Susie You, staff writer
April 22, 2016

The 2016 boys track and field team placed first at the Fenton Invitational and third at Conference, according to Head Coach Kurt Hasenstein. Several key players were contributors to the team’s success....

DON’T MESS WITH MORRISON: Running past two Trinity defenders, Senior Captain Caitlin Morrison shoots a left-handed layup, scoring two points for the Titans on Feb.  20. The women lost with a total score of 39-23, but overall had a memorable season, according to Head Coach Steve Weissenstein.

Women’s basketball defeats New Trier, Loyola

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
March 11, 2016

Having played many memorable games, the varsity women’s basketball team finished their season with a record of 25-6, according to Head Coach Steve Weissenstein. “We just wanted to be as good as we...

HOSS THE BOSS: posing  next to three time Stanley Cup champion Marian Hossa, Matt Grinde smiles for a picture. photo courtesy of Matt Grinde

Grinde selected for Blackhawks all-star line-up

Georgia Arvanitis, coo-sports editor
March 11, 2016

Senior goalie Matt Grinde was selected to be a part of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBBA) all-star team on March 7. The CBBA allows players to receive $7,500 annually over the course of four...

Women’s gymnastics looks to tighten up their team techniques

Susie You, staff reporter
February 8, 2016

The varsity women's gymnastics team looks to improve their skills for upcoming competitions, according to senior Ella Voss. Although starting the season with some injured members, the team was able...

FANCY FREE-THROWS: Preparing to shoot, Senior Captain Jimmy Martinelli (#33) aims to make his free-throw. The men are mid-conference with a record of 8-10, hoping to finish in the top three.

Men’s basketball hopes to finish top three in conference

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
February 4, 2016

The men’s basketball team has played several close games this season and look to improve their record of 8-10, according to head coach Benjamin Widner. According to senior captain Jimmy Martinelli,...

Passing Maine South defenders, Senior Captain Sarah McDonagh jumps for a lay-up (left). Carie Weinman, junior shooting gaurd looks for an opening to pass while defending the ball

Women’s basketball holds winning record, 18-3

Sophie Hensley, asst. sports editor
February 4, 2016

Only losing three games so far this season to New Trier, Evanston and Maine South, the women’s basketball team leads with a record of 18-3, according to Head Coach Steve Weissenstein. “Our toughest...

The women’s track team looks to advance to state in the upcoming season

Susie You, staff reporter
December 19, 2015

The women's track team is entering the 2016 season with multiple goals in mind, according to Head Coach Fred Kocian. Kocian acknowledges that the team’s ultimate goal is to qualify and place in state....

BOYS ARE BACK: Going into the wall on his third length for a turn, senior Peter Dales swims his 100 yard backstroke with a time of 59.65 seconds on Dec. 11. Dales placed fifth behind other GBS swimmers, sophomore Nick Shechtman and junior Thomas Kosack, who placed third and fourth. The Titans beat the Spartans 102-84 and won the Spartan Invite on Dec. 12.

Men’s swimming starts off season with undefeated record

Sophie Hensley, asst. sports editor
December 18, 2015

The men’s swimming and diving team is confident in earning their fifth state trophy this year, despite the fact that they lost several state champions, according to head coach Keith MacDonald. “We’re...

Titan of the Month

Titan of the Month

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
December 18, 2015

During her fourth year on the varsity cheerleading team, Emily Weiss, senior captain and all conference athlete, hopes the team will advance to state for the first time. What is your favorite part of...

Ice, Ice Baby:  Focusing on the puck, junior Luke Pagano keeps an eye on the puck in order to score against GBN on Nov. 25. Pagano hopes to finish the season with a conference win.

Men’s Hockey fights to overcome team inexperience

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
December 18, 2015

The men’s varsity hockey team took a fall to Glenbrook North on Nov. 25, making their record 14-9. According to Matt Grinde, Senior Captain and goalie, it’s been a struggle for the team to transition...



LOCKED AND LOADED: Preparing to snap the ball, center Daniel Moses and the rest of the offenseive linemen ready themselves for an offensive play against Niles West. The season finished with a record of 4-5, and the Titans were unable to make it to post-season.

Football season ends without post-season

Sophie Hensley, asst. sports editor
November 6, 2015

The men’s football team finished off their season with a record of 4-5, according to head coach Mike Noll. Noll credits the season through his appreciation for the senior class. “[The seniors] did...

MOHAWK MEN: Striding towards the ball, senior captain Javier Ayala (left) looks to make a pass to a teammate down the field. Looking for an open player, senior captain Iñaki Bascaran winds up for a throw-in (right). The Titans shaved and styled their hair into mohawks in preperation for the playoffs, but eventually lost to GBN in double overtime in a penalty kick shootout. Photos by Jacqueline DeWitt

Men’s soccer loses to GBN in shootout

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
November 6, 2015

Finishing the season with a record of 13-9-2, the men’s soccer team finished the postseason with a loss to Glenbrook North in the Regional Championship Final. According to senior defenseman Henry Tarbox,...

Titan of the month: Jack Healy

Titan of the month: Jack Healy

Georgia Arvanitis, co-sports editor
November 6, 2015

Finishing his last football season of high school, senior Jack Healy reflects on his time as a South athlete. What is your favorite part of football? “Being a part of a family. I love all the guys...

