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Grady Brag Sheet 2013-2014

Academics and Scholarships

According to the College Board, approximately 18 percent of more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. This year, the College Board identified 80 Grady students as an AP Scholar. Let’s applaud the hard work and sacrifice of all of our AP students, teachers, and coordinators.

AP Scholars (29, received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams):  Emma Aberle-Grasse, Aeron Attwooll, David Carlock, Rachel Citrin, Mary Condolora, Maxwell Dusenbury, Declan Farrisee, Josiah Garrett, Mallory Hazell, Alexander Jones, Salome Kakalashvili, Madeline Lansing, Caitlin Lochridge, Richard Lou, George Lowring, Kate Marani, Lauren Meadows, Caroline Morris, Lauren Ogg, Axel Olson, Rex Peterson, Isaiah Phillips-Spring, Eliza Renner, Laura Sommerville, Ryan Switzer, Katherine Taber, McKenzie Taylor, Joshua Weinstock, Katherine Zakharova

AP Scholar with Honor (10, received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams):  Mona Adams, Alice Antia, Christopher Carson, Samantha Dean, Ellen Ericson, Rachel Klika, Tucker Lancaster, Isaac Rehg, Laura Streib, Titus Zeigler

AP Scholar with Distinction (41, received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams):  Lucy Bradley, Joseph Capelouto, Preston Cho, Adrian Davanzo, Zachary Davis, Ana Degive, Michael Dillard, Deborah Harris, Claire Hasson, Samuel Heller, Orli Hendler, Samuel Holder, Asem Kharbouch, Archer Kinnane, Troy Kleber, Olivia Kleinman, Raulston Li, Elias Mansbach, Ansley Mark, Simon Mclane, Juan Montoya, James Moy, Quinn Mulholland, Alexander Munger, Henry Peteet, Grace Power, Allison Rapoport, James Reid, Adam Schatz, Zoe Schneider, Patrick Scollard, Benjamin Searles, Carson Shadwell, Alex Stearns-Bernhardt, Isabelle Taft, Olivia Volkert, Luke Webster, Grace White, Justin Williams, Patrick Wise, Alexandra Wolfe

National AP Scholar (4, U. S. students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams):  Samuel Heller, Troy Kleber, Zoe Schneider, Isabelle Taft


Posse Scholarship (full tuition) Recipients:  Ryan Bolton, Syracuse University; Xavier Nelson, Brandeis University; Alanne Stroy, Syracuse University; J.D. Capelouto, Boston University. 



Below are the students who have been accepted for The Renaissance; Grady's on-site dual enrollment program spring semester 2014. They will be enrolled in two college courses College Algebra 111 and English Composition 1101/1102.

-Salena Araya, Asha Banks, Torre Banks, Zikiyah Battle, Tia Borrego, Collisha Chunn, Kyle Cobb, Nena Dorsey, Troy Hightower, Tyler Howcott, Kaaya Hughson, Emma Kasper, Qri Montague, Kaise Morgan, Xavier Nelson, Suraya Nkosi, Nzinga Oby, Mackenzie Paller, Maya Pines, Angelicah Rivers, Alexandra Roberts, Koya Siebie, Madeline Siegal, Tony Wilborn, Taylor Williams, Titus Zeigler



On Saturday, October 19, 2013, over 800 Latin students from across Georgia competed in the 2013 Fall Forum at Marist High School.  Fall Forum is a one-day miniature version of the annual State Latin Convention held in April.  Students compete in academic, athletic, and artistic competitions. 

Please congratulate the following students on their achievements:


Olivia Volkert and Ben Simonds-Malamud placed 5th in the state in the Academic Bowl tournament (known as certamen).  This was particularly impressive since all the other teams had 4 members, and our team only had 2!


Ben Simonds-Malamud received a summa cum laude (highest award) in the Sight Passage Recitation category.


Jasmine Lawrence won her gladiatorial combat bout (you’ll just have to ask her about it…and make sure she shows you the pictures!).


The Grady Mock Trial Team participted in the 4th Empire City International Invitational Tournament in mid-October:  Quinn Mullholand, JD Capelouto, Orli Hendler, Michael Dillard, Griffin Kish, Jenni Rogan, Chris Brown, Eli Hendler, Chase Kleber, Carolyn Capelouto, Erik Tischer, Jamie Panarites, Orly Mansbach, Jared Steckl, and Drew DiFrancesco.


