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

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

The Independent

2022-2023 Staff

Sana Muneer
Editor in Chief

Sana Muneer

My name is Sana Muneer, and I am one of the Editor in Chiefs of the Glenbard South Independent! In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and jamming out to Taylor Swift. Check out my book reviews Instagram page, @sm.reads.books...

Felicity Abbott
Editor in Chief

Felicity Abbott

My name is Felicity Abbott and I am a senior and one of the editors in chief this year. I am in various clubs at South and I also participate in tennis, basketball, and soccer. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, and spe...

Emma Pekkarinen
School News Editor

Emma Pekkarinen

My name is Emma Pekkarinen and I am a junior and editor for the School News section this year. I am a member of Speech team and participate in theatre, as well as various other activities at South. In my free time I enjoy reading...

Zainab Talha
Scoop Editor

Zainab Talha

My name is Zainab Talha. I am a senior and editor for the Scoop. I am involved in FMPC, Principal's Advisory, and various other clubs at South. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and running. I have also recently acquired t...

Kathy Georgieva
In-Depth Editor

Kathy Georgieva

My name is Kathy Georgieva, and I am a junior and editor for In-Depth. I participate in Yearbook, Earth Action Network, French Club, and various other clubs. In my free time, I love reading, drawing, writing, and spending time...

Emily Puchalski
Opinions Editor

Emily Puchalski

My name is Emily Puchalski and I am a junior and editor for the Opinions section. I participate in tennis, STEM Club, Model U.N, Student Council, and various other organizations. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, ...

Matilda McLaren
Sports Editor

Matilda McLaren

Hi! My name is Matilda McLaren and I am a junior and one of the section editors this year. At Glenbard South I am vice president of Best Buddies, and a part of Future Medical Professionals Club, French club and more. In my free...

Haley Wong
Feature Editor

Haley Wong

My name is Haley Wong. I am a sophomore and the Feature editor! Besides writing, I love theatre and curling up with a good book.

Kaitlyn Urbanowicz
School News Writer

Kaitlyn Urbanowicz

My name is Kaitlyn Urbanowicz. I am a sophomore and a writer for the School News section. When I’m not writing for the Glenbard South Independent I participate in theater, speech, announcements, student council, and many other...

Claire Rogers
School News Writer

Claire Rogers

My name is Claire Rogers and I’m a freshman and writer for School News. I am on the Varsity swim team and involved in the Yearbook Club as well as various other activities at Glenbard South. In my free time I enjoy drawing an...

Lizzie Pekkarinen
School News Writer

Lizzie Pekkarinen

My name is  Lizzie Pekkarinen and I am a freshman and a writer for School News. Outside of Newspaper I am involved with Theatre, and Key Club as well as other clubs at South. In my free time you can find me drawing, or reading...

Aminah Ghouse
School News Writer

Aminah Ghouse

My name is Aminah Ghouse, I’m a senior, and a School News writer this year! Within Glenbard South, I am also a part of Link Crew and National Honor Society. Outside of school, I spend my time with family and friends!  &...

School News Writer

Luis Irizarry-Ramirez

My name is Luis Irizarry Ramirez, and I'm a sophomore this year and a writer for School News. Outside of the Independent, I enjoy working for the yearbook and playing for the band. I thoroughly enjoy writing and being creativ...

Arya Nade
School News Writer

Arya Nade

I’m Arya Nade a senior and a writer for the School News section. Outside of newspaper I’m the Executive Board Secretary, FMPC Board Secretary, and one of the Master Carpenters for DHS. In my free time I explore new photogr...

Maggie Falkenberg
School News Writer

Maggie Falkenberg

My name is Maggie Falkenberg. I’m a writer for School News and one of the Social media staff members. Other than newspaper, I am involved with the school’s dance team, band, theater, and french programs. I like to spend my fr...

Emily Cascio
Scoop Writer

Emily Cascio

Grace Rolston
Scoop Writer

Grace Rolston

Hi! My name is Grace Rolston and I am a junior, writing for the Scoop section this year. I participate in Drama Honor Society here at South as well as other activities. In my free time, I love to go horseback riding, bake, and...

