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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

Skilled Skiles: Writing radio scripts on election night at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, former co-editor-and-chief Gwyn Skiles has found a home in journalism organizations. Skiles emphasized applying yourself in college through extracurricular activities and looking for new friends. Photo courtesy of Gwyn Skiles

Live your life in bold.

Gwyn Skiles, former co-editor-in-chief
May 21, 2021

My first week of college was tough with a capital ‘T’.  I met nobody. I didn’t have a roommate to talk to throughout the day. Half of my neighbors decided not to come to campus. All social events...

A letter to eighth grade self: high school proves to be time of identity formation

Gwyn Skiles, co-editor-in-chief
June 12, 2020

Dear Gwyn, Right now, you’re frantically trying to find a graduation dress that passes your knees and has straps thicker than three fingers to satisfy Attea’s dress code. You’re walking across...

A letter to the class of 2020

A letter to the class of 2020

Gwyn Skiles, co-editor-in-chief
April 10, 2020

Dear fellow seniors,   This sucks.  While scrolling through our parent’s Facebook and Instagram posts littered with messages directed to the Class of 2020, the phrase “we’re all in...

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,...

Oracle After Hours: ‘Thank you for your service’ falls short

Gwyn Skiles, co-editor-in-chief
December 6, 2019

I rarely ever feel short.  While standing in front of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. recently, an umbrella of emotion surrounded me. When I ran my hands across the marble, slick with water...

Fagel perserveres, defies cancer diagnosis

While most people spend their birthday celebrating the life they’ve lived, Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel feared for her own life when her doctor said her mammogram results were “more suspicious than not.”...

Illustration by Erin Zhou

Worldwide events unveil the need for empathy

Gwyn Skiles, asst. opinions editor
May 24, 2019

Humanity. To me, humanity is not defined by race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political identification, or ability. Instead it captures love. Whether it be greeting someone in passing, picking...

Outside adventures prove beneficial for mental health

Gwyn Skiles, asst. opinions editor
March 15, 2019

Adventure. When I lived in Sammamish, Washington, weekends were spent hiking, swimming in lakes and building forts out of fallen tree branches. Now, my time is consumed with school work and extracurricular...

Illustration by Ella Prillaman

Teens in hospitals lack representation and entertainment

Gwyn Skiles, asst. opinions editor
February 8, 2019

I often look back on my earliest memories when I was living in Mount Prospect. One in particular has always stood out. I was about four years old, peering out of a window in my yellow room, five sparkly...

Smiling with Santa Claus (left), the Easter Bunny (center) and her younger sister (right), Gwyn Skiles celebrates Christmas and Easter as a young child. Much of Skiles’s fun and festivity during the holidays came from her belief in these mythological characters, which she maintained through the age of eight.

Mythological characters inspire magical moments

Gwyn Skiles, asst. opinions editor
December 14, 2018

I work at a café with a single mother named Maria* and I often ask her about her three-year-old son, Chester*. This upcoming holiday season, Maria was telling me how Chester is starting to comprehend...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoying Christmas Day in 2017. The royal couple were wed on May 19, 2018.

Oracle After Hours: Gwyn Skiles on letting love win

Gwyn Skiles, asst. opinions editor
December 7, 2018

My favorite fantasy when I was about five or six, was to be a princess in a castle with a handsome prince. I lived in my blue sparkly Cinderella costume, dancing to sing-along Disney princess DVDs in my...

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