The following students attended a Model UN conference October 15, 2013, at 

Georgia Tech:  Jack Arnold, Sam Bowie, Anna Braxton, Robert Brown, Meredith Fossitt, Molly Gray, Carter Guensler, Tatyana Sampson, Margo Stockdale, and Olivia Volkert.  Please congratulate Margo and Molly for winning Outstanding Delagation.


Seventeen Grady students have been selected to participate in the Great Promise Partnership (GPP) Program. This initiate is a partnership with Grady High School, Great Promise Partnership, Inc. & City of Atlanta. The goals of this year-long program is to provide support, assist students in graduating from high school, and teach them skills to become productive citizens.


2013 Grady High School Academic Fair:

In Social Studies, Audrey Sullivan was recognized as the Runner-up for her project The History of Pasta: How This Italian Staple Conquered the World.  The Best Overall Project Award in the Social Studies Division was given to Allie Schneider for her project In What Ways Are the Dutch Fighting Rising Seas and Flooding To Keep Their Country from Sinking Below the Ocean?  In addition to these projects, the judges also chose the following students to advance to the city-wide Social Studies Fair: Alexis Cooper, Amelia Rehg, and Bailey Damiani.

Honorable Mention in the Math, Science, and Engineering Division:

                     The Perfect Crime by Grace Dwyer

                     Stress Test: How Influential is Stress in a Testing Situation? by Jenni Rogan & Alex Wolfe

                     Solar for the Wind: A Cost Analysis of Solar and Wind Power for Atlanta Georgia by Archie Kinnane, Tucker Lancaster, & Adam Schatz

                     Does Acrylamide Undergo Photo-induced Polymerization via Laser Light? By  Amelia Rehg & Audrey Burnette


·         The Presentation Award:  Tatyana Sampson for her project From DNA to Protein: The Plasmid Construction, Expression, and Purification of Ribosomal Protein L34.

·         The Creativity Award:  Carter Guensler for his project Disability, Mobility, Accessibility: Curbing Sidewalk Disrepair.

·         The Analysis Award:  Mary Claire Morris and Caroline Morris for their project Hurricanes and Ocean Temperature.

·         The Design Award:  Penelope Realff and Alice Antia for their project E.coli and Lactobacillus in the Distal Gut Mouse Microbiome.

·         The Novice Award:  Mei Nathan for her project The Truth in a Lie.

·         Best Overall Project:  Allie Schneider for her project Hurricane Housing Project.

·         All ten projects recognized by the judges in the Math, Science, & Engineering Division will move on to the city-wide fair in February.

·         Congratulations to the winners and special thanks to the teachers who sponsored their projects: Dr. Cofield, Dr. Olorunfemi, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Sartor, Mr. Ross, and Mr. Nichols.




In October, the Gearbox Gangstaz kicked off the beginning of their annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) outreach programs. Elementary and middle school students will use the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Kit to construct small robots that complete a variety of tasks around a playing field. We held our first training session for the program at the end of September, introducing multiple teams to the technology that will be useful in the competition. Three more training sessions this month will culminate in our annual FLL & JrFLL Qualifying Tournament and Qualifying Match Set on November 23.

On Saturday, October the 5th, twenty Gangstaz attended the Georgia Robotics Invitational Tournament and Showcase (GRITS). We competed in a redux of last year’s FIRST competition against 25 other FIRST teams. We were seated at 7th place after the qualifying rounds, and were chosen by the 2nd seed alliance. After advancing to a tie-breaking match for a spot in the finals, our alliance was eliminated, scoring 54-56 and ending the competition in 3rd place.  

Members of the robotics team toured the KIA Motors plant in West Point, GA, on Tuesday 10/15:  Martika Johanson-Murray, Jefferson Martin, Nathanael Pate, Owen Kavanagh, Sajjad Ali, Sarah Smith, Casey Manders, Talia Lockridge


On the November 23rd, Grady hosted the 2nd Annual FLL Qualifying Tournament and JrFLL Exhibition. We hosted 12 FLL teams and 15 JrFLL teams in an extremely successful event, keeping to our schedule and ending on time. Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping keep things running smoothly, and congratulations to all of the teams that participated in our competition this year. Furthermore, congratulations to this year’s champions award winners: Team 495 RoboTigers, Team 2257 Jackson Robotics Ten Programmers, and Team 13230 Romer Academy Golden Cougars!





