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Amelia Kushner pulls herself over the bar during a

CrossFit helps teen girls gain confidence

March 24, 2020

Feet shoulder-width apart. Hips back, head up. Remember to breathe. Bend knees. Gritted teeth. Trembling legs. A 16 year-old-girl squatting 185 pounds. The gym g...

Sports teams are unsure whether or not they will be returning to the field this year due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, spring sports have already been hit hard this semester because of the constant rain leading to many canceled games and practices.

Sports on hold as weather and coronavirus tends to worsen

March 24, 2020

During January and February, I would look outside and see nothing but rain, rain, rain. Being on the varsity soccer team, this meant that our practices w...

APS confirms it first case of COVID-19. The unnamed North Atlanta employee did not have contact with students or faculty.

APS confirms first COVID-19 case, reports students/faculty unexposed

March 20, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Caratarphen announced the district’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 Thursday, Mar. 19. Health offic...

Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen said the most likely scenario is that

APS Superintendent “hopeful” schools will open before the end of the semester

March 14, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools [APS] declared a district-wide shutdown in efforts to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. As of right now, the leave, which will offic...

STARTING STRONG: 2016 Grady alumna Gracie Griffith starts the race at the Olympic Team Trials – Marathon on Feb. 29. She finished the race in 95th place overall after being seeded 448 out of 465 athletes on race day, earning a new personal record (PR) of 2:43:36, shaving one minute and 16 seconds off her qualifying time.

Alumna Griffith finishes top 100 at U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon

March 12, 2020

When Gracie Griffith ran her first marathon as a sophomore at Clemson University, she immediately fell in love with the distance. Two years later on Oc...

Given increased concern over COVID-19, Governor Brian Kemp urged school districts to close for at least fourteen days.

School closed “at least two weeks” due to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

Atlanta Public schools announced on Thursday, March 12 that all schools and offices will be closing indefinitely to the COVID-19 outbreak starting Mond...

Senior captain Kaitlin Palaian (right) dribbles down the sideline in the 3-1 victory over Maynard Jackson on March 9 where she scored two of the three goals. Palaian committed to the U.S. Military Academy in February 2019.

Senior Palaian commits to West Point for soccer

March 12, 2020

When senior Kaitlin Palaian was first contacted by the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team at the U.S. Military Academy, she was excited but sk...

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Trumpeter Bhuvan Saraswat practices “Shenandoah”, one of the band’s pieces for their LGPE, or large group performance evaluation. The band’s LGPE is March 11th.

LGPE provides music programs with evaluation experience

March 11, 2020

The spring semester is the peak of stress for many students. With Milestones exams, AP tests, musical productions and competitions for many sports and clubs appro...

Political divisiveness drives conversation about the border, but distracts from the negligence at the border and the need for the empathetic leaders.

Lack of immigration reform defines us as a nation

March 9, 2020

Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle, Jakelin Caal Maquín, Felipe Gomez, Juan de León Gutiérrez, Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, and Carlos Hernández Vásquez ...

Left to Right: Jacob Riley, Galen Rupp, and Abdi Abdirahman stand with the American flag in celebration of making the U.S. Olympic Marathon team for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Rupp finised first followed by Riley in second and Abdirahman in third.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon conclude with unlikely qualifiers

March 2, 2020

Atlanta is known as “Running City USA,” and for having a large, dedicated running community that takes to the Peachtree Street, Piedmont Avenue and sur...

Left to right: Top seeded runners Kellyn Taylor, Emily Sisson, Sara Hall and Des Linden sit onstage as Linden answers a question from a high school runner in the crowd. Linden finished second at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon in Los Angeles, qualifying her for the Rio Olympic Games.

Q&A with top qualifiers, U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon

February 28, 2020

Southerner sports editors Kaitlin Palaian and Elias Podber attended a Feb. 27 press conference and conducted a Q&A during a media round table with...

Many students wake up as early as 6 a.m. on weekdays in order to get to school on time.

Schools must push back start times to end student sleep deprivation

February 26, 2020

Every weekday morning, high schoolers are met with the dreaded sound of a ringing alarm. Ripped from their sleep, feeling exhausted and groggy, they make...

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