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Atlanta Public Schools plans to focus on chronic absenteeism, missing any school, instead of truancy, unexcused absences. This takes the focus off of the legal process and onto the academic impact.
Georgia school districts deal with spiking chronic absenteeism
Brennan FrittsMay 16, 2024

Chronic absenteeism, a condition where a student misses 10% or more of a school year, has spiked in Georgia since COVID-19. Pre-COVID, Atlanta...

Claire Diem, senior

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Ellie Palaian
Diem stands for a photo during her B-Day lunch. Diem was voted senior class President on Monday Sept. 18th.

Senior Claire Diem is involved with many extracurricular activities. She is apart of Spanish club, and founded the Hispanic National Honor Society chapter at Midtown. She is also the Parliamentarian of Midtown’s National Honor Society, and was recently voted the senior class President. She is excited to see what the future holds after graduation, but is prioritizing making senior year memorable for everyone.

“I was proud of myself when I heard my name after the word ‘president’ on the announcements. Knowing the amount of work I put into my campaign with my [vice president] Olivia Allen and the three years I’ve been running for that position, it made the win that much sweeter,” Diem said. “My main focus is to increase the school spirit here, something I’ve been interested in changing since sophomore year.”

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Ellie Palaian
Ellie Palaian, Sports Managing Editor
Ellie Palaian is a senior and this is her third year on staff for The Southerner. She plays varsity soccer for Midtown High and is excited to write for the paper this year.

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