Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Sophomore Alan Zhou aids his sister, former DGS student Alisa Zhou, in creating videos for her YouTube channel, ThreadSeeker.Photo courtesy of Alisa Zhou

Sophomore Alan Zhou aids his sister, former DGS student Alisa Zhou, in creating videos for her YouTube channel, ThreadSeeker.
Photo courtesy of Alisa Zhou

Compiled by Eleni Eisenhart, Editor-in-Chief and Marygrace Schumann, Opinions Editor

YouTube has become an unspoken bond between teens. It has created multiple fandoms in itself, causing for an ever growing viewer population. From the laugh-out-loud comedy to beauty tutorials to the educational  videos, YouTube at its core is a getaway from real life; it is an experience like no other. No matter what fandom you may find yourself in, there is a home waiting for you with the click of a button. Play.


Many YouTube fans feel that subtlety in mainstream entertainment is rare. It’s filled to the brim with special effects brighter than stardust and glossy smiles that seem just too good to be true. While many feel Hollywood’s growing glamour has continued to put a disconnect between creators and consumers, people have found a way to make entertainment easier and more accessible with YouTube—the kind of entertainment that makes viewers feel connected to what they’re watching. Instead of squinting up at Hollywood lights, YouTube videos feel like their favorite sweater—simple and cozy.

Though YouTube offers a variety of choices, humorous video bloggers are among the most popular. They allow people to share their personal stories, advance their creativity and shine—without Hollywood’s magic. These videos range from people simply talking about their lives to rehearsed skits to anything in-between. At their core, these videos are all created to make viewers smile.

For senior Rachel Wydra, who watches YouTubers like Cyprien, a French video blogger (vlogger), the simplicity of YouTube is what makes it so worthwhile.

“Even the most simple moments can make a great story,” Wydra said. “Many will take aspects of ordinary life and make them hilarious.”

Instead of spending big bucks, YouTubers can use their everyday lives to entertain viewers. YouTubers, just by being themselves, can create videos that can make viewer’s sides hurt from laughing, their insides feel like bubbles and their heart light up.

Popular YouTubers like Charlie McDonnell, with the username charlieissocoollike, and Dan Howell, also known as danisnotonfire, have become Internet sensations by creating comedic and relatable content.

“I want to spend my life making stuff…” McDonnell said in a post on his blog. “YouTube is the perfect playground for me.”

But YouTube isn’t just for McDonnell and other content creators to play on. Unlike most entertainment, YouTube is not a one way street. The site allows members to comment on videos, fostering conversations between consumers and creators.

Sophomore Paulina Karbowski feels that the number of people that YouTube allows teenagers to reach can be very beneficial.

“I think that the more people you’re surrounded by, the more you’ll learn,” Karbowski said. “Even if those people are just on the Internet.”

These conversations often lead to communities, ones that senior Caroline Purcell feels has been a source of happiness in her life.

“My favorite thing about having a YouTube community is that there will always be people who are just as strange as you are and get as excited as you do about random things,” Purcell said.

Though watching funny YouTube videos  may seem frivolous, many find watching everyday people foster their creativity and talk about their lives to be inspirational.

“The vloggers I watch are all quirky and silly and funny and most importantly true to who they are,” Purcell said. “They show all of their viewers that they don’t have to fit inside the world’s idea of beautiful, smart or creative.”

While YouTube’s layout and content creators can make it feel more intimate, like all entertainment, it still allows the audience to escape from their everyday lives.

“It’s a good way to escape from day-to-day life and have a good laugh,” Wydra said.

Ultimately, YouTube viewers feel the entertainment sector of YouTube creates an environment that celebrates communication and creativity. Snuggled up in bed watching everyday people make lighthearted entertainment can be the epitome of cozy, in more ways than one.


YouTube portrays real, ordinary people one could potentially find in their math, English or even their swimming class. What makes someone “YouTube worthy” cannot be classified in a category, making the rise to fame a challenge worth enduring.

