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We’re not all winners

Alexandra Chertok, Executive Opinions Editor

November 8, 2019

My fingers paused above the keyboard as I filled out the section for awards earned in extracurricular activities on a college application. I considered putting that by the end of high school, I will earn the 12-Season Athlete Award. However, as I thought about it more, I realized it isn’t so much an award...

Take a makeup wipe to perfection

Ellie White, News Editor

November 8, 2019

Recently, I’ve gotten into makeup. I’m awful at it. Thankfully there’s an entire internet full of tutorials from beauty gurus to help. However, you can’t have makeup gurus without one thing: makeup scandals. The really good, juicy, "break the internet" type of scandal usually goes something...

Deeper than surface level

Carly Uhlig, Lifestyle Editor

November 8, 2019

It has been over a year since the day I walked out to my car in the Glenbrook North parking lot to find that a swastika had been keyed into the driver’s side back door. I was broken inside. The offense occurred hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the holy Jewish Day of Atonement. Had I b...

Define your Thanksgiving

Theresa Lee, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

At first glance, my family’s Thanksgiving dinner table brims with the usual American favorites: a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes, a pitcher of brown gravy, yams topped with marshmallows, seasoned green beans, canned cranber...

Editorial: Where GBN spirit goes to die

November 8, 2019

With the hype around other schools’ homecomings going viral on social media, you may have walked into school on Tuesday, the start of Homecoming Week, expecting students to be bundled up in their warm and cozy pajamas. On Wednesday, you may have arrived bubbling with excitement, hoping to see stu...

A yearning to change our learning

Shane Landon Olson, Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2019

Meet Bob. Bob lives in an alternate universe where the entire education system is based on one object: skateboards. From kindergarten to second grade, Bob played with little plastic skateboards along with the rest of his classmates. He rolled them around o...

Time to embrace the awkward Homecoming ask

Haley Sandlow, Opinions Editor

September 27, 2019

In light of the Homecoming dance rapidly approaching, allow me to recount a story I once heard. The series of events that follow are all true, but names have been changed to protect the identity of those involved. Allow me to ...

Editorial: We pledge our allegiance

September 27, 2019

Every classroom has one: a simple sheet of red, white and blue cloth, yet its meaning is so complex. Every morning, we pledge our allegiance to the American flag. But what does that even mean? This year, our Editor-in-Chief made the decision to add the flag back to the front ban...

Deviating from the statistics

Grace Chatas, Editor-in-Chief

May 23, 2019

Three ACTs. Eight AP classes. Ten extracurricular activities. Thirty-two college essays. One hundred thirteen varsity tennis matches. On paper, these are the numbers that define my high school experience. Upon entering Glenbrook North, it was my plan to strive for perfection thr...

Editorial: Take control of your future

May 23, 2019

It’s time to update your alarm systems and lock your doors. More and more Glenbrook North students are finding themselves victims of theft. The crime? Parents stealing their children’s opportunities to determine their own fates. The recent college admissions br...

Looks like I made it just in time

Isabel Vayser, Opinions Editor

May 23, 2019

Hours before the 7 p.m. deadline, I’m sitting in front of a blank screen. Despite my love for words and involvement in various writing-related activities, when I realized the deadline for my last opinion was rapidly approaching, I panicked. I’ve always been able to come up with...

From basic to bold

Jessica Katz, Executive Copy Editor

May 23, 2019

Freshman year: Sporting Lululemon leggings, UGG boots and a crop top with a trendy brand logo on it, I strolled into high school with what I thought was a clear idea of who I was. Little did I know, I was stuck in a middle school mindset — life revolved around drama and “popularity.” I focused on plea...

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