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The Independent

The student news site of Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

The Independent

The student news site of Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

The Independent

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The Beauty of Cringy Christmas Hallmark Movies

Ella Pope, School News Editor January 8, 2024

Each year, the Hallmark Channel brings in close to one million viewers, the majority of which come from the month of December. Many people are quick to judge Hallmark movies, calling them boring and unoriginal....

The true usefulness of AP classes is of popular debate for Glenbard South students.  Source: College Board

The Efficacy of AP Courses

Augusta Leimonas, Opinions Writer October 26, 2023

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at over 23,000 high schools. AP classes give students the opportunity to earn college credit, thus saving money (not to mention, AP courses give students a leg...

To Read or Not to Read: Students’ Opinions on Summer Reading

To Read or Not to Read: Students’ Opinions on Summer Reading

Emma Pekkarinen, Editor in Chief September 27, 2023

With back-to-school season there is always a scramble as we stumble back into our routines, switching out our afternoons of Netflix and hanging out with friends for ones filled with homework and after...

Many pet owners would attest to the mental benefits of being around animals. Source: One Green Planet

Are pets good for mental health?

Wardah Fazil, Opinions Writer September 27, 2023

According to Forbes.com, in 2023 about 66% of US homes own a pet. Humans tend to keep pets because they provide company and prevent feelings of loneliness. It can vary anywhere from dogs to birds to snakes. NIH.com...

The introduction of the Glenbard Hour has elicited varied reactions from students. Source: Mrs. Santee

Student Opinions on the New Schedule

Ella Pope, Opinions Writer April 10, 2023

Glenbard South has recently announced a new change in the bell schedule with the addition of a new period two times a week called the Glenbard Hour. This new schedule creates a chance for students to get...

Senior Alizah Hashmi working with me at Osco Pharmacy

Is it worth having a high school job?

Aneeqa Meah, Opinions Writer March 12, 2023

The ‘help wanted; sign in front of the fast food restaurant is enticing and it’s hard not to imagine the different things you would be able to buy with the money you would earn.    You...

The Pledge of Allegiance: South students on standing or sitting

Sana Muneer, Editor in Chief March 12, 2023

When the Pledge of Allegiance is broadcasted over the intercom during the second period every morning, Glenbard South students have different instinct reactions.  Some bound up out of their seats,...

A prairie garden like this offers privacy to homeowners while providing shelter to local wildlife. (Good-Natured Landscapes LLC)

Reimaging Suburban Lawns with the Power of Sustainability

Emily Puchalski, Opinions Editor February 6, 2023

The modern suburban grass lawn began as a symbol of upper-class British wealth but has since become a recognizable mark of middle-class America. These manicured lawns already cover more than 2% of the...

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Does the Media Glorify Serial Killers?

Ella Pope, Opinions Writer February 6, 2023

The Netflix series, Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story first premiered on September 21, 2022, telling the story of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.    Within a month of premiering,...

How traveling impacts your life

Wardah Fazil, Opinions Writer February 6, 2023

A French born American diarist, Anais Nin said, “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” Traveling is a way to see all the beauty in this world, whether it be...

Z-Library banning causes a frenzy among readers

Sana Muneer, Editor in Chief December 14, 2022

Z-Library, a popular book pirating site, was recently shut down, sending book lovers into hysteria. The shutdown occurred after the reading community on the social media app TikTok, nicknamed Book-Tok,...

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How Important is the Thanksgiving Turkey?

Claire Gelber, Opinions Writer December 7, 2022

The Thanksgiving Turkey is an American tradition that has deeply rooted ties to American culture and values. Turkeys are often the centerpieces at family gatherings during this holiday season and are an...

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