For sophomore Alan Zhou, watching this battle to online fame is an everyday occurrence, as his sister Alisa Zhou, a former DGS student, has started making beauty and fashion videos. Although Alisa Zhou’s channel is new and lacks the true fans so many yearn for, her dedication and hard work are easily shown through her videos on her YouTube channel, ThreadSeeker.

“I think that it’s an awesome thing that she’s making videos,” Alan Zhou said. “I think it really encourages motivation and gets one excited about getting new content out. I think that she gets really creative ideas going via her channel, and it helps her express herself.”

Karbowski, who used to make videos herself, believes “being yourself and doing what you love is a common message a lot of Youtubers try to get across…That’s something that I’ve definitely taken away from watching them.”

Doing what you love is something that can be found in anyone choosing to make YouTube videos. As Alisa Zhou has discovered, making your big break online isn’t easy. With thousands of videos being uploaded daily, one’s own video can be lost in the wave of content. Alan Zhou points out “that making videos is hard.”

“People like what other people like,” Alan Zhou said. “And when no one likes your videos, it’s really hard to get your channel growing.”

Regardless of the matter-of-fact nature of YouTube, Alan Zhou believes that YouTube offers a creative outlet for his sister and others to grow and learn as individuals.

“I think that [YouTube]…lets her use her creative self,” Alan Zhou said. “It will probably change her life [because she will be] constantly thinking about how she can make another video. Making videos takes a lot of time and effort, so it might give her some more patience an ideas.”

YouTubers like Michelle Phan and Ingrid Nilsen, also known as missglamorazzi, offer educational and beauty related reviews, tutorials and more, giving viewers a wide variety of what they can watch.

“I think that YouTube has helped teens find their individuality,” Purcell said. “There are all these awesome YouTubers who are doing their own thing and being their weird selves. I think having those examples have helped teens come out of their shells and be proud of their uniqueness.”

Alan Zhou agrees that YouTube offers people like his sister the chance to come out of their shells and shows how having a channel “might let [him]…see how people act [in real life] and if [they present themselves]…different[ly] if they’re in front of a camera.”

Alan Zhou finds that even though his sister has not made it big, and may never, he still hopes that she doesn’t stop making videos because of a lack of viewership.

“She gets really excited sometimes about making videos, and she really wants to see her channel grow,” Alan Zhou said. “She puts in a ton of effort to get the job done. Someone may think a celebrity is a big deal, but I guess we all start at the same point.”


wide variety in their viewing audiences, YouTubers not only have the chance to give back to their viewers, but to teach them as well.

YouTubers like John and Hank Green, the vlogbrothers, post weekly videos to each other, challenging different topics each time in the hopes that their viewers will grow and learn from their channels.

One main reason Purcell enjoys watching YouTubers like John and Hank Green, as well as British YouTubers McDonnell and Jack Harries, also known as JacksGap, is due to their commitment to give back to the community.

While big YouTubers donate to charities, they also inspire the communities they’ve fostered to give back. John and Hank Green’s fans have created a community known as “Nerdfighters” who have loaned over three million dollars to various entrepreneurs in third world countries through as well as donating time and money to other organizations.

“Many of [the YouTubers I watch]…are also doing amazing charity works, like the vlogbrothers and their Nerdfighter community,” Purcell said. “JacksGap and charlieissocoollike also use their Youtube popularity to give back to those in need.”

The Green brothers also started Project for Awesome. This annual event sets aside a day where various YouTubers make videos in support of a charity. These videos push people to give back while teaching them about different issues going on in our society.

English teacher Sue Thornquist has integrated YouTube into part of her classroom routine in order to enhance parts of the learning experience, although she is reasonably wary to the motive behind using YouTube in the classroom.

