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  • Superintendent pushes plan despite opposition

    On Mar. 7, the Atlanta school board met to discuss its turnaround strategy, which hopes to address chronic under performance in schools, with the local community. Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen’s plan aims to partner with several local charter school corporations to reform under performing schools. While many community members were not pleased with Dr. Carstarphen’s plan, the board unanimously passed […]

    SHAKING IT UP: Price Middle School Principal Duane Hale greets his new students on the way to class. Next school year, Purpose Built Schools of Atlanta, a local charter school corporation, will control Price Middle. Hale said the plan was “perhaps the best alternative for all children in the Carver Cluster to be successful.”
  • To sneakerheads, collecting is Yeezy from heel to toe

      On a shelf above sophomore Luke Pengelly’s bed sits a shrine to his most beloved possessions: Yeezy 350 Boosts, Air Max 90s, Ultraboosts, Air Jordan OVOs and Roshe Run IDs. These are not action figures, beanie babies or rare earth minerals; they are exclusive sneakers, some worth upwards of $1,000. Pengelly is part of a growing movement of sneakerheads […]

    To sneakerheads, collecting is Yeezy from heel to toe
  • The perfect prom formula

    (April Fools Satire) Prom is fast approaching. Renowned for its ability to bring students and teachers together in a fun, out of school setting, prom is the defining social event of American high schools everywhere. Amid the awkward promposals and party planning, many students face daunting questions. Junior Ben Bizot is one of these students. He does not have a […]

    The perfect prom formula
  • Southerner alumnus creates own journalistic legacy

    It was Feb. 3, 2013, and Pierce Huff was living his dream. Seeing flashes of cameras as Super Bowl XLVII began, Huff felt the adrenaline of the cheering fans and the nervous players. While he had covered the 1997 and 2002 Super Bowls, this one felt different. Minutes after the second-half kickoff, the lights went out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome […]

    In 2016, Huff works in the newsroom of The Provo Daily Herald as the publication's Night/Weekend Editor.
  • Walldorff heads into girls soccer program

    In 2011, after coaching at the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association (now Inter Atlanta FC), Zach Walldorff joined the coaching staff of the Grady girls varsity soccer team at the request of head coach Rodney Thomas. Walldorff coached only the goalkeepers then, but after a two-year break, he is now back as the new assistant coach. “I’ve stayed involved with the […]

    Walldorff heads into girls soccer program
  • QFTB: Jack’s Pizza and Wings slices the competition

    First created in Naples, Italy during the 18th and 19th centuries, pizza has since become an American favorite. Pizza, which is traditionally comprised of melted cheese, tomato sauce and additional toppings atop a flatbread crust, has caused great rifts between cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, which all claim to have the cheesiest, most savory and most […]

    QFTB: Jack’s Pizza and Wings slices the competition
  • New baseball coach emphasizes focus

    By Matt Wood This season, the boys varsity baseball team hopes to improve from a mediocre finish last season with the help of Darryl Pearson, the new head coach. Pearson has a wealth of coaching experience in baseball, football, track and softball at a number of different levels. Pearson began coaching because of his desire to mentor athletes. “I got […]

    New baseball coach emphasizes focus
  • Board passes expansive turnaround strategy

    On March 7, 2016 the Atlanta Board of Education unanimously voted to close Bethune Elementary School and to merge both Venetian Hills and Connally elementary schools in the Washington Cluster and Grove Park Intermediate with Woodson Primary in the Douglass Cluster. The school board also recommended bringing in outside partners to improve certain schools in the district as part of […]

    Students from Thomasville Heights Elementary observe the school board meeting on March 7 where Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen announced the unanimous board decision passing a strategy to improve schools deemed ‘failing’ by the state. The plan closes three schools, merges others, and puts five more schools, including Thomasville Heights, under the control of charter school groups.
  • Mentorship program allows students to explore careers

    Last year, Atlanta Public Schools piloted an internship program which allowed juniors and seniors to gain professional work experience outside the classroom during school hours. Tracy Joyner, who oversees the internship course in APS with Shirley Pattman-Stubbs , said the program began as way to allow academically gifted students to take challenging courses while pursuing a career interest. “We found […]

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  • Community grieves loss of student

    Freshman Alex Hyneman’s confident alto voice filled the Black Box Theater the evening of Feb. 11. She wore a pair of horns atop her bright blue hair and a chainmail breastplate borrowed from a family member. She sang a duet by herself, flipping her hair back and forth as she switched between two characters. The audience laughed at her impersonations […]

    A BEAUTIFUL VOICE: Freshman Alexia Hyneman performs at a Grady Coffeehouse Feb. 11. She sang the song Think of Me from the Phantom of the Opera a few hours before her passing. The song’s lyrics remind students to remember Hyneman. “Think of me fondly, when we’ve said goodbye. Remember me once in a while. Please promise me you’ll try.”

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SHAKING IT UP: Price Middle School Principal Duane Hale greets his new students on the way to class. Next school year, Purpose Built Schools of Atlanta, a local charter school corporation, will control Price Middle. Hale said the plan was “perhaps the best alternative for all children in the Carver Cluster to be successful.”

Superintendent pushes plan despite opposition

April 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

SHAKING IT UP: Price Middle School Principal Duane Hale greets his new students on the way to class. Next school year, Purpose Built Schools of Atlanta, a local charter school...

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Turf raises costs, causes injuries; grass provides solution

April 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

As a soccer player, I’ve grown up playing soccer on a variety of surfaces. When I was younger and played at a local soccer club, nearly all of the games were held on grass...

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Letter to Alexia Hyneman from her best friend

March 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

On Feb. 12, freshman Alexia Hyneman passed away after being struck by a vehicle. Read more at http://thesoutherneronline.com/frontpage/?p=61964 . by Sylvia Price Dear Alex: I...

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Kinky Boots raises Atlanta up on their feet

Kinky Boots raises Atlanta up on their feet

April 7, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Lola (J. Harrison Ghee) flaunts her new boots and her confidence in front of Don (Aaron Walpole), a conservative factory worker. Photo courtesy of the Kinky Boots production. In...

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Young’s book illuminates astrology for wide audience

Young’s book illuminates astrology for wide audience

April 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm

By AYANA ARCHIE Senior counselor Lamar J. Young released a book, “What’s the Deal with My Sign?: An Insight of Astrology” on Feb. 5 of this year through Page Publishing. The...