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Stories from Henry W. Grady High School
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
Audio

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
News

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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Audio

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
News

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
Audio

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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Grady’s and Wells’s descendants excluded from Grady’s name change
News

Ava Smith | November 17, 2020

The process of Grady’s prospective name change has focused primarily on the interests of various stakeholder groups, including students, staff and community members.

However, as students are scheduled…

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The return of school with autoimmune diseases
Features

Maddie Shaw | November 9, 2020

Transitioning from online to in-person school calls for many changes in students’ routines and comfort. Students with autoimmune diseases are more susceptible to contracting Covid-19 and have incorporated…

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Biden declared 46th president, Trump promises legal challenges
News

George Lefkowicz | November 9, 2020

Fueled by an increased early and absentee turnout in the crucial battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be the 46th President of…

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Mobile voting units offer convenience
News

Stella Mackler | November 5, 2020

Fulton County’s new mobile voting precincts offered early voting in 24 different Fulton County locations, including Ponce City Market, the Atlanta History Center, and Piedmont Park. The units are large…

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Biden holds slim electoral lead over Trump; Presidential race remains too close to call
News

George Lefkowicz | November 4, 2020

With many vital battleground states still counting ballots, there is still no clear winner to the 2020 Presidential Election, arguably one of the most historic presidential races in modern American…

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Alum Deadwyler stars in thriller ‘The Devil to Pay’
Arts & Entertainment

Elena Hubert | November 3, 2020

Seated at a kitchen table, a white woman clad in an apron and a smile grips the hand of an unnerved black woman and twists it. “Find your husband, return what’s mine, or I’ll murder your boy, and…

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The Deterioration of Political Discourse
News

Aran Sonnad-Joshi | October 30, 2020

In today’s chaotic world, many Americans seem to be holding onto their past. They glorify the days before divisive rhetoric and mudslinging. However, conflict has always been a part of political discourse.

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Recommended new school name spurs backlash
News

Ava Smith | October 29, 2020

A renaming committee’s recommendation of Ida B. Wells as Grady’s new name rather than majority-supported Midtown has spurred community backlash.

“I was saddened by the meeting last week,” said parent…

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Seniors produce Neo-western film
Features

Kamryn Harty | October 28, 2020

Senior Jack DiCarlo spent his time in quarantine finalizing the script of his first neo-western movie.

DiCarlo, along with his cast and crew of 20 have started the process of filming the action-packed…

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Grady gets out the vote
Features

Yei Bin Andrews | October 22, 2020

Some have called 2020 the year of reckoning. Others have dubbed it the worst year in recent memory. However, for some Grady students, 2020 has been the year of political activism.

Grady alumna Sarah…

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Halloween’s trick becomes Atlanta’s treat
Features

Lindsay Ruhl | October 21, 2020

Neighborhoods throughout Atlanta have new ways to celebrate Halloween this year while staying safe and socially distant.

Halloween parades across the city have been cancelled due to a state ban on gatherings…

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ACL injuries challenge high school athletes
Sports

Archer streelman | October 15, 2020

Sophomore Hayley Chamberlain tore her anterior cruciate ligament in April while playing a pickup soccer game. Chamberlain was dribbling down the field when she injured her knee.

“A person came from…

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Forster stretches for new opportunities as a yoga instructor
Features

Lindsay Ruhl | October 14, 2020

Senior Avery Forster discovered yoga when she was 16 as a way to relieve stress while building strength.

Forster recently became a yoga teacher at Highland Yoga, which has locations in Buckhead, Decatur,…

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College athletic recruitment adapts to COVID pandemic
Sports

William Palmer | October 9, 2020

Many high school athletes hope to one day represent a college team. Recruitment is the process that gets them there, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, that process looks different.

Atlanta Public Schools…

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Online learning presents barriers for Grady cluster elementary schools
News

Grace Langan | October 8, 2020

Kristen Guthrie, a first-grade teacher at Mary Lin Elementary School, is used to constantly being on her feet, circling the classroom and helping students in need.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Silver lining: special education adapts to virtual learning
News

Dana Richie | October 6, 2020

Recognizing that online school lacks the educational and social opportunities provided by traditional, in-person school, Atlanta Public Schools plans to bring some students with special needs back to campus…

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Pandemic puts public health in the spotlight
News

Elise Isakov | October 6, 2020

A novel disease that has significantly impacted the world continues to baffle the Centers of Disease Control, which was established nearly 70 years ago to address such pathogens. Public health professionals…

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Teachers integrate name change into classroom discussion
News

Stella Mackler | October 5, 2020

In light of the Grady renaming committee’s August decision to extend the school’s renaming process into late October to encourage more student input, teachers have integrated the name change discussion…

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Teachers battle mental health during pandemic
News

Greta Gustafson | October 5, 2020

The transition to virtual school has not only challenged teachers to find a new way to effectively teach lessons to their students, but it also has taken a toll on their mental well-being.

