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History Hangout: Playing a Kahoot after a presentation on history, seniors Yvonne Fondrevay (left), Samuel Polyakov (center) and Maja Markovic (right) wait for the next question to appear. History Club plays Kahoots after presentations and participates in quiz bowls once a month.

History Club explores passion of the past

Shannon Mathew and Youjin Shon
November 12, 2018

The word “nerd” is not an insult every Thursday in room 230 from 3:30-4:30. At South, many students refrain from joining more academic based clubs such as History Club with the fear that they will...

Spot the character: Solonkos creation of a Spot It inspired game is geared to help novice Chinese students master characters quickly and in large amounts.

Solonko creates “Spot It” inspired game to aid Chinese learning

Youjin Shon, staff reporter
April 12, 2018

Having been involved with STEM since his freshman year, Junior Mykyta Solonko used his experience from programming and engineering to successfully remodel the game, “Spot It,” which is a fast-paced...

Students explore different learning techniques through Dyslexia

Lorelei Streb and Youjin Shon
February 27, 2018

Many students have different ways of understanding and retaining material learned in class; utilizing flashcards or finding a study buddy to pair up with in the library. However, students with Dyslexia...

Math teacher Michelle Steinberg teaching a class. She is one of the group of female math teachers that, for the first time, comprise a majority of the department.

South’s Math department composed of mostly females

Youjin Shon and Lorelei Streb
November 14, 2017

Men outnumber women in most science, technology, engineering and math professions, according to Minnesota State University. However, according to Math Teacher Kathy Coskey, the male to female ratio in...

Standing for Shaoyo: Attending a protest for the killing of Liu Shaoyo in London, junior Maddie Dunne Murphy snaps a photo of her surroundings. Liu Shaoyo was shot by police in his London home after answering the door with scissors in hand he was using for cooking.

Civil rights issues spark response by students, parents

Youjin Shon, staff reporter
October 27, 2017

On March 28th, Liu Shaoyo, was fatally shot by the police at his home in Paris. Police claimed that they went to Shaoyo’s house due to a concerning call. However, when they saw Shaoyo holding a pair...

Leaving their mark: South teachers reflect on careers before retirement

Leaving their mark: South teachers reflect on careers before retirement

Table of Contents: Kathy Hargesheimer Paul Zwiercan Chris Valles Carol Buresh Bernice Kirchler Anne White Suzanne Shore Gregory Johnson   Kathy Hargesheimer by...

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

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...

Smiling at the camera, GBS teachers Steve and Kara Bolf attend a Chicago Cubs game. There are several teachers who are married to their coworkers at South. Photo courtesy of Steve Bolf

South faculty couples reflect on co-worker relationships

Yook Kim and Youjin Shon
February 4, 2017

Sitting at a table for two, English teacher Steve Bolf enjoys a romantic dinner at the Cheesecake Factory alongside Kara Bolf, Special Education teacher, when suddenly, they are spotted by several of his...

CLEANUP CREW: Posing with bags of trash, Interact members proudly display their success in cleaning a portion of Landwehr road. Interact and other clubs at South have planned several environmental awareness-based service projects. Photo courtesy of Lily Sands

Environmental service unites student organizations in common goal

Sharon Kim and Youjin Shon
November 4, 2016

This year’s service theme for GBS clubs is centered around environmental awareness. In a time of rapid environmental change due to human activity, GBS students may be able to make a lasting difference...

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...

Students evaluate healthy lifestyle motives, motivators

Youjin Shon, staff reporter
May 17, 2016

Maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is an ancient battle which prevents many people from even starting. However, according to Julie Haenisch, one of the nurses at GBS, many students are slowly becoming...

WHIPPLE’S WISE WORDS: Speaking to his AP World class, Matthew Whipple leads a dicussion that includes a balance of current events and topics outlined in the world history curriculum. Whipple takes many of the themes from this class and applies them to STAND For Peace (STAND), the international service club that he has sponsored for over 10 years.

Whipple emphasizes global citizenship in teaching passion

Jane Rathod and Youjin Shon
April 22, 2016

Just over 30 years ago, Matthew Whipple, Social Studies teacher, walked across the stage to receive his South diploma. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, Whipple later returned to South...

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