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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Midtown High School
Ukrainian-Russian student shares personal opinion on conflict
Opinions

Will Charlop | March 11, 2022

The first time I heard that my homeland was being invaded was not the dramatic moment you might imagine. I was rushing late to my first period and opened my phone to see a post of a Ukrainian…

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Teachers’ mental health deteriorates, worsened by pandemic
Features

Aran Sonnad-Joshi | February 24, 2022

Many teachers say their mental health has been overlooked by both the school district and the public. These issues have worsened during the pandemic.

According to a February 2021 survey from the RAND…

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Senior Stroppel excels on big stage, small screen
Features

Alannah Edwards | February 23, 2022

While many students play video games regularly, very few make the hobby into a career. With 120,000 followers across all platforms, senior Brady Stroppel has created a streaming account drawing in viewers…

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Biden administration should end the use of privately owned ICE facilities
Opinions

Ruya Cooke | February 8, 2022

The GEO Group, a privately owned prison organization, will expand Georgia’s Folkston U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention center by 1,800 beds. This plan would make Folkston the largest…

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Assistant Principal Vincent: More than the man behind the computer
Features

Greta Gustafson | February 7, 2022

Assistant Principal Willie Vincent came to Grady High School in Aug. 2010. Since then, he’s worked tirelessly year-round, creating students schedules, sending mass emails and helping the school run smoothly….

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Senior Heisler connects with half-siblings
Features

Stella Mackler | February 4, 2022

As a child, senior Mckenna Heisler liked celebrating her family. Heisler was one of a small group of students with two mothers at Springdale Park Elementary School, and she thought she had the “coolest”…

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Omicron surge met with increased testing demand, expanded district initiatives, supply chain issues
Video

Ava Smith | February 3, 2022

The highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19 has increased the demand for Covid-19 tests and Atlanta Public School’s surveillance testing efforts.

Implementing district surveillance testing initiatives

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City Council member Matt Westmoreland comes out as gay, making Atlanta history
News

Lindsay Ruhl | January 26, 2022

For the first time in history, the Atlanta City Council has four openly LGBTQ+ members.

Grady alumnus and City Council member Matt Westmoreland came out as gay on Jan. 2 via Instagram and Twitter. Westmoreland…

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Therapy dog Ike charms school community
Features

Anna Rafferty | January 24, 2022

Dogs aren’t among the things most high school students expect to come across during class. However, seeing one at Midtown is a fairly common occurrence thanks to Ike, a certified therapy dog.

Language…

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School record holder Brown returns as assistant coach
Sports

Archer Streelman | January 12, 2022

From 2013 to 2017, Grady alum Melissa Brown set records in almost every event she swam in. Four years after graduating, Brown has returned to the school, no longer setting school and division records,…

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Behavioral screener raises concerns
News

Ava Smith | December 16, 2021

A behavioral screening, commissioned by Atlanta Public Schools and administered to Midtown students, has prompted privacy concerns.

Many students, parents and teachers said they did not have adequate…

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Arbery, Rittenhouse verdicts reveal progress and terror
Opinions

Kelly Tran | December 13, 2021

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the nation was forced to grapple with two verdicts. One brought justice to one life that was lost and subsequently spurred on the racial reckoning of the Black Lives Matter…

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More out-of-zone students should be allowed to attend Midtown
Opinions

Editorial Board | December 6, 2021

The school a child attends can have a tremendous impact on their socialization, academic outcomes, development and social mobility. About 90 percent of students in the United States attend public schools,…

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Comedy isn’t an excuse for offensive humor
Opinions

Yei Bin Andrews | December 2, 2021

Some jokes aren’t funny. It goes beyond an ill-fated meme on Twitter or a poorly executed SNL sketch. It’s when the facade of humor is used to cover up inherent bias and prejudices, masquerading behind…

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Boys’ High School establishes foundation of excellence for Midtown
Features

Aran Sonnad-Joshi | November 30, 2021

Seventy-five years ago, in 1946, Boys’ High School welcomed its last class. The next spring, in 1947, both Boys’ High and its sister school, Tech High School, both all-white male-only schools, would…

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Overtraining damages athletes’ futures
Sports

