The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Midtown High School
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Maddie Shaw | October 18, 2021

Junior Nik Bruckman hopes to become a professional gamer. Having already broken many records, Bruckman has established himself in the gaming field. Under his gaming organization, G-Haven, Bruckman…

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Slow decline of football at Midtown
Sports

Cole Parker | October 14, 2021

Over the past five years, the football program has been in constant decline.

In 2016, the Knights finished 10-2. The team finished 2-7 in 2017, 1-9 in 2018, 3-7 in 2019 and 1-9 last year. From 1997…

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Shalin Bhatia | October 12, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month is a month that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 which recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American influencers who have inspired others to accomplish their…

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Students transition to computer-based curriculum
Features

Maddie Shaw | October 4, 2021

With the return to in-person learning, teachers and staff are incorporating more technology in learning. Along with fewer paper assignments and hands-on learning, the current curriculum relies heavily…

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Misuse of Supreme Court shadow docket damages democracy
Opinions

Anna Rachwalski | September 28, 2021

Just before midnight on Sept. 1, 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks would stand, gutting Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice John Roberts, who usually votes conservative,…

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Alum makes artistic comeback to new library
Features

Lindsay Ruhl | September 24, 2021

Global artist and alum Alex Brewer, better known as HENSE, found a unique way to leave his mark on the school he was forced to leave as a student for tagging. He designed the mural in the school’s…

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‘Devious Licks’ spurs bathroom vandalism
News

Aran Sonnad-Joshi | September 20, 2021

A new social media challenge, “Devious Licks,” which emerged in early September on the social media platform TikTok has led to vandalized bathrooms throughout the school.

The trend involves students…

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Atlanta City Council scheduled to vote on controversial police, fire training facility development
News

Lucia Gravel | September 17, 2021

The Atlanta City Council is slated to vote on a proposal to build a new police and fire training facility that would be developed on an 85-acre piece of land at the site of the Old Atlanta Prison Farm….

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Atlanta Public Schools recruits bus drivers with incentives
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Lindsay Ruhl | September 15, 2021

Increased competition has Atlanta Public Schools scrambling for bus drivers. The district is using pandemic funds to offer incentives as it seeks nearly three dozen drivers.

“We started working with…

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Mary Lin parent civil rights complaint alleges discriminatory practices
News

Stella Mackler | September 15, 2021

A Mary Lin Elementary School parent filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights alleging her daughter’s school engaged in discriminatory practices. She is seeking…

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Former assistant principal Grishman impacts Grady community
Features

Ava Smith | May 18, 2021

Naomi Grishman never saw herself as a teacher, yet she ended up being one of the most influential teachers and leaders at Grady.

Grishman was a history major, but after a trip home during her junior…

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Students share accounts of sexual assault and harassment
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Anna Rachwalski | May 11, 2021

After a bracket posted on social media ranking the appearances of female students led to initial reactions of outrage and disgust, many current Grady students felt empowered to tell their own stories of…

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Students react to ‘bracket incident’
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Yei Bin Andrews | April 21, 2021

After an incident on social media prompted a discussion about social issues at Grady, classmates separated by Covid-19 restrictions found a sense of community.

In the off-campus incident over spring…

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Principal addresses ‘bracket incident’
News

Elena Hubert | April 15, 2021

In response to a small group of junior boys posting a Final Four sports-style bracket ranking 64 junior girls by name on social media over spring break, Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman condemned the incident…

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Finding the American Dream: The path to citizenship presents challenges
News

Kelly Tran | April 2, 2021

A 17-year-old girl from Iran, a teacher from Venezuela, a Mercer University student from Egypt, an immigration and criminal defense attorney from Colombia —all drawn to America with the prospect of opportunity. 

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Student launches successful Minecraft server
Features

Sophia Maxim | April 2, 2021

Eight months ago, senior Kai Anderson began working on his most ambitious project yet: an Avatar-themed Minecraft server.

Known by his screen name, Blitz, Anderson serves as the face and owner of BendersMC,…

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Elimination of Home Economics leaves students ill-prepared for life
Features

Katie Sigal | April 1, 2021

Reading, writing and arithmetic prepare students to graduate, but Home Economics classes prepare students for life. 

