Mays Girls, South Atlanta Boys Honored by Fulton County Commission

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The South Atlanta boys and Mays girls basketball teams were each honored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for winning state championships this season.

The Mays girls and South Atlanta boys basketball teams, winners of state championship titles this season, were honored at the Fulton County Government Center on Wednesday by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, at the request of District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington and District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

The Mays girls became the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA champs by way of a hard-fought 52-21 win over Harrison (Cobb County), back on March 9. It was the second state championship for the program, which won the Class AAAA title in 2003. The Raiders began the season with a record of 5-7, but rallied to a final record of 22-9, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost.

The South Atlanta boys won the GHSA Class AA championship after dismantling Swainsboro (Emanuel County) 68-33, on March 11. The Hornets finished with a record of 29-1 and were the No. 1 team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Class AA Top 10 poll from the beginning of the season until the end. South Atlanta’s boys last won a state championship in 2009 (Class AAA).

The wins were sweet redemption for both programs. This year’s seniors on Mays’ team were sophomores when the Raiders lost the Class AAAAA championship game to Stephenson (DeKalb County). South Atlanta advanced to the semifinals last season, but lost to eventual champion Morgan County.

To view a mini-documentary on both championship teams, click here.

Mays 2016-17 Roster: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill. The team is coached by Chantay Frost.

South Atlanta 2016-17 Roster: Seniors Frank Bailey, Acey Brown, Antonio Gay, Freeman Jordan, Devonta Pullins, Demontay Roberts and Tyler Thornton; juniors Dondre Barnes and Jalen Stegall; and freshman Ja’Quavian Florence. The team is coached by Michael Reddick.

 

 

 

Twelve APS Basketball Players, Two Coaches Named to AJC’s All-State and All-Metro Atlanta Squads

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Mays senior Kamiyah Street was named the Georgia High Schools Association Class AAAAAA Girls Player of the Year and the Atlanta/South Fulton Girls Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A dozen Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student athletes were named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) All-State and All-Metro basketball teams on Friday.

Mays senior guard Kamiyah Street was named the Class AAAAAA All-State Girls Player of the Year, as well as the Atlanta/South Fulton Girls Player of the Year. Street led the Raiders to the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA state championship, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost who was named All-State Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year and Atlanta/South Fulton Coach of the Year. Mays finished with a record of 22-9 and won the program’s second state championship (2003).

For the boys, South Atlanta senior forward Tyler Thornton was named the All-State Class AA Boys Player of the Year by the AJC, while his head coach, Michael Reddick, was named Coach of the Year. South Atlanta won the GHSA Class AA State title, the school’s first since 2009, and finished the season with a record of 29-1.

Here is the list of All-State and All-Metro accolades:

GIRLS
Dominique Banks, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAAA

Tiamya Butler, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Sabree Gallishaw, Senior, Washington
First Team All-State Class AA, First Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Shatara Goodman, Junior, Coretta Scott King
Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

Lawrencia Simon, Senior, South Atlanta
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Second Team

Kamiyah Street, Senior, Mays
All-State Class AAAAAA Player of the Year, Atlanta/South Fulton Player of the Year

BOYS
Marquavius Carter, Junior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAA

Stavon Griggs, Senior, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

JaQuavius Hayes, Senior, Maynard Jackson
First Team All-State Class AAAAA, Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Corey Moore, Senior, Therrell
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

Devonta Pullins, Senior, South Atlanta
Second Team All-State Class AA, Second Team All-State Atlanta/South Fulton

Tyler Thornton, Senior, South Atlanta
All-State Class AA Player of the Year, First Team Atlanta/South Fulton
COACHES
Chantay Frost, Mays (Girls)
Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year, Atlanta/South Fulton Coach of the Year

Michael Reddick, South Atlanta (Boys)
Class AA Coach of the Year

APS Wins Four Awards at Moot Court Competition

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Atlanta Public Schools moot court teams won four awards at the Seventh Annual Young Litigators Moot Court Competition, held recently at the Fulton County Government Center.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students made an impressive showing at the Seventh Annual Young Litigators Moot Court competition, held last week at the Fulton County Government Center.

