The Southerner

Mia Swanson
This is Mia Swanson’s third year with the Southerner, and their first year as the Southerner’s Managing Editor. Swanson is very excited to be this year’s Managing Editor, which they’ve been looking forward to all summer. Swanson enjoys working on newspaper behind the scenes and helping all aspects of the paper come together. They enjoy teaching and helping out students, which they had a lot of experience with this summer. Swanson volunteered at the Urban Arts summer program where they helped students of all ages pursue their creative endeavors.


Swanson is considering a career in journalism. They entered high school with a passion for filmmaking and documentaries but feel that journalism offers a similar opportunity to tell stories. Through the Southerner, Swanson has shed light on important issues and their effects on the South community on topics ranging from the homeless population to mass incarceration. In their free time, Swanson enjoys painting, spending time with friends, and skateboarding. (They had a nasty accident last spring on their sixteenth birthday, but they’re hoping to get back on their board soon!) If you haven’t met Swanson yet, just wander South’s hallways for a while and they’ll probably find you while on the prowl for story ideas.


Mia Swanson, Managing Editor

May 14, 2019
ASMR has become a schoolwide sensation (Media)
May 03, 2019
South High brushes up an old mural (Story/Media)
Feb 10, 2019
‘The Wall’ presents unique challenges for Mexican-Americans (Story/Media)
Dec 12, 2018
The ‘Clue’ performance was a play to die for (Story/Media)
Nov 29, 2018
K-pop brings a new voice to America (Story/Media)
Jun 01, 2018
New Moves; The old all female gym method is put to new use (Story)
May 07, 2018
Breaking into credit recovery with spring/winter break academy (Story/Media)
Mar 26, 2018
The pressure to protect Native women in the US continues to grow (Story)
Mar 02, 2018
Social media causes yet another source of stress for teens (Story/Media)
Feb 02, 2018
Learning (and unlearning) to be a man (Media)
Jan 17, 2018
The Garage sets the stage for young bands (Story)
Dec 19, 2017
The prison system punishes more than just the prisoners (Story)
Dec 08, 2017
The wrestling team “family”: Stronger together (Story/Media)
Nov 10, 2017
Lack of diversity plays a lead role in American movies (Story)
Oct 11, 2017
Many teachers are underpaid, and this needs to change (Story)
Sep 16, 2017
“No nazi! No KKK! No racist USA!”: South students in youth activist coalition organize anti-white supremacist protest (Story/Media)
Jun 20, 2017
Does it matter if your world language teacher is a native speaker? (Story)
Jun 05, 2017
Racial Justice Day 2017: A step towards equity (Story)
May 07, 2017
Battle of the Bands draws fans to the Barnard Field (Story)
Apr 25, 2017
South badminton team wins with flying birdies (Story)
Apr 20, 2017
We can’t forget about the students who aren’t in class (Story)
Mar 13, 2017
Being an immigrant means being human (Story/Media)
Feb 22, 2017
Taking make-up past beauty and towards emotion (Story)
Jan 23, 2017
100,000 people march for equality (Story)
Jan 16, 2017
Homeless youth hide in plain sight (Story)
Jan 06, 2017
Music jazzes up North high school (Story)
Dec 05, 2016
Chicago arts school seeks out South’s artists (Story)
Dec 04, 2016
It woke up a lot of Americans (Story)
Oct 26, 2016
“We just want to play music”: South students jam outside of class in independent bands (Story/Media)