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Atlanta Reproductive Justice Commission highlights increasing role of city governments
News

Ava Smith | December 13, 2019

The Atlanta City Council has created the Reproductive Justice Commission to advise city leaders on issues regarding reproductive health and rights.

In the midst of state and nationwide debates over…

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Military families struggle during holidays
News

Charlotte Spears | December 9, 2019

Someone was missing from freshman Jordan Taylor’s Thanksgiving dinner table. Taylor’s father, Javari Taylor, is in the Navy and currently deployed in Bahrain in the Middle East as a Technician Specialist. 

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Barton, NFL All-Pro with Grady ties
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | December 5, 2019

Joe Montana historically drove down the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 22, 1989 to win the San Francisco 49ers their third Super Bowl. Many football fans remember the stars, but few remember…

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Re-evaluation of testing methods necessary
Opinions

Elena Hubert | December 5, 2019

A favorite among teachers and students, multiple choice tests have long been a staple in American high schools. However, even with the implementation of the technologically-savvy All In Learning Inc.’s…

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Food insecurity becomes more prominent during holiday season
News

Yeibin Andrews | December 2, 2019

During the holiday season, thoughts of meals like turkey and mashed potatoes float through children and adults’ minds. However, a great number of Atlantans face food insecurity and don’t have access…

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American holiday purchases are unethical, unsustainable
Opinions

Anna Rachwalski | November 25, 2019

During the upcoming holiday retail season, with events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’ll all buy things we don’t need just because they’re cheaper. Many see the lower prices as an opportunity…

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Movies filmed at Grady distort teen life
Features

Avery Li | November 22, 2019

Blockbuster movies can be wildly inaccurate.

Grady has been used as a set for multiple movies, which all revolve around the daily life of a teenager. From 2017’s “Spider-man: Homecoming” to 2018’s “Love,…

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City, district to install speed cameras in school zones
News

Stella Mackler | November 22, 2019

Crowded streets, impatient drivers and busy intersections. It’s 8:15 a.m. on a school day, and traffic is something students and staff at Grady must face every morning.

“Grady is in a particularly…

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Chorus collaborates with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on “Movies in Concert”
Features

Elise Isakov | November 21, 2019

Classic movies, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Grady Chorus.

What do they have in common?

Twice a year this odd triplet comes together to make movie favorites come to life. The Atlanta Symphony…

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Scholar society NSHSS provides students no real benefits
Opinions

Kiki Soto | November 20, 2019

The National Society of High School Scholars is a scam.

There are 76 complaints alone on Better Business Bureau calling out the organization NSHSS.

NSHSS is a for-profit organization that established…

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‘Dynamic’ 3-Star recruit Wiggins attracting college attention
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | November 19, 2019

The University of Alabama, University of Michigan, Mississippi State and the University of Florida are just four of the eight colleges on the hunt to recruit junior defensive back and receiver Nathaniel…

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Five years separate Willner “twins”
Features

Anna Fedorova | November 18, 2019

Junior Elliot Willner’s “twin” is a solid foot shorter than him and five years younger. Willner and his 11-year-old brother Miles were conceived via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at the same time.

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Junior launches Atlanta-based autographing company
Features

Kamryn Harty | November 18, 2019

Celebrities sign and junior Ariel Simons sells.

Simons started his autographing business, “Atl Graphs,” his freshman year. Inspired by the prospect of making money and meeting celebrities, he set…

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Forgotten Youth: when college is not your first choice
News

Aaliyah Rapping | November 15, 2019

When 2018 graduate Peter Bowden began Grady in 2014, he lived next to a crackhouse that was undergoing renovation on Boulevard. Growing up, he saw friends jailed and even killed.
Bowden said kids around…

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There’s a method to the madness
Sports

Duncan Tanner | November 5, 2019

After practice, most Grady tennis players pack their bags and head home. But not sophomore Scott Whitley, who changes into his cleats; he will only be 15 minutes late to ultimate frisbee practice.

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Students voice concerns over anti-abortion bills
News

Charlotte Spears | November 4, 2019

Senior Nadia McGlynn believes the government does not have the right to regulate a woman’s body.

“The decision to have a baby should be the mother’s, and the government shouldn’t dictate what…

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Orchestra director Davis named district’s teacher of the year
Features

Kiki Soto | November 1, 2019

Orchestra for Krissi Davis is more than just teaching students to be musicians.