 Visual Art


Grady Music Programs

Four of our orchestra students passed the first GMEA auditions:  Uzuki Kakinuma, Justin Oliver, Adam Schatz and Julia Borthwick.


Two Grady High School Students made the first round for All-State in the jazz field: Liam Henry And Nicholas Hamilton.


Uzuki Kakinuma and Justin Oliver won chairs at the prestigious Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra.


Uzuki Kakinuma, Julia Borthwick, Michael Dillard, and Mary Claire Morris have been accepted at the prestigious Chamber Honors Festival. They performed in concert on November 15th under the baton of DR. GLENN BLOCK at Spivey Hall.


Leslie Lang won the first Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) composition competition.


TheGrady Knights Philharmonic Orchestra won the highest ratings for their outstanding performance at GMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Congrats also to our soloists, Uzuki Kakinuma and Leslie Lang. They too did very well and won the highest ratings for their performance. The judges were very impressed.  Congrats to our Grady Knights String Quartet for the rendition of Haydn "The Lark" String Quartet.  They won the highest ratings for their performance.


The Grady Chorus performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra again this year for their Very Merry Holiday Pops concert series December 19 - 21.  The featured solo artist this year was Liz Callaway, a Tony-nominated singer who was also the voice of Anastasia in Disney's "Anastasia". 


Nick Hamilton (trumpet) and Catherine Humes (flute) made it through the first round of All-State Band try outs.


Justin Oliver, Uzuki Kakinuma and Julia Borthwick won seats at the prestigious GMEA honors orchestra.  They competed among 900 music students from all GA.




OutReach 2013 partnered Grady students with members of the Atlanta chapter of Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) and students and faculty affiliated with the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech.  The final presentation of projects and promotional poster artwork took place on Thursday evening, October 10 starting at 6:00pm at Design Within Reach in Midtown/Buckhead Atlanta. A jury of IDSA professionals reviewed the designs to select the Best in Show based on a criteria referencing aesthetics as well as practical application.


This year's challenge was to disassemble an existing Bluetooth stereo speaker and to explore how it may be best repurposed within a specific constraint, such as "wearable", "furniture", "recycled" (a total of ten different categories). Ten teams represented advanced design classes in the graphic design and engineering programs at Henry W. Grady (trisha kendall, Tonya Schofield, Ms. Williams) and Douglass High Schools (Dwight Jenkins).


Publications/Broadcast Programs

Madeline Veira’s letter to the NSA was aired locally on WABE and nationally through Youth Radio


SOUTHERNER NAMED 2013 PACEMAKER FINALIST:  For the past 86 years, the National Scholastic Press Association has awarded general excellence in scholastic newspapers with the NSPA Pacemaker Award. On Wednesday, for the 11th time in its history and for the fourth year in a row,The Southerner has been named a NSPA Pacemaker finalist. This year's Pacemaker entries were judged by the staff of The Miami Herald


TWO WEBSITE STORIES NAMED FINALISTS FOR MULTIMEDIA NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR:  The National Scholastic Press Association announced six national finalists for 2013 Multimedia News Story of the Year. Two of the six finalists are multimedia story packages that were published on The Southerner website:  The advisers wish to congratulate the staff, especially 2012-2013 news editor Olivia Veira, for this groundbreaking achievement.


The Southerner has earned an ALL-AMERICAN rating, the highest that NSPA awards its member publications. It is the 11th time in 12 years that The Southerner has earned this rating. "It is clear," wrote NSPA evaluator Gaby Herbst, "that the staff of the Southerner is well-trained and that they have a gift for the craft of journalism. ... The dedication to finding relevant, well-researched content, in addition to clearly upholding a strong code of ethics is something that should be celebrated."


The Southerner earned four (out of five) marks of distinction for excellence in Coverage and Content, Writing and Editing, Layout and Design and Leadership. Please congratulate our shared students when you see them.


Thanks for supporting the publications by consenting to interviews when requested. We appreciate your help.


The Southerner is featured in the SPRING 2013 cover story of the Student Press Law Center Report:


C&J students attended the fall journalism conference in Boston in November and received several prestigious awards.  The Southerner was recognized as third in the country for multi-media news.  In the individual writing competitions, honorable mentions went to Josh Weinstock, JD Capelouto, and Mary Condolora.  Excellent ratings went to Kitty Wright and Eli Mansbach.


