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Grady High Trio Win National Achievement Scholarships

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The Atlanta Public Schools board of education approved a redistricting plan Tuesday night that includes placing between six and eight portable classrooms at next year to alleviate overcrowding.

Inman currently houses students from four elementary schools including . See Virginia Highland-Druid Hills Patch for more coverage from Tuesday night's APS meeting.

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Congratulations to a trio of students - Eloisa O. Cleveland, Brandon S. Edmondson and Camille R. Harris - who last week were among the approximately 800 black high school seniors who won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

These awards are financed by grants corporate organizations, professional associations and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Each student won a National Achievement $2500 scholarship. More than 160,000 students entered the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test as high school juniors.

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Grady senior Maurice “Trey” Evans III recently received a $500 scholarship as part of the Georgia United Credit Union’s Annual Scholarship Essay Competition. Evans was one of eight runners up in the Vernon E. Carne Scholarship competition and has been accepted at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Several Grady students were recognized at the recent 64th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, which provides a stage from which junior high and high school students of Georgia can demonstrate their serious contributions to the advancement of society and our way of life. Hosted by the Office of Academic Special Programs in the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education, the state science fair brought together winners from regional fairs held throughout the state in January and February.

Justin Williams scored a Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Grand Award and top 10 state recognition. Others honored from GHS included Rachel Citrin, George Lowring, Troy Kleber and Daniel Tehrani.

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The Grady HOSA Parliamentary team recently won first place at the Georgia HOSA State Leadership Conference and will compete in the national competition in June. The Parliamentary Team was comprised of Natalie Anderson, JaTavia Butler, Erin Fallen, Akilah George, Niquisha Ruff, Eric Spencer, Ngoc Tran, and Morgan Ukaonu

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Over the course of the recent spring break, Grady's Margaret McDonald represented the United States at the 2012 Junior & Cadet World Championships in Women’s Sabre in Moscow, Russia. This is considered a great honor to be named to a World Team and demonstrates the sacrifices and skills of the athlete. This international tournament was another milestone for McDonald in world-class competitions, which could lead to even greater results at the Senior level and ultimately the Olympic level. She previously had won a silver medal in Budapest, Hungary, which secured her place on the team.
 
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Grady's Mock Trial team recently won the 24th Annual Georgia State Championship. This marked Grady's fourth consecutive state title victory, which is unprecedented in Georgia. The team will be traveling to Albuquerque, N.M. to represent Georgia in the national championship in May. The following students won best attorney awards: Jasmine Burnett, Shaun Kleber, Troy Kleber, Atiana Johnson, Nally Kinane, and Elizabeth McGlamry. The following students won best witness awards: Orli Hendler, Alix Youngblood, Kenny Cochran, and Archie Kinnane.
  
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Isabelle Taft, Sammi Dean and Sam Heller recently won second place in the state at the WorldQuest competition at Georgia State University, despite being a player short due to a conflict with robotics. Academic WorldQuest was invented by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and is now widely played at the adult and high school levels around the country. It is a team competition testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Participants come from high schools that work with the World Affairs Council network 

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On Thursday at 6 p.m., there is a called Grady PTSA meeting at the school to convene a Nominating Committee. The PTSA Nominating Committee is charged with slating the 2012-2013 Grady PTSA Executive Committee (president, vice presidents, secretary and treasurer). PTSA has received a number of nominations to serve on the Nominating Committee, but they need several more PTSA members to serve to fulfill the conditions for alternates of their bylaws. 

Nominating Committee Forms are available online and in the office. Please take a moment to review the form and then make a nomination of someone (or yourself) who could sit on this committee for a short time and make a big difference. If you have questions, please contact PTSA Vice President Armenthia Johnson at armenthiaj@yahoo.com
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On Thursday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Grady's "old" gym, Grady's Athletic Booster Club is holding a reception to pay tribute to Coach Doug Slade, who is retiring this spring after years of devoted service to our athletes and the Grady community. All are invited to celebrate, honor and recognize his many years of dedicated service.
 
The "Doug Slade Scholarship Fund" is being created in his honor. The money in the fund will be used to assist student-athletes who need financial assistance with expenses related to participating in athletics at Grady. If you wish to make a contribution to the fund, please send a check payable to the "Grady Grey Knights Athletic Booster Club," with a notation that it is for the "Doug Slade Scholarship Fund," to the school address: 929 Charles Allen, Atlanta, 30309.  GGKABC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the fund on the night of the reception.
 
In addition, if you are so inclined, the Athletic Booster Club is accepting donations toward the cost of this reception. Again, please make your check to GGKABC and note it is for the reception and send it to the school. Any donations to this fund that are not used will be transferred to the Scholarship Fund and are also tax deductible.  
 
If you are interested in working on the committee to plan the reception, please contact Athletic Booster Club President Lisa Seiler at laseiler2@aol.com.   

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Have a rising ninth grader or know someone who does? Then head to Grady on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. for a guided tour of the school. The tour begins in the cafeteria and includes an overview of the school and a comprehensive tour of the campus led by Grady teachers and students. The tour last about an hour. To make a reservation for a tour, please send an email to gradynextstep@gmail.com or call 404-802-3049 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:45 pm.

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