BUMP, SET, SPIKE: Jumping into mid-air, junior Zimmie Frerichs sets up to spike a ball against Waukegan on Sept. 16. The Titans won with a final score of 25-6 and 25-12.

Women’s volleyball looks to strengthen unity

Georgia Arvanitis, Co-sports editor
October 2, 2015

With a current record of 6-11, the women’s volleyball team looks to improve their overall record and compete well in conference, according to head coach Katie Hoover. A few changes have been made to...

PARCC exam replaces PSAE, gauges growth among students

PARCC exam replaces PSAE, gauges growth among students

Georgia Arvanitis, asst. news editor
April 24, 2015

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) was a required test taken by all junior English classes and students that are enrolled in Algebra 2 on March 11-23. The PARCC...

New club ‘LiNK’ seeks donations for refugees fleeing North Korea

New club ‘LiNK’ seeks donations for refugees fleeing North Korea

Georgia Arvanitis, co-news editor
April 24, 2015

South’s new club Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) has started a fundraiser to assist refugees attempting to flee North Korea. The purpose of the club is to raise awareness about the oppressive nature...

Andersen’s lacrosse success takes her to Irish national team

Andersen’s lacrosse success takes her to Irish national team

Sophie Hensley, Staff Reporter
March 13, 2015

Whether it’s sprinting down the turf or strumming a guitar on stage, senior Noreen Andersen pursues a wide range of activities in and outside of South in the field of athletics, music and media. Andersen...

GBS Connects provides career exploration opportunities

GBS Connects provides career exploration opportunities

Georgia Arvanitis, co-news editor
March 13, 2015

On March 19, South will hold the second ever GBS Connects career day, which will provide all students the opportunity to consider a multitude of professions in presentations given by professionals who...

Men’s swimming & diving expect to place third at state meet

Men’s swimming & diving expect to place third at state meet

SOPHIE HENSLEY, staff reporter
February 6, 2015

In spite of losing three state qualifiers and key sprinters on the 2014 men’s swimming and diving team, head coach Keith MacDonald acknowledges the depth and power the 2015 team possesses this year. According...

McDonaghs actively participate in basketball, other GBS athletics

Sophie Hensley, Staff Writer
December 19, 2014

      With their shoes tied, warm-ups finished and focus strong, senior Sean McDonagh and junior Sarah McDonagh are prepared every season to compete against the top high schools...

Students, teachers reflect on block schedule

Students, teachers reflect on block schedule

Georgia Arvanitis, co-news editor
November 7, 2014

Students and teachers alike continue to have differing opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of the block schedule. According to Dawn Hall, instructional supervisor of the Applied Technology...

South graduate meets hopeful student in Kenya

Georgia Arvanitis, co-news editor
October 3, 2014

Lauren Ingebrigtsen, 2014 graduate traveled to Kenya for a service trip with an organization called Matanya’s Hope July 7 to Aug. 28. Ingebrigtsen had been a member of South club STAND for Peace for...

Titan of the month: Colin Burrows

Sophie Hensley, Staff Reporter
October 3, 2014

The Oracle’s monthly Q & A with an athlete that was nominated by the sports editors and voted on by South students.  After suffering from a stress fracture last season, senior captain Colin Burrows...

Andersen serves as role model in badminton, other extracurriculars

Sophie Hensley, Staff Reporter
May 23, 2014

A queen of two courts—whether she’s dancing at the homecoming festivities or smashing the birdie at a badminton match, senior Maureen Andersen can overcome almost any challenge and will thus be leaving...

Board of Education adds, updates course options for 2014-2015

Board of Education adds, updates course options for 2014-2015

Georgia Arvanitis, staff writer
March 14, 2014

Five new courses have been approved by the Board of Education to be added to the South curriculum in the 2014-15 school year. According to Cameron Muir, associate principal of curriculum and instruction,...

Calliope showcases staff art, writing in first Middle Issue

Calliope showcases staff art, writing in first ‘Middle Issue’

Georgia Arvanitis, staff writer
February 7, 2014

Calliope, South’s literary magazine, published its first “Middle Issue” on Jan. 24. This is the first time Calliope will publish three magazines, compared to the traditional two. The “Middle...

Glenbrook United White takes first in state volleyball

Glenbrook United White takes first in state volleyball

Georgia Arvanitis, staff writer
November 8, 2013

The Glenbrook United (GBU) White volleyball team placed first in the state tournament Oct. 26-27 in Rockford, IL, making this year their third year in a row as first place winners. GBU is a program...

Tanning bed usage banned for teens under 18

Georgia Arvanitis, staff writer
October 4, 2013

A new state law passed Aug. 15 has banned tanning bed use for anyone under age 18 starting Jan. 1, 2014, according to the Chicago Tribune. Daniel Biss, ninth district state senator, voted to pass the...

Nomination rewards Wojcik for ‘Golden’ teaching career

Nomination rewards Wojcik for ‘Golden’ teaching career

Georgia Arvanitis, Staff Reporter
May 24, 2013

Band Director Greg Wojcik was nominated to receive the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes teachers who excel in making the classroom a strong learning environment for...

South senior receives Golden Apple scholarship

Georgia Arvanitis, Staff Reporter
May 19, 2013

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois selected senior Cecilia Nunez to receive a scholarship at the end of February. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Scholarship is awarded annually to 135...

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