Latin teacher…

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First African-American valedictorian Williams aspires to inspire
Features

Elena Hubert | October 1, 2020

Now a professor at Loyola University-Chicago Law School, Grady’s first black valedictorian Neil Williams has come a long way from a shy teenager, who was told by friends that he would never stack up…

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Collegiate athletes react to COVID-19 restrictions
Sports

Cole Parker | October 1, 2020

Although alumnus Josh Wolfe had been anticipating it, the news was still a let down for him.

Wolfe had just finished his freshman year at Lafayette College and was home for the summer, working his…

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A look into Georgia’s history of voter suppression
Opinions

Kelly Tran | September 29, 2020

While voter suppression is a consistent topic across the United States, no state has seen its dramatic implications and consequences like Georgia.

Since the 2018 Gubernatorial Race between current Governor…

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The Deadly Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation
Opinions

Anna Rachwalski | September 29, 2020

In March, when the COVID-19 virus “suddenly” appeared and rocked the world, information about it started popping up, too. No one knew anything about this mysterious virus: not scientists, not researchers,…

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Virtual school challenges students with learning disabilities
News

Maddie Shaw | September 28, 2020

A student sits at their desk, eyes strained from looking at her computer. While struggling to keep up with assignments learning virtually, there is another obstacle holding her back: her learning disability.

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Fulton County and Atlanta spar over use of abatements for development
News

George Lefkowicz | September 24, 2020

The Atlanta City Council adopted a unanimous resolution Sept. 21 demanding that the Development Authority of Fulton County cease offering tax abatements within the City of Atlanta.

On Aug. 25, the county…

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Medical professionals weigh in on online learning
News

Dana Richie | September 18, 2020

Students and faculty are spending five hours a day in front of a screen for online instruction plus potentially more hours for independent work and extracurriculars.

Virtual learning, though deemed…

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Students start businesses over Quarantine to help pass the time
Features

Shay Bowman | September 11, 2020

For the past six months, Grady students have been cooped up inside their homes, adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many decided to spend their time binging Netflix, working out or playing…

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Alumnus voted top Georgia boys hurdler in last decade
Sports

Cole Parker | September 4, 2020

In a virtual tournament created by MileSplit Georgia, 2017 Grady alumnus Christian McNair-Jones was voted the top Georgia boys hurdler in the last decade.

Going into the tournament, McNair-Jones was…

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Atlanta community comes together to support healthcare workers
Coronavirus

Lindsay Ruhl | May 21, 2020

Although the Atlanta community can’t physically come together, people across the city have come up with various ways to stay connected while supporting healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

Every…

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Georgia Census groups scramble to change practices amidst COVID-19
Coronavirus

George Lefkowicz | May 20, 2020

The United States Constitution mandates that every 10 years, the government counts everybody under its jurisdiction.

Since its start in 1790, the U.S. Census has attempted a direct count of every person…

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COVID-19 economic crisis impacts Grady community economically
Coronavirus

Ava Smith | May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected public health, it has also affected the health of the economy.

Amid shutdown orders across the country, Georgia was one of the last states to issue a “shelter…

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Southerner Podcast: Councilman Westmoreland talks COVID-19
Coronavirus

Griffin Richie | May 18, 2020

Although COVID-19 has forced many Atlantans to change how they live, go to school and work, the City of Atlanta has tried to utilize its resources in order to minimize the impact of the pandemic and uphold…

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Commencement postponed, supplemented with virtual “celebration”
Coronavirus

Katherine Esterl | May 5, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools commencement ceremonies are “officially on” but postponed until late July or later, according to Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen.

The district hopes to find a date when…

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My experience with coronavirus death
Coronavirus

Sophia Maxim | April 30, 2020

As we pulled out of the driveway of my grandparents’ home in Virginia after celebrating Christmas last December, I never would have imagined it would be the last time I’d see my grandfather.

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Beloved former U.S. History teacher Dorothy McGirt passes away from COVID-19
Coronavirus

Lanier Pickren | April 23, 2020

In the sea of COVID-19 deaths, Atlanta Public Schools has lost one of its own. Dorothy McGirt, retired APS educator and former Grady teacher, passed away on Easter, April 12, from COVID-19.

McGirt,…

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Grady alumni form band, Rising Appalachia, inspired by their childhood and social justice
Features

Ava Smith | April 20, 2020

“What are we going to do with the wickeds of the world? Make magic.”

This is a lyric written by sisters and Grady alumni, Leah (stage name Leah Song) and Chloe Smith. Since their graduation from…

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Seniors end classes May 1, virtual learning shifts to four-day week
Coronavirus

Lindsay Ruhl | April 20, 2020

Starting April 20, Atlanta Public Schools will move to a four-day week for virtual learning, with the fifth day of the week open for teachers to hold office hours, perform remedial learning and receive…

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