Sunday, October 11, 2020

Celebrate the Music Bowl Virtually!


In commemoration of what would have been the 2020 DGS Marching Mustangs Music Bowl, we are excited to share a fun virtual event with you. We have been so fortunate to host so many amazing students, parents, families, and friends at this event over the years. As we reminisce on so many great memories, we have put together a YouTube playlist of 10 Grand Champion Performances from DGS Music Bowl History. The oldest dating back to Marian Catholic High School in 2003 to Warren Township High School in 2018!

(Grand Champion Bands selected for this playlist were not picked for any particular reason other than what we were able to find in our archives)

Here's how you can participate:
1) Go to this YouTube Playlist.
2) Kick back and watch 10 phenomenal performances.
3) Anytime between now and Saturday October 17th - hit the "Like" button on your favorite performances.
4) Next week we will announce the "Crowd Favorite". Or maybe "Super Grand Champion"? (We're still deciding what sounds cooler...)

For our DGS Friends and Families:
Feeling nostalgic? Asking yourself, "what about the Marching Mustangs?". We've got you covered!

Follow this link to another YouTube Playlist of the DGS Marching Mustangs over the years.

Very special thank you to Mike Legel!
Mike is a DGS Band Alumni Parent who spent many years as the videographer of the Marching Mustangs. Both of these playlists were created by Mike, using all of his footage over the years. Thank you, Mike!

Monday, October 05, 2020

Woodridge Public Library Focus on Nature Photography Contest

Congratulations to South High School junior Courtney Peterson for being selected as the winner in the Abstract Nature category for the 2020 Woodridge Public Library Focus on Nature Photography Contest.  The contest had 10 separate categories and participants were only eligible to win in one category.  The contest was an open contest to artists of all ages and ability levels.  

To see the entire gallery of winners click HERE.   To see an album of all 498 entries click HERE. 


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Imagine Homecoming 2020 - Art Under The Tent!

Shout out to South High School Visual Art Faculty members Katherine O'Truk and Samantha Wascher for imagining "art under the tent" to kick-off Imagine Homecoming 2020 with a burst of creativity.  Despite the windy conditions, some wonderful art was created to help kick-off Homecoming 2020.  Shout out also to DGS Activities for continuing to find safe ways to involve South High School students.  It was a great day to be a Mustang!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Virtual Pep Rally Sneak Peek - Marching Mustangs!

Leadership Team members from the Marching Mustangs filmed this afternoon for the Homecoming 2020 Virtual Pep Rally.  Stay tuned to DGS and D99 Social Media outlets to experience this unique Homecoming Pep Rally next week.  It was wonderful to hear the Fight Song in the stadium - like every other day, it was a great day to be a Mustang!

New "STEAM" addition ready to welcome Mustang Artists!


We are almost finished moving into our new space! We are thrilled to  welcome students into this amazing facility very soon, and, even more excited to see how these new facilities will further ignite a passion for the arts in our Mustang Artists!  Enjoy this quick tour of the art portion of the new STEAM addition at South High School.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

South High and District 99 Welcomes New Fine Arts Faculty

South High School and District 99 are pleased to welcome Belford Hernandez to the Fine Arts Faculty.  Mr. Hernandez will co-teach Freshmen Choir, Concert Choir and at South and will co-teach Concert Band at North.  Mr. Hernandez is an accomplished Director, arranger, and composer for vocalists, choral groups, and instrumentalists. He has also performed in piano recitals as a featured artist and chamber music player in Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Ecuador, Canada, and United States as well as Piano Collaborator for professional choirs and vocal ensembles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Adventist University of Colombia, a Master in Choral Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and he is a Doctoral candidate from Concordia University. Besides his teaching service in District 99, Mr. Hernandez serves as a Choral Director at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, Music Director at Hinsdale United Methodist, IL, and Music Director of "Cantores" Community Choir in the Chicago West Suburbs.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

District 99 Words of Encouragement

Thanks to District 99 Administration, Faculty and Staff for creating these Words of Encouragement.  Students and staff may elect to register for affinity spaces occurring on
Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pomp and Unforeseen Circumstance

Enjoy this reflective tribute to the Class of 2020 from senior Therese Malinowski.  Thanks Therese for expressing with elegance what many of us are thinking and feeling - bravo!