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Alumni Adventures:  Walking in Brussels, Dani Tuchman, 2016 South alumna, immerses herself in the European landscape after choosing an alternative start program to college rather than attending USC in the fall of 2016.

South alumni embrace independent life

Hannah Buchband and Yoon Kim
April 21, 2017

For two weeks, USC freshman and South alumni Dani Tuchman found herself alone in an eight-person hostel in Prague with seven native Spanish-speaking strangers. Although the experience was not what she...

PIPELINE PROTEST: Demonstrators against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in St. Paul, Minnesota in Sep. 2016. The DAPL attracted many supporters and opposers that initially halted its progress, but ultimately continued construction in March 2017. Photo courtesy of Fibonacci Blue https://www.flickr.com/photos/fibonacciblue/29554803662

Students offer opinions on Dakota Access Pipeline controversy

Hannah Buchband and Youjin Shon
March 25, 2017

A transition in presidencies often results in a transition in executive policy, holding true for President Trump’s executive order calling for the resumption of construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline...

Breaking the water, senior Brendan Fontillas completes a twister.

[Photo] Men’s Diving prepares for Conference

Grace Marshall, staff reporter
February 9, 2017

Breaking the water, senior Brendan Fontillas completes a twister.

move   it,   maine   south:  Getting ready to take the court, head coach Ben Widner encourages the Titans during a timeout (left).  The Titan’s played against Maine South on Jan. 27 and lost the game with a final score of 56-44.

[Photo] Men’s Basketball looks to regain strength

Alex Thomas
February 10, 2017

move it, maine south: Getting ready to take the court, head coach Ben Widner encourages the Titans during a timeout (left). The Titan’s played against Maine South on Jan. 27 and lost the game...

RULE THE POOL: Lunging forward, senior Maddie McMillin swims the 100 yard breast stroke during the Niles West Dual Meet on Oct. 21.

[Photo] Women’s swim & dive finishes season with three State qualfiers

Maggie Eschenbach, staff reporter
December 21, 2016

RULE THE POOL: Lunging forward, senior Maddie McMillin swims the 100 yard breast stroke during the Niles West Dual Meet on Oct. 21.

Military time: Displaying his potrait as a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Brian Shaoul, Transitional Studies Instructor for Student Services, described that he never saw actual combat. His main role in service was maintaining aircrafts that would fly troops into loading zones.

South staff members reveal stories about time in military service

Hannah Buchband, staff reporter
December 16, 2016

For many students, the halls of South are populated with unfamiliar faces. Familiar or not, untold stories remain behind them. Such is the case for many staff members at South who have served in the military...

MAKING  A   SPLASH:  Quickly breathing, senior swimmer Sam Iida  races the clock in the 200 yard freestyle where he broke the pool record with a time of 1:39.97.

[Photo] Men’s swim & dive hopes to keep up winning momentum

Danny Pauletto and Simon Farber
December 16, 2016

MAKING A SPLASH: Quickly breathing, senior swimmer Sam Iida races the clock in the 200 yard freestyle where he broke the pool record with a time of 1:39.97.

Blocking two Vernon Hills defenders, senior captain Carie Weinman (left) dribbles the ball and gets ready to shoot a layup. Extending her arms past the defenders, Weinman (right) launches herself to complete the layup; the Titans beat Vernon Hills on Nov. 29 by a score of 46-40.

[Photo] Women’s basketball beats New Trier 52-45

Madaket Chiarieri, Staff Reporter
December 16, 2016

Blocking two Vernon Hills defenders, senior captain Carie Weinman (left) dribbles the ball and gets ready to shoot a layup. Extending her arms past the defenders, Weinman (right) launches herself to complete...

Enlightened by Ermel: Daniel Ermel, new co-choir director, teaches Glee choir class. His goal for students is for them to grow as musicians by looking further into the music they perform.

[Photo] New co-choir joins Titans, brings new ideas

Karina Benson, staff reporter
October 27, 2016

Enlightened by Ermel: Daniel Ermel, new co-choir director, teaches Glee choir class. His goal for students is for them to grow as musicians by looking further into the music they perform.

Lifeguards to the rescue:  Standing on the ledge of the pool, South lifeguards-in-training look upon their peers in the water as they demonstrate their newly learned skills. South students who took the course and became certified by the Red Cross were present at the free admissions section of Gilson Beach when senior James Kranzer* dove headfirst into Lake Michigan and suffered a spinal injury.

