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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

Anna Marquardt

Anna Marquardt, co-features editor

Hi readers! My name is Anna Marquardt and I am a co-features editor this year! I’m a senior, and this is my second year on edboard. When I’m not writing, editing, or interviewing for the Oracle, I spend my time crocheting clothes and attending concerts and live theater. I love the work I do for The Oracle because it allows me to meet and interact with new people to share their stories. Looking forward to a great year!

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High school: a musical madness

High school: a musical madness

Anna Marquardt, co-features editors
May 19, 2023

I always wanted high school to be just like a musical. I wanted to wake up, sing good morning to the birds, and dance through the school hallways in matching outfits with my best friends. After all, my...

Powerful Plastics: Filling the pink shoes in Mean Girls, this year’s Glenbrook Musical,(left to right) senior Charlotte Wahlert, senior Kelly Hood, and sophomore Paige Johnson portray Karen, Regina, and Gretchen: 
the infamous “plastics”. 
Photos by Amie Elliott and Sofia Oyarzún; Photo illustration by Emily Pavlik and Anna Marquardt

Making fetch happen

Caroline Ohlandt and Anna Marquardt
April 21, 2023

If there is ever a Wednesday to wear pink, it is April 26, the opening night of Mean Girls, this year’s Glenbrook Musical, which begins a four-day run of performances in South’s Norman E. Watson Auditorium. In...

Crafting brings comfort, community

Crafting brings comfort, community

Sofia Cole and Anna Marquardt
March 17, 2023

From warm wooly sweaters to gemstone adorned crowns, many students channel their creativity into creating gifts and crafts, Kimiko Garbe, Japanese Teacher and Knitting Club Sponsor, said. Garbe has involved...

Illustration by Maya Scahill

Breaking the fangirl stereotype

Anna Marquardt, co-features editor
March 17, 2023

I was 14 when I came across an up-and-coming artist named Alexander 23. His debut single, “Dirty Af1’s”, lured me in, and I have been unable to escape his grasp since.  From posting pictures from...

Photo by Emily Pavlik


Caroline Ohlandt and Anna Marquardt
February 17, 2023

As the lights of Norman E. Watson Auditorium dim, voices hush, and anticipation fills the air. Spotlights shine, colorful aerial silks drop from the ceiling, and the stage comes to life in a world of wonder....

Faith provides support, guidance

Anna Marquardt, co-features editor
November 10, 2022

In the countryside of Mongolia, sophomore Row Seitz sat in a small tent, alone with a Shaman shielding his face with armor. As a drum thumped in the background, Seitz explained that she was instructed...

Time for South to BeReal.

Anna Marquardt and Max Beitzel
November 10, 2022

Once a day, the BeReal app sends out a notification to every user, offering a two minute window to post a picture of what users are doing at that exact moment. When the notification goes off during the...

Chronic conditions: students share stories

Chronic conditions: students share stories

Anna Marquardt, co-features editor
September 30, 2022

The first time senior Kaylee Calito noticed a migraine symptom, she was sitting at her freshmen assembly in 2019. She began feeling dizzy, and the entire left side of her body went numb. The trip to the...

Illustration by Scott Gonzales

Internship turns students into teachers

Anna Marquardt, co-a&e editor
May 20, 2022

As senior Emily Stern stood facing a class full of eager 5th grade students, she began teaching the lesson she had spent hours preparing for in her Teaching Internship 461 class. After taking five semesters...

Reexamining the way we resell

Anna Marquardt and Sloane Shabelman
April 22, 2022

A gray Calvin Klein t-shirt — $9.99. A Ralph Lauren polo — $13. Dr. Martens black leather shoes — $25. With gently used name brand items being sold for such low prices at thrift stores such as Goodwill,...

Compelling Scenes: (Left) The Exiles focuses on Yan Jiaqi, Wu’er Kiaxi, and Wan Runan (Left to right), who were exiled from China after the Tiannanmen Square protests of 1989. (Right) Filmmaker Christine Choy worked to reconnect with the dissidents after she lost contact with them over 30 years ago. Photos courtesy of The Exiles/Christine Choy & The Exiles/Connor K. Smith

TV & Film alumni leave Sundance with a win

Anna Marquardt, co-a&e editor
March 18, 2022

As he submitted his film, The Exiles, to the Jan. 2022 Sundance Film Festival, cinematographer Connor Smith recalled the years of hard work that went into the film. The Exiles won the Grand Jury Prize...

“Comfort” characters, movies aid students through troubling times

Anna Marquardt, co-a&e editor
February 11, 2022

Junior Kevyn Kerwin sat on her bed, alone and bored. The pandemic had isolated her physically and emotionally, and she was in desperate need of something comforting. She opened her computer and turned...

Cheerful Chung: Flipping through his binder of songs, senior Noah Chung practices with the a capella group Nine. A recent transfer to South, Chung is grateful to be involved in choir.

Nine newbie Noah Chung

Anna Marquardt, co-a&e editor
November 12, 2021

Roughly 30 minutes before pressing submit on his virtual audition for Nine, South’s boys a capella group, senior Noah Chung began practicing. He never expected to make the cut, as singing had always...

Back in time with homecoming style

Anna Marquardt and Jessie Norwood
October 1, 2021

As a teenager in the ‘80’s, Lisa Neu, English teacher and South alum, was always infatuated with homecoming week. Although she found more pleasure in the events leading up to the dance, she recognized...

The Addams Family: Glenbrook Musical’s cast and crew prepare for a bone-chilling performance

Caroline Ohlandt and Anna Marquardt
April 22, 2021

Hours after school, South’s vacant hallways echo with witty lines, upbeat music,  exuberant laughter and rhythmic snaps emanating from the cast of this year’s Glenbrook Musical, The Addams Family....

Voice of V-Show: Singing out her soul, Grace Nourbash performs Somebody  to Love with her band.

Rise: Variety Show thrives despite pandemic

Caroline Ohlandt and Anna Marquardt
March 19, 2021

Masked-up and six feet away from her fellow performers, senior Grace Cullum executed the routines she had spent months rehearsing for this year’s Variety Show, “Rise”. As she struck that final fabulous...

Illustration by Sneha Augustine

Surge in Covid-19 cases causes Adaptive Pause

Anna Marquardt and Caroline Ohlandt
December 18, 2020

District 225 announced an Adaptive Pause, the closing of school to teachers and students, that is issued through Jan. 18, with hybrid instruction resuming the following day. The pause was created in an...

Fall Fest spices up school spirit

Anna Marquardt, staff writer
October 2, 2020

South’s Student Council hopes they can continue to give students a memorable year that follows safety guidelines despite many students not being able to participate in sports or clubs because of Covid-19. Senior...

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