Blueprint

A COVID-19 style comeback

Karen Buecking '23 and Sabine Kanter-Huchting '23 | November 30, 2021

As the winter concert season begins, performing arts students and teachers are looking forward to hosting in-person events despite precautions for COVID-19. Vocal music teacher Katie Colby is excited about her departments’ end of semester concert on Jan. 13, but is questioning how COVID-19 will affect the event's ability to go forward as usual. “It will be a normal performance for students...

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Leilani Freire '24, School Staff | November 29, 2021

AP Research is known among Jones students as a collaborative class to delve further into individual interests, with seniors incorporating diverse topics into their research projects that go beyond the school curriculum. The AP Capstone path is a two-year program beginning in Junior year that requires students to take AP Seminar and AP Research. Both classes explore real-world issues and topics that...

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More than you Eck-spect

Celia Pincus '24, Lifestyles Staff | November 29, 2021

Kyle Eck is a multi-faceted individual whose expertise and interests are not limited to his titles of Jones math teacher, math team coach, and e-sports manager.  Eck has a lot of diverse interests, and a prominent one is his longtime involvement with the theater.  “During high school, I was in the stage crew,”said Eck. “I spent thousands of hours in our high school theater doing sets...

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Chicago teen bands make a comeback

Samantha Gamero '24 and Leilani Freire '24 | November 22, 2021

Up-and-coming teen bands at Jones have been navigating their way through Chicago’s music scene, sharing similar and contrasting perspectives in the aftermath of the pandemic. As Chicago returns to a degree of normalcy, young musicians are bouncing back, returning to in-person shows.    Neptune’s Core Neptune’s Core is a small indie rock band composed of two sets of sisters: Kaitlin...

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Alice Kasdan '24, Lifestyles Staff | November 22, 2021

It’s finally November, and Jones students are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. For some students, Thanksgiving entails large family gathering, and for others it means a quiet celebration at home.  Audrey Ringle ‘24 says that her Thanksgiving traditions differ depending on which side of the family she is celebrating with.  “When I celebrate with my Mom’s side, relatives from...

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Madeline Schubring '23, School Staff | November 22, 2021

Two Jones students became close friends in an extremely short amount of time after discovering an unexpected connection.  Sheila Panfilo ‘22 and Indira Linares ‘22 met after discovering their families were both from the same small town in Mexico. Their friendship started on a popular social media site.  “I was in San Jeronimo Purenchecuaro, Michoacan, and I took a video and posted it...

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Mattar madness

Jason Bernstein '23, Sports Staff | December 6, 2021

The Jones boys basketball team picked up their first home win this season vs. the Latin Romans on Dec. 1 by a score of 55-47.  James Mattar ‘22 led the way with 17 points and four three-pointers, while Ethan Samuels ‘24 dropped 20 with clutch free throws to help seal the deal. Head coach Richard Kavalauskas was pleased to see the free throws fall after a rough first half at the charity stripe. “Free...

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Boxed out

Jason Bernstein '23, Sports Staff | November 29, 2021

The Eagles lost 70-46 to Lane Tech on their opening night Nov. 22. The loss was largely due to many turnovers and a lack of rebounding on both ends.  Head coach Richard Kavalauskas said he liked the way the team started the first half, but their rebounding flaws were what hurt them the most.  “Overall, we just got killed on the boards,” Kavalauskas said. “It’s going to be up to us to...

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Jason Bernstein '23, Sports Staff | November 22, 2021

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Left-leaning news is not innocent

Whitney Shurtliff '22, Associate Editor, Print | October 28, 2021

It’s easy to point the finger at Fox News for exaggerating events, fear-mongering, distorting the truth, and spreading false information. I get it. I do it too. Irresponsible journalism is infuriating, and it’s difficult to watch public figures abuse their platforms. However, it is not just right-leaning news sources that foster irresponsible journalistic practices. Left-leaning news outlets (i.e....

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The silent pandemic

Meghan Cuddy ‘24, School Staff | October 28, 2021

Poor mental health is a rapidly increasing problem; if it doesn’t affect you, it most likely affects someone you know. With mental health awareness rising in younger generations, schools are trying to find ways to help their students with this problem. Despite their efforts, schools are not doing enough to help students cope with their mental health issues.  Illinois governor J.B Pritzker signed...

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It’s more than just clothes…

Norah Hendrickson '23, School Editor | September 22, 2021

For some, the “first day of school outfit” is one of the most important outfits of the year. It takes planning, a FaceTime call with friends the night before, and even changing a hundred times. Maybe some don’t care, but for others, their outfit is a statement of who they are and how they’ve changed over the summer, over the last year and a half. It’s a revised definition of who they want...

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