Moot Court is a mock Supreme Court hearing where teams work with attorneys and write a brief based on a current issue. The teams pose as lawyers and defend their brief in front of panel of distinguished judges. The 2017 issue dealt with the Fourth Amendment and a law enforcement officer allegedly using excessive force to subdue a fleeing individual.

APS teams from Martin Luther King and Crawford Long Middle School competed in the middle school category, while teams from South Atlanta, Drew Charter and Therrell High School competed in the high school category. APS schools came away with four awards:

— Middle School, Best Brief – M.L. King
— Middle School, Overall Team – M.L. King
— Middle School, Best Oral Argument – Zeruiah Wilson, Long
— High School, Best Oral Argument – Alvin Winston, Drew Charter

The seven-member panel of judges included famed attorney Benjamin L. Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin. Attorney Crump, of ParksCrump Attorneys at Law, specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases. Students presented Crump with the Young Litigators Social Justice Award following the competition.

The other panelists were Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Judge Johnny Mason; Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney; Fulton County Associate Juvenile Court Judge Renata Turner; Attorney Cora Graves of Gwinnett County Public Schools; Attorney Chantel Mullen Chief Executive Officer of Mullen and Associate, LLC and Mullen Law; and Attorney Adam Sutton of the Cordell and Cordell Law Firm.

If you would like additional information on moot court, or would like to start a team at your school and have it involved in the 2018 competition, send an email to soul.stice@ymail.com or visit www.soulsticeinc.com.

 

Middle School Teams

Martin Luther King
Kameron Clark and Miles Jackson
Principal: Paul Brown
Sponsor: Shekela Edwards
Attorney Advisor: Christopher Cottrell
Assistant: Nyomi Haynes

Crawford Long
Tony Philips, Jartavious Wallace, Shaluan Fox and Zeruiah Wilson
Principal: Lisa Hill
Sponsor: Kiwi Cody
Attorney Advisor: Amanda Jones


High School Teams

Charles Drew Charter
Alvin Winston, Naima Cooper, Naomi Ray, Brooke Turpeau and India Girualt
Principal: Peter McKnight
Sponsor: Jennifer Ulbrich

South Atlanta
Alexander Render, Miesha Young and Carla Franklin
Principal: Dr. Patricia Ford
Sponsor: Tom Dunn
Attorney Advisor: Lakeesh Dent
Assistant: Destinee Holt

Therrell
Treasure Ransom
Principal: Shelly Powell
Sponsor: Anthony Jackson
Attorney Advisor: Terrell Dark

South Atlanta Boys Win Basketball State Championship

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South Atlanta won the 2017 Georgia High Schools Association state basketball championship with a 68-33 win over Swainsboro, Saturday at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech.

The South Atlanta boys began the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AA top 10 poll. Saturday at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech, the Hornets proved that ranking was spot on.

South Atlanta (29-1) led from start to finish and put an emphatic exclamation point on its season with a 68-33 win over Swainsboro (Emanuel County) in the Class AA state title game. The Hornets led by 14 points at halftime and never looked back. South Atlanta was led in scoring by Devonta Pullins with 20 points and Jalen Stegall added 15.

The Hornets sealed the deal this season after coming up a bit short previously. They lost to Morgan County in the state semi finals last season and again to Morgan County in the 2015 quarterfinals. But this year, South Atlanta would not be denied.

“We have great kids, great talent in the community,” head coach Michael Reddick said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution afterwards. “I’ll say it again, it’s not the coaches. I know a little bit about basketball. I’ve been at the school for 19 years, but I have very talented players and I want those college coaches to stop reading the scouting reports and come and recruit these guys because we have some talent at South Atlanta High School.”