“I want to say that I’m a little bit cautious when I use technology in the classroom because I think sometimes it becomes a fun, glitzy, gimmicky way to teach different concepts. I don’t know that…it is [always] appropriate or effective for what I’m actually trying to  teach,” Thornquist said. “And maybe just because I’m a little bit old school and have been here for a long time, I feel like we sometimes use technology too much just because kids like it.”

Regardless of her wariness, Thornquist uses writer and vlogger John Green often in her lessons, in order to stress points made in class, in turn bringing out the educational side of YouTube in her classroom.

“I do think [YouTube] has a role in the classroom and I do use it to enhance lessons,” Thornquist said. “So I show almost anything by John Green. You know, John Green is an English teacher’s dream. I mean, the man gets on YouTube and he talks about why writers write and how symbolism matters. [He talks about] how things writers choose to write about and include in their stories are actually purposeful and meaningful.”

Though John and Hank Green’s original Youtube channel can be very educational, they’ve also created a YouTube account specifically for educational purposes. On their YouTube account CrashCourse, John Green teaches about literature and history.

While videos like these can be used inside the classroom, their entertaining nature draws people in and makes kids want to learn on their own. YouTubers like the Green brothers are providing teenagers an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in a way they’re familiar and comfortable with.

As Purcell summed up, “YouTube offers a free space to create and connect with other people you have things in common with. People can build friendships and communities that go on to make some powerful changes in the world.”

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IHSA requires wrestlers to pass a hydration test in order to be certified to compete in the season.

By Gabhriel Bell, News Editor

Many sports emphasize staying in shape, but when an athlete must skip meals in order to maintain their weight to compete in their weight class, the importance of health might outway the importance of the sport itself.

There have been speculations about what wrestlers must do in order to wrestle in their weight class;this includes skipping entire meals and exercising in several layers of clothes to lose weight faster;The reason for this is that there are specific rules made by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) that prohibits  athletes from wrestling in a certain class if they weigh more than the requirements.

Varsity Wrestling Coach Sean Lovelace refutes these theories.  Lovelace believes that athletes should be able to maintain a comfortable weight while taking in calories throughout the day in order to give them the energy they need to train.

“ All wrestlers must go through a certification process at the beginning of the season where they weigh in and their body fat is measured by IHSA approved trainers.  They also must pass a hydration test that measures their level of hydration,” Lovelace said. “Athletes should be able to eat good portions of healthy foods in order to prepare themselves for competition  [because] not taking in calories is not good for any individual let alone athletes .”

Although it might be difficult, Lovelace also understands that athletes must remain strong-willed with their eating habits through the holiday season.

“Wrestlers do need to exhibit some sense of discipline and may not be able to have seconds or two pieces of pumpkin pie,” Lovelace said. “[However], there is no reason why any wrestler should be starving themselves, especially on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

In agreement with Lovelace, junior Marcus Rutledge also wants to prove the point that wrestlers should train in a healthy way in order to cut weight.

“Many people think that wrestlers cut weight so fast and do it harmfully, but we have pre-season work outs and we also try to lose weight [if needed] during those times,” Rutledge said. “I never got sick [trying to lose weight] because I always keep a healthy diet.”

Contrary to what Rutledge has stated, senior Patrick Graham admits to using extreme methods of exercising in order to shed weight quickly. Graham is also aware that it is his decision and says that no one is compelling him to use these tactics.

“I think that losing large amounts of weight quick could be dangerous, but it’s not like the coaches or anyone is forcing you to cut the weight. It’s all up to yourself rather than someone making you do it,” Graham said. “I have had to use extreme methods to cut weight before [such as] eating small meals, working out in layers of clothing and drinking little amounts of water.”

The pressure of having to cut weight is no stranger to senior Azam Mohammed who admits that he is frustrated with training because he is “not allowed to eat anything good such as cookies, pie, donuts and any other delicious treats.”

Mohammed explains his experience with cutting weight.