The staff of Nexus was named a Crown Award finalist for 2014.  The publication was selected from among 1,236 publications to receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award in March 2014. In December, a panel of judges considered 1,236 print, digital and hybrid publications, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2012-2013 academic year.


Thespian News

Grady Thespians entered the Atlanta 48-Hour Film Project, where professional film companies and amateurs are asked to write, film and edit a 4-7 minute film in 48 hours.  We had one professional actor, a couple of other adults, and the rest were students.  We also had to pick a genre randomly from a hat (we got "fantasy"), incorporate a character, a line of dialogue, and a prop (a towel).  Grady students made the film in 47 hours and 53 minutes, and out of the 72 films that entered, we were picked as the "Jury Select", an honor shared by 11 other films.  On top of that, our film won the award for "Best Costumes", mostly because of Charlie Denton's extensive Steampunk collection.  Since the majority of the entrants were professional, we were very proud of our accomplishment.

Here's a link to the film:  The Quest - Grady Thespian

Grady won the Region 6AAAA One Act Competition. We will be competing in the State One Act competition Saturday, Nov 9. In addition, Preston Choi was named "Best Actor" and Eliza Renner was named "Best Actress". This is our 3rd region championship in the last 4 years since we started competing again. 

In the One-Act Competition this year, Grady performed "Dogface", won the region tournament, and picked up the Best Actor (Preston Choi) and Best Actress (Eliza Renner) awards.  We then moved on to state and placed 4th overall.  In addition, Eliza Renner received the award for Best Actress in the state!! This is the best we've done since we restarted the competition four years ago.  Please congratulate the following cast & crew if you see them.  Cast:  Eliza Renner, Molly Gray, Jack Arnold, Ashley Carter, Clarissa Mullig, Parker Tucker, Caroline Bray, Tatyana Sampson, Elizabeth Gibbs, and Preston Choi.  Crew:  Mia Panarites, Penelope Realff, June Kinner, Ben Cohen, and Amelia Rehg.


Grady Speech and Debate

Congrats to the Jesters who attended the Warner Robins HS Speech and Debate Tournament on Saturday, October 12.

Impromptu Speaking: 5th Place, Isabel Olson; Champion, Ben Simonds-Malamud


Extemporaneous Speaking: 4th Place, Isabel Olson; 3rd Place, Keegan Hasson; Champion, Ben Simonds-Malamud


Original Oratory: 5th Place, Ashley Carter; 2nd Place, Keegan Hasson


Varsity Policy Debate: 4th Place, Morgan Choi (MAVERICK) and 4th Place Speaker


Novice Policy Debate: Hannah Rakoski & Allie Schneider and 6th Place Speaker to Hannah Rakoski


Public Forum Debate: 

SPEAKER AWARDS-  10th Place, Riley Erickson; , 9th Place, Olivia Volkert; 7th Place, Salome Kakalashvili; 5th Place, Kathy Zakharova; , 3rd Place, Chloe Prendergast; 2nd Place, Harrison Wilco


PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE PLACEMENT- Quarterfinalists, Riley Erickson & Olivia Volkert; 2nd Place, Salome Kakalashvili & Katherine Zakharova; Champions, Harrison Wilco and Chloe Prendergast


Lincoln-Douglas Debate: 

SPEAKER AWARDS- 10th Place, Rayedean Sparks; 8th Place, Zoe Schnieder; 5th Place, Mary Claire Morris; 4th Place, Conor Downey; 3rd Place, Jamie Reid; 1st Place, Tiger Li.


LD DEBATE PLACEMENT- 3rd Place, Zoe Schneider; 2nd Place, Jamie Reid; Champion, Tiger Li.


On October 5th and 6th,  the Jesters, Grady HS's Speech and Debate Team, competed at the Sandra Silvers Invitational at Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Ga. Here are the results:

Hannah and Allie were the 3rd Place Team in Novice Policy

Overall Sweepstakes Winner- Debate

Overall Sweepstakes Winner- Speech

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Co-Champions- Miles Ezeilo and Meredith Fossitt; Semi-Finalist, Gilbert Young

Public Forum Debate: Co-Champions- Noah Li & Todd Pengelly and Kyle Mulholland & Theodore Roper; Semi-finalists- Grady Jones & Sam Wilson

Extemporaneous Speaking: 2nd Place- Max Rabb; 4th Place- Molly Gray; 5th Place- Isabel Olson

Original Oratory: Champion- Ashley Carter; 3rd Place- Alex Cameli

Dramatic Interpretation: Champion- Chloe Citron; 2nd Place- Molly Looman

Humorous Interpretation: Champion- Tate Lancaster

Prose/Poetry: Champion- Ryan Switzer; 2nd Place- Ana Hutchins

Duo Interpretation: Champions- John Roorbach & Theodore Sifnaios


Additionally, the Policy Debate team of Sam Heller & Morgan Choi will compete in the final round against Westminster.