Senior lifeguards’ skills put to action

Hannah Buchband, staff reporter
September 30, 2016

On the last morning of summer, South seniors packed the beach for a sunrise breakfast get-together to mourn the end of summer and commence the beginning of the school year. As the sunrise began, several...

Breaking   the     Ice:  Huddling in a circle, South freshmen and their senior Peer Group leaders gather together during their designated Peer Group block. As a group, they work to form new friendships through teambuilding and get-to-know you games.

[Photo] Peer Group connects communities, creates opportunities

You Jin Shon, staff reporter
September 30, 2016

Breaking the Ice: Huddling in a circle, South freshmen and their senior Peer Group leaders gather together during their designated Peer Group block. As a group, they work to form new friendships...

SMILING SUQI: Posing in one of the newly constructed photography rooms, sophomore Jena Suqi grins for sophomore Yoon Kim. Expanded space for the elective is one of a number of changes made as a result of the merge.

[Photo] Fine Arts Department expands, undergoes renovations

Anushka Kalra and Samantha Rylicki
September 30, 2016

SMILING SUQI: Posing in one of the newly constructed photography rooms, sophomore Jena Suqi grins for sophomore Yoon Kim. Expanded space for the elective is one of a number of changes made as a result...

Illustration by Alex Solecki

Community college students confront stigmas, struggle with false judgements

Hannah Buchband and Eliza Schloss
May 27, 2016

‘Poor grades,’ ‘low quality education,’ ‘stupid,’ ‘dumb,’ ‘not prestigious,’ ‘easy to get into,’ ‘not an actual college.’ These are all words and phrases written by South students...

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...

Illustration by Jini John

Students find support in grief counseling group

Hannah Buchband, staff reporter
March 11, 2016

The cycle of life is inevitable; it happens naturally, often it ends without warning or precaution taken beforehand. This is the case for many students at South who have suffered the loss of a close family...

South’s Chess Club fosters unique experiences, intellectual growth

Hannah Buchband and Savera Zulfiqar
March 1, 2016

For some South students, learning to play chess can be a new and challenging experience. South’s Chess Club is filled with those that are passionate about fostering this unique experience for all students...

Olen documents acting with Asperger’s

LILY SANDS and HANNAH BUCHBAND
December 18, 2015

When senior Connor Olen steps out onto the auditorium stage in front of the bright lights and eager crowd, he is transformed. He is no longer Connor Olen, but rather ‘Cheever’ in South’s production...

Caffeine Before Class: Fueling up for her day ahead junior Kati Ivanovich grabs a quick coffee before class, one of many hot beverages served daily in Souths coffee station in the cafeteria.

Caffeine Captures South

Hannah Buchband, Staff Reporter
November 19, 2015

The daily stresses of high school can at times be much for a student to handle. Classes, clubs, sports and other extracurriculars can accumulate into a tall order to fulfill. When low on energy after not...

HUMOROUS HENDERSON: Demonstrating to his students the physics behind Newton’s first law of motion, Physics Teacher Tom Henderson lays on a bed of nails and has a student swing a sledgehammer onto a cinder block resting on his chest. In the picture to the left, Henderson instructs the students on how to perform their own version of the experiment.

Tom Henderson named 2015 Distinguished Teacher

Hannah Buchband, Staff Writer
October 2, 2015

For 26 years, Physics Instructor Tom Henderson has put thousands of hours per year into his work as a teacher, and has become a source of knowledge for millions of people worldwide. All of his past efforts...

South students born overseas adjust to new culture

South students born overseas adjust to new culture

Hannah Buchband, Staff Reporter
April 24, 2015

With a new language, culture and lifestyle, many South students have experienced and  have had to adjust to the American culture after immigrating to the United States. These students moved after they...

South talks resolutions to start the new year with personal goals

Hannah Buchband, Staff Reporter
February 6, 2015

Bringing in the New Year, for some, comes with a classic tradition: making New Year’s resolutions. Many view the New Year as a time for change, personal betterment and an opportunity to be the person...

Building passions piece by piece: South students expand collections

Hannah Buchband, Staff Reporter
December 19, 2014

Penguin figurines line the top of junior Krista Lee’s dresser in her room. Penguin ornaments dangle from the branches of her Christmas tree, in preparation for the holiday season. Penguin pajamas sit...

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