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K-Pop shows Korean pride, highlights discrimination

Grace Shin, senior editor
May 25, 2018

On July 15, 2012, Korean singer PSY’s song “Gangnam Style” was released and took the world on the Hallyu (the Korean culture wave). In December 2012, the song became the first video on YouTube to...

Photo courtesy of Riley Gunderson, AP Art Student who will be attending the Parsons School of Design.

GBS art students extend creative talent into college

Grace Shin, senior editor
May 25, 2018

cterized by the drawings and art projects we created. Although many of us color and draw at a young age, very few of us continue it as we grow up. However, several GBS seniors have developed their interest...

Podcasts offer alternative entertainment

Grace Shin, co-editor-in-chief
March 16, 2018

If you walk down the hallways of GBS, many students will be listening to music by Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, or other popular artists. However, you can find sophomore Adair McMahon listening to podcasts...

Illustration by Chaeyeon Park

Self-confidence exceeds adherence to beauty standards

Grace Shin, co-editor-in-chief
February 9, 2018

To walk the streets of Seoul, South Korea without seeing something even remotely related to plastic surgery is almost impossible. From the subway station walls lined with advertisements, to people walking...

BANGING BUKS:   Celebrating the Korean New Year, junior Eddy Ji, back row, second from the right, stands alongside musicians from a traditional music group called Soribeat. Ji, who plays the buk and the janggu, two traditional Korean drums, tributes his increased closeness to his family and culture to his involvement in these instruments.

Traditional instruments preserve familial, cultural ties

Grace Shin, co-editor-in-chief
December 22, 2017

Piano. Guitar. Violin. These are the instruments that frequently come to mind when thinking about music. However, while many students’ musical experiences are represented by instruments like these, others...

Persevering through ACT develops work ethic

Grace Shin, co-editor-in-chief
November 10, 2017

If you know me, you probably know that basically my entire life has been devoted to completing the ACT. Sure, everyone’s life was at one point. But when I say my “life,” I mean several years, not...

ANGIE THROUGH THE AGES: Posing for a photo at GBS, rising senior Angie Morris shows her signature smile, one that many at school were accustomed to seeing, according to Ken Smith, Special Education teacher. According to Katie Mason, Morris’s sister, she was the youngest of six children in their family.

Remembering Angie Morris

Leah Dunne, Cassidy Foronda, and Grace Shin
October 6, 2017

Rising senior Angie Morris was a teaching intern in the Child Development program. She worked with children in Titan Tots and Alphabet Acres, according to Kimberly Kiraly, Child Development coordinator....

South honors custodian Cliff Williams’ memory

Grace Shin, co editor-in-chief
October 6, 2017

Custodian Cliff Williams passed away on Sept. 9 in his sleep. Williams, commonly known as Cliffy, worked at South for 15 years in the Maintenance Department. The school held a memorial in his honor on...

Graphic by Rachel Nwia

District 225 eliminates quarter system for 2017-2018 school year

Grace Shin, co-editor in chief
May 26, 2017

District 225 has decided to revise the grading system in which grades will no longer be determined at the end of a quarter, but instead at the end of the semester. According to Cameron Muir, assistant...

Methods   in   Motion:   Helping his students with a lab, Science Teacher Robert Cowhey explains the flow of electrical charge through a circuit. This year, Cowhey has not assigned any homework to his students, and he is one of several other teachers who have introduced unconventional teaching methods in their classes.

Teachers implement unconventional classroom methods

Grace Shin and Brigid Murphy
March 21, 2017

When imagining a typical high school course, homework, letter grades and points are common attributes of any class offered at South, but some teachers are beginning to stray from these norms. As new philosophies...

Students violate Dean’s Office policy through email chain

Grace Shin, co-news editor
December 16, 2016

GBS staff and students received a chain of emails that contained links violating school policy on Nov. 28, resulting in a disruption in the school day, Dean Ronald Bean says. According to Principal...

EVERYDAY IS ‘MUN’DAY: Discussing their meeting agenda, seniors Yoana Sidzhimova and Lori Steffel, GBS Model United Nations (MUN) president and vice president, lead their fellow board members. Sidzhimova and Steffel collaborated on an article about MUN that was published in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth’s magazine Imagine.