The Jesters competed at two different Speech and Debate Tournaments September 28th and 29th. Here are the results:


Chattahoochee HS Tournament results


Novice Policy: Hannah Rakoski and Allie Schneider, Octofinals

Varsity Policy: Sam Heller and Morgan Choi, Octofinals

Sixth Place Speaker:  Hannah Rakoski


North Hall HS Tournament results


Prose/Poetry: Ryan Switzer, 4th Place

Dramatic Interp: Molly Looman, 2nd Place

Extemporaneous Speaking: 5th Place, Max Rabb; 3rd Place, Keegan Hasson; 1st Place, Ben Simonds-Malamud

Impromptu Speaking: 6th Place, Max Rabb; 1st Place, Ben Simonds-Malamud

Original Oratory: 3rd Place, Keegan Hasson

Public Forum: 3rd Place, Salome Kakalashvili and Kathy Zahkarova; 1st Place, Olivia Volkert and Riley Erickson

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: 5th Place, Will Taft; 4th Place, Jamie Reid; 2nd Place, Tiger Li; 1st Place, Conor Downey

Speaker Awards: Public Forum- 6th Place, Riley Erickson; 5th Place, Olivia Volkert; 2nd Place, Salome Kakalashvili; 1st Place, Kathy Zahkarova. Lincoln-Douglas- 6th Place, Zoe Schneider; 5th Place, Will Taft; 3rd Place, Meredith Fossitt; 1st Place, Gilbert Young. Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate- 5th Place, Rayedean Sparks.


Overall Debate Sweepstakes Winner, Henry W. Grady HS


While part of our team attended the Griffin Bear Classic Speech and Debate Tournament September 7th and 8th, four very ambitious students, Sam Heller 12th grade, Penelope Realff, 11th grade, Morgan Choi, 10th grade, and Hannah Rakoski, 9th grade traveled to Winston-Salem, NC for the National Early Bird Debate Tournament in Winston-Salem, NC. They competed with several hundred students from across the nation in policy debate and acquitted themselves well.


On September 7th & 8th, twelve members of the Jesters Speech and Debate Team competed the Griffin HS Bear Classic Speech and Debate tournament. They had a stellar performance! Here are the results:

Quarterfinalist, LD Debate: Tiger Li

Quarterfinalist, LD Debate: Conor Downey

Finalist, LD Debate: Will Taft

5th Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Keegan Hasson

3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Molly Gray

2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking: Max Rabb

Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking: Ben Simonds-Malamud

3rd Place Humorous Interpretation: Tate Lancaster

2nd Place Prose/Poetry Interpretation: Ryan Switzer

3rd Place Dramatic Interpretation: Ryan Switzer

Champion in Dramatic Interpretation: Chloe Citron

5th Place Impromptu Speaking: Max Rabb

4th Place Impromptu Speaking: Molly Gray

2nd Place Impromptu Speaking: Keegan Hasson

Overall Individual Events Sweepstakes Champion: Henry W. Grady HS


Blue Key National Speech and Debate Invitational, University of Florida

1,500 students from 18 states

·         Top 32, Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Zoe Schneider

·         Top 16, Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Conor Downey

·         Top 8, Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Will Taft

·         Top 24, Dramatic Interpretation: Chloe Citron


Houston County HS "Bruce Rogers Classic" Speech and Debate Tournament

·         Policy Debate- Champions, Sam Heller and Morgan Choi

·         Public Forum Debate- Top 8, Harrison Wilco & Meredith Fossitt

·         Lincoln-Douglas Debate- Champion, Conor Downey; Finalist, Logan Mann

·         Extemporaneous Speaking- Champion, Molly Gray; 2nd Place, Ben Simonds-Malamud; 

·         Original Oratory- 3rd Place, Kyle Cobb

·         Dramatic Interp- 2nd Place, Chloe Citron; 4th Place, Anna Hutchinson

·         Humorous Interp- 3rd Place, Tate Lancaster

·         Duo Interp- 2nd Place, John Roorbach and Theodore Sifnaios 

·         Prose/Poetry- Champion, Ryan Switzer

·         Impromptu- Champion, Ben Simonds-Malamud; 2nd Place, Molly Gray; 3rd Place, Kyle Cobb



Congrats to Sam Heller and Morgan Choi for representing us so well at the University of Kentucky at one of the most competitive debate tournaments in the nation. The most competitive teams from all over the nation braved snow and ice to test themselves in a field of winners. 


