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School boards nationwide struggle with public comment

School boards across the US have experienced cases of harassment and disapproval from citizens as the political climate tenses with the Covid-19 pandemic. At Downers Grove South, parents storm school board meetings over a book titled Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe. The school has received national attention as the book is said to …

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New dress code policy relaxes attire restrictions

District 88 recently implemented structural changes in the content of its dress code policy after a student-led commission demanded more equitable ideas and concrete language. The changes were officially announced during a board meeting on Dec.13 and have been implemented during the start of second semester at both AT and Willowbrook. Major changes include fewer …

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Behind the scenes: AT Theatre prepares for February musical production

With time flying by so fast, we’re nearly halfway through the school year. Returning to live, in-person shows, AT’s Theatre has already made its official comeback after having to adapt to last year’s restrictions brought by the high number of Covid cases in the area.  “Trap,” was certainly a success, bringing in positive feedback from …

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International Dance was a success despite covid outbreak

Albi Gijka Torch Guest Writer Anticipating a smooth performance, international club leaders were excited to host Addison Trail’s Annual International Dance where people of different cultures come together and celebrate unique differences.  Many students and staff appreciate the importance that comes with hosting these festivities. “I like how students get to learn about other cultures …

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AT makes history with first all-girls wrestling team and dual meet

Fifteen of AT’s female athletes made school history by competing in the first ever all female dual wrestling meet in school history on Dec. 1 at Glenbard West.  The meet ended in Blazer victories at several weight classes, with AT’s namesake victory coming from Lluvia Sanchez. Sanchez, a junior, took down her opponent quickly and …

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Italian Club hosts week of festivities to celebrate culture and heritage

AT celebrated another successful Italian Heritage Week, which brought back the welcoming feeling it is known for. It celebrates Italian culture and language, as well as AT’s Italian community. The Italian program was introduced at AT 28 years ago with Giuditta Vitiritti teaching five Italian 1 classes. With the other languages already being offered by …

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Day in the life: What is it like to be a VISION student at AT?

Two blind AT students commute from Aurora to room 217 each morning in pursuit of continuing their education at one of the largest VISION programs in Illinois. Seniors Karen Gonzalez and Daniel Zuniga have attended school together since kindergarten at Stone Creek Elementary, Albright Middle School, and now, AT. Though their school day schedules follow …

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