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Stories from Henry W. Grady High School
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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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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