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Books are necessary for higher learning

Anya Lomsadze, News Managing Editor

December 5, 2017

To today’s teenagers, the first thing they think of when they hear “story” is Snapchat. Reading stories for fun has become a relic of the past, a childish endeavor suitable only for the days when we dreamt of spells and sorcerers, not good grades and college applications. As students get older, they read for fun less and less. Research from Common Sense Media, an o...

Students should not be assigned extra reading

James Bryan, Comment Managing Editor

December 5, 2017

In the status quo, students at Grady are not reading books for their English classes. This is not necessarily because they hate the assigned readings or reading in itself, but more often than not, it is because it is not high on a student’s priority list. With the combined stress of balancing too many AP classes with clubs like debate or mock trial and playing a sport, m...

Head to Head: Schools shouldn’t encourage all students to attend college

October 29, 2017

By Jack Rafferty Comment College is not for everyone. There are only so many people who can meet the rigor demanded by a legitimate four-year colleg...

Head to Head: Schools should encourage all students to attend college

October 29, 2017

By Sophie Rivard Comment While college may not be for everyone, students should still be encouraged to attend post-secondary institutions. It is imperative...

Head to Head: Retakes do not prepare students for real life

Parker Killenberg

October 3, 2017

Grady’s new retake policy may help students pad their GPA’s, but it does nothing to prepare them for college or the real world. This means that if you are not happy with your initial grade, you have an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and try again. While letting students retake quizzes supposedly helps prepare them for further education, forcing them to learn the mater...

Head to Head: Retakes allow students to learn from mistakes

Jordan Killenberg

October 3, 2017

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Second chances and do-overs are critical to achieving your full potential. Assessment retakes need to be offered because they provide students opportunities to improve in the future, motivate them to learn the course material and expose them to real-life situations and decisions. This year, Grady teachers are instituti...

Hate speech should not be protected

Jacob DIllard, Comment Section Editor

September 7, 2017

by: Jacob Dillard Comment Freedom of speech and the right to protest are both fundamental rights of our constitution, but is there a limit to what these rights entail? In a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases in 1960s, the Court ruled that obscenity and legitimate threats are not protected under the First Amendment, but that provocative or offensive political opini...

The right to protest ought to be universal

James Bryan, Comment Managing Editor

September 7, 2017

by: James Bryan Comment As white supremacists and neo-nazis marched on Charlottesville, Va. protesting the removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, chaos and violence ensued. Counter-protesters clashed violently with the alt-right, leading to dozens of arrests and a tragic murder. While groups advocating for racial inequality were at the center of controve...

What opportunities should students take over summer?

The Southerner

June 1, 2017

Students should get job experience By Katie Earles While every child should have the opportunity to lounge by the pool and frolick in the wilderness at a sleepaway summer camp, many high schoolers often opt for a more financially beneficial way to spend their summer. While I’m sure virtually everyone would rather spend their time getting a tan than waiting tables, ...

Does the new advisement curriculum benefit students?

The Southerner

April 21, 2017

Advisement is better spent sleeping By Harrison Thweatt Advisement has been a constant during my four years at Henry W. Grady High School. Every Wednesday, at 9:43 a.m., the bell rings, signaling the transition to advisement. Students would enjoy the state-suggested 90 minutes of advisory, in which they could finish assignments, work on college applications, retake tests, c...

Fans want and enjoy the All-Star games

Alex Langan

March 21, 2017

Ever since July 6, 1933, the day the first All-Star Game in Major League Baseball was played, fans have enjoyed All-Star games and their festivities in all four major professional sports leagues in the US: the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL. Despite a growing sentiment against All-Star games with many fans calling for their elimination, the games remain excellent vehicles for leagues...

Should you make a New Years resolution?

The Southerner

February 2, 2017

New Year's resolutions improve quality of life for the coming year By: Parker Killenberg New Year’s resolutions are all about resolving to change an undesired aspect of your life for the upcoming months and, whether sustained for the whole year or ceased after one week,  can guide your life toward a better you. While New Year’s resolutions run the gamut from exercising to...

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