MUN Leaders Publish Article in Imagine

Grace Shin, Co-News Editor
November 4, 2016

An article written by seniors Yoana Sidzhimova and Lori Steffel about GBS Model United Nations (MUN) was published in the Sept.-Oct. issue of The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth’s magazine, Imagine. According...

FAGEL ‘N’ FRIENDS: Performing the ìWeíre All in this Togetherî dance from High School Musical, Principal Lauren Fagel and senior students gather together for the final scene of the GBS lip dub. Fagel and other faculty and students were integral parts of the planning behind the video, according to Dr. Jim Shellard, assistant principal of student activities.

Lip dub highlights South extracurriculars

Grace Shin and Anushka Kalra
September 30, 2016

The 2016 GBS lip dub was filmed during school on Sept. 16 and was then presented on the same day at the home football game. A lip dub is a video that integrates lip syncing and audio dubbing. According...

SERVICE WITH SHELLARD: Speaking to a class of Sophomore Honors English students, Dr. Jim Shellard, assistant principal of student activities, emphasizes the importance of serving others. Shellardís remarks set forth the celebration of the service research projects.

[Photo] South incorporates collaborative work in classes

Katie Cavender & Nick Moran and Sasha Vassilyeva
May 27, 2016

SERVICE WITH SHELLARD: Speaking to a class of Sophomore Honors English students, Dr. Jim Shellard, assistant principal of student activities, emphasizes the importance of serving others. Shellardís remarks...

Departments reflect on freshman appeals tests

Grace Shin, asst. news editor
March 11, 2016

As incoming GBS freshman students register for classes, administrators and teachers are reflecting on the process of appeals exams. Instructional supervisors of the English, World Languages and Math...

South pilots student growth component of teacher evaluation

South pilots student growth component of teacher evaluation

John Schurer and Grace Shin
February 5, 2016

After the Illinois State Board of Education formally mandated the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) in February 2014, public schools began preparations for a “student growth component” as part...

Hindu Temple constructed in Glenview community

Grace Shin and Alex Ladan
December 18, 2015

The Hanuman Spiritual and Community Center, a Hindu non-profit organization, is currently constructing Glenview’s first Hindu temple on West Lake Ave. According to Sejal Schullo, Desi Club sponsor,...

Illustration by Jini John

District 225 plans to upgrade technology

Grace Shin, asst. news editor
November 6, 2015

The Northfield Township Technology Consortium (NTTC) will be implementing a technological upgrade to GBS and other schools in December 2015 or March 2016. According to the official website of the NTTC,...

Senior George Maroutsos delivers speech to Greek Parliament

Grace Shin, asst. news editor
October 9, 2015

Senior George Maroutsos traveled to Athens, Greece, as a participant of the Parliament of Youth from Sept. 3-Sept. 12. “I was chosen to be a representative from the United States to speak [to] the Greek...

South reflects on block schedule

South reflects on block schedule

Grace Shin, staff reporter
May 29, 2015

After a year of having the block schedule at South, those affected by the change weigh in on both its benefits and drawbacks. According to Principal Dr. Brian Wegley, research done on North’s schedule...

Urban Studies students exchange experiences with Englewood

Urban Studies students exchange experiences with Englewood

Grace Shin, Staff Writer
April 24, 2015

Thirty-six South students in Urban Studies II have participated in an exchange with the Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Daniel Rhoades, Urban Studies II teacher, started his student-teaching at Lindblom...

District 225 increases prices for school bus transportation routes

District 225 increases prices for school bus transportation routes

Grace Shin, Staff Reporter
March 13, 2015

The District 225 Board of Education has decided on a district-wide 3.7 percent increase of the bus transportation fees for the upcoming year during the last Board meeting on Feb. 9. Due to the 3.7 increase...

Glenview works to renovate downtown

Glenview works to renovate downtown

Grace Shin, staff writer
February 6, 2015

The Glenview Village Board of Trustees has taken active roles in the Downtown Revitalization Project since 2014 in an effort to reconstruct downtown Glenview. The project has been an ongoing process,...

Marks nominated for GRAMMY Educator Award

Marks nominated for GRAMMY Educator Award

Grace Shin, staff reporter
December 19, 2014

Stevi Marks, current GBS Variety Show director and retired choral director, has been nominated for the Music Educator Award, becoming a semi-finalist as of September, according to the official Music Educator...

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