“I go on a strict diet and cut the portions of food I eat nearly in half. [This] includes fruit and other healthy carbs during the day and  lean meat protein in the evening after practice,” Mohammed said. “I do feel  pressure, but that pressure comes from myself because I’m so worried about gaining a lot of weight every time I eat.”

Above all, Lovelace remains firm in his belief that no wrestler should have to partake in extreme methods in order to lose weight.

“The IHSA rules in place are much better for the athletes than they were 10-15 years ago, [so] if wrestlers are starving themselves to make weight, then they are doing it the wrong way,” Lovelace said. “Developing healthy eating habits will not only help wrestlers in their days of competition but also as they continue to live healthy lifestyles as their days of competing end.”


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Local band, The Resolution will be blaring through the speakers at the House of Blues as they perform on stage in late December.

The Resolution consists of DGS senior Brian Moroney and sophomore Patrick Mitchell along with Robby Kulik and Trevor Utz. If one was to classify this band they would fall “in that category between pop and pop punk,” said front man Brian Moroney.

“As a band we’re all influenced by other bands like The Summer Set, All Time Low, We The Kings, and other bands like that,” Moroney said.

It’s safe to say that Downers Grove’s—and DGS’s—very own, The Resolution are going somewhere in their career. Though the band is performing at such a large venue already, vocalist Brian Moroney explains how unorganized the beginning of the band actually was.

“I had originally thought I was going to make [the band] a solo project, but after playing a little bit by myself, I realized it wasn’t fun and that I needed a whole band. I’ve known Trevor for a while, and then he got Patrick,” Moroney said. “Our drummer came from DGN [as well] and he messaged me on Facebook and was like, ‘hey, I’ve never played in a real band before,” but because we had a guy coming out to shoot the video for [Nothing On Us], I told him to show up for practice the next day. He [Kulik] just showed up and played and everything worked. That was the first day we actually hung out as a solid band, with the solid lineup,”

Although The Resolution had a rocky setup at first, once they all starting playing together it “seemed right” in Moroney’s eyes.

After the release of their single “Nothing On Us,” the boys in the Resolution have been practicing and writing for further releases, but not without booking performances and gigs in between.

“From being at shows and playing them, I’ve met a lot of the promoters for [them]. I was the MC at the variety show this year, and one of the promoters I knew kind of came up and was like, ‘hey, want to play the House of Blues?’” Moroney said, stating that he just couldn’t say no to an offer like that.

However, if it weren’t for the constant playing of music, and attempts at playing in a band from Moroney himself, this gig may have never been booked.

“I’ve been playing in bands now for about four years and whether they succeeded or not, I was playing. So, I guess playing in bands that fail pays off eventually.”

The concert will be on Dec. 29 at the House of Blues, and will feature a slew of local bands in the Chicago-land area.

“It’s not like [we] will be opening for anyone or anything. It will just be a big local show.”

The band will be playing a 30-minute set, and Moroney says their setlist is already planned out and the boys all know what songs they will be playing.

“It’s going to be one cover and the rest will be original songs. We’re just trying to work on our transitions so we can play as many songs as possible with the time given to us.”

With this upcoming performance in the books for the band, the boys in The Resolution are also taking on other tasks: they are going back into the studio to record an EP set to drop sometime within the early next year. Although they wanted their extended preview (EP) to come out prior to the show, Brian says he would much rather focus on making a great piece of music, than rushing to throw some music on a CD.

“We all want to take our time to make this great. So we’re thinking around January or February to be getting new things from us. We’re actually going into the studio next month—on December 15—to track for a song we’ve been working on!” Moroney said.

With such a promising future set for the band, front man Brian Moroney says he is nothing but grateful for all the opportunities he has been given. These boys are determined to make a name for themselves, and this performance is just the beginning. Support the local music scene as well as the Resolution.

As Moroney puts it, “you won’t want to miss this.”

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Winter is all about the snow trickling down from the sky, and the cozy houses to relax and stay warm in. Kids build snowmen and drink hot cocoa. And who can forget Christmas?

