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The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

Maggie Baumstark

Maggie Baumstark, co-editor-in-chief

Hi! My name is Maggie Baumstark and I’m a co-editor-in-chief for The Oracle this year! This means that I help make logistical decisions, edit stories, write editorials, and keep things running smoothly. I was a News Editor last year and have been writing since the beginning of my Sophomore year. Aside from Oracle, I play softball on both a travel team called the Midwest Machine and the varsity team here at South, and I tutor in the TLC. Looking forward to a great year!

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20 athletes prepare for Division II, Division III athletics

Maggie Baumstark, co-editor-in-chief
May 21, 2021

After pushing through difficult lifts in the gym, nerve- wracking calls with college coaches and grueling days of training on the field, pool or court, 40 South seniors committed to play collegiate athletics...

New experiences lead to self growth

Maggie Baumstark, Editor-in-chief
April 23, 2021

I’m a crippling perfectionist. Some of you might be right there with me, living terrified of the thought of doing anything that falls short of intrinsic or extrinsic expectations of yourself. I get...

Who can be trusted in the media? How publications work towards unbiased journalism in a politically-charged era

Maggie Baumstark and Emily Blumberg
March 19, 2021

“A country divided as ever” has become commonplace in the modern American’s vernacular. It is no secret: a middle ground is hard to come by in today’s political climate. The intense political...

Photo illustration by Om Patel, 
photos by Maggie Baumstark and Edgars Cers

A divide: The college resource opportunity gap

Maggie Baumstark and Emily Blumberg
December 18, 2020

As seniors anxiously await admission decisions from universities, a looming question may run through their minds: “Did my school do everything to prepare me for college?” Named the 17th best public...

Swinging her bat, senior Maggie Baumstark prepares to score a
homerun. Baumstark anticipates the start of a new season following its cancellation this past spring.

“Don’t be soft”: The mental health stigma in athletics

Maggie Baumstark, co-editor-in-chief
November 20, 2020

My fellow athletes can attest: angry coaches screaming fiery insults at us and our teammates is nothing new. The degree of insult varies, from the creative “I’ve seen better swings on a porch!”...

Athletic Director Steve Rockrohr resigns

Maggie Baumstark, co-editor-in-chief
October 2, 2020

Former Athletic Director Steve Rockrohr resigned from District 225 and the Glenbrook 225 School Board unanimously approved his resignation in a meeting on Sept. 22. The district placed Rockrohr on a nearly...

Illustration by Ella Prillaman

End-of-year traditions take on new look due to COVID-19

Maggie Baumstark and Ella Naugle
June 12, 2020

It has been 77 days since South shut its doors for what students and staff did not know would be the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. With school closed, long-awaited, end-of-year traditions have been...

Protestors take to Glenviews Municipal Center calling for justice for George Floyd

Protestors take to Glenview’s Municipal Center calling for justice for George Floyd

Maggie Baumstark, co-editor-in-chief
June 1, 2020

At 1 p.m. today, June 1, hundreds of people lined the sidewalks and median in front of Glenview’s Municipal Center in peaceful protest. With fists raised in solidarity and toting signs that read “Silence...

Marijuana’s first month legal: South students, staff reflect on impacts of new Illinois law

Gwyn Skiles and Maggie Baumstark
February 14, 2020

From political campaign stages to casual sidewalk conversations, the question of the legalization of marijuana has long been a hotly debated topic. Illinois recently took a powerful stride in the debate,...

History made: winningest team at South brings home another strong finish

Chloe Arciero and Maggie Baumstark
December 20, 2019

South’s Horticulture team took 11th place at the National Floriculture Career Development Event (Floriculture) on the weekend of Oct. 29 in Indianapolis, placing the highest that the team has ever finished...

Illustration by Ella Prillaman,
Photo courtesy of Stuart Rodgers

Homecoming theme changed due to concerns about negative connotations

Maggie Baumstark, Ella Naugle, and Dea Sulejmani
November 15, 2019

This year, the original homecoming theme “Into the Jungle” was changed to “Rainforest” due to concerns raised about the negative historical connotations related to the word “jungle.” Concerns...

Learn-To-Swim cancelled, replaced by SwimAmerica

Maggie Baumstark, co-news editor
October 4, 2019

After 57 years of service, Glenbrook South Learn-to-Swim has been discontinued and replaced with a new swim lesson program, SwimAmerica, due to the retirement of Co-Director Jody Nolan according to Athletic...

Weight of finals vary among classes, helps student wellness

For the 2018-2019 second-semester finals, individual course teams in each subject area will decide if final exams will count anywhere between 10 percent to 20 percent, according to Principal Dr. Lauren...

Illinois removes 300-minute school day minimum, creates flexibility

Maggie Baumstark, staff reporter
March 15, 2019

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that revamped how Illinois public schools were funded, and as a result, took away the 300-minute instructional day minimum that previously existed, according...

South holds first robotics competition, furthers passions outside classroom

Maggie Baumstark and Om Patel
February 8, 2019

On Jan. 5, South hosted its first robotics competition, in which teams of students from high schools around the area pitted their robots against each other in various contests, according to Dawn Hall,...

District 225 terminates parent-teacher conference night

Maggie Baumstark, staff reporter
December 14, 2018

Negotiations last year between the Glenbrook Education Association (GEA) and the District 225 School Board led to the decision to discontinue parent-teacher conference night, due to contractual discrepancies...

South    Souperheroes: Visiting the Northfield Food Pantry, senior Kate Gregory, student body president, listens to a pantry representative to gauge their food supply levels. The Northfield Food Pantry serves 700 families.

Canned Food Drive undergoes changes with grade-level competitions

Maggie Baumstark and Jiwoo Hwang
November 12, 2018

South’s annual Canned Food Drive began this week with donations given to the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which serves almost 700 families, according to Jill Brickman, supervisor of the Northfield...

it   can   happen   anywhere: Forming a line outside the auditorium doors, students wait for their belongings to be checked by faculty and administrators before school on Monday. Sept. 24 while Superintendent Dr. Michael Riggle supervises. This security measure was implemented after a message reading “there will be a school shooting on September 25th 2018” was found in a South classroom and reported on Sept. 20. Photo by Yoon Kim

Security procedures change, address local, national threats

This school year District 225 and South administration have applied new safety changes in the building because of the intensified urgency for stricter security, according to school officials. Additional...

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