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Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year
Coronavirus

Kamryn Harty | April 2, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.  

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Pandemic’s consequences
Coronavirus

Elise Isakov | March 30, 2020

What once seemed like a distant problem has now reached Atlanta’s front door. COVID-19 has made its way from foreign countries into the heart of Atlanta at increasingly alarming rates and is greatly…

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Trump uses term “Chinese Virus” amid criticism
Coronavirus

Katherine Esterl | March 27, 2020

President Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus” in tweets and press briefings, prompting critical responses from those who viewed the term as xenophobic.

The coronavirus…

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Immunocompromised student shares perspective through Coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus

Helen Moore | March 26, 2020

Two weeks ago, while you were in class, at work, or going through your daily routine, my quarantine had already begun.

On Tuesday, March 10, my parents and doctors made the difficult decision to take…

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Balance of Children and Parental Rights Harms Everyone in Child Protective Services
Opinions

Kelly Tran | March 25, 2020

The whispers of abuse and suffering that run wild in the Department of Child and Family Protective Services are no secret to the media or the public, although we may act that way. Just recently, Netflix…

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CrossFit helps teen girls gain confidence
Sports

Kamryn Harty | March 25, 2020

Feet shoulder-width apart. Hips back, head up. Remember to breathe. Bend knees. Gritted teeth. Trembling legs. A 16 year-old-girl squatting 185 pounds. The gym goes wild.

Flash-forward two years and…

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Extracurriculars cancelled due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Dana Richie | March 24, 2020

Senior Kai Mehra was supposed to play the lead role of Sweeney Todd in his last musical before graduating. Junior Joanna Baker was supposed to go to the World Championship for Robotics and continue showcasing…

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APS Superintendent “hopeful” schools will open before the end of the semester
Coronavirus

Charlotte Spears | March 16, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools [APS] declared a district-wide shutdown in efforts to contain the outbreak of COVID-19.

As of right now, the leave, which will officially begin on Monday, March 16, will last…

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Alumna Griffith finishes top 100 at U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | March 13, 2020

When Gracie Griffith ran her first marathon as a sophomore at Clemson University, she immediately fell in love with the distance. Two years later on Oct. 13, 2019, she ran 2:44:52 at the Bank of America…

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Coronavirus spread halts sports leagues, leaves arenas empty
Coronavirus

Bram Mansbach | March 13, 2020

Sports bring people together. They can get tens of thousands of strangers under the same roof united by one commonality. Until a few days ago, that idea was magical; now, it’s hazardous. With the rapid…

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Coronavirus impacts students’ families abroad, travel plans
Coronavirus

Elise Isakov | March 12, 2020

The strain of the coronavirus, which has claimed an estimate of over 4,000 lives worldwide as of Mar. 10, is directly affecting many people in the Grady community.

Junior Julius Levine has felt the…

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Nonprofit ‘Gideon’s Promise’ provides legal counsel to public defenders
Features

Kamryn Harty | March 12, 2020

By the fall of 2007, public defender Johnathan Rapping was fed up with the culture of the criminal justice system. He had worked as a public defender in Washington D.C for 10 years, assisted the creation…

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U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon conclude with unlikely qualifiers
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | March 9, 2020

Atlanta is known as “Running City USA,” and for having a large, dedicated running community that takes to the Peachtree Street, Piedmont Avenue and surrounding streets to run every day. When the Olympic…

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Q&A with top qualifiers, U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon
Sports

Kaitlin Palaian | February 28, 2020

Southerner sports editors Kaitlin Palaian and Elias Podber attended a Feb. 27 press conference and conducted a Q&A during a media round table with the top-seeded athletes gearing up to run in the U.S….

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Nike pushes sport technology to its brink
Sports

Bram Mansbach | February 24, 2020

Wearing them is essentially cheating. When the Nike Zoom Vaporfly was created, many assumed it was another big-money advertising campaign for a shoe that made promises it could not keep. Soon though, the…

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Tech High remembered through alum Giles
Features

Catherine Opsahl | February 24, 2020

As a student at Tech High in the early 1940s, Ira Giles took two streetcars to get to school.

He went to his classes in what is now the C Wing of Grady, then headed to the concession stand outside for…

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Junior Sophia Little, Grady’s first girl wrestler, qualifies for state
Sports

Sophia Maxim | February 13, 2020

Junior Sophia Little is the only girl on the Knights’ wrestling team this year, and the only athlete to make it to the state tournament, which starts today and ends Feb. 15.
Little placed second at…

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Video

Elise Isakov | February 10, 2020

This story was originally published on The Southerner on February 7, 2020.

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‘Just Mercy’ provides accurate depiction of fight against wrong convictions
Arts & Entertainment

Elias Podber | February 6, 2020

Recently, I was lucky enough to see “Just Mercy” at Midtown Art Cinemas on a school field trip. The movie follows real-life Harvard Law School graduate Bryan Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan, as…

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Branch Out Initiative offers humanities opportunities for kids with learning disabilities
Features

Dana Richie | February 6, 2020

When junior Maura O’Sullivan was 4 years old, her younger brother, Finn O’Sullivan, was diagnosed with autism. She has since dedicated the past nine years of her life to volunteering with and learning…

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In the name of Grady
News

Charlotte Spears | February 3, 2020

In 1923, Willis A. Sutton, Atlanta schools superintendent, called him “the greatest man Atlanta ever produced.”

That man’s name has been immortalized on a school building on Charles Allen Drive….

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Conflicts, respect, security of school environment factor into school fights
News

Ellie Winer | January 31, 2020

Senior Aquinas Stillwell didn’t throw the first punch. He was leaving his pre-calculus class when another student snuck up behind him, hitting him while he wasn’t looking. His friend and classmate,…

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Student stylists showcase entrepreneurship skills
Features

Aaliyah Rapping | January 30, 2020

Girls walk the halls with fresh braids after the break. With perfectly straight parts and sleek sections, these braids look as if they were done by a professional hairstylist. Sophomore Kristina Holt has…

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Senior pushes boundaries with Boy Scout troop
Features

Katherine Esterl | January 30, 2020

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice.

Although this nursery rhyme may sound old-fashioned and simplistic,…

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It’s time to talk about child marriage in the U.S.
Opinions

Lanier Pickren | January 27, 2020

Child marriage. It sounds like an oxymoron, two words that are not meant to go together. However, for millions of girls around the world, these words aren’t contradictory, they’re reality.

When…

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Influenza season peaks early
News

Elise Isakov | January 27, 2020

More than 8,000 people in the U.S. have died of influenza this flu season, according to the CDC.

According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s a 90-percent chance…

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Concussions common in girls soccer
Sports

Helen Moore | January 15, 2020

You blank out. You are are on the ground. Then up again. A few moments later a corner kick is being taken, but you have no idea how the game played out to get you to that moment.

Sarah Gray* experienced…

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Racial separation remains on school’s sports teams 58 years after integration
Showcase

Charlotte Spears | January 9, 2020

Sports should be the great equalizer. A football, a softball or a frisbee can strip kids of wealth, race and status and pull people together based solely on passion. Fifty eight years after the integration…

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A seasonal tradition for 21 years, Inman Christmas tree lot gives back to community
Features

Maddie Shaw | December 20, 2019

A Christmas tree lot is a place where families are immersed in years of tradition. Going with your family to select the perfect tree is a custom all families who celebrate Christmas are familiar with….

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Principal proves successful with high scores, equitable schools
News

Katherine Esterl | December 18, 2019

In 2013, she led the biggest gains in student achievement of all traditional Atlanta middle schools. In the years following, she raised test scores at different schools. In 2018, a reporter for the Atlanta…

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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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