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V-I-C-T-O-R-Y: Racing up the court, a member of the Glenbrook United basketball team, the Wolves, dribbles towards the basket. The Glenbrook United Special Olympics Team won four state titles in the four games they competed in on March 15-17. Photo courtesy of Christian Lantry

Glenbrook United wins four titles at State

Molly Stryker, co-news editor
April 22, 2019

The Glenbrook United Special Olympics basketball team won four titles at the State Championship hosted at Illinois State University, Megan Williams, special education teacher says. Thirty six students...

Olivia Smoliga (right) hugs Austrian swimmer, Caroline Pilhatsch, at the FINA World Swimming Championships after finishing the 50-meter backstroke on December 15, 2018. Smoliga placed first, beating Pilhatsch by 0.11 seconds.

South alum dives into professional swimming

Ashley Desserich and Molly Stryker
March 15, 2019

Stepping up on the starting block as a high school swimmer at South, Olivia Smoliga always dreamt of competing at the Olympic level. Now, as a 24 year old attending the University of Georgia, she  has...

Mollys   mission:   Smiling with a camper, senior Molly Stryker (right) poses for a photo after a hike. Stryker spent a week at Adam’s Camp over the summer.

Exposure to individuals with special needs promotes inclusion

Molly Stryker and Lauren Bianco
December 14, 2018

Imagine a perfect week at summer camp. You are with all your friends, the sun is hot, and you can unplug for a week. You fill your days canoeing, hiking, and ziplining surrounded by mountain painted skies....

illustration by Chaeyeon Park

Physics classes transition to PLN grading system

Molly Stryker, co-news editor
December 14, 2018

As of this school year, all Physics 163 classes have replaced a numerical grading system with a system involving the use of Ps (proficient) and Ls (learning), according to Physics Teacher Bobby Cowhey....

South remembers Matt McNabola

Mary Grace Reynolds and Molly Stryker
November 12, 2018

On Oct. 23, junior Matt McNabola passed away unexpectedly at his home surrounded by family, according to Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel in an email sent to South students, staff, and parents. McNabola was...

A For Effort: Dancing in PE class, junior Leila Khakpour (facing center) uses a heart rate monitor to track her activity level. At the end of last school year, heart rate monitors were introduced in some PE classes, and their use is continuing this year in freshman and sophomore classes.

PE Department revises grading, dress code

Molly Stryker, co-news editor
September 28, 2018

The Physical Education Department revised several past policies including the dress code and grading scale, as well as the mandated use of heart rate monitors, this school year, according to Steve Stanicek,...

BROTHERLY BOND: Feeding his baby brother, junior Jacob Snyder practices his new big brother duties. Snyder’s family, who adopted their Safe Family child, is just one of many South families who have participated in the Safe Families foster care program, where children from families in crisis get the help they need until things become more stable at home.

South students participate in Safe Families foster care program

Ashley Desserich and Molly Stryker
March 16, 2018

Laughing together at the dinner table, sophomore Ashley Davis and her family get to know their newest foster care child. Through conversation, Davis notices the joy and energy these kids bring to her family....

PRODUCTIVE POWWOW:  Leaning over a table, senior Angela Golota and junior Oliva Wilas sign into a National Art Honors Society meeting. Stephanie Fuja, fine arts teacher, brought a chapter of the National Art Honors Society to South this year to bring attention to art students’ work.

National Art Honors Society recognizes student artists

Molly Stryker, asst. news editor
March 16, 2018

A chapter of the National Art Honors Society was implemented at South this year to showcase art students’ excellence in both art and academics, according to Mark Maranto, Fine Arts instructional supervisor....

OUTGOING O’MALLEY: Sitting with his students, Mathematics Teacher John O’Malley helps freshman Sabrina Penepacker with her work. O’Malley received the Illinois Promising New Teacher of Mathematics Award for his creative and interactive method of teaching.

O’Malley recognized with new teacher award

Molly Stryker, asst. news editor
February 9, 2018

Mathematics Teacher John O’Malley received the Illinois Promising New Teacher of Mathematics Award at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) conference on Nov. 30, 2017 according to Phil...

Comparison to siblings causes false assumptions

Comparison to siblings causes false assumptions

Molly Stryker, asst. news editor
December 22, 2017

“You’re Ben Stryker’s sister?” “Doug goes to MIT?” “Wow, you have a lot to live up to.” Phrases like these have followed me my entire life thanks to my very successful older brothers. Let...

Summer removal  of asbestos at GBS completed safely

Summer removal of asbestos at GBS completed safely

Molly Stryker, asst. news editor
October 6, 2017

Molly Stryker asst. news editor Over the summer, GBS planned to install new carpeting when floor tile under the carpet in several old pitclassrooms tested positive for asbestos, according to Kimberly...

Civic Celebration: Smiling with Key Club sponsor Josh Koo, Dr. Jim Shellard, assistant principal of student activities and Allan Ruter, former GBS English teacher, Graduate John Schurer poses for a photo. Schurer received the award for his involvement in school, particularly service. Photo courtesy of John Schurer.

Schurer named Glenview Youth of the Year

Molly Stryker, staff reporter
June 3, 2017

John Schurer, Class of 2018 Graduate, received the Glenview Youth of the Year award on April 21 from the Glenview Civic Awards Committee for his extensive service and leadership at GBS. Schurer has...

South optimizes prep resources to simplify Illinois’ switch to SAT

Molly Stryker and Mary Grace Reynolds
April 21, 2017

As GBS experiences its first year with an Illinois-required SAT test, staff and faculty have worked to make the test preparation and classroom curriculum more inclusive of the test, according to John Klasen,...

South outsources redesign of district website with focus on search features

Molly Stryker, staff reporter
March 21, 2017

The District 225 Office of Public Relations and Communications has been working on a redesign of the GBS website for the past year that will be revealed in the near future, according to Karen Geddeis,...

Graphic by Rachel Nwia / Source: Associate Principal Cameron Muir

District considers implementation of final exams before winter break

Molly Stryker, staff reporter
February 10, 2017

District 225 is formally discussing a school calendar change that would move final exams to before winter break as early as the 2018-2019 school year, according to Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle. According...

GBSRAK campaign leads to new Illinois kindness Legislation

Molly Stryker, staff reporter
December 16, 2016

In response to the GBS Random Act of Kindness (GBSRAK) campaign that began in the 2014-2015 school year by Key Club, Illinois State Legislation designated the week of Dec. 11 through Dec. 17 as Random...

hungry   high   schoolers:   Queued up in the cafeteria, students wait to be served at food court stations. Quest has recently changed their policies regarding negative balances.

Quest adapts new balance policy, bans purchasing lunch with negative funds

Isabella Albrecht and Molly Stryker
September 30, 2016

In response to major debt last year, Quest Food Management Services is now enforcing a policy at Glenbrook South which does not allow students to hold a negative balance on their Quest account. The...

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