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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

How should we handle the overcrowded parking lots at Grady?

The Southerner

February 2, 2017

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Continue allowing all students to drive to school Rachel Hasson All students should be able to drive to school as long as they have a valid license; mainly because they waited sixteen years to get it, and should obviously be able to use it. Grady’s  administration has been discussing the issue of limited parking and the effects it has on the student body for thi...

UNITE OR FIGHT: reaction to Trump’s win

Katie Earles

November 28, 2016

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People need to fight against the election of Donald Trump By Katie Earles On Nov. 9, I, along with many other students at Grady, came into first period in a hazy state of shock. How could we elect a racist, sexist, xenophobic bigot as the leader of our country? How can we be progressive as a nation with a leader who got elected based off of the promise to “Make America...

Sit or Stand: Colin Kaepernick’s political decision

Erik Tischer

September 16, 2016

Filed under Comment, Head to Head, Sports Commentary

HEAD TO HEAD Kaepernick should have stood for anthem By Erik Tischer One of our most sacred traditions as a country is the national anthem. The national anthem gives citizens an opportunity to honor our country and all the men and women who risk their lives to give us the freedoms we have today. To not stand and honor this glorious tradition is to spit in the face of t...

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