2017 South Atlanta Roster:  Seniors Frank Bailey, Acey Brown, Antonio Gay, Freeman Jordan, Devonta Pullins, Demontay Roberts and Tyler Thornton; juniors Dondre Barnes and Jalen Stegall; and freshman Ja’Quavian Florence.

 

 

USDA Official Visits Mays High School to see Successful Farm-to-School Program

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United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon learns about the Mays High School greenhouse and its use of aquaponics from senior Sydney Stepney during his visit to the campus.

When Atlanta Public Schools Nutrition Director Dr. Marilyn Hughes came to the district her vision was to create a nutrition program that connected the cafeteria, the classroom and the community.

More than a decade later that vision is a reality at a number of schools throughout the district, including Mays High School, where its teachers and students have established one of the state’s top agriculture clubs.  The concept of healthy living is infused into the school culture through its participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Farm to School” program. The national initiative is designed to help schools provide access to fresh, organically grown food for students and their communities.

Last week, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon stopped by to tour Mays’ greenhouse and aquaponics classroom, where fresh fish (tilapia) and vegetables are raised and grown, and the school cafeteria, where the food is prepared and eaten. He left very impressed.usda-under-sec-concannon-at-mays-hs-12-8-16

“We want to change the image of the urban food program,” Dr. Hughes said. “We want to broaden it so that we constantly make that connection between the cafeteria, the classroom and the community. We want people to think of our communities as places where you eat, work and live a healthy lifestyle. In order for it to be sustainable, we have to have collective ownership by the students, teachers and the community.”

At Mays, all three groups have bought in. Students have created one of the state’s top agriculture clubs, teachers are infusing agriculture and “green living” concepts into their lessons, from science to social studies and history, and the community is involved as well.

“We have a lot of people who walk on our campus for exercise and they’ll pick things from our traditional garden,” said Sydney Stepney, a senior and participant in the Governor’s Honors Program for Agricultural Sciences. “It’s important that we get back to eating natural foods.”

Sydney said she is inspired by wanting to discover alternative ways to treat debilitating diseases like dementia, which her grandmother is battling now.

“She takes so many pills and I just don’t like it,” Sydney said. “I think all of the diseases that are prevalent in our community, like dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure, are all linked to the foods we eat.”

usda-under-sec-concannon-at-mays-hs-greenhouse-2-12-7-16Sydney, who has been accepted by the University of Kentucky and is in the running for a Posse Scholarship from Texas A&M University, plans to major in nutrition and exercise physiology, open a fitness center that will include and utilize an urban garden, and create her own natural multi vitamin.

The school’s agriculture club and “Farm to School” program are designed to produce more students like Sydney who may be able to take advantage of the country’s “green” movement and the growing popularity of organically grown and raised food.

Mays Assistant Principal Dr. Wardell Hunter and Instructional Coach Hajj Womack  spoke with United States Congressmen John Lewis and David Scott about the importance of agriculture in schools. Both said they are working on legislation that promotes making college scholarship funds available for students majoring in agriculture.

“It’s something that Republicans and Democrats can get behind,” Womack said. “Agriculture is very important to our country, and it would provide excellent opportunities for our students.”

APS JROTC Cadets, Employees Help Brighten Holiday Season for Needy Families

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Close to 200 Atlanta Public Schools employees and JROTC students participated in the annual Atlanta Empty Stocking Fund Santa Village event, helping to give away toys, school supplies and clothing items to needy families in the community.

Atlanta Public Schools employees and JROTC students made the holiday season a little brighter for hundreds of children and families on Wednesday through their participation in the Atlanta Empty Stocking Fund’s annual Santa’s Village initiative.

Nearly 100 APS employees, including Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, and more than 100 JROTC cadets volunteered for several hours at the Santa’s Village distribution center in the East Atlanta/Kirkwood community. They gave toys, books and socks to absanta-village-2016-5-female-helperout 2,700 needy children and families throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Additionally, in the last month APS JROTC cadets have collected $35,000 in donations with the assistance of Kroger Stores in the community, while employees at the district’s Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL) collected more than $1,200 in one day. The total amount of $36,200 will be donated to the Atlanta Empty Stocking Fund.

Through relationships with a number of community partners and wholesale distributors, the Atlanta Empty Stocking Fund purchases brand new items in sufficient quantities (delete comma) in order to offer a variety of age- and gender-appropriate choices for children from birth to 12 years of age. Then from Dec. 1 – 21, families who are qualified to receive certain benefits through the Division of Family and Children Services are invited to visit Santa’s Village to select gifts and other items for their children.santa-village-1-students-with-carts

Over the years, Dec. 9 has become the date when APS employees and JROTC cadets volunteer to work in all aspects of the Santa’s Village distribution process, from client registration and check-in, to helping clients select toys, to completing client gift packages to check out.

“For APS employees, it provides us with an opportunity to give back to the community we serve,” said APS JROTC Director of Army Instruction and Leadership Lt. Col. Robert W. Rooker, who has coordinated APS Day at Santa’s Village for several years. “Personally, it’s my favorite day of the year.”santa-village-2016-2-gift-line

He said his cadets agree.

“It’s great to see that they enjoy serving those who are less fortunate than they are,” Lt. Col. Rooker said. “To a kid, when I ask them their favorite service learning experience, they will said Special Olympics and the Empty Stocking Fund. They’re wiped out at the end of the day because they’re so busy, but they love it.”

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Mays Football Advances to State Quarterfinals; South Atlanta Boys, Mays Girls in Top 10 Basketball Poll

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Mays has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs, thanks in large part to junior kicker Chloe Robinson. She successfully converted four of five extra point attempts (one was blocked) in the Raiders’ 35-22 victory over Lee County last week.

FOOTBALL

Mays advanced to the third round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs on Friday evening.

The Raiders (11-1), the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAAA-Region 5, rallied from a 22-8 deficit to defeat Lee County (9-3), 35-22. Mays shut out the Trojans in the second half, while the Raiders responded with two touchdown passes from quarterback B.J. Phillips, one each to Amir Abdul-Rahman and Jamarcus McCoy, a touchdown run by Phillips and an interception return for a touchdown by Ferlando Jordan. Junior place kicker Chloe Robinson was successful on four of her five extra point kick attempts (one was blocked). The Raiders will host Tucker (11-1), the No. 1 seed from Region 4, Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.

Douglass was eliminated from the playoffs, 28-20, by Screven County, the Class AA-Region 4 champions. The Astros fought hard and threatened to score in the game’s final seconds, but their drive was snuffed out by the Gamecock defense. Douglass finished the season 8-4 as head coach Rodney Cofield has brought the winning tradition back to the Astro program.

Grady was eliminated from the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, 24-21, by Woodland-Stockbridge of Henry County when the Wolfpack kicked the game-winning field goal with just three seconds left in the game. The Grey Knights were led by senior quarterback Caylin Newton, who ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jacquez Sloan, and Jeffrey Black ran for a touchdown as well. Grady finished the season 10-2 and won the region championship for the first time since 2010.


BASKETBALL

Two Atlanta Public Schools teams cracked the first Atlanta Journal Constitution top 10 poll of the season, released on

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Mays has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs, thanks in large part to junior kicker Chloe Robinson. She successfully converted four of five extra point attempts (one was blocked) in the Raiders’ 35-22 victory over Lee County last week.

Sunday.

The South Atlanta boys team debuts at No. 2 in the Class AA rankings. The Hornets won their first game of the season last week, 94-56, over Drew of Clayton County. Last season, South Atlanta finished 25-7 and advanced to the state finals.

Mays’ girls are No. 3 in the Class AAAAA rankings. The Lady Raiders will open the season Friday