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Blueprint

The student news site of Jones College Prep High School

Blueprint

The student news site of Jones College Prep High School

Blueprint

Saafya Alnaqib '23 and Karen Buecking '23 | January 24, 2023

*All data visualizations only contain information from poll respondents at Jones   Earlier this school year, The Blueprint collaborated with the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago and other school publications across the city to create a poll that would capture student’s opinions on important issues ahead of February’s mayoral election.  The data we received, both citywide and...

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Spreading the holiday cheer

Gabi Josefson '23 and Lamia Ait-Abdellah '24 | December 20, 2022

December’s roster of Student Government Association (SGA) events, which included a lock-in, candy grams, and cookie decorating, played a pivotal role in boosting Jones’s spirit during the holiday season.  “I [think] the holidays, in general, give SGA a great opportunity to fundraise for certain events and host something fun for the school community,” said Rory Maxwell ‘23, Senior SGA...

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Gabi Josefson '23 and Ariel McGee '23 | December 20, 2022

Since the removal of Principal Paul J. Powers, Jones College Prep has transitioned from being an Independent School Principal (ISP) to a network school. In doing so, Jones lost certain freedoms that accompanied our ISP status, while gaining a new Administrator In Charge (AIC).  New AIC Arthur Slater described the role an AIC plays in the school community, explaining how, “if a principal is out,...

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Family connection during winter holidays

Jonah McClure '24 and Conny LaFlamme '24 | December 20, 2022

Jones students are celebrating a diverse array of holidays this winter break, but throughout all of the winter festivities, there is a common theme of spending time with family.  “I do all the Jewish family traditions,” said Micah Green ‘24. “Lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel, and making latkes.”  For many people, who they celebrate the holiday with may change, but many of...

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Christkindlmarket craze

Eliza Beresh '25 and Harper Rzepczynski '25 | December 20, 2022

Chicago’s beloved Christkindlmarket returns once again this year, drawing in as much attention and anticipation as ever. With finals looming around the corner, highschoolers all over Chicago are in desperate need of some holiday cheer. With the city at their disposal, the possibilities of where to find this spirit are endless. The Christkindlmarket has certainly stuck out as a great choice, with...

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Soccer sweeps the school

Karen Buecking '23 and Celia Pincus '2 | December 20, 2022

As finals week approaches, the Jones community faces the distraction and excitement of the world’s largest soccer tournament, the FIFA World Cup.  For the first time, the World Cup, which features 32 national soccer teams battling for the title of world champions, has occurred during the school year. Many students and teachers say the games have proved distracting in class. “It’s a little...

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Working overtime

Jason Bernstein '23, Sports Editor | December 20, 2022

The Jones varsity boys basketball team is off to a 7-4 start on the year, including a 3-2 record in conference play (Chicago Public League - White West). With their past four games only having a combined point differential of 19 points and two of them going to overtime, Jones, led by Ethan Samuels ‘24, has been playing competitively.  “What has been most impressive is just how much Ethan...

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Girls basketball: a midseason update

Noah Barbas '24, Online Editor | December 20, 2022

At a 4-8 record, the Jones girls varsity basketball team heads into winter break after placing second in the Hyde Park Thanksgiving Tournament and looking to build on positives in 2023.  Overall, the season has been one of transition due to the loss of the Class of 2022. “I think so far it’s been an adjustment, especially because we lost a lot of seniors last year,” said Malia Harrington...

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Dancing to the top

Sadie Barash '25 and Isabella Guzman '25 | December 20, 2022

After performing well at their opening competitions of the season, the Jones Dance Team looks to achieve big goals as they compete in City Championships, Sectionals, State, and Nationals in the coming month.  “The team is looking good. We’re stronger than ever, so we have our goals set really high,” said Coach Jazmyne Davis.  Based on their past record and their strength this season,...

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Secrets vs elephants

Marshall Zagotta '23, School Staff | December 20, 2022

During the winter months, holiday cheer is palpable, and that unique feeling that comes around this time of year is spreading like wildfire. Gifts are often the spreader of this joy, but the best way to give gifts is something to consider each year. Secret Snowflake, or Secret Santa, is a practice synonymous with this season for many, while White Elephant gift exchanges are also a titan in the gift-giving...

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Enough of the biopics

Liz Lira '24, Opinion Editor | November 17, 2022

Biographical films (biopics) are movies that dramatize the life of a particular person, typically a public or historical figure. These movies are often referred to as “Oscar-bait,” which means that biopics often represent the majority of the nominees for Oscar categories. From 2014-2020, about 40% of the “Big Five'' Oscar award (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay)...

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Hallowsgivingmas

Sabine Kanter-Huchting '23, School Editor | November 17, 2022

Ever feel like Christmas celebrations are occuring earlier and earlier every year? That as soon as Halloween is over, holiday advertisements and holiday music are popping up everywhere? There’s a term for it: Christmas creep. Christmas creep is essentially the sense that the Christmas season is arriving earlier in the year, with holiday themed decorations, merchandise, music and more ushering in...

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