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March for Our Lives is less effective when sponsored by administration

Jacob Dillard, Comment Section Editor

April 18, 2018


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As soon as news of a national school walkout went viral, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) superintendent Meria Carstarphen wasted no time in making an APS event revolving around it. The end result was a 50 minute program including student speakers, locals coming out to protest with students, and a long lap a...

Grady must offer more practical classes

James Bryan, Comment Managing Editor

April 11, 2018


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Although Grady may prepare many of us well for getting into college, our school does not offer nearly enough classes more relevant to the real world. In my junior year, I took the Gifted Mentorship class with Mr. Andrew Nichols, the Grady gifted coordinator. In my time at Grady, this class, by f...

Students should be able to leave school after standardized tests

Josh Wolfe

April 11, 2018


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Many students leave long and important tests with their heads fried, not wanting to do anymore work that day. There is a simple solution to this testing issue: let students leave school early after taking any final or standardized test. On March 7, juniors had the opportunity to take the SAT for free...

Southerner reporting flaws affect content

Gaby Paez, Assistant Managing Editor Online/Social Media

March 29, 2018


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nFor the last issue of the Southerner, I pitched an article on the art of skateboarding and what little credit it gets for being such a difficult skill to master. I was eager to write this story because skating has become somewhat of a subculture, especially in urban areas like Atlanta. Grady has a ...

Grady must encourage sick students and staff to stay home during flu season

Caleb Weinstock

March 21, 2018


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These last few weeks have been a little weird. So many people in the Grady community have missed school that Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman felt the need to make an announcement asking students to be nice to all the subs. This is probably one of the few times Bockman isn’t worrying about students skippin...

Georgia dropout age must be raised

Anya Lomadze

March 14, 2018


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At age 16, students are not allowed to vote, get tattoos, buy alcohol or get a credit card. But there is one life shaping decision high school sophomores and juniors are allowed to make: whether or not to dropout of school. Georgia is not alone in having a low legal dropout age of 16, but many other s...

STEM education community lacks female influence

Olivia Podber

March 1, 2018


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By Olivia Podber I attended an all-girls computer science program two summers ago. The reason behind the “no boys allowed rule” was simple: the organization believed girls exceeded when around only girls. When signing up for the camp, I was drawn to that idea; I had never been in a solely fema...

Grady community must remain strong after tragedy

February 12, 2018


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The Grady community was heavily impacted by the loss of fellow student, teammate and friend Theo Weimar. Though his death was unspeakably tragic, the school’s response demonstrated the immense strength of our community. We must continue to support one another and educate ourselves on mental illness. ...

Student should be able to get food off campus

Alex Opsahl, Lifestyle/A&E Managing Editor

February 12, 2018


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Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman sounded onto the announcements on Feb. 1 to inform the student body that the administration plans to build a fence around the campus to both prevent students from leaving campus during school hours and improve security. While the administration should work to create a safe c...

Students should not be able to leave for lunch

Jack Hudson, Sports Assistant Managing Editor

February 12, 2018


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I love a good Cookout milkshake as much as the next guy, but leaving school to go get it is where I draw the line. Leaving campus to get food during school hours has been banned as long as I have been at Grady, and rightfully so. It brings safety risks to both those who leave and those who remain on ...

Atlanta must learn how to fight frigid weather

Jordan Killenberg

February 1, 2018


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Four years ago, “snowpocalypse” brought two inches of snow to Atlanta and stranded thousands of people in rush-hour traffic. At that time, annual snowfall in the city was unheard of; I could count on one hand the amount of times I had witnessed snow in Atlanta in my life. However, with climate cha...

State of Georgia continues to neglect environment

Alex Durham, Comment Assistant Managing Editor

February 1, 2018


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The state of Georgia cares more about high school football than the environment. That shouldn’t come as a shock to a lot of people, because Georgia has a reputation for adopting anti-environmental policies and rejecting the idea that humans cause climate change. The very mention of the fabled ‘c...

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