George Mason University:  In a field of over 100 of the most competitive private, parochial and suburban schools, at the largest speech and debate invitational in the entire nation with over 3,200 entries, the Jesters placed 7th, the highest ranking ever achieved by Grady HS or any school in the history of Georgia high school speech and debate.

·         Ryan Switzer- quarter finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, semifinalist in Prose Interpretation

·         Ben Simonds-Malamud- semifinalist, Impromptu Speaking

·         Molly Gray- quarter finalist, Extemporaneous Speaking

·         Chloe Citron- semifinalist, Dramatic Interpretation

·         Molly Looman- semifinalist, Dramatic Interpretation


·         Salome Kakalashvili- top 60, Public Forum Debate

·         Kathy Zakharova- Top 60, Public Forum Debate

·         Harrison Wilco- Top 60, Public Forum Debate

·         Chloe Prendergast- Top 60, Public Forum Debate

·         Riley Erickson- Top 30, Public Forum Debate

·         Olivia Volkert- Top 30, Public Forum Debate

·         Tiger Li- Top 60, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

·         Zoe Schneider- Top 60, Lincoln-Douglas Debate

·         Conor Downey- Top 60, Lincoln Douglas Debate

·         Gilbert Young- Top 60, Lincoln Douglas Debate

·         Mario Herrera was named a George Mason University "Mason Mentor." The award is selected and awarded by the Director of Forensics at George Mason University, Dr. Peter Pober. It is awarded annually to 3-5 individuals from around the nation.


Law and Leadership

Students in the Law and Leadership Academy visited the Georgia Supreme Court to hear oral arguments.  The students had an opportunity to have one-on-one time with Justice Harold  Melton who shared a glimpse of how the court functions. We were acknowledged by the Supreme Court before arguments began and it was a boost to Grady when two additional acknowledgements were made. Justice Hines, a Grady graduate, proudly announced that he was a “scat back “ at Grady and the States Attorney, during oral argument, shared that the author of the subject legislation was a Rhode Scholar and Grady grad, to which Justice Hines chided, “A lot of smart people come from Grady.”

After oral arguments we had an opportunity to tour the State Capitol and observe a press interview where Governor Deal revealed a new State initiative for the production of jobs. We also met with Senator Mike Dugan in the Senate well where he spoke to the students on the legislative and page process then invited them to apply to act as pages for his office.

Grady Writing Center

Grady Knights of Sound Pure Essence Dancers

Community Awards

Grady Sports

On October 28, 2013, the cross-country teams competed in the Region 6AAAA cross country championship at Marist School: Allison Rapoport, Gracie Griffith, Grace Powers, Margo Stockdale, Iman Madyun, Avery Bufkin, Meredith Fossitt, Ella Nelson, Anna Braxton, Reilly Blum, Lia Pett, Caroline Bray, Emily Ng, Carter Guensler, Archie Kinnane, Hank Persons, Adrian D'Avanzo, William Chapman, Axel Olson, Drew Davis, Nick Pittman, Sonny Romeo, Max Dusenbury, Conrad Newton, Matthew Wood, Vernon Colton, Hunter Whitney, Ike Hammond.  Both the boys and girls teams placed second an qualified for the state meet. 


In just its second season fielding a girls’ team, APS Knights Girls water polo team have swum to third place in the Georgia High School Water Polo Association (GSHSWPA) State Championships. While Grady girls filled the majority of caps for the team, four girls from area schools – schools unable to field girls teams - were invited to join them. Three students came from Pace Academy while Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC) referred one student. But make no mistake; this group was anything but disparate.  APS Knights Girls team member Ciara Sadaka (Pace Academy sophomore) received the 2013 Girls GHSWPA Defensive Player of the Year Award in recognition of an outstanding season.  Another three team members, Sloan Hodges (Grady sophomore), Jessica Hume (Grady sophomore) and Jessica Tolbert (GAC senior) were invited to play in the All Star Games held on Tuesday 15th October.