Aniyah Nelson
Scoop Writer

Aniyah Nelson

My name is Aniyah Nelson and I am sophomore and a writer for the scoop. I participate in DHS, Student Council, Scholastic Bowl, BEU and various other clubs. In my free time I like to watch tv, listen to music, and organize and...

Annie Boguslavsky
Scoop Writer

Annie Boguslavsky

My name is Annie Boguslavsky, and I am a sophomore. I participate in PRISM, Newspaper club, and Key club. In my spare time, I like to crochet, paint, ride my bike, and rollerskate.

Simona Juknyte
Scoop Writer

Simona Juknyte

My name is Simona Juknyte and I am a junior. I am in announcements, Earth Action Network, link crew, key club, and several other activities at Glenbard South. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, reading, spending time w...

Rumaisa Shaikh
Scoop Writer

Rumaisa Shaikh

My name is Rumaisa Shaikh and I am a freshman scoop writer for the GBS Independent. I participate in volleyball, badminton, and FMPC. Some of my hobbies are painting, calligraphy, and baking. In my spare time I like to hang ou...

Liza Boguslavsky
Scoop Writer

Liza Boguslavsky

My name is Liza Boguslavsky and I am a sophomore. I participate in PRISM club, key club, and creative writing. In my free time, I love roller skating, drawing, baking, and listening to music.

Jaden Juengel
Scoop Writer

Jaden Juengel

I am a Junior at Glenbard South and a writer for the Scoop section of the newspaper. I also participate in student council and crew for theatre. In my free time I enjoy reading and writing.

Evelyn Pak
Scoop Writer

Evelyn Pak

Amina Irfanullah
Scoop Writer

Amina Irfanullah

I am Amina Irfanullah, a Junior at Glenbard South High School. As of right now, the only club I am in is Newspaper but I am very devoted and I love the environment! I am a Scoop writer as I love to critique and analyze quality...

Scoop Writer

Sienna Marshall

Rachel Torres
Scoop Writer

Rachel Torres

My name is Rachel Torres and I’m a senior this year at Glenbard South. I’m in Mock trial, yearbook, and many other clubs here at South. I am a movie fanatic, and analyze them in my free time.

In-Depth Writer

Samantha Sadorf

“My name is Samantha Sadorf and I am a freshman at Glenbard South. I enjoy participating in sports, clubs, and meeting new people. I am a part of the Glenbard South tennis team, EAN, Newspaper club, Best buddies club, and Student...

Alizah Hashmi
In-Depth Writer

Alizah Hashmi

Hi, my name is Alizah Hashmi and I'm a senior writer for In-Depth. I am part of FMPC, NHS, and Newspaper. Some of my hobbies include playing badminton and knitting.

Erin Egan
In-Depth Writer

Erin Egan

Hi, I'm Erin Egan and I'm a freshman writer for In-Depth. I am a part of is theatre and am currently working in the costume crew. Some of my favorite things to do are writing playing piano, violin, and anything else that involves...

Simona Georgieva
In-Depth Writer

Simona Georgieva

My name is Simona Georgieva, and I am a sophomore writer for In-Depth. I participate in French Club, PRISM, and Badminton. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and watching true crime.

Isha Shah
In-Depth Writer

Isha Shah

I'm Isha Shah, and I am a junior writer for the In-Depth. In my free time, I enjoy birding, learning, reading, and doing various outdoor activities like camping. At school, I participate in Earth Action Network, STEM Club, Math...

Quinlin Pounders
In-Depth Writer

Quinlin Pounders

Hello, I’m Quinlin Pounders. I’m a sophomore, and I write under In-Depth for the school Newspaper. I also participate in The Creative Writing Club here at South. I’m excited to see what this year brings!

Erika Hartman
In-Depth Writer

Erika Hartman

My name is Erika Hartman, and I am a junior writing for in-depth. I am in several clubs at GBS including Student Council and Earth Action Network. I play basketball and tennis and love to read and bake in my spare time.

Annika Norquist
In-Depth Writer

Annika Norquist

Hi! I am Annika Norquist and I am a junior writing for In-Depth. I am apart of Treble Threat, an A Capella group here at South, Model UN, and Principal's Advisory Board. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, baking, and spending...

