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The news site of Glenbrook South High School.

The Oracle

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Helping Hands: Instructional Assistant Brendan Jacobi aids a student with his lab in a chemistry concepts class.

Special Ed brings new additions to the department

Hailey Cho and Sloane Shableman
October 4, 2019

As hallways flood with kids shoving past each other, dozens of eyes search desperately for a friend, or at the very least, an acquaintance. While the rest of the school may have an ‘every person for...

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