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South community reacts to executive travel ban

Alexandra Sharp, co-features editor
March 17, 2017

Originally passed on Jan. 27, President Donald Trump’s first major step in what he says is an attempt to battle terrorism was an executive travel ban, halting many refugees from entering the US and beginning...

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...

illustration by Sarah Warner

South financial aid recipients face stigma; school responds, works to provide relief

Alexandra Sharp, co-features editor
November 4, 2016

Field trips. School supplies. Standardized tests. According to some South students, it is easy to forget how often a public school in an upper-middle class society comes with price tags. However, for many...

Love for Lola: Already stunned by the performance, senior Alexandra Sharp poses with J. Harrison Ghee who played Lola in the musical, Kinky Boots. The musical has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2013.

“Kinky Boots'” choreography, humor dazzle in star-studded production

Alexandra Sharp, co-features editor
September 30, 2016

“Welcome ladies, gentlemen, and those who have yet to make up their minds,” greeted the cast of Kinky Boots. In a society beginning to push against gender binary language, this upbeat, modern musical...

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...

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...

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: Wearing crop tops in defiance, students at the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto protest their school’s “sexist” dress code in May of 2015. This particular instance is just one of many, as an increasing number of schools begin a debate over the controversy surrounding dress code policies.

Dress codes in schools: ensuring appropriateness or sexist, stifling?

Alexandra Sharp, co-features editor
April 22, 2016

The hallways, a blur of different colors and styles, are crowded with students who showcase their identities through their clothing. Even with the enforcement of a school dress code, there have been few...

Q&A with Samuel Jaffe

Q&A with Samuel Jaffe

Alexandra Sharp, co-features editor
March 11, 2016

With over 30,000 students competing from 60 plus nations around the world, it’s nearly impossible for most people to make themselves stand out. However, for freshman Samuel Jaffe, he proved his intellect...

Q&A with freshman Samuel Jaffe, Johns Hopkins world’s brightest student award recipient

Alexandra Sharp, co-features editor
March 3, 2016

Q: What was it like being home schooled? Jaffe: It’s quite different from regular school; it’s a lot more open-ended. [...] There’s no schedules or anything. You just learn at your own pace. [The...

Problems with school warrant real request for change

Alexandra Sharp, Features editor
March 2, 2016

Pointless. Boring. Useless. More than once, I have heard kids in the hallways or at lunch describe school as a complete waste of their time. And let’s be honest, a lot of you who are reading this probably...

Over-analyzing school texts restricts overall understanding

Alexandra Sharp, Asst. Features Editor
April 24, 2015

The average classic novel, such as Wuthering Heights or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has around 100,000 words. That means 100,000 words to analyze, interpret and pick apart in our English classes...

With new age, comes new choices: As South Students turn 18, they choose whether or not to exercise their right to vote.

Alexandra Sharp, asst features editor
November 7, 2014

From choosing a homecoming theme to the President of the United States, voting has been a system practiced for hundreds of years. As South seniors begin to turn 18, the idea of exercising this right becomes...

Allergy awareness proves crucial in everyday lives

Alexandra Sharp, asst. features editor
October 3, 2014

The taste of peanut butter on your tongue or the chill you feel when stepping outside is no major incident for the majority of GBS students. However, for teens who have allergies, this can mean life or...

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