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 Focusing their attention, a GBS ACT prep class learns test-taking strategies. These classes enable students to perform better on the ACT, providing a more complete picture of their academic abilities.

Standardized testing provides alternative outlook on qualifications

Dana Sim, columnist
March 11, 2016

It’s an abomination that is whispered with pain and fear throughout the nation. From midnight scares to morning breakdowns, it’s a monstrosity. It’s called standardized testing. Advanced Placement...

Strong female characters deserve  greater attention

Strong female characters deserve greater attention

Dana Sim, columnist
February 5, 2016

What do Harry Potter, Holden Caulfield, Gandalf and Captain Kirk all have in common? They’re all male protagonists. But where are the female protagonists? On the big screen, women are not stars. Typically,...

Assumption of failure proves unjust in decision to drop classes

Assumption of failure proves unjust in decision to drop classes

Dana Sim, columnist
November 6, 2015

There is a girl who takes six AP classes, leads three clubs, participates in two sports and works from 6 to 9 every night. She comes home, skips dinner and does homework for the next five hours. Then she...

Introversion necessitates perspective, understanding

Dana Sim, columnist
October 29, 2015

Sometimes, I get a text on Friday nights. I’m home alone watching a movie or reading a book, and this text would be my only link to the outside world. It would say something like, “Hey, come on out...

Legitimate effort necessary in PARCC test

Dana Sim, columnist
June 21, 2015

A student settles in to take the PARCC test, but instead of carefully reading the passages and typing up a well thought-out essay, he checks in random answers and writes absolute gibberish for the essay....

Gym exemptions necessary for balancing student schedules

Dana Sim, columnist
May 12, 2015

Physical education waivers have always been a topic of discussion. To a junior varsity athlete or a travel soccer player, they seem unfair. Though they might perform as well as varsity players or exercise...

Animated movies deserving of artistic recognition

Dana Sim, columnist
April 17, 2015

The theater was over-crowded. The line was full of excited people carrying posters of their favorite stars and dressed up as the famed character. Was it another Lord of the Rings? It must be a Harry Potter...

Mispronunciations unrelated to intelligence, personality

Mispronunciations unrelated to intelligence, personality

Dana Sim, columnist
March 3, 2015

An Indian mom is teaching her daughter how to cook her famous pork chop dish. To describe the steps, she explains what to do first, second, and third, but it comes out as “firs”, “seconth” and...

The Benefits of Video Games

Dana Sim, Columnist
January 6, 2015

Stereotypically, children who play video games do nothing but, well, play video games. They don’t socialize, achieve academically or participate in extracurricular activities. At least, that’s what...

Private to public school adjustment creates social barriers

Private to public school adjustment creates social barriers

Dana Sim, columnist
December 19, 2014

The monotone school bell gives its first emotionless warning to students: “Get to your classes or else!” Freshmen unaccustomed to the hallways of GBS are suddenly thrown into their first challenge....

Baetz offers ideas, collaborates as representative in Natural Resource Committee

Baetz offers ideas, collaborates as representative in Natural Resource Committee

Dana Sim, Staff Reporter
April 22, 2014

South students have participated in a number of activities outside of school, including having a job, joining a sports team or pursue their interests in different ways. Senior Lizzie Baetz is currently...

Tsolova set to graduate early from South

Dana Sim, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2014

Most students struggle with homework in a single English class, but junior Vassilena Tsolova manages to complete homework in not one but two English classes, which means reading 70 to 80 pages on some...

South students find inspiration, relief through garage bands

Dana Sim, staff writer
February 6, 2014

Guitar Hero was a source of influence for many young kids in middle school, according to senior Chris Neuhaus. Once the game came out, everyone wanted to play in a band. Now, in high school, students...

South students and teachers express opinions about incoming student teachers

Dana Sim, Staff Reporter
December 1, 2013

Several hours of observation and teaching are a part of a student teacher's curriculum, and South is one of many schools open to teachers-in-training. However, giving these student teachers the opportunity...

Yunsu Yu experiences new culture through Japanese exchange program

Yunsu Yu experiences new culture through Japanese exchange program

Dana Sim, staff writer
October 4, 2013

Imagine traveling to Japan, away from home for 18 days, traveling to two different locations. You meet people, gain new experiences and are surrounded by a different culture. Senior Yunsu Yu did just...

Stevi Marks conducts her last musical; reflects on career

Dana Sim, staff reporter
May 24, 2013

Choir Director Stevi Marks made her mark while directing West Side Story, her final musical at South. Marks is expected to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Stevi Marks first came to...

Hip hop coffee house brings South dancers together

Dana Sim, staff reporter
May 10, 2013

The performers are right up front on a small stage dancing their hearts out. The audience is close enough to see the very sweat fall from the dancers’ faces. The room is filled with talent. The...

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