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

2021-2022 Staff

Sana Muneer
Editor in Chief

Sana Muneer

My name is Sana Muneer,  I’m a junior and one of the Editor in Chiefs! In my free time, I participate in badminton and involved in many clubs. I also love to read, write, and bake in my free time. ...

Felicity Abbott
Editor in Chief

Felicity Abbott

My name is Felicity Abbott and I am a junior and one of the editor in chiefs this year. I am in various clubs at South and I also participate in volleyball, basketball, and soccer. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, and s...

Maya Page
School News Editor

Maya Page

My name is Maya Page, and I'm a senior writer/editor for school news. At South, I I’m a member of the tennis team, student equity council, a student-led acapella group, and a few other clubs/activities. In my free time, I...

Zainab Talha
Scoop/In Depth Editor

Zainab Talha

My name is Zainab Talha. I am a junior and editor for Scoop and In Depth. In my free time, I enjoy reading and writing.  

Kathy Georgieva
In-Depth Editor

Kathy Georgieva

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

Emily Puchalski
Opinions Editor

Emily Puchalski

My name is Emily Puchalski and I am a sophomore and editor for the Opinions section. I participate in tennis, STEM Club, Model U.N, Student Council, and badminton. In my free time, I go vinyl shopping, travel, cook, and read....

Aminah Ghouse
School News Writer

Aminah Ghouse

My name is Aminah Ghouse and I’m a Junior at GBS! I’m a writer for the School News section and I’m a part of the GBS Key Club, as well as FMPC. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and spending time with my friends...

Leilani Benson
School News Writer

Leilani Benson

Hi everyone! My name is Leilani but you can call me Lei if you want. I’m super excited to be in newspaper this year! I’m a Freshman and I love acting, singing, and dancing. In my free time I love to read, sing, hang out with...

Emma Pekkarinen
School News Writer

Emma Pekkarinen

Hi! I’m Emma Pekkarinen and I’m a Sophomore at Glenbard South. In my free time you can find me participating in model United Nations and speech team! I also enjoy reading and baking when I’m at home.

Luis Irizarry-Ramirez
School News Writer

Luis Irizarry-Ramirez

My name is Luis Irizarry Ramirez, and I’m a freshman this year and a writer on school news. I enjoy playing in the marching raiders (and just in the band outside of football seasons). During my free time, I love to watch tv,...

Abigail Hendricksen
School News Writer

Abigail Hendricksen

My name is Abbie Hendricksen and I am a sophomore and one of the newspaper section writers this year. I participated in many different clubs at South and I am involved in cheer. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends,...

Arya Nade
School News Writer

Arya Nade

My name is Arya Nade, I am a junior and a writer for the "School News" section for the Glenbard South Independent. I am in band and also participate in multiple clubs and softball. I am in French Club, Student Council, Key Club,...

Maggie Falkenberg
School News Writer

Maggie Falkenberg

My name is Maggie Falkenberg. I’m a sophomore this year and a writer for school news. I am a member of French club, Drama Honors society, the band, and am also on the dance team. I love the arts and reading as well as spending...

Annika Nordquist
Scoop Writer

Annika Nordquist

My name is Annika Norquist, I am a Sophomore and one of the "Scoop" writers this year. In my free time I enjoy singing, writing, listening to music and spending time with my family and friends.

Amina Irfanullah
Scoop Writer

Amina Irfanullah

My name is Amina Irfanullah and I am a Sophomore at Glenbard South High School. I am a Scoop writer and I am also in Key Club. I enjoy embroidery, knitting, writing, and drawing.

Scoop Writer

Sienna Marshall

Haley Wong
Scoop Writer

Haley Wong

My name is Haley Wong. I am a freshman and I write for The Scoop section of The Independent. I love being involved at Glenbard South, especially in creative writing club and speech team! My hobbies include reading, singing, and...

Rachel Torres
Scoop Writer

Rachel Torres

My name is Rachel Torres and I’m a junior and one of the writers this year. I play tennis, boxing, and I also do the yearbook. In my free time I binge a bunch of movies and shows, and hang out with my friends and family.

Lili Olson
Scoop Writer

Lili Olson

My name is Lili Olson and I’m a sophomore. I am a part of the theatre program, key club, and gender equality club. My hobbies include baking, reading, and hanging out with my friends.

Claire Gelber
Scoop Writer

Claire Gelber

Hi! My name is Claire and I’m a junior at Glenbard South this year! I write for the Scoop section of the newspaper, and I enjoy reading and writing. I’m on the varsity dance team, and also am in Key club and Link crew. Outside...

Quinlin Pounders
In-Depth Writer

Quinlin Pounders

Hello, I’m Quinlin Pounders. I’m a freshman, and I usually 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!

