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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

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Sloane Shabelman

Sloane Shabelman, Co-A&E Editor

Hi all! My name is Sloane Shabelman and I am a co-a&e editor this year! I’m a senior and I’ve been writing for the Oracle since my freshman year. Aside from the Oracle, I’m also involved in Key Club, Onward House, and Elpida and I’m a peer group leader. I can’t wait to share all about South’s arts and entertainment!

All content by Sloane Shabelman
 Serving the Community: Sloane Shabelman, as a sophomore, marches with Key Club at the 2019 homecoming parade. Standing in front of the banner, she passes out candy to other atendees.

To all of the clubs I’ve loved before

Sloane Shabelman, Senior Editor
May 20, 2022

I will never forget coming home after freshmen orientation in August 2018. As a Maple graduate who knew only about 40 of the 800 students in my grade, it is needless to say that I was incredibly overwhelmed...

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,...

Fine Arts Experts : Outside hires Marla Lampert (bottom right), Mike Vilches (left), and Dave Levit (top right) bring new ideas to South’s Fine Arts Department. The three direct V-Show, lead percussion groups, and work on sound design, repsectively, and all have additional jobs outside of working at South. Photos courtesy of Marla Lampert, Mike Vilches, and Dave Levit

Priceless perspectives

Sloane Shabelman, co-a&e editor
March 18, 2022

From killer kicklines to phenomenal percussionists, students are led to excellence by numerous staff in the Fine Arts Department who only use their talents at South part-time, but also work  in professional...

Photo by Leah Desserich

Variety show returns to center stage: “You Learn”

Sloane Shabelman and Madeline Hussey
February 11, 2022

The lights dim, and an audible hush falls over the crowd. Eager faces lean forward in anticipation, all eyes on the curtained stage ahead. Slowly, the curtain parts, followed by a swell of applause. A...

Concentrated Kunkel: Pointing out a pitch, junior Rachel Kunkel leads The Intonations at rehearsal. The new choir group is all-inclusive, requiring no auditions or previous choir experience.

The Intonations crescendo

Sloane Shabelman, co-a&e editor
November 12, 2021

One year ago, juniors Lila Becker, Rachel Kunkel, and Jubilee Chen walked along the track in P.E., discussing their experiences with choir. All three felt frustrated by the lack of opportunities available...

Steve Eich, former social studies teacher at South, dies at 69

Steve Eich, former social studies teacher at South, dies at 69

Sloane Shabelman, co-a&e editor
September 15, 2021

Rock and roll music. Dirty Harry. Glenbrook South. These all have one thing in common: they were three favorites of Steve Eich, a South alum and former South social studies teacher and coach, who passed...

Photo Illustration by Naomi Skiles

Athletes Break their Silence

Maddie Cloutier and Sloane Shabelman
April 23, 2021

Trigger warning: this story contains descriptions of sexual assault and harassment Violated. Manipulated. Oppressed. Abused. Silenced. Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, according to...

Illustration by Margarita Kazak

Crystals, cards, candles: witchcraft empowers South students

Chloe Arciero and Sloane Shabelman
March 19, 2021

For many, the mention of witchcraft may conjure images of bubbling cauldrons from Halloween movies or spells being cast in Harry Potter. But witchcraft is a real practice, based in centuries of tradition...

Tenacious Titan: Completing her rehab exercises at the Ability Institute of RIC, Kristin Meyer, program director and conductor of the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra, perseveres despite severe injuries after the plane crash. Photo courtesy of Kristin Meyer.

Meyer’s passion for teaching perseveres in the face of adversity

Sloane Shabelman, Abby McKew, and Shannon Mathew
February 12, 2021

The sun was low in the sky on that Sunday afternoon six years ago in Monee, Illinois. Suddenly, the plane hit the power lines, the aircraft shuddered, the field of weeds below rushed up and Kristin Meyer...