“I recognize that orchestra is more to my kids than just playing instruments, and I am making sure I am reaching out…

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Harvard Debate Council prepares Atlanta-area teens for college admissions
News

Bria Brown | October 30, 2019

The Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project is opening doors for Atlanta-area minority students by giving them a leg up in the college admissions process.

The council was founded in 2017 by Harvard…

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Historic Howard reopening combines history with a look to the future
News

Lucia Gravel | October 29, 2019

David T. Howard Middle School, a historic school in Old Fourth Ward, is coming back to life for a new generation.

In 1924, Atlanta Public Schools opened a new elementary school for the African-American…

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Recent graduates adjust to demands of collegiate athletics
Sports

Bram Mansbach | October 28, 2019

For many athletes, high school was a stepping off point, a satisfying end to their athletic careers. For others, it marked only the beginning of their athletic careers. From the Class of 2019, seven athletes…

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Grady teacher helps immigrants obtain citizenship
Features

Yeibin Andrews | October 24, 2019

Every year, over a million immigrants come to the United States with hopeful eyes and packed bags in search of the American Dream. However, there’s one major obstacle that can halt this ambition: citizenship.

When…

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First-time voters a key demographic in 2020 Presidential Election
News

Royce Mann | October 21, 2019

Next November, people around the country will head to the polls to cast their ballots for the next president, and for many current students, this important election will be their first time voting. With…

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College athletes receive enough compensation
Opinions

Kaitlin Palaian | October 15, 2019

Recently, California Gov. Gavin Newson approved the Fair Pay to Play Act, which allows student athletes in the state to be paid for the use of their names, images, and likenesses. The bill goes into effect…

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Illnesses and deaths spark efforts to curb vaping
Vaping

Lindsay Ruhl | October 10, 2019

Twenty-three people nationwide have died from vaping-related illnesses this year, according to U.S. health officials.

Vaping has always been advertised as a “safe” alternative to smoking. However,…

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Flipped classroom model puts students at a disadvantage
Opinions

Lanier Pickren | October 8, 2019

The flipped classroom model disadvantages students. While some teachers may claim the flipped classroom is an effective method, the model hurts students in more ways than it helps.

Jonathan Bergmann…

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Learning disabilities present challenges for some students
News

Helen Moore | October 7, 2019

Imagine having a constant stream of random thoughts flipping through your head. At a given moment, you could be thinking about three separate things at once, all unrelated to the schoolwork before you.

Focusing…

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Spikeball catches on with college and high school students
Sports

Wills Barton | October 3, 2019

When a student wants to play a sport, they usually go to play the classics, immediately flocking to play the traditional sports of football, basketball or baseball. However, this isn’t the case for some…

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Meyer climbs to new heights
Showcase

Kaitlin Palaian | October 2, 2019

Rock climbing, a nontraditional sport recently added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, has a growing community in Atlanta, including senior Will Meyer.

“I’ve been climbing since ninth grade,” Meyer…

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African religion, Ifa, embraced by some Grady students
Features

Aaliyah Rapping | October 1, 2019

Junior Jeremiah Scott wakes up in the morning, takes a shower, then prays to Oshun and Eleggua. He puts on his elekes, sacred beads that he wears around his neck everyday, with his clothes for the day,…

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Christian Coleman, son of APS media relations manager, wins IAAF World Championships
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | September 30, 2019

Christian Coleman has taken the world of running by storm, winning the gold medal in the 100 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar today, Sept. 28. He ran 9.76 seconds for a world lead,…

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Impeachment Inquiry: A conversation with Dr. Richard Barke, Georgia Tech public policy professor
News

Tyler Jones | September 27, 2019

Dr. Richard Barke is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. The Southerner contacted Dr. Barke to ask about the impeachment inquiry process and  what young potential voters…

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Sophomore creates arts magazine, ‘404 Zine’
Features

Elena Hubert | September 26, 2019

To sophomore Clayton Wilson and Atlanta Girls School senior Zoey Poole, Atlanta youth artists are underrepresented. Their solution: create a magazine full of poetry, photography and art that relies on…

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Knights lose to North Atlanta 40-19 after two players are ejected
Sports

Mills Rentz-Baker and Keller Rentz-Baker | September 25, 2019

A high powered North Atlanta team using a run-heavy option offense outlasted Grady 40-19 on Aug 23.

