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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
Features

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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Audio

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
Audio

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
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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