While Home Economics was a popular class available throughout the 1900’s that…

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Alum Forman portrays father in ‘Son of the South’
Arts & Entertainment

Sayan Sonnad-Joshi | March 29, 2021

Chaka Forman, Class of 1987, stars in the new Spike Lee film “Son of the South.” The film portrays the grandson of a Klansman who eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. This is the latest in a…

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Asian-American student reflects in wake of Atlanta spa shooting
Opinions

Kelly Tran | March 29, 2021

As an Asian-American student in Atlanta, this week has been thoroughly sobering, if not a reminder of the constant danger that plagues people of color and women.

On March 17, a gunman opened fire on…

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John Lewis statue honors social change and history
News

Yei Bin Andrews | March 18, 2021

In Atlanta, murals and markers of remembrance are lined down almost every street corner to honor late Congressman John Lewis. From a drive down John Lewis Freedom Parkway to the Lewis mural on Auburn Avenue,…

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Senior Vines reflects on social issues with spoken word
Features

Elena Hubert | March 17, 2021

“I think of words as spells. They can touch you; they can move you, whether it be for the good or bad.”

Senior Re’Onna Vines has a way with words, viewing them as “spells.” She shares poems…

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One year later: pandemic-related mental health issues linger
News

Dana Richie | March 12, 2021

Senior Richard Aytch struggles to find the energy to go to class and has a hard time mustering up the enthusiasm to do what he loves: making art. Senior Joanna Baker finds it exhausting just to make it…

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Seniors land modeling contracts
Features

Kamryn Harty | March 8, 2021

Senior Joseph Scott spent his high school days shooting hoops, but soon, he’ll be shooting magazine covers. 

Scott stumbled on a modeling contract with a major agency in November after his friend,…

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Grady Stadium renamed in remembrance of Eddie S. Henderson
Sports

Ava Smith | February 26, 2021

On Eddie S. Henderson’s first day coaching at Grady in 1970, his car was spray-painted and vandalized. But the next day, and every day for many years after that, he went back to work and loved it. 

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Wrestling pushes athletes to brink
Sports

Cole Parker | February 23, 2021

After practice, most athletes are relieved and begin settling down. That does not apply to junior wrestling captain Jack Collins who piles on multiple layers of clothes and finishes with a two-mile run…

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Multicultural students embrace interpersonal discovery
Features

Kelly Tran | February 19, 2021

A mixture of foreign tongues and belongings fill the homes of multicultural students. English phrases blend with those of their native language, showing a glimpse of what life is like for multicultural…

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Teachers conflicted over reopening plans, work to adapt
News

Elena Hubert | February 17, 2021

After an almost year-long community debate over Atlanta Public Schools’ reopening plan, magnified by a billboard, numerous protests and Facebook groups, students are returning to the classroom.

For…

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Manuel’s Tavern Saved by Community
Features

Alannah Edwards | February 15, 2021

The walls of Manuel’s Tavern overflow with newspaper articles, photos of political figures and sports stars, vintage posters and every knick-knack imaginable.  

The history of Atlanta resides in…

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Lewis sisters join forces on basketball team
Sports

William Randall | February 12, 2021

For their entire lives, the Lewis sisters have been playing sports, but for the first time ever, the three are playing together on the girls basketball team. 

The Lewis sisters are fueled by competition….

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State Covid-19 vaccine rollout affects Grady community
News

Ava Smith | February 12, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has entered a new stage, with a new administration in the White House and vaccines being distributed across the states. While many are feeling hopeful about the rollout plan, others…

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Student starts vegan skincare business: Glo Zen
Features

Shay Bowman | January 29, 2021

Skin care is important to many teens, and struggling with acne is a difficult but not uncommon problem faced by many high school students. Therefore, many turn to skincare products to keep their acne in…

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Bike stores face unique situation during pandemic
Audio

Marcus Johnson | January 27, 2021

This story was originally published on The Southerner on January 25, 2021.

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District teachers hold rally protesting return to in-person learning
News

Stella Mackler | January 26, 2021

Almost one week after their Jan. 19 return to working in school, Atlanta Public Schools teachers took to the streets of downtown Atlanta on Jan. 25 to demand that APS delay their reopening plan.

