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AP Photography class offers students ability to express their creativity

AP Photography class offers students ability to express their creativity

Grace Reyes '19, Pulse Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2019

The Advanced Placement Photography class gives students the opportunity to spend the year creating portfolios, allowing for flexibility of coursework while guiding students to produce college-level quality, artistic investigation and breadth of work, according to the College Board website. “...

Coding the future: alumna discusses career path in tech

Coding the future: alumna discusses career path in tech

Victoria Gardey '20, Web Editor

March 22, 2019

1010011 1010100 1000101 1001101 That’s binary code for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the booming field that is rapidly evolving, particularly in the area Gabrielle Nguyen ’13 works: technology and computer science. Although she didn’t take any programming classes during ...

Working out is one of many stress-reducing strategies for students

Working out is one of many stress-reducing strategies for students

Grace Reyes '19, Pulse Editor-in-Chief

March 20, 2019

Balancing work and other extracurricular high school activities can be overwhelming. Finding a healthy coping strategy to battle stress can be a great outlet for busy students. Working out is one of many ways to reduce stress, according to South’s school psychologist, Lisa Khoury. Carly Orhan ’...

Spring fever: walking students look forward to warmer weather

Spring fever: walking students look forward to warmer weather

Bridget Doyle '21, Copy Editor

March 19, 2019

Ice. Snow. Freezing temperatures. These are some of the many aspects winter brings to  some students as a result of walking long distances. Because Grosse Pointe is a walking district, more students are put at risk due to the cold temperatures, low visibility and ice. Although walking home can serve as nothing m...

Candid about culture: The Tower investigates a change in environment at South

Candid about culture: The Tower investigates a change in environment at South

Alyssa Czech '19, Editor in Chief and Bianca Pugliesi '19, Associate Editor

March 11, 2019

Based on the 2017-2018 Employee Engagement Survey, which The Tower obtained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), over half of the staff at South say they are not satisfied with the culture of their workplace. Over the past several months, The Tower has conducted over 35 interviews and obtained multi...

The life of a high school gymnast uncovered

The life of a high school gymnast uncovered

Hope Whitney '21, Page Editor

March 8, 2019

Kate Ennis ‘21 has loved gymnastics since the moment she stepped into the Extreme Gymnastics gym, when she was just nine years old.   Ennis said her first gymnastics memory was joining the team and meeting her best friend. “My first day of practice, I had no friends, until we had to do a partner drill a...

Community college: a path to consider

Community college: a path to consider

Ally Bearman '20, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019

Community college is a widely-popular alternative to a state college with 5.8 million students enrolled in the U.S. per year, according to statistica.com. This option is less expensive, Statistica said, and serves the same purpose as state college with the additional factor of possibly living at home...

Snowed in

Snowed in

March 4, 2019

Weather related closings have been the cause of many days off from school in the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) recently. From ice storms to freezing temperatures, the start of the second semester has been full of disruptions. While sleeping in or hanging out with friends on an unexpected...

Are you two twins? How LGBT couples navigate Valentine’s Day

Are you two twins? How LGBT couples navigate Valentine’s Day

Eva McCord '21, Graphics Manager

February 14, 2019

Junior Troye Aho is a self proclaimed “anxious mess.” He’s particular, he’s passionate-- his interview outfit an activism hoodie-- and he’s down-to-earth in such a way that ventures on “a hole in the ground.” His uplifter?  Girlfriend of two and a half years, Jessica Dodge ’19. “We w...

Red light, green light

Red light, green light

Katherine Costello '19, Multimedia Manager

February 13, 2019

In the front of every classroom lies a familiar image for students: a stoplight. These stoplights can differ from classroom to classroom by showing either a red or green light. 'Red zones,’ commonly referred by teachers and students, are classrooms don’t allow phone usage, while on the other hand, “gr...

Charity Week encourages school spirit in and out of class

Charity Week encourages school spirit in and out of class

Katie Cherven '20, Copy Editor

February 5, 2019

Though last week’s annual Charity Week at South was interrupted by a slew of snow days-off, many students still found the importance of participation in their school’s spirit-filled events in the face of challenges. “It’s a struggle to get people involved,” chair of Charity Week Joey Burgo...

South teacher shares passion for psychology with students

South teacher shares passion for psychology with students

Sylvia Hodges '19, Supervising Copy Editor

January 10, 2019

She can teach religion. She can teach physical education. She can teach world history and Middle Eastern history. She can teach government and economics. And now she can teach psychology. Kendra Caralis has moved from teaching underclassmen about Genghis Khan to figuring out the ways ...

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