Opinions Writer

Allie Werhle

Augusta Leimonas
Opinions Writer

Augusta Leimonas

My name is Augusta Leimonas and I’m a freshman. I play tennis for Glenbard South. In my free time, I enjoy baking, riding my bike, and hanging out with my friends.

Ava Benes
Opinions Writer

Ava Benes

Natalie Coleman
Opinions Writer

Natalie Coleman

Claire Gelber
Opinions Writer

Claire Gelber

Hi!! I’m Claire and I’m a senior this year!! I love to write and read, my favorite genre is nonfiction! I’m one of the dance captains this year, and I’ve always love to dance!! I’m so excited for what this year brings,...

Ella Pope
Opinions Writer

Ella Pope

My name is Ella Pope and I am a sophomore. I do cheerleading and I am in multiple clubs including Earth Action Network and Student Council. In my free time I like to bake, hang out with my friends, and read.

Opinions Writer

Alex Arquilla

Opinions Writer

Hafsa Rasheed

Opinions Writer

Aneeqa Meah

Hi! I’m Aneeqa and I’m a senior as well as a writer for the opinion’s section. I’m involved in Link Crew and MSA along with a few other clubs at South and enjoy spending my time reading and crocheting. A fun fact about...

Opinions Writer

Abigail Kiley

Hi, I’m Abby Kiley and I’m a writer for the Opinions Section of the newspaper. In my free time I like hanging out with friends and family, being outside, and playing tennis.

Wardah Fazil
Opinions Writer

Wardah Fazil

Hi my name is Wardah Fazil and I’m a junior  at GBS. I’m involved with Link Crew, principal advisory, key club, and much more! I love to read and I can’t wait to write for the newspaper this year!

Itzel Cruz Davalos
Sports Writer

Itzel Cruz Davalos

Hi, my name is Itzel Cruz Davalos and I’m a senior sports writer for South’s newspaper this year. I’m a part of student council, Spanish club, Student Equity Council, and National Honor Society at Glenbard South. I also...

David Puchalski
Sports Writer

David Puchalski

Hi! I’m David Puchalski and I am a freshman sports writer. I enjoy playing sports like basketball, volleyball and especially soccer.

Van Nawl
Sports Writer

Van Nawl

Hi, my name is Van Nawl! I’m involved in a few sports and enjoy writing. I am a sports writer this year and also love it.

Sofia Alcala
Sports Writer

Sofia Alcala

Hello! My name is Sofia Alcala and I am a junior here at South. I love to write about sports news in and outside of the school just as much as I love playing them. I’m on Glenbard South’s volleyball, basketball and soccer...

Lily Guetzow
Sports Writer

Lily Guetzow

Hi, I’m Lily Guetzow and I’m a Junior this year! Within South I am a part of the Principal Advisory Board, Link Crew, the morning announcements and much more. Outside of school I have a passion for reading and am a DuPage...

Mary Kate Pinkelman
Sports Writer

Mary Kate Pinkelman

My name is Mary Kate Pinkelman and I am a Junior sports writer this year! At Glenbard South I am involved in a variety of sports and clubs including soccer, basketball, cross country, Pass the Aux and more. In my free time, I...

Luke Christie
Sports Writer

Luke Christie

Hi! My name is Luke Christie and I am a senior. In my free time, I play football and run track. At Glenbard South I am involved in chess, Student Council, Earth Action Network, and more!

Shawn Sadorf
Feature Writer

Shawn Sadorf

My name is Shawn Sadorf. I am a freshman who writes for the Feature section of The Independent. I am trying to be involved in Glenbard South in multiple clubs such as EAN and newspaper club. My hobbies include biking and swimming.

Briana Coppolino
Feature Writer

Briana Coppolino

My name is Briana Coppolino and I am a sophomore at Glenbard South. Participating in the community is very important to me, along with making friends along the way. This school year, I am part of EAN, the girls tennis team, and...

Enaya Siddiqui
Feature Writer

Enaya Siddiqui

My name is Enaya Siddiqui and I am a sophomore in the Feature section. I enjoy debating as a Model UN member and competing on our school's girls tennis team. My hobbies also include painting and listening to music.