In-Depth Writer

Nafeesa Khan

Maddie Weber
In-Depth Writer

Maddie Weber

My name is Maddie Weber and I am a junior as well as one of the in-depth writers. I participate in many clubs and sports here at south as well as outside of school, such as cross country, band and orchestra, and Key Club. In my...

Erika Hartman
In-Depth Writer

Erika Hartman

Hey my name is Erika and I am sophomore 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.

In-Depth Writer

Litzy Monroy

Lauren Field
In-Depth Writer

Lauren Field

My name is Lauren Field and I’m a junior writing for In-Depths this year! I’m a competitive swimmer as well as a lifeguard. I love to read, listen to music, and spend time with my friends outside of school!

Reganne Nash
In-Depth Writer

Reganne Nash

My name is Reganne Nash I am a junior and a writer for the newspaper this year. I play volleyball and I am in several other clubs including FMPC, Treble Threat, Unaccompanied minors, and key club to name a few. Outside of school...

Matilda McLaren
In-Depth Writer

Matilda McLaren

My name is Matilda McLaren and I am a sophomore writer for in-depths this year. I am involved in many clubs at Glenbard, some of which are Best Buddies and Earth Action Network. In my free time, I love playing sand volleyball,...

Jason Lo
In-Depth Writer

Jason Lo

My name is Jason. I am a junior and a writer for in depth this year. I participate in lots of different activities from theater to Math team. When I have time I love studying cityscapes and reading about aviation.

Nia Ellis
Opinions Writer

Nia Ellis

Hi my name is Nia! I absolutely love to write, often I find with topics surrounding beauty and happiness it really sparks my interest. Considering so many of us struggle with keeping a smile, now more than EVER through these...

Ella Pope
Opinions Writer

Ella Pope

My name is Ella Pope and I am a freshman. I do cheerleading and I am in multiple clubs. In my free time I like to bake, hang out with my friends, and read.

Alex Arquilla
Opinions Writer

Alex Arquilla

My name is Alex Arquilla, and I am a freshman and one of the writers this year. I am also part of the GSA and sex equality club. In my free time I play softball, read, write, and watch Netflix.

Opinions Writer

Clare Dunne

Hafsa Rasheed
Opinions Writer

Hafsa Rasheed

My name is Hafsa Rasheed and I’m a junior in the Opinions section of The Independent! I’m in several clubs including Speech, MSA, Key Club, and Creative Writing. I love reading, doing my makeup, and watching Netflix in my...

Aneeqa Meah
Opinions Writer

Aneeqa Meah

Hi! I’m Aneeqa Meah and I’m a junior at South. I’m involved in a few clubs at school and I work for my cousin outside of school. I enjoy reading and watching dramas with my mom in my free time.

Opinions Writer

Abigail Kiley

Julia Noak
Opinions Writer

Julia Noak

Hello! I’m currently a sophomore and a writer for the opinions section. When I’m not at school or working on writing an article, typically you can find me either taking care of my plants, walking my dog, baking, reading, or...

Opinions Writer

Wardah Fazil

Mary Kate Pinkelman
Sports Writer

Mary Kate Pinkelman

My name is Mary Kate Pinkelman and I’m a sports writer this year! Along with newspaper, I’m in a variety of other clubs and do cross country and soccer. I like to listen to music (Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo are my favorites!),hang...

Sarah Ledford
Sports Writer

Sarah Ledford

My name is Sarah Ledford and I’m a senior this year. I’m involved in many activities here at South, including cross country, softball, theater, and many more! In my free time, I love reading, listening to music, and watching...

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Sports Writer

Lily Guetzow

Hi, I’m Lily Guetzow, I’m a sophomore and my favorite color is yellow. I love to write and read, as well as converse with anyone and everyone. I’m so excited to be on the newspaper, and be able to write with such wonderful...

Sports Writer

Itzel Cruz-Davalos

Hi, my name is Itzel Cruz and I’m a junior this school year. I’m part of the newspaper club and enjoy listening to music, watching sunsets, hanging out with friends and driving at night during my free time.

Michelle Marecki
Sports Writer

Michelle Marecki

My name is Michelle Marecki and I am a sophomore at Glenbard South this year. I am involved in golf, soccer, Spanish club, the announcements and the newspaper for this school year. In my free time I like to workout, hangout with...

Sports Photographer

Haylee Davis

Megan Daca
Sports Photographer

Megan Daca

Hi my name is Megan Daca I am one of the sports Photographer. I’m a sophomore and I play basketball and volleyball. In my free time I like to try out other sports and bake!

Sarah Parayno
Sports Photographer

Sarah Parayno

My name is Sarah Parayno, I’m a senior and the Photography Editor as well as the editor for the Weekly Raider Announcements. I participate in badminton and many other activities at South. In my free time, I like to read, play...