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Academy awards shine light on individual successes

The Southerner

March 6, 2012

By Taylor Allen My feet are tapping on the green tarp below my chair, my fingers are twiddling, my heart is racing. My eyes are searching around the auditorium for those of my mother, only to assure she’s witnessing the upcoming events. I can remember becoming anxious on the days of honor banquets at Inman Middle School. Even though I knew what grades I had made and...

New curriculum fails its students

New curriculum fails its students

The Southerner

February 29, 2012

By Elizabeth McGlamry Before beginning my AP Calculus course this past summer, I had to complete out a prerequisites packet. It consisted of basic precalculus...

Education gimmicks can’t fix schools

Education gimmicks can’t fix schools

February 29, 2012

By Emma Powers The Atlanta Public School system faces all kinds of serious issues: the “alleged cheating” on the CRCT, Grady’s loss of the all-important AYP status, graduation rates that perhaps aren’t as impressive as they ...

Feeling Overwhelmed? Follow a Senior’s Advice: Just Sleep on It

The Southerner

February 29, 2012

By Grayson Fuller My flip phone’s alarm blares from across the room, and my eyes crack open. They ache, and even though my mom’s told me not to, I rub them to appease the pain. I feel guilty. It’s my fault they hurt—I should have gone to bed earlier. Sleep and I have a curious relationship. My mom remembers the days when I woke up before she and my father did—how...

Fair Media Crucial

The Southerner

February 29, 2012

By Sam Weinstock What happens when the media, overzealous in its attempt to print stories, runs a series of articles on our school board and superintendent which deteriorate into nothing more than sensationalized muckraking? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s coverage of the controversy surrounding APS’ Blue Ribbon Report on CRCT Erasures and alleged misrepresentation of gradu...

Finding a Different Girl in the Mirror

The Southerner

February 27, 2012

By Deranda Butler Step one: shove my finger down my throat. Step two: vomit. Step three: repeat until satisfied. Step four: brush teeth. I remember the days when I stuffed myself full of food, only to become overcome with guilt seconds later. Sometimes it was so bad that I would purge my food and spend most of my time after a meal clinging to a toilet. Eventually, it became...

APS no Honest Abe

The Southerner

February 23, 2012

By Ashley Brown and Ben Gittelson Our parents always told us honesty was the best policy. When we had a pee-pee accident or broke our Tinker Toys, we were supposed to 'fess up right away. While your average Grady student may not have been a kindergarten paragon of virtue, we at least all learned that we couldn’t (or weren’t supposed to) beat up our younger sisters when...

Obama announces MLK Day as National Service Day

The Southerner

February 14, 2012

By Emma Aberle-Grasse Martin Luther King changed the history of our country with his hope for humanity. Through tremendous injustice and hate, King promoted the justice and love he believed in.  To acknowledge and honor him, the United States devotes Jan. 16 to this great leader. Congress officially named Martin Luther King Day a national day of service in 1994, led by...

Help save planet, choose Camelbak every time

Help save planet, choose Camelbak every time

The Southerner

February 14, 2012

My Camelbak water bottle is with me every day of the school year. If that green or blue water bottle is not sitting at the corner of my desk, it is a sad day. I got my first Cam...

Parents indulge tech-savvy iToddlers

Parents indulge tech-savvy iToddlers

February 14, 2012

  By Lauren Harper Screaming children are now fixed with the click of a button or the tap of a touch screen. Some may think of technology as the new and improved medicine to keep kids...

It’s no coincidence: Women, not Men, starts off with a ‘W’

It’s no coincidence: Women, not Men, starts off with a ‘W’

February 3, 2012

By Lauren Harper Watching women try to play sports is funny, right? Not to me. Men are better at sports than women in all cases, right? Not in my opinion....

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