William Palmer | November 18, 2021

In the world of high school athletics, gifted but raw young athletes are the foundation of many elite athletic programs. In contrast to collegiate and professional athletics, athletes are more developed…

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Audio

Ava Smith | November 15, 2021

The Atlanta Braves won their first World Series in 26 years after defeating the Houston Astros in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park. The Braves were welcomed home with a victory parade that stretched…

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Exploring the enigmatic art of Banksy
Arts & Entertainment

Greta Gustafson | October 29, 2021

In the previously abandoned Underground Atlanta, the “Art of Banksy: Without Limits Exhibition” highlights decades of famous pieces done by anonymous graffiti artist, Banksy.

The worldwide sensation…

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Potential Buckhead de-annexation could harm Atlanta and APS
News

Aran Sonnad-Joshi | October 26, 2021

Buckhead, Atlanta’s wealthiest district, is trying to de-annex from the city and create its own local government. Two bills, one each in the Georgia Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives, have…

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Audio

Maddie Shaw | October 18, 2021

Junior Nik Bruckman hopes to become a professional gamer. Having already broken many records, Bruckman has established himself in the gaming field. Under his gaming organization, G-Haven, Bruckman…

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Slow decline of football at Midtown
Sports

Cole Parker | October 14, 2021

Over the past five years, the football program has been in constant decline.

In 2016, the Knights finished 10-2. The team finished 2-7 in 2017, 1-9 in 2018, 3-7 in 2019 and 1-9 last year. From 1997…

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Audio

Shalin Bhatia | October 12, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month is a month that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 which recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American influencers who have inspired others to accomplish their…

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Students transition to computer-based curriculum
Features

Maddie Shaw | October 4, 2021

With the return to in-person learning, teachers and staff are incorporating more technology in learning. Along with fewer paper assignments and hands-on learning, the current curriculum relies heavily…

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Misuse of Supreme Court shadow docket damages democracy
Opinions

Anna Rachwalski | September 28, 2021

Just before midnight on Sept. 1, 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks would stand, gutting Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice John Roberts, who usually votes conservative,…

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Alum makes artistic comeback to new library
Features

Lindsay Ruhl | September 24, 2021

Global artist and alum Alex Brewer, better known as HENSE, found a unique way to leave his mark on the school he was forced to leave as a student for tagging. He designed the mural in the school’s…

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‘Devious Licks’ spurs bathroom vandalism
News

Aran Sonnad-Joshi | September 20, 2021

A new social media challenge, “Devious Licks,” which emerged in early September on the social media platform TikTok has led to vandalized bathrooms throughout the school.

The trend involves students…

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Atlanta City Council scheduled to vote on controversial police, fire training facility development
News

Lucia Gravel | September 17, 2021

The Atlanta City Council is slated to vote on a proposal to build a new police and fire training facility that would be developed on an 85-acre piece of land at the site of the Old Atlanta Prison Farm….

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Atlanta Public Schools recruits bus drivers with incentives
News

Lindsay Ruhl | September 15, 2021

Increased competition has Atlanta Public Schools scrambling for bus drivers. The district is using pandemic funds to offer incentives as it seeks nearly three dozen drivers.

“We started working with…

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Mary Lin parent civil rights complaint alleges discriminatory practices
News

Stella Mackler | September 15, 2021

A Mary Lin Elementary School parent filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights alleging her daughter’s school engaged in discriminatory practices. She is seeking…

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Former assistant principal Grishman impacts Grady community
Features

Ava Smith | May 18, 2021

Naomi Grishman never saw herself as a teacher, yet she ended up being one of the most influential teachers and leaders at Grady.

Grishman was a history major, but after a trip home during her junior…

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Students share accounts of sexual assault and harassment
News

Anna Rachwalski | May 11, 2021

After a bracket posted on social media ranking the appearances of female students led to initial reactions of outrage and disgust, many current Grady students felt empowered to tell their own stories of…

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Students react to ‘bracket incident’
News

Yei Bin Andrews | April 21, 2021

After an incident on social media prompted a discussion about social issues at Grady, classmates separated by Covid-19 restrictions found a sense of community.

In the off-campus incident over spring…

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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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