Two Grady ejections, including senior captain Alvin James, slowed down an offense that had scored…

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Gaming rises in popularity, offers potential careers
Features

Ellie Winer | September 24, 2019

Golfer Tiger Woods received $2.07 million from winning the 2019 Masters. As a world-ranking athlete, Woods has won the Masters four times, along with countless other competitions. The next Super Bowl,…

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Junior paints mural on BeltLine
Features

Katie Dwyer | September 23, 2019

Junior Emma Menzies has wanted to be a part of Atlanta’s vibrant art scene for as long as she can remember. So when her parents offered her the task of painting a mural on the BeltLine, she jumped at…

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Local teen starts vintage clothing store
Features

Kamryn Harty | September 23, 2019

Bella Savignano always knew she wanted something different than most teenagers. Something nontraditional. Something ambitious. Something that seemed impossible. She didn’t know exactly what she wanted,…

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Senior wins kicking camp competitions, impacts team
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | September 20, 2019

“10, 20, 30, 40, 48! And it’s good!” On June 2, senior Reid Schratwieser won the Golden Boot Award for kicking at a KickingWorld camp in Douglasville, Georgia. Schratwieser won two out of three competitions…

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Art influences transgender transition positively
Features

Ellie Winer | September 18, 2019

When she was in seventh grade, senior Jamie Gray drew a picture. It depicted someone with a brain that said “female,” and a grey slate covering their face that said “male.” This was not only sparked…

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Students send postcards to El Paso in wake of shooting
News

Lanier Pickren | September 18, 2019

For many students, the start of school comes with feelings of anticipation of the year ahead, and the dread of a looming workload after a relaxing summer. However, for students living in El Paso, Texas,…

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Student arrested after bringing handgun to school
News

Charlotte Spears | September 17, 2019

A Grady student was arrested after bringing a handgun and marijuana to school today in a backpack.

Administrators confiscated the backpack, holding the firearm during first period and contacted the…

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Quinaliza draws on experience to guide jumpers
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | May 20, 2019

The sun blazes down on the crimson rubber beneath his feet as he sprints down the 1.22 meter wide lane preparing his motions: a hop, a step and a jump. The mark is 16 meters 47 centimeters or 54-0.425…

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School-related meme pages entertain students
Features

Kamryn Harty | May 17, 2019

From knock-knock jokes with corny punchlines, to late-night, televised comedic sketches, to stand-up comedy, humor is inevitably intertwined with pop culture. One of the latest and most popular forms of…

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Grady’s print shop cut after 25 years
News

Tyler Jones | May 15, 2019

What is Grady High School? How do you sum up all of the efforts of one place into a single word, picture, or phrase? For graphic design teacher Paul Nicolson, it is easy.
Nicholson’s graphic design…

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Demands for safer streets gain traction
News

Helen Moore | April 19, 2019

Leaving a chorus concert in February 2016, Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman and her daughter, then freshman Elizabeth, waited for the light at the intersection of 10th Street and Monroe Drive. They spotted…

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Warren shapes 2020 primary with trip to Georgia
News

Royce Mann | March 18, 2019

Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and Georgia.
The Peach State is not often considered one of the first stops on a presidential campaign trail, but that could change soon. With a year to go…

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Incarcerated wrongly for 23 years, Patterson makes a difference
Features

Aaliyah Rapping | February 21, 2019

Tyra Patterson was released from prison on Christmas Day 2017 after 23 years behind bars.

In 1994, when Patterson, who is now an inspirational speaker for groups, including teenagers, was 19 years old,…

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Sandy Hook Promise encourages conversation
News

Margot McLaughlin | February 19, 2019

Atlanta Public Schools implemented the Sandy Hook Promise “Say Something” Anonymous Reporting System in hopes of improving school safety and security. Grady introduced students to the program during…

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Navigating through high school with PTSD
Features

Joanna Baker | February 16, 2019

It’s a pleasant winter afternoon, and Gretchen,* a junior at Grady, is walking through a shopping center with her boyfriend. He reaches out to hold her hand, but suddenly, Gretchen is hit with immense…

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Video

Elise Isakov | February 15, 2019

More goes into preparing for and executing the Super Bowl than the public thinks. The Southerner goes behind the scenes to look at the big game, speaking with fan Catelina Arrascue, a fan who was attending…

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Lack of transportation prevents extracurricular participation
Features

Royce Mann | February 15, 2019

For senior Hudhaifah Bey, attending after-school activities is not always easy. A member of the robotics team, Bey frequently uses public transportation to get home from practice, a time-consuming and…

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