Torch

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...

Squeaks and impressions

Eugene Ko, Lifestyle editor

May 23, 2019

Unfortunately, I don’t remember anything from freshman biology. But by some curse, the one distinct moment still stuck in my brain is when I first introduced myself. Like how all icebreakers go, I said my name and what I...

The jack of all trades

Sarah Sandlow, News Editor

May 23, 2019

I’ve always known that I spread myself too thin. The thought frequently crosses my mind as I leave a track meet immediately after my race to edit pages at a Torch press night, only to leave again for a band concert. I was a...

One, two then ten

Ellie Prober, Executive Editor-at-Large

May 23, 2019

The world moves in slow motion as my white rifle slips from my hand and clatters to the floor with an ear-splitting cracking sound. Learning the basics of spinning a rifle as a freshman was probably one of the most difficult things...

Pro teenage prankster

Nora Smith, Executive Opinions Editor

May 23, 2019

Believe it or not, I was a pretty diabolical freshman. My innocent angelic appearance hid my wicked side quite well. Very few were let into my world of evil plotting. The focus of my master plans was pranking, which might sound...

Put on your own oxygen mask first

Andreea Sabau, Executive News Editor

May 23, 2019

One fateful plane ride back to Chicago changed everything.  Some light turbulence forced my mind into an anxious spiral of increasingly irrational thoughts. As the plane jolted back and forth, my heart raced as I imagined tu...

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