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Teacher visits with refugees in Rwanda

Caitlyn Lofland, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

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Passionate about human rights, Matthew Whipple, director of the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies, traveled to Rwanda during the summer of 2017 to tour Africa and visit a refugee camp. Whipple is involved in STAND FOR...

Korean student’s life in America

Lucy Cho, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

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Eight months ago, sophomore Yoon Lee moved halfway across the world from South Korea to the United States, leaving her father and her childhood friends.  Lee said she misses her father most when she hears her friends talking ab...

Student travels with Malawian president

Eli Traub, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

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Alongside his grandfather, Malawian President Peter Mutharika, junior Chris Knapp traveled to the United Nations General Assembly and Malawi.  “Sometimes I take a minute to think about it, you know, that I’m related to someo...

History behind n-word emphasizes impact

Andreea Sabau, Executive News Editor

February 1, 2019

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Every time junior Lauren McGinnis hears what she believes is “the most powerful word in the English language” — the n-word — being used, waves of discomfort and frustration wash over her. She did not think that asking her white peers in an Instagram post to remove the word from their vocabulary was an un...

Digging into the GBN tunnels

Nora Smith, Executive Opinions Editor

December 7, 2018

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Whether you have heard about them from a friend or you are just learning about them now, the Glenbrook North tunnels have been the subject of many rumors. Curious about the truth, I talked to an administrator to arrange a time for us to go into the tunnels together wi...

Freshman ‘Ninja’ tackles new obstacle

Jessica Katz and Zoe Bendoff, Executive Copy Editor and Staff Writer

December 7, 2018

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Legs trembling and heart racing, freshman Ann Slivken prepared to take on an obstacle course that would test her agility, strength and balance. Months of training combined with years of climbing experience would be put to the test in the moments to follow. Ann put all nerves aside as the competition began, racing...

Student composes organization to popularize classical music

Isabel Vayser, Opinions Editor

November 2, 2018

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Growing up hearing her sister and grandmother play the violin, freshman Kelly Kim developed a passion for classical music. At 4 years old, she became a violinist herself. Though it would sometimes be difficult to concentrate on details while practicing, Kim learned ...

Entrepreneur grows passion into business

Zoe Bendoff, Staff Writer

November 2, 2018

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On weekends from early spring to mid-fall, junior Jake Fields sets out at around 9 a.m. with his lawn mower and landscaping supplies packed in the back of an SUV. He usually returns home around 4 p.m. after tending to the lawns of his five regular clients. “My gran...

Science teacher takes physics abroad

Micha Gachpar, Features Editor

September 28, 2018

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Five teachers from the United States are chosen each year to attend a three-week research program in Geneva, Switzerland. After being denied from the program the previous summer, physics teacher Tony Valsamis was offered the chance to take part in this unique oppo...

Student performs at sandwich shop

Matthew Chupack, Features Editor

September 28, 2018

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Even as a toddler, junior Quinn Cassell took an interest in music through unconventional household items. “Before Quinn could talk, he used to walk around the house and sit down in front of the cold air return grates, … and he would strum them,” sai...

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