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Review: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Review: ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’

Ella Leathers, News Editor December 4, 2023

This was the movie I had been waiting to see for the past three years, “Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.” After I had read the book in 2020 I heard it would also be made into a movie,...

Look good, feel good: fashion icon Dr. DeMent

Look good, feel good: fashion icon Dr. DeMent

Owen Halfpenny, A&E Editor November 21, 2023

Every morning at 7:15 a.m. sharp, I waltz into DGN’s doors with eyebags down to my toes and a minute away from hitting snooze on myself. Even so, there always seems to be someone waiting at the front...

DISCUSSING THE DAY: Band director Jessen Smith breaks down and congratulates the marching band on their first competition Oct. 7.

Band marches into first competition in decades

Giulia Karrow and Annie Pleune November 21, 2023

The Trojan Marching Band competed in The Mustang Music Bowl Oct. 7 marking their first competition in roughly 20 years. The event was held at DGS and the Trojans came in fifth place in the AAA division. The...

The Album Cover for “You Don’t Deserve My Love.”

Senior Sarah Lampsa pursues a passion in songwriting: releases first song

Malini Fisher and Giulia Karrow November 20, 2023

If you attended school Nov. 8, you might have noticed the surprising amount of students with headphones on, and phones out; all playing the same song. Conversations and compliments erupted throughout the...

DRAKE DROPPING: For All the Dogs Scary Hours Edition album seen on Spotify.

Review: For All the Dogs Scary Hours Edition

Ava LaBianco, Editor in Chief November 19, 2023

I woke up Friday morning, pulled out my speaker, went to Spotify, searched Drake, and clicked. Drake's beautiful voice traveled along with me while I got ready for school. Back at it again, review of...

Under the lights: “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” movie premiered at the Tivoli Movie Theater in Downers Grove Oct. 13.

No need to calm down: ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ lives up to concert legacy and more

Audrey Gorey, Editor in Chief October 16, 2023

To say I am a Taylor Swift fan is an understatement. I was lucky enough to score tickets to the “Eras Tour” this summer, which was an experience like no other. Desperate and knowing I would do anything...

Review: For All the Dogs

Review: “For All the Dogs”

Ava LaBianco, Editor in Chief October 13, 2023

As someone who has been listening to Drake since I was 10, I get hyped every time Drake comes out with an album. To emphasize how much I love Drake, I dropped 350 dollars on nosebleed tickets to see him...

CREATING MASTERPIECES: The four different Intro to Business student made MOD Pizzas.

Review: DGN’s MOD Pizza creations

Owen Halfpenny, A&E Editor October 12, 2023

For the second year in a row, DGN’s Intro to Business classes have taken a step into the kitchen of MOD Pizza and created four student-designed pizzas available for purchase to the public on October...

One Acts: life skills through stage skills

One Acts: life skills through stage skills

Owen Halfpenny, A&E Editor October 5, 2023

A play? A whole play? Why would anyone want to do that? How do you even do that? If you’re anything like me, those are likely your first thoughts when you hear about One Acts. If you aren’t familiar,...

HAUNTING THE HILLS: The Blodgett House seeps with tales of an eerie past.

The Downers ghosts in the ‘Groveyard’

Giulia Karrow, Feature Editor October 5, 2023

With Halloween quickly approaching, there is no better time to share spooky stories. These intriguing and chilling tales have been told for centuries. Passed down by generations, mysterious myths continue...

ACTING IT OUT: Jake Rambke, Grace Troelstrup, Kate France, and Max Churma performing the final act of the show.

Noises Off – Anything but Silent

Owen Halfpenny , A&E Editor August 30, 2023

I sigh as I walk to my seat in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. It’s hot. I’m here to support some friends - not get heat stroke. I take a deep breath and wipe the sweat pooling on my face to prepare...

WHERE WERE YOU?: Emma Salmans piece with contrasting sides.

Artist Emma Salman finds community in art

Sarah Woods, A&E Editor May 14, 2023

Senior artist Emma Salman’s work has received awards ranging from 2nd place in a Chicagoland 4x5 exhibition to a Scholastic National Gold Medal. However, she wasn’t always sure of what to do with her...

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