With…

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Cup of charity: Tea house Dr. Bombay’s supports female scholars
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Lindsay Ruhl | January 25, 2021

Tucked away in Candler Park sits a hidden getaway from the busy city of Atlanta. Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party provides a friendly, cozy atmosphere for tea lovers while also serving as the cornerstone…

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‘It had to be addressed:’ Second impeachment permeates classrooms
News

George Lefkowicz | January 25, 2021

On Jan. 6, 2021, fueled by misinformation about election fraud, a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol for the first time since 1814, temporarily interrupting the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s…

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Yei Bin Andrews | January 20, 2021

Junior Yei Bin Andrews talks to Dr. Tom McGahan, Chief Medical Officer at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital, and the Pickering family about coronavirus cases on the rise and safety measures.

This story was…

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APS staff, parents protest to remain virtual
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Lindsay Ruhl | January 19, 2021

Today, around 70 Atlanta Public Schools teachers, staff and parents demanded that APS should not return to in-person learning due to coronavirus safety concerns at a protest outside of the district board…

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Fernandez gets to the point
Sports

Archer Streelman | January 15, 2021

When high school athletes are asked what sports they play, many answer with traditional spectator sports like soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Sophomore Rodrigo Fernandez, however, would say…

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It’s time to start talking about rural America: The disconnect between urban and rural America
Opinions

Kelly Tran | January 11, 2021

With the anticipation of the new presidential administration mounting, tensions between rural and urban America have failed to stop. Divisiveness and sectionalism have become trademarks of the Trump Administration…

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President Trump’s inflammatory falsehoods responsible for Capitol siege
Opinions

Anna Rachwalski | January 8, 2021

At 11:37 a.m. on Jan. 7, a day after a Trump-supporting mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building in protest of the 2020 election results, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg banned President Donald Trump from the…

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Chaos at the Capitol
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Dana Richie | January 8, 2021

This story was originally published on The Southerner on January 7, 2021.

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March on D.C. by pro-Trump supporters proves white supremacy reigns supreme
Opinions

Kelly Tran | January 7, 2021

As Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election results came pouring in last night and today, the nation’s attention rapidly shifted away from the paramount Peach State. Today at 2:15 p.m., supporters of…

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State politics through the eyes of Georgia’s reporters
Features

George Lefkowicz | January 4, 2021

When Greg Bluestein answered the phone for an interview on Dec. 3, he was speeding to Savannah.

Continuously interrupted by trucker horns and turn signals on his five-hour voyage to cover Vice President…

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Board approves name change to Midtown High School
News

Ava Smith | December 16, 2020

After months of deliberation, the Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday Dec. 14 to finalize Midtown High School as Grady’s new name.

The Past

 The Henry W. Grady name was originally…

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Lighting the torch: The future of civil rights
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Kelly Tran | December 14, 2020

The world watched and replayed the death of George Floyd. The video, which spanned 8 minutes and 46 seconds, mobilized millions worldwide, who marched to protest Floyd’s May 25 death at the hands of…

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Stella Mackler | December 14, 2020

This story was originally published on The Southerner on December 11, 2020.

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Students weigh in on Covid-19 vaccine
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Lindsay Ruhl | December 9, 2020

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, many are looking to vaccine development as a fast solution to the pandemic. The recent announcement of three separate vaccine candidates developed…

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Parents, students rally for face-to-face option
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Dana Richie | December 7, 2020

Over 150 parents and students from Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools gathered on Dec. 6 along 10th Street for the Rally to Reopen Schools. Protesters, young and old, advocated for a face-to-face…

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Coronavirus pandemic emblematic of the failure of neoliberalism
Opinions

Nicolas Kamel | November 24, 2020

As the American public sits on their couches and in their Zoom meetings a year after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed, many cannot help but wonder why the coronavirus pandemic is still taking a…

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Social media pulls Generation Z into politics
Features

Lindsay Ruhl | November 19, 2020

With voter turnout in the 2020 elections breaking historical records, various factors have attracted Generation Z to vote and become more politically involved.

For many teenagers, social media serves…

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