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PROUD PRESIDENT:  Labeling a box of donated food, 2017-2018 Student Body President Abby Grant talks things over with junior Matthew Baumstark. Grant oversaw changes to the canned food drive, amongst other revisions made this year.

Standing up for beliefs crucial in student leadership

Abby Grant, senior editor
May 25, 2018

Four years ago, I sat in South’s auditorium at freshman orientation and watched the then-Student Body President coordinate the assembly while radiating energy and speaking confidently. It was that day...

PROUD PRESIDENT:  Labeling a box of donated food, 2017-2018 Student Body President Abby Grant talks things over with junior Matthew Baumstark. Grant oversaw changes to the canned food drive, amongst other revisions made this year.

Standing up for beliefs crucial in student leadership

Abby Grant, senior editor
May 25, 2018

Four years ago, I sat in South’s auditorium at freshman orientation and watched the then-Student Body President coordinate the assembly while radiating energy and speaking confidently. It was that day...

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 Chaeyeon Park

Finals weighting disproportionately affects semester grades

Abby Grant, co- opinions editor
February 9, 2018

Semester one was filled with 54 gold days and 54 blue days. This means senior Nicole Herdman* had 108 different opportunities to prove herself worthy of a particular grade in one of her more rigorous ...

Illustration by Riley Gunderson

College application process lends itself to self-reflection

Abby Grant, co-opinions editor
November 10, 2017

On a late summer night, a canopy of twinkling Christmas lights hung above my family as they began sharing college stories at the outdoor dinner table. The exchange of stories ranged from “studying in...

SPEEDY STEVE: Standing up in amazement, senior Steve Cho smiles as he realizes he solved the 3x3 Rubik’s Cube solve in 4.59 seconds at the ‘ChicaGhosts 2017” on Oct. 28. Cho has been cubing since 2012, and over the course of five years he has attended thirteen American Cube Association competitions. Photo courtesy of Steve Cho

Steve Cho breaks Rubik’s Cube world record

Abby Grant, co-opinions editor
November 10, 2017

Senior Steve Cho broke the world record for fastest time solving a standard Rubik’s Cube with a time of 4.59 seconds at the ‘ChicaGhosts 2017’ competition held in Chicago on Oct. 28. In a Youtube...

Right wing does not signify support for Trump

Right wing does not signify support for Trump

Abby Grant, co-opinions editor
October 6, 2017

It was the day after the 2016 presidential election when I felt a hot whisper on my ear murmur, “So, are you a Republican?” These two friends of mine anxiously hovered over my shoulder to ensure the...

Forever a Titan:   Pumping his fist in the air during the teacher act in the 2017 Variety Show, Synchronicity, Jim Shellard, student activities director, dances in a way that exemplifies his comical personality. Shellard’s spirit and passion for the students and events of GBS will be remembered in the halls and in hearts far into his retirement.

Shellard retires after 27 years of serving South community

Abby Grant, co-opinions editor
May 26, 2017

It’s approximately 4:00 p.m. when a heavy vibration resonates throughout the carpeted floor of GBS. Inside the Student Activities Office (SAO), James Shellard, student activities director, dribbles a...

KEY CLUBIN’ KOO: High-fiving a student from Passages Charter school, Josh Koo, incoming assistant principal of student services, praises a young participant at an Eat ‘N’ Read event. According to his coworkers and students, Koo’s energy and compassion make him qualified to assume his new position starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

Josh Koo named incoming Student Activities Director

Abby Grant, asst. features editor
March 21, 2017

Science teacher Josh Koo was selected to become the next GBS assistant principal of student activities on Feb. 13, starting with the 2017-2018 school year. According to Principal Lauren Fagel, Koo empowers...

illustration by Sarah Warner

Students contemplate stigmas surrounding Glenview’s neighborhoods

Alexandra Sharp and Abby Grant
February 10, 2017

Since 1990, movies like Home Alone have characterized the Northshore of Chicago as a breeder of families like the McCallister’s who can afford to take 15 family members to France for Christmas. Also...

Father-son   Study   Session: Peering over his son Simon’s shoulder, math teacher Steve Farber checks over the work done by his son and math teacher Steve Yoon.  The teachers have sons who attend South, and all three pictured recognize the change of dynamic between father and son due to their teaching positions.

South students reflect on their fathers’ positions as educators, parents

Abby Grant, Assistant Features Editor
December 16, 2016

An alarm sounds at 6:45 a.m. and the typical South student quickly hops out of bed, scrambles to gather an outfit for the day and aggressively sweeps toothpaste across their teeth just minutes before giving...

Illustration by Ala Jankowski

South faculty works to guide students struggling with self harm

Abby Grant and Brigid Murphy
November 4, 2016

To many South students, between the classroom walls lie homework assignments atop homework assignments. To other students, the area between these walls institutionalizes a place of love and friendship....

RETIREMENT READY: Joining together to reminisce about their careers, South retiring faculty prepares to end the school year for one last time. These staff members have devoted countless years to helping students learn and grow. Featured from left to right: (top) Jerry Zabin, John Lewis, Todd Hansen, Peter Masciopinto, Terry Jozwik, Marty Sirvatka, (bottom) Janice Osowski, Ellen Eichler, Mary Vicars, Kay Sopocy, Dawn Fendt. Not featured: Fred Kocian, Carol May.

Retirement is now in session: South faculty say goodbye to GBS with lasting memories, relationships, legacies

Alexandra Sharp, Eliza Schloss, Brigid Murphy, Hannah Buchband, Anne Marie Yurik, Yoon Kim, Youjin Shon, Savera Zulfiqar, Kathy Yoo, Abby Grant, Aakash Bhojwani & John Park, and Kyle O'Shaughnessy & Maggie Eschenbach
May 24, 2016

Table of Contents: Terry Jozwik Todd Hansen Mary Vicars Fred Kocian Jerry Zabin Dawn Fendt Ellen Eichler John Lewis Pete Masciopinto Janice Osowski Marty Sirvatka Kay...

BRIGHT BUILDING: Piecing together the finishing touches for their vex robots, sophomore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students (from left to right) Colb Uhlemann, Andrew Waldherr, Brian O’Connor, Savera Zulfqar, Jarrett Prchal and Abby Grant work together to finish their projects. The students utilized their team building skills, building technique, and coding to assemble the robots.

Applied arts offer viable experiences, career opportunities

Abby Grant, staff reporter
March 11, 2016

It’s 3A lunch when a silhouette appears at the end of the applied arts hallway, followed by the noise of rolling wheels. As the figure approaches the end of the hallway, a strong scent of spray paint...

REDEFINING SERVICE: Wrapping up a Key Club meeting, club sponsor Josh Koo (left) talks to student teacher Stephanie Jund about the club’s agenda. Aside from his many roles at South, Koo extends his reach deep into the city to aid organizations in need by creating documentaries aimed at raising awareness or funds for various causes.

Koo creates documentaries, aids community

Abby Grant, staff reporter
February 5, 2016

A science teacher, service enthusiast and documentary producer, Josh Koo, often recognized for his role as the sponsor of Key Club, has devoted his time and commitment to helping those within the community. According...

Illustration by Jini John

South examines logistics of later start

Abby Grant, staff reporter
December 18, 2015

With eyelids trembling, junior Lori Steffel explained how she unknowingly dawdled into a mortifying situation last year when she encountered the terrified eyes of two boys. According to Steffel, after...

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