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LOOK AT THE NUMBERS: info-graphic created by Tabitha Irvin

Students share opinions on potential locker room inequalities

Tabitha Irvin, In-depth Editor May 13, 2022

Overview DGN is home to a variety of sports teams and the roughly 1,401 athletes that compose the sum of every roster. Recently, the athletic department has received both complaints of gender discrimination...

According to an Omega survey taken by 279 students, 88.9 percent rate their experience this year during the revival of standard, fully in-person learning as “fair” or “excellent.” On the other hand, only 4.3 percent of students described their experience as “poor” or “not good at all.”

Students, staff reflect, share mixed opinions returning to traditional school year as 2021-2022 term ends

Nicholas Hanscom, Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2022

“In the beginning, I was happy to return to normal, but as the year has gone on, we have all struggled to get back to what was normal,” math teacher Joann Purcell said.  As the 2021-2022 school...

PERFORMANCE READY: DGN band performs for London New Years Day parade organizers

Band, choir invited to 2023 London New Year’s Day Parade

Emma Gramm, Feature Editor May 10, 2022

Cheerio! The band will be returning to the UK accompanied by the choir this Dec. 27 for the annual London’s New Year’s Day parade. This will be the choir's first time going to London, so a variety...

FLASHBACK: The Miller children and their late dog Daisy gather on their first day of school in 2014. Left to right: Rowan (16), Colleen (15), Brigid (15), Margaret (14), Erin (12), Maeve (10).

Maggie Ward, Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2022

For the past decade, a Miller sibling has walked DGN’s halls, but as the youngest of six, senior Maeve Miller, prepares to graduate, the era closes. The oldest and only boy, Rowan Miller, graduated in...

GETTING READY: Swimmers get into position on starting blocks before the race.

Local club hosts TYR Pro Swim Series

Gretchen Lucina, Editor-in-Chief April 19, 2022

There isn’t anything special or unique about Westmont, Illinois, but the town garnered attention the weekend of March 2-5. The relatively new FMC Natatorium was built in 2020 and recently hosted the...

ROOM SCENE: In a class competition, Nathaniel Haubold (9) animated and designed this room scene, earing first place.

CTE: Department tailored to students

Maggie Ward, Editor-in-Chief April 17, 2022

As the workforce beyond DGN has shifted from machines to AI, from commuting to working-from-home, and from keyboarding to coding,  so has the CTE department. Gone on are the days of textbooks and lectures;...

The timeline of the infamous Hat-trick kill is depicted above, mapping out the elimination  of contestants and back-stabbing friendships.

SENIOR ASSASSIN: Don’t hate the player, hate the game

Maggie Ward, Editor-in-Chief April 12, 2022

  The end of February marked the annual return of  “Senior Assassin,” a game where hundreds of high school seniors devote hours of their day to hunt their classmates with Nerf guns in an effort...

Champs: Ian Schuller (12) puts up a shot for The Comebacks against team Eric Baugh Select.

Rec ball fulfills amateur hoop dreams

Adam Yeo, A&E Editor March 24, 2022

Last Thursday four basketball teams set foot in the Downers Grove Recreational Center to determine who will be crowned rec league champions. The Wetters, The Comebacks, DC Supremacy and team Eric Baugh...

DIVERSE SEATING: Omega opinion editor, Kyle Kucera, tests out a mobile, seat-desk hybrid option at Pierce Downer Elementary. Kucera was pleasantly surprised at its practicality.

Evolution of elementary learning environments

Kyle Kucera, Opinion Editor March 23, 2022

Many current high school students will remember their elementary school classrooms: the stand-alone desks, hard plastic chairs and perhaps a round table. However, today, there has been a push for a more...

CONCENTRATION COMPLICATION: Whether it be COVID-19, technology or the winter blues, students and staff linked an array of different factors to the rise in student distraction this year. Social studies teacher Amy Wlodek-Holland (whose class is pictured above) believes COVID-19 and the 2020-2021 school year made students more dependent on technology, which she feels contributes to their lower level of concentration this year.

Students, staff notice higher levels of student distraction this school year, reflect on potential causes

Nicholas Hanscom, Editor-in-Chief March 9, 2022

According to an Omega poll taken by 243 students, 78.4 percent reported seeing students being distracted more often in their classes. Additionally, 60.9 percent of students said they personally are feeling...

A WAY WITH WORDS: Grace Beacom wins Silver Key for LGBTQ+ empowerment poem.

Students win Scholastic Writing Awards

Julia Hanson, A&E Editor March 2, 2022

Every year, students nervously submit their long-term poems, short stories, and novels in hopes of receiving recognition for their work. With shaky fingers hovering over their laptops, students go out...

SIGNING: Jack Miller (12) signs his contract with Rockhurst University to play NCAA Division II baseball.

Nuances of the high school athletic recruitment process

Kyle Kucera, Opinion Editor March 2, 2022

For many high school athletes looking to play at the collegiate level, the recruitment process comes with mixed emotions. While some feel that this brings the stress of the college admissions process into...

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