When I was younger, I always looked forward to Christmas morning when I would run down the old, creaky stairs of my childhood home into the living room to see what good ‘ol Santa Claus brought me. I remember the warm, comforting feeling I had in my stomach while tearing through the perfectly wrapped paper before seeing the gifts I was given.

The mystery and surprise I had as I opened each gift was a feeling ill never forget. But now, all I see is greedy kids that feel entitled to whatever they receive.

Though I like Christmas, I am sick of the sense of entitlement it gives to so many people.

I just think people get so wrapped up in the materialistic value of Christmas that they forget the deeper values embedded in such a holiday.

As the years passed, I noticed more and more friends and family falling in love with the presents they were given, and not with the way they spend their time on their Christmas holiday. I’m not trying to say that people should only celebrate Christmas for the religious aspect, but I think it’s more important to be grateful for all you have, instead of looking forward to all the gifts that will be given to you.

For me, Christmas has always been about family, and watching the faces of all my relatives light up with joy because we haven’t seen each other in a long time. Yes, gifts are exchanged, but nothing overpriced and out of this world for a kid my age. That was never the only thing I looked forward to.

I will never understand why people think they have to go all out for Christmas gifts.

It is nice to spend money on the ones you love to get them things they would love, but no one should ever think they are entitled to outrageous gifts.

Christmas is less about the presents, and more about the joy and spirit of happiness that should fill every soul on this earth.

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You know how it works. The oldest child is the rule-following leader, and the middle child is easygoing, independent and neglected. The youngest child is charming and spoiled, and the only child receives a lot of attention, yet his or her life is controlled by  his or her parents. This is what is predicted by birth order psychology, and this is what seems to be mirrored in many families.

With this, a question arises. Are the common traits discovered by birth order psychology caused simply by the order in which we enter our families, or are our personalities crafted by our parents?

I am the oldest child of three girls. If you look at my sisters and me, we fit the stereotypical oldest, middle and youngest children in many ways. I try my best to be a leader both in school and at home to set a good example for my sisters.

My youngest sister is very outgoing. She loves to be in the spotlight and is one of the most creative people I know.

My middle sister is very social and friendly, but I do think that she sometimes feels overshadowed by my leadership roles and my youngest sister’s magnetism toward attention.

The three of us are all very different people. We all hold very positive traits and lead happy lives. I can’t help but wonder if our personalities are just the way we were born or if they were formed like Play-Doh by my parents hands.

My parents definitely had an awareness of birth order psychology when they had kids. And while they have raised all three of us with love and support, I have no doubt that they treated us differently based upon our birth order.  While this caused no harm, it is not fair.

Research shows that the oldest children tend to have the highest IQs, and researchers strongly believe that this is a result of family dynamics, not biological factors.

Younger siblings’ IQs are often lower than their big brothers or sisters, again, possibly because of family dynamics. This is not right. Many parents seem to be cheating their later-born children out of their potential to attain a higher IQ.

While the theories about birth order psychology certainly don’t apply to everyone, there is no doubt that a significant number of people fall into the categories that these psychologists have created.

Junior Matt Morlock, the middle child of five boys, feels that evidence of the effects of birth order can be found within his family as well.

“I think there’s a strong correlation with personality and birth order with my brothers [and I],” Morlock said.

Morlock’s oldest brother is a very independent leader, while his youngest brother seems more dependent and is more likely to get his way with their parents. Morlock himself feels that being the middle child has forced him to be a peacemaker between his brothers as well as leader.

The Morlock brothers seem to fit the birth order mold in pure cookie-cutter fashion.

Most social sciences recognize that both the nature and the nurture of a child affect the person they become. While the topic is still being debated, parents quite obviously have a huge influence on their children.

Sophomore Georgia Banov, an only child, believes that her parents have formed her into the person she is today but that she would be different if she had siblings.