The following students competed in the first round of the State AAAA Volleyball Championship in Perry, GA:  Jadah Greenidge, Gabby Poux, Jewel Smith, Sydni Dunovant, Qri Montague, Grace Hawkins, Elizabeth Khayat, Sophia Carter, Alanne Story, Samantha Bowie, Caraway Oliver, Mackenzie Paller


The Grady Gauntlet Ultimate won their first ever national championship: Sebbi DiFrancesco, Riley Erickson, and Michael Dillard, along with alumni Joe Lavine, Chris Carson, Caleb Shorthouse, and Felix Jaffin.  Along with other top players from around Atlanta, our boys competed in Minnesota against the best players in the country, winning every game of the tournament but one during pool play.  Additionally, Gauntlet also had a number of players competing in the under-16 division.  Their team ended up 4th overall after starting with an 8th seed.  Please congratulate Mack Hodges, Kiran Potula, Noah Li, Brandon Kleber, Drew DiFrancesco, and John Roorbach!

Grady Knights Football:

8/30/13 v. Decatur:  7-6 LOSS

9/6/13 v. North Clayton:  35-6 WIN

9/13/13 v. Riverdale:  35-34 WIN

9/20/13 v. Lithonia:  25-14 WIN

10/4/13 v. Therrell:  42-0 WIN

10/11/13 v. Washington:  28-14 WIN

10/18/13 v. Banneker:  52-26 WIN

10/25/13 v. South Atlanta:  41-6 WIN

11/1/13 v. Carver:  28-7 LOSS

11/8/13 v. Lithonia:  25-22 WIN

11/15/13 v. Chestatee (playoffs):  41-13 LOSS


The Grady cross country team represented us well at the state meet.  Of 85 schools in AAAA, 32 qualified for the meet, and our boys finished 11th and the girls 7th.  These places were both higher than the pre-meet rankings, so we were pleased.  Full results at


Water Polo: Sloan Hodges and Jessica Hume made the Georgia Olympic Development Water Polo team. They will try out for the Southeast Zone team January 31st in Orlando. If they make that team, they travel to California in March to play against the Pacific zone team.


Grady Faculty Accolades

Grady journalism teacher Dave Winter was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the best high school teachers in Georgia! Here's a snippet from the AJC post:

"If you believe in school spirit, then you might appreciate the teachers who help make school a place that kids want to be a part of and look back on afterward with warmth and appreciation for the channels of meaningful activity it provided to help them find their pathways in life. School activities like the student publications that Dave oversees at Grady High often provide the sort of positive social updraft that enables kids to feel a sense of belonging and purpose. That feeling of affiliation engages them with the institution of school beyond what simply attending a series of classes can allow for, and often leads them to engage with school in ways they might not otherwise care to do."

To see the full article, visit


Sergio Rodriguez, Grady’s orchestra director, performed with the Atlanti Virtuosi at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration . Guest speakers included Rosie Rios, United States Treasurer of the Obama Administration.


Mme Monye was invited by the College Board as a French Language and Culture Reader for the AP Exam. She has been annually invited as a reader since 2010.


Sergio Rodriguez:


Hope you can read it. :)


Grady Graduate Accolades

After 5 days and 33 hours of tryouts, Isabelle Taft, Grady Class of 2013, made the Yale Debate Team.  I


Grady graduate Summer Frost is currently in Botswana serving as a member of the Peace Corp! Check out a blog about her experiences:


Grady graduate Briana Fullwood is interning with the Community Engagement and Audience Development department at WNYC-New York Public Radio.  Briana is studying Urban and Regional Studies at Cornell University.


Grady graduate Kelsi Eccles was named a McGill Fellow at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.  The fellows were selected by a faculty committee "for their strengths in academics, practical experience and leadership," said John F. Greenman, Carter Professor of Journalism, who chaired the committee.


Guests and Speakers:

US Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with students in Mr. Sartor’s classes on Friday October 18, 2013.


Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, visited Grady on Wednesday, 10/23/13, during advisement to speak with our students about music, advocacy, and social change.  He also played a few tunes.  Mr. Yarrow now oversees an organization called Operation Respect.  Their mission is to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence.