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by Tamara Irving, North Atlanta High School
Tamara Irving, North Atlanta High School Center for the Arts Dance Director and Velma Page, Choral Director took 2 students to perform for the Council on Aging, Inc. 33rd annual luncheon.
The Council on Aging director’s task was to expose the elderly to youth and decrease isolation; what better way to do this than through the arts. Juniors, Kathryn Morris and Ambrea Styles performed “The Lord’s Prayer”. Kathryn interpreted the music through dance, while Ambrea serenaded the audience with her beautiful singing.
The event took place on October 25 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. From the looks on the faces of the audience, they were pleased by our talented youth.
The Community Programs Director of Atlanta Ballet, Carla Cuba, visited North Atlanta High School on October 5, 2011 to award five scholarships to Center for the Arts dance students, Endiya Bivins, Andre Goddard, Ameera Hill, Danielle Jackson and Sylvia Mensah.
The scholarship will allow the Modern III and IV students access to unlimited free classes in the Adult Open Division of Atlanta Ballet’s three locations, Midtown, Buckhead and Cobb.
“I am proud to revamp our partnership and I am excited about the opportunities ahead for our students!” Tamara Irving, Dance Teacher.
These scholarships have been awarded as a part of a partnership between Atlanta Ballet and North Atlanta High School Center for the Arts.
APS Director of Athletics Jeff Beggs was excited to share this press release with us:
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), in partnership with the Chick-fil-A Bowl, announced today that Marcus Mack, a senior linebacker from North Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Ga., has been named the Play It Smart Student-Athlete of the Month for February 2011.
(Check out Mack, at left, with Gregory Eason, at right, on National Signing Day in the video above.)
“It’s fitting that Marcus Mack is the winner for the month of February,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. “To honor his accomplishments during the same month he signed a letter of intent with the U.S. Naval Academy underscores the importance of our partnership with the National Football Foundation and Atlanta Public Schools.”
Mack, a senior linebacker and team captain for the Warriors, has developed an impressive resume during his career at North Atlanta High School. A volunteer with Hosea Feed the Hungry, Each One Reach One, and Help ATL, he also assists disabled students at North Atlanta. Despite his busy community schedule, he maintains a 3.6 grade point average in his school’s most challenging academic program, and this past fall he registered 77 total tackles on the field.
Once again, North Atlanta High School presents “A Night of Culture,” an evening of international culture and celebration, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24. The school’s rich and varied cultures and languages will be featured, with food, dance, music, crafts, poetry, fashion, games, henna painting and more.
The evening will showcase the myriad countries and cultures represented at the school, and reflect the mission of internationalism that the school’s International Baccalaureate program supports. Come and celebrate the world and experience the dozens of countries and languages that this school embraces!
We’re crossing our fingers this weekend for North Atlanta High‘s boys’ swim team as it hits the water this weekend for the state swimming and diving championships being held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Sophomores Dillon Mabrey and Sam Boatwright, junior Rehan Bhinwandalla and senior Neal Shadle qualified for the state meet in late January in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle relays, while Boatwright has qualified in five other individual events.
The North Atlanta boys, who along with the girls’ team are under the tutelage of Coach Lois Brackin, also bested Grady High in this past weekend’s APS swim championships held at the Fosell Fann Recreation Center.
“This season has definitely been the best year for us,” says Brackin, who’s coached the team for four years. A North Atlanta grad, she also teaches ninth-grade literature and AP language and composition. “Their times are better this season, and while we’ve always had a family atmophere as a team, this year in especially the teammates have been really supportive of one another. And we’ve gotten tremendous support from the athletic department this year. Every year it gets better.”
And considering the youth of the team, and strong interest over Sutton Middle School, it could get even better. “We look forward to next year and all the incoming freshmen who are looking forward to swim,” Brackin says. “We’ve had parents at Sutton already calling this season, wanting to start a JV team.”
We were so excited for all of the APS student-athletes who participated in National Signing Day, preparing for the next step on their journey to success by gaining scholarships. But they weren’t just athletic scholarships, some of them earned academic scholarships. This was especially clear for the student-athletes from North Atlanta High, as we found out in this interview video posted above, which includes salutatorian Grace Shea (pictured above, right).
The rest of those interviewed above are girls soccer coach Zack Greenamyre, football-soccer player Jim Russel and soccer players Dara DeMateo and Grace Shea. Check out the other video interview that includes North Atlanta football player Marcus Mack, who will join Mays High’s Greg Eason at the U.S. Naval Academy. And that’s not even counting yet another player, Zack Wootten, who will attend Johns Hopkins University! Congratulations to all. And you have to give credit for Jim Russel singling out North Atlanta football coach Brian Montgomery for all he did this season, which included the team’s best record yet (7-3).
There were some incredible stories coming out of Wednesday’s APS National Signing Day activities, so we took some time to interview some of the impressive student-athletes who are ready to take the next step to college.
On that note, congratulations to Mays High‘s Greg Eason and North Atlanta High‘s Marcus Mack, who will be teammates next year at the U.S. Naval Academy. They discuss their decision in the video above.
Students, faculty, staff and parents gathered Wednesday morning for the unveiling of the student-designed logo for North Atlanta High‘s Global Broadcasting and Journalism academy. The academy is a part of North Atlanta and Grady High becoming the final two schools to convert to the newer, smaller-learning model as designed by Atlanta Public Schools’ High School Transformation Initiative.
As Academy Leader Laura Brazil explained in the video interview above, part of the reason to open the academy was due to the overflow of student enrollment that already had filled the other three academies (or “small learning communities”): the Center for the Arts, Center for Business and Marketing and Center for International Studies (home of the International Baccalaureate program). The students in the “GBJ,” as the new academy is called, are freshmen and sophomores whole will matriculate through the system while learning the latest innovations in journalism and broadcasting. (It was kind of cool to see one North Atlanta High parent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Hank Klibanoff, in the audience!)
The students unveiled the new logo after a reception hosted in the Old Planeterium room (where students interviewed such guests as Atlanta Board of Education members on camera). The logo (below) was designed by Darius Peterson, whose work is well known around North Atlanta High and the community. (We’ll have lots more him later on; keep coming back to Talk Up APS for more info!) We’d also like to thank academy office assistant Amy Durham for the head’s up!
Atlanta Public Schools’ Warriors basketball team earned second place and a silver medal during the recent Special Olympics’ State Indoor Winter Games in Marietta. With only seven players on the roster, the Warriors didn’t have much time to rest, and yet they made it to the final round.
In that final game, against a team from DeKalb County, APS trailed by only two points for most of the game, and ended up short, 26-22. ”It was very exciting!” said Regina Gennaro, APS’ liaison for the Special Olympics out of the Program for Exceptional Children. “This was only our second year participating in a state event where we finished very quickly last year. We made a huge improvement this year!”
The APS team consists of North Atlanta High students Kirby Broughton, Carrie Crayton (the team’s only female), Travis Greene, Robert Perdue, Jermaine Russell and Aquinas Tolan, and Joe Woodward from The New Schools at Carver. (Another North Atlanta student, Mike Hightower, missed the game due to an injury.) Coaches are North Atlanta’s Lisa Oglesby and Nic Hill.
Some interesting notes from the tournament, after the jump …
When Jasmine Guy spoke with students from North Atlanta High‘s Center for the Arts, she was on familiar ground in more ways than one. The Atlanta stage actress and director and former star of TV’s “A Different World” and “Fame” is a proud graduate of the school when it was called Northside High.
Guy shared her experiences and life lessons from a lengthy career that has brought her back to Atlanta, whether acting with True Colors Theatre or directing the Alliance Theatre’s premiere last summer of the Martin Luther King Jr. musical “I Dream.” One of the funner moments came when a student asked her what she would do when, at an audition, she saw someone who was more talented than her perform. “I go to the bathroom,” she said as the students laughed. Then she got serious, after relating a particularly disappointing exprience: “Now, I try to use people that are good in auditions to inspire me. So I switch it around. If I see a fierce dancer in a room, I try to make it … juice me up. … You can’t let yourself get devastated.”
Guy appeared at the school at the invitation of Center for the Arts academy leader Reginald Colbert. North Atlanta and Grady High are the last of APS’ schools to convert to smaller learning schools under the High School Transformation Initiative that began in 2005 with The New Schools at Carver.
Watch the entire lecture and question-and-answer session with Jasmine Guy here.