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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

All content by Leah Dunne

How my music taste changed at South

Leah Dunne, senior editor
May 25, 2018

I can recall countless times during my freshman year walking through the link after a stressful biology lab or failing another math quiz, blasting the tune of my favorite boy bands (mainly One Direction)...

REMEMBER MSD:  Standing in silence, seniors Zoe Golden, Rachel Schwartz, Aidan Graham, Austin Sulejmani and Cat Berg reflect on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida. GBS joined schools nationwide who participated in the event planned by organizers of the Women’s March.

South joins nationwide student walkouts

Leah Dunne, Cassidy Foronda, and Gigi Cepeda
March 16, 2018

One month after the school shooting that occurred on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, South students held a walkout to remember victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and press for increased school...

WINNIN’ WOMEN: Smiling at the 2018 Pep Rally, seniors Cat Berg, Abby Grant, Gracie Hambourger and Bebe Haramaras show their spirit. The four senior girls make up South’s first all-female executive board. Photo courtesy of Abby Grant

South’s prevalent female leadership fights stereotypes, inspires

Leah Dunne, co-editor-in-chief
March 16, 2018

“The future is female.” A bold phrase, I know. But in this day and age we live in, one in which statements transcend into action and change, I could not stand behind this assertion more strongly. To...

Between the white lines: cocaine trickles down from college life

Between the white lines: cocaine trickles down from college life

Leah Dunne, Abby Grant, and Eliza Schloss
February 13, 2018

Over the distraction of blaring music and party banter, senior Lucy Collins* notices something suspicious. Some of her friends are gathering in the basement bathroom. She sees her friends reenter the chaotic...

Illustration by Riley Gunderson

Stress of unrealistic body ideals manifests in eating disorders

Leah Dunne and Brigid Murphy
December 22, 2017

“Slim down.” “Finally lose those last 10 pounds.” “How fit are you?” These magazine headlines encapsulate the unrealistic body standards imposed on today’s society. According to The National...

WORTH THE WALK:   Celebrating as a team, Dunne’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk team raised $3000 on Oct. 1. Dunne has been participating in the walks for eight years and has raised over $30,000 in total for juvenile diabetes research. Photo courtesy of Leah Dunne

Life’s setbacks turn to blessings

Leah Dunne, co-editor-in-chief
November 10, 2017

As soon as Nov. 1 hit, (seniors you’ll understand me) all I could do was take a huge deep breath and release the anxiety that had been building since summer. Let’s face it: college apps were no walk...

South’s foreign language opportunities valuable, rewarding

Leah Dunne, co- editor in chief
October 20, 2017

In a day and age when face-to-face communication can sometimes feel sparse and even obsolete, one may ask themselves ‘why is it necessary to learn how to communicate with others in language other than...

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....

Graduating Greg:  Leading South’s band members, Greg Wojcik, head band director, prepares to conduct his final concert at South. Wojcik has been a member of the Titan family for 38 years and is retiring this year.

Wojcik concludes final year at South, leaves lasting bonds

Leah Dunne and Ava Mazzei
May 26, 2017

“One band, one family.” This has been the motto of the GBS band program for the past 38 years under the direction of Band Director Greg Wojcik. According to Wojcik, this motto has been something he...

Artist Alert

Artist Alert

Leah Dunne, co-editor-in-chief
May 26, 2017

Freshman Hannah Ku has been independently writing novels since she was in seventh grade. She has published her novels online and says that she gains much of her inspiration for writing from fantasy books...

Friends   of   the   fiddler:  Cheering in a scene of Fiddler on the Roof, GBS and GBN students rehearse for the spring musical in the dance room. Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, a milkman, whose spirit, pride and faith helps him get through the oppressive czarist Russia. Fiddler on the Roof will be showing in the Auditorium from April 26-29.

Fiddler on the Roof challenges traditions

Leah Dunne, co-a&e editor
April 21, 2017

Tradition: whether it is holding onto old family rituals or formulating practices for new generations to come, each are common threads holding many families together. This struggle of holding onto the...