“If I had a sibling, I wouldn’t be as successful and hard-working…because…my parents would have to split their encouragement between two kids instead of devoting all of their energy to me,” Banov said.

Senior Caroline Glocker and her younger brother, freshman Will Glocker, both feel that they are treated differently by their parents, according to the birth order predictions.

“They definitely expect more of me. They want my grades to be better,” Caroline Glocker said. “I have to be in the leadership position [and] achieve all my goals so that [my brother] achieves all of his.”

While Caroline Glocker feels the added pressure placed on her both by her parents and herself with expectations of how an older sibling should act, Will Glocker feels that he carries a lighter load.

“I feel a little bit pampered by [my] parents and older sibling,” Will Glocker said.

Of course, parents cannot treat all their children exactly the same. There are some innate differences in our nature that they must take into consideration.

That being said, some parents are very protective over their first child, but slowly realize that it’s OK to step back. Sometimes it depends on the location where the child is growing up, the age gap between siblings or what events happen during that child’s life.

None of this can really be controlled, but something else can. If parents stop expecting their middle child to feel neglected or their oldest child to be a leader, then maybe their children’s identities would develop differently.

Children of the same family should be allowed to grow with the same love, attention and responsibility as their siblings. We will always be products of our environment, and our parents will always have a significant role in who we are. But we should become ourselves based upon values we are taught and things we experience, not preconceived expectations that our parents have.

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The “Shot Heard Around the World” is the common name for the gunshot that started the American Revolutionary War, but the shot that devastated the American nation can be easily pegged to the bullet that killed former President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The alleged assassin was Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot Kennedy in his motorcade from the Texas School Book Depository above Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.  Americans had lost much faith in their country when Kennedy was killed, and they had difficulty moving on from the notion that one foolish criminal could have fatally ended their beloved Kennedy’s life and administration, known as “Camelot”.

As the 50th anniversary of this fatal event passed on Nov. 22 2013, America continued to explore the conspiracy theories- and what causes them- that attempt to explain this great American tragedy.

Most people probably consider the odd similarities and comparisons between Kennedy and 16th president Abraham Lincoln to be conspiracy theories; this is definitely not the case. Conspiracy theories are a belief that a group or other organization has influence on a significant event. These are widely disputed, and they can vary from simple logic based reasoning or to in-depth research projects conducted over many years.

The most common conspiracy theory for Kennedy’s assassination is that there were multiple gunmen in the shooting, including a Secret Service agent. This perspective even comes with its own debate on exactly how many bullets were shot as well.  An example of the more far-fetched theories is that the communist Cuban government was somehow responsible for the murder of the president.

Sophomore Peter Szpytek has his own ideas on the origin of conspiracy theories.

“People make conspiracy theories in order to feel like they know more than they actually do. They want to feel like they have control over things that they don’t have control over,” Szpytek said.

Although the idea Szpytek has is reasonable, neuroscientist at Cardiff University, Dean Burnett has studied the psychology behind how conspiracy theories come about. “With constant revelations about government surveillance and possible impending war, this must be a fertile time for conspiracy theories,” Burnett said.

Imagine the possibilities of conspiracy theories in 1963, when the Cuban Missile Crisis was looming over America with threats of nuclear bombing and the end of life as we knew it. The paranoia in that situation alone would be overbearing to citizens. Now add in the assassination of the most charismatic leader of the time to the mix, thus the beginning conspiracy theories.

Burnett sees conspiracies as a form of comfort, he thinks of it as a way to ease the pain of a difficult situation by coming up with your own rationalization for its occurrence.

“Just as some people turn to God or the supernatural to fend off this possibility, perhaps some turn to conspiracy theories,” Burnett explains.

The creation of conspiracies also fit the basic needs of humans based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Right after the survival essentials of food, water and shelter, the Hierarchy states the need for security and the lack of fear. Conspiracy theories are able to fill the void of the unknown that comes with fear by creating a better-understood explanation for the world around you. This is opposed to being forced to consider that the world is a bunch of random uncontrollable events run by unthinking forces.

