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Volume 53 Issue 5

Downers Grove South High School

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Master facility plan renovations to begin

Building-wide air conditioning among the first changes to come By Sydney Hall, Online News Editor

On Tuesday, Mar. 20, residents from Downers Grove and surrounding towns voted on whether or not they wanted a District 99 referendum relating to school facilities to be passed. The referendum proposed a brand new commons area, school-wide air conditioning and higher security through various entrances of both DGS and DGN. The $136.6 million referendum was passed with 62.04% of voters voting “yes” and 37.96% voting “no.” The results mean District 99 is ready to move forward with its upcoming project and start making changes. Superintendent of District 99 Dr. Hank Thiele shared the first steps DGS is making following the referendum being passed.

“In the next couple of cost of the air conditioning each of the changes might weeks, we’ll start the air installment is estimated to look like. While we’re doconditioning project so that be $6.1 million. The next ing that, the architects get gets underway immediately. changes being made are a better idea of what it is That’ll be completed by the still undecided. we’re looking for in each time students space, and return next we’ll work summer. We’ll on staging still have what the a couple of order of safety projthose things ects, like door should be. buzzers and That all gets those kinds of planned over things, which the next will be done six to nine over the summonths,” mer,” Thiele Thiele said. said. DGS Thiele Principal explained Edward that the air Schwartz conditioning shared his will be one of Renovations will also include a new, secure entrance in place of the opinion in the first steps current west events entrance. regards to the Photo by Lindsay Valero made due to referendum the fact that it being passed has no impact on any other “The next steps are to and explained what he is changes being made to the form design teams that looking most forward to in building later on. The total really work through what the upcoming years.

“It’s having modern facilities that help the way you guys learn now, and the way we see you learning in the future, just the way kids work together, and flexible spaces with laptops etc, we don’t have many spaces like that for you to gather, so it’ll be exciting to give you guys the right kinds of spaces to learn,” Schwartz said. The referendum will primarily affect underclassman and incoming students at DGS due to the completion date which is expected to be in 2021. Freshman Daly Garland shared her thoughts on the referendum and what it entails. “I think it’s pretty cool that we’re going to have new learning facilities to focus and do our work in. It’s good to have an environmental change,” Garland said.

Senior awards night recognizes the class of 2018 By Barbara Collins, Online Co-Editor-In-Chief Katie Anthony, Print News Editor

Over 200 DGS seniors were honored for academic success at the Senior Awards Ceremony May 8. All seniors on the honor roll were invited to the ceremony. Honorees also included seniors receiving scholarship awards from the community and recognition from the school. The ceremony began with representatives from the community distributing scholarship awards. Senior Katie Meyr was a recipient of two of the scholarships. “I was really shocked and grateful to be recognized for my character. It was clearly unexpected since my robe was still unzipped, but I am just really thankful,” Meyr said. Following community scholarships, staff from DGS recognized students

for their achievement in different academic courses, as well as “Athletes of the Year.” Senior Ian Bales received recognition for his high achievement within physics classes. “It was really cool to be recognized for achievements in academics, getting sung ‘happy birthday’ while getting an award in physics is something I’ll definitely remember,” Bales said. The final awards of the night were the “Outstanding Seniors,” 13 seniors were individually recognized, one from each department. Department chairs describe the senior recipient, but waited to say the name until the end of the recognition Principal Ed Schwartz noted this is his favorite part of the night. “I love sitting on the stage looking at all the seniors as it’s being read, and they’re trying to

figure out who it is. I love just sitting there watching their faces because I know who it’s going to be,” Schwartz said. Senior Sydney Antiporek was this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Senior award in fine arts for her achievement in photography. “When they were announcing who won, I was super nervous, and they kept the winners super secret, so I didn’t know that I would win,” Antiporek said. “After being in photo classes for eight semesters, it really was an honor to be recognized.” The next step for the class of 2018 is graduation, taking place on May 25. “It’s hard to describe the difference [of the students] from freshmen to now. … It’s really fascinating to watch how much change there is, but it’s even greater when you go off to college,” Schwartz said.

Seniors Akhil Ghosh and Matthew La Rue were two of 18 seniors to receive distinguished honors for maintaining a 4.4 or above GPA.

Each department chose one student to be their ‘Outstanding Senior.’ Photos by Lindsay Valero

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