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AP classes are better than dual enrollment

Morgan Watkins

May 9, 2018


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With the fast arrival of AP exams and end-of-the-year tests, many students are stressed beyond belief. Hours of studying, countless late nights and cups of coffee have some questioning their mere decision to take AP classes. With the demanding coursework and fast tempo, it is no surprise that these ...

Review of the highs and lows of Grady’s bathrooms

Review of the highs and lows of Grady’s bathrooms

Jack Hudson

May 6, 2018


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So much has changed in my four years at this school: A new principal, teachers coming and going, friends made, friends lost; it’s hardly the same place as it was my freshman year. Throughout all the change, one force has remained persistent in my time spent here: the need to expel waste from my bo...

New final exam schedule creates more conflict for students than advantages

Anna Tischer

May 5, 2018


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Students may be celebrating the new policy to dismiss at 12:30 p.m. after their morning finals this week, but Grady and Atlanta Public Schools would have better served students by keeping the traditional schedule of two finals staggered throughout the day and two classes in between each for safety, eq...

Required classes complicate scheduling for students

Required classes complicate scheduling for students

Joanna Baker

May 4, 2018


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Grady offers an extremely diverse range of courses. Now more than ever, students have the opportunity to take courses that interest them and enrich their life outside of school. Sometimes, the options seem overwhelming; with only eight slots in one’s schedule, students are forced to make tough decis...

Librarian debunks media center sterotypes

May 4, 2018


Filed under Comment, Letters to the Editor

Dear Editors, The stereotype of the stern “shushing” librarian demanding total silence is universally recognized and widely regarded as representing outdated attitudes about the purpose of a library. The image is so familiar that when the Seattle-based Archie McPhee Toy Company created the Librarian Action ...

Atlanta sports look meager but hopeful for future championships

Reid Barry

May 2, 2018


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With graduation approaching, the time seniors have to spend together is nearing its end. Along with this, as students depart for colleges all over the country, their mutual support for the same hometown sports teams will also leave.  After all these years, it's time to reflect on what being an Atlant...

Federal voting age should be 16

May 2, 2018


Filed under Board Editorials, Comment

Following the shooting at Santa Fe High School in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, a crime which took 10 invaluable lives on May 18, the school’s other students, faculty, and parents were left to mourn the deaths of their friends and loved ones.  The shooting was only one instance of the mu...

Should Atlanta really want Amazon?

Jack Rafferty

May 1, 2018


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Late last year, Amazon announced that it was seeking a second North American headquarters, “HQ2” and would field bids from cities and metro areas around the US. There were, naturally, a few requirements.  Amazon wanted a metropolitan area with a population of over 1 million, with proximity to a ...

AP classes more beneficial to students than Dual Enrollment

Morgan Watkins

May 1, 2018


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With the fast arrival of AP exams and end-of-the-year tests, many students are stressed beyond belief. Hours of studying, countless late nights and cups of coffee have some questioning their mere decision to take AP classes. With the demanding coursework and fast tempo, it is no surprise that these co...

New final exam schedule allows for more benefits to students than disadvantages

Josh Wolfe

May 1, 2018


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Along with many of my peers, I am thrilled that I am no longer spending wasteful hours in school after completing two final exams each day this week. Recently, the Atlanta Public Schools district made the change for the new final exam schedule that allows students to leave school at 12:30 p.m. In th...

School must take steps to alleviate parking problems

School must take steps to alleviate parking problems

Sophie Rivard

April 21, 2018


Filed under Comment, Personal Comment-On Campus, Student Stance

Every morning I am faced with the same question as I drive down 10th Street: should I park my car in the main lot or brave the dirt lot? A pro-con list runs through my head: if I park in the main lot, I will have to wait behind a line of cars and risk not getting a spot, but if I go to the dirt lot ...

Media center lunch access should not be limited

April 20, 2018


Filed under Board Editorials, Comment

Silent and rigid are words historically synonymous with a library, and in an attempt to keep it that way, the Grady library is limiting the number of students allowed in during the lunch periods to 50. Students seek the library during lunch for a space to study or take a mental check-out from their u...

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