Even though conspiracy theories provide stability in a not so stable world, Szpytek doesn’t see the value in the theories that people fabricate.

“I think that they don’t do much but attract our attention and fascination. They’re nothing to do except pass time,” Szpytek said.

Someone could believe that Oswald is the cold hard killer, the Secret Service had planned this murder all along, or that the Castro wanted to show Kennedy who was boss, and they would most definitely not be alone. Thousands of people either theorize or follow conspiracy theories not only about Kennedy’s death, but also about Area 51’s existence, the moon landing, 9/11 and many other historical events.

No matter what opinions conspiracy theories create in one another, one can happily live by the objective words of Kennedy himself, “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

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Turning in college applications can become a stressful time for seniors. This can often tempt them to fabricate the truth in parts of an application so that they can appear to be the best fit for a college.
Head of the DGS National Honor Society (NHS) and Math teacher Andrew Kaim deals with an abundant amount of applications being turned in from students. Knowing what to look for in an application and what stands out about a student is important to anyone looking at applications.
“Seniors don’t know how to fill out an application correctly, [so] they’ll be putting things in multiple categories, [so] it makes them look like they’re involved in so much, but really it’s the same thing written in three different sections,” Kaim said. “Colleges aren’t looking for quantity; they’re looking for quality.”
At DGS there are many resources one can utilize when dealing with college applications. Senior Secretary in the College and Career Department, Ann Lichaj is one of these resources. Lichaj explained that students who try to slip little white lies into their college applications are not actually hurting the colleges, they’re just hurting themselves.
“What I’ve noticed is students do not plan ahead,” Lichaj said. “If you plan ahead you are then eliminating stress.”
Senior Bobby Perkins thinks lying on college applications is wrong; however, he understands why many seniors do.
“I feel like if [students] don’t [lie on their application] then they’re just going to be a part of a statistic because there are many people who are trying to get into college right now,” Perkins said.
When it comes to dealing with college applications it’s up to the student who is creating it to determine whether he or she wants to risk embellishing details about themselves. This means that students should be willing to accept any consequences that comes with embellishing.
“There’s a certain line where if you …[embellish] too much then you have too much to put yourself up against because you set the expectations too high,” Perkins said.

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Imagine having a gym teacher instruct a Foods class on how to cook his/her favorite recipe, or the pool manager teach the class how to use a pressure cooker.
Career and Technical Education teacher Paul Krick taught all Foods classes on how to use a pressure cooker to make butternut squash risotto. On a later day in the semester, Physical Education teacher Kristopher Olson cooked one of his popular fall recipes.
“I cooked a pumpkin pie from scratch, [with] real pumpkin and homemade dough,” Olson said. “Since it was around Thanksgiving, I thought it would be something the students might be able to make for their families.”
By having a different teacher assist in the class, the Foods students were able to gain a new understanding of other recipes they would not have had the opportunity to cook otherwise.
Senior Melissa Silva, a student in Foods 1, thought that having different teachers come into the classes really added flavor to the overall curriculum and encouraged the fellow students.
“It added comfort,” Silva said. “We know we’re not all…chefs, and to see a teacher that perhaps most of us see in the hallways come in and make a pumpkin pie from scratch just helps see that you don’t have to look like a professional cook to be able to make something [delicious].”
Even though it could seem odd to teach an entirely different class than what he was used to, Olson thoroughly appreciated the new experience and hopes to do it again one day.
“I thought it was great.  It was nice to teach something else.  I felt like I was on Food Network,” Olson said. “I [also] had my cooking jacket on…[that] I wear when I cook [at home].”
Olson has wanted to share his recipes with the Foods students for a few years and felt “honored to be asked.”
“Students that know who I am…were…surprised that I could cook,” Olson said. “I loved the whole experience, and I hope I can do it again; I have other things that I would like to teach the students how to make.”