Despite distance, South celebrates Thanksgiving traditions in new ways

Despite distance, South celebrates Thanksgiving traditions in new ways

Sloane Shabelman, asst. features editor
November 26, 2020

With Thanksgiving upon us, many are mourning the loss of holiday traditions and yearning to get back to “normal life”.  Although this year’s Turkey Day may look very different, junior Lauren Collins...

South actress stars in her father’s new film, Hell’s Half Acre

South actress stars in her father’s new film, Hell’s Half Acre

Lexi Babich and Sloane Shabelman
November 20, 2020

A group of 20-year-old urban explorers fear for their lives as they attempt to avoid the hands of demonic inmates and escape an abandoned prison. The prison is unlike anything they have encountered before...

Aspiring Adamji: David Adamji replaced Thomas Kucharski as the instructional supervisor of the English Department. Adamji is grateful for the welcoming environment of South that has helped him settle in to his new position. Photo courtesy of David Adamji.

English department welcomes new instructional supervisor

Maddie Cloutier and Sloane Shabelman
October 3, 2020

The world looked a lot different when David Adamji, English Department instructional supervisor was hired in January. Pre-pandemic, he had not expected his first year of teaching at South to be through...

Illustration by Patsy Corolan

14 staff members wave goodbye to South, hello to retirement

Sloane Shabelman, staff writer
June 12, 2020

As Sonja Meyer concludes her 26 years as an English teacher at South, she can only think of one way to describe this unsatisfying end to her school year: “I feel like students who get to the end of a...

Students’ provoke their opinions on app Life 360

Sloane Shabelman, staff writer
March 13, 2020

Driving home from a party around 12:30 a.m, junior Sarah Yagelski lets her mom know she will be home soon. Yet on the way home, Yagelski’s Life 360, a location-based social networking app, glitched,...

Club Corner: Senior Smiles

Sloane Shabelman, staff writer
February 14, 2020

Juniors Sam Maguire and Anya Gupta had expected little participation for the first meeting of their new club at 7:30 on a Friday morning, but their message prevailed. Together, Maguire and Gupta envisioned...

Grinning gamers: Jack Edgerly (left), Sean Minihane (middle), and Tim Walters (right) sit together in the SAC, enjoying their time at Gaming Club every Monday after school. Photo by Shoshana Green

Gamers break stereotypes in the virtual world

Sloane Shabelman, Staff writer
December 20, 2019

Sophomore Kate Ostrowski sits immersed in a game of Counter Strike while strategizing with her teammates. As they chat, one of her teammates notices that she is a girl and immediately begins writing that...

Dutiful Diana: Holding her platoon’s flag, Diana Starcevich marches during basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Starcevich was about 20 at the time.

South celebrates its veterans

Sloane Shabelman, staf writer
November 15, 2019

Diana Starcevich of Glenbrook South’s English Department woke up on November 11 to dozens of texts flooding her phone: her family, friends, and even high school acquaintances were reaching out to her,...

Students experience effects of school-related anxiety

Students experience effects of school-related anxiety

Esther Lim and Sloane Shabelman
April 22, 2019

Freshman Maya Williams* laughs with her friends during finals week when she suddenly starts thinking about her English final next block. The room around Williams starts to spin and she feels her knees...

Students show psychic powers, defy human abilities

Students show psychic powers, defy human abilities

Suzanne Kurland and Sloane Shabelman
February 8, 2019

Sophomore Nicolette Sidelsky is jogging down the street one summer day when a man walking his dog bumps into her. Flustered, she asks the man if they have met before, to which he replies no. But this man...

Furry Friends: Cuddling her pet, sophomore Emma Bird holds her albino chinchilla Faux for a picture. South students own a variety of exotic animals.

South students keep exotic pets, form unique bonds

Maia Schwallie and Sloane Shabelman
November 12, 2018

A hamster wheel squeaks as small rodents run in circles. Two chinchillas tease one another as they receive a dust bath, squeaking along with the wheel. A dog barks at a cat who turns around and hisses....

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