Motivational  Maleh:  Senior Dahlia Maleh will be performing an original spoken word poem in this year’s variety show. Though her act last year was also a spoken word poem, Maleh explains the ways in which this year’s act will be different, including a change in topic and visual elements.

South’s variety show: Synchronicity

“Sounds of Silence” With around 6,500 languages in the world, senior Genevieve Thompson and junior Eliana Wright will perform a sign language interpretation of the song “Sound Of Silence.” After...

Eleven-year-old Abeysiriwardena exemplifies GBS spirit through involvement

Eleven-year-old Abeysiriwardena exemplifies GBS spirit through involvement

Leah Dunne, co-a&e editor
November 4, 2016

From juggling in juggling club, debating global issues in Model UN and trying new teas in Tea Club, to introducing the freshman class at the 2016 Homecoming pep rally, freshman class president Anish Abeysiriwardena’s...

“Home of the Strange” celebrates diversity, provides new sound

Leah Dunne, co a&e editor
September 30, 2016

  I’ve always been a fan of acoustic, wave like alternative rock music, mainly because of its ability to somehow always alleviate my stress and lift my spirits. When I heard that my favorite band...

KATES  KITCHEN:  Kneading the dough for buttermilk biscuits, junior Kate Voss prepares a classic dinnertime staple in her kitchen at home. Voss has been involved in the culinary program at South since her freshman year, and also runs her own catering business, called ‘Katering’, outside of her involvement at school

[Photo] Culinary arts spark student career interests

Gabby Zabat, staff reporter
September 30, 2016

KATE'S KITCHEN: Kneading the dough for buttermilk biscuits, junior Kate Voss prepares a classic dinnertime staple in her kitchen at home. Voss has been involved in the culinary program at South since...

Students formulate unique identities with different faiths

Leah Dunne, co-a&e editor
May 27, 2016

Some individuals go to church, synagogue or a mosque with their families to worship in accordance with their faith. Others may choose not to align themselves with the same beliefs as their families or...

Standing outside of a cabin at an American Diabetes Association camp in northern Illinois, freshman Megan Stettler (top) and her fellow campers pose with their OmniPods, an insulin management system for type 1 diabetes. Stettler, as well as other South students, has worked to raise awareness and foster relationships with others affected by their illnesses.

Students discuss illnesses, overcome adversity

Leah Dunne and Alexandra Sharp
April 22, 2016

You are scrambling to finish your in-class essay by the time the bell rings, but suddenly you find your hands shaking so hard you can’t hold the pencil. Unlike your peers scribbling away, your hands...

Coldplay’s final album introduces new sound, recalls band’s history

Leah Dunne, asst. features editor
February 5, 2016

Thinking of my early childhood years, I can’t help but remember listening to Coldplay’s early 2000 songs, “Yellow,” “Fix You,” “The Scientist” and “Speed of Sound.” Lead singer Chris...

GIFT OF GIVING: Freshman Jennifer Vargas receives a gift from Glenview Youth Services, an organization that has provided financial assistance to her and her family during the holiday season for many years. Photo by Ashley Clark

Financial inequality leads to new view of holidays

Leah Dunne, asst. features editor
December 18, 2015

Throughout South’s diverse student body, holiday experiences differ from person-to-person. With the holidays also comes both gift giving and receiving. However, some families in the South community lack...

Illustration by Jini John

Extra credit policies vary across school

Leah Dunne, asst. features editor
November 6, 2015

Extra credit, whether it is used as a tool to further knowledge of course curriculum or just as a little boost, can determine the difference between an A or a B. Extra credit is an aspect of course policy,...

Illustration by Grace OMalley

South reflects on divorced homes, impacted relationships

Leah Dunne, asst. features editor
October 2, 2015

A typical white picket fence home is often portrayed with the two happily married parents, beaming down at their smiling children. Everyone is all together and content in their picture perfect lives. However,...

Students juggle dual citizenship, reap benefits

Leah Dunne, staff reporter
May 11, 2015

Throughout South, diversity is a major component that contributes to the overall culture and dynamic of the student body. Diversity brings together different experiences and ways of life from each person,...

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