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Students should not be able to leave for lunch

February 12, 2018

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 scho...

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 change and extreme weather becoming increasingly common, Atlantans have started ...

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 ‘climate change’ will probably land me a top-ten spot on a conservative hit list...

30-minute makeup plan accomplishes nothing

James Bryan, Comment Managing Editor

February 1, 2018

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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students have grown accustomed to the occasional day off for snow, so I did not expect anything to happen after our impromptu winter break the week of Jan. 15. However, when Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen announced that that the fifth of six optional makeup day plans had been chosen, I rolled my eyes. Although the schedule adds 30 minutes to the...

Student athletes shouldn’t get their hopes up

Joanna Baker, Staff Writer

January 23, 2018

Filed under Comment, Personal Comment-On Campus

Many student athletes enjoy the thrill of winning a soccer game against a long-time rival, or the strong friendships they develop with their team through months of basketball. But imagine a young child coming home after a football game. Time and time again, he has been told that he’s “destined” for the NFL. With encouragement from teammates, coaches, friends, and family,...

School security needs updates to repair holes

Alex Durham, Comment Assistant Managing Editor

December 23, 2017

Filed under Comment, Personal Comment-On Campus

It’s no secret that security at Grady is less than adequate. This is apparent not only through the incidents involving discharged firearms or lockdowns because of threatening personnel on campus, but also by the arbitrary security the school now has. Security is mostly limited to teachers checking bags when students walk in through the metal detectors in the morning. But...

School district rezoning: not enough notice, not fair

December 18, 2017

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The recent Atlanta Public Schools’ proposed rezoning of areas currently part of Grady’s attendance zone to the North Atlanta High School zone led dozens of parents to question the school board’s transparency regarding the plan. Additionally, problems have arisen with the distance of the zones in question to North Atlanta and the disregard for sacrifices families living...

New sex-ed program welcomed in high school

Joanna Baker, Freshman

December 18, 2017

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Dear Editors, One of the things I value most about Grady High School is how cognizant and educated most of the student body is about social issues. While opinions differ on some matters, students are able to back their opinions up with facts. That is why the FLASH sexual education program is very significant to our school, and why the article “The New Sexual Education” deserv...

Books are necessary for higher learning

Anya Lomsadze, News Managing Editor

December 5, 2017

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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

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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...

Curling should be reconsidered as Olympic sport

Maura O'Sullivan, Writer

November 30, 2017

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By Maura O'Sullivan Tug-of-war. Tandem bicycle sprints. Croquet. Live pigeon shooting. What do they have in common? They’ve all been Olympic events. And they’ve all been removed from the games as they became less relevant. The Olympics have a rich history of oddities. However, curling is one oddity the Games could do without. Since 1924, curling has bored audiences...

Make sports fun again

Lanier Pickren, Writer

November 30, 2017

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  By Lanier Pickren When I think of youth sports, I usually picture young kids playing a sport that they love. However, far too often I hear the voices of parents and coaches demanding for better plays, and criticizing the young players for mistakes that they have made. The game belongs to the kids, and but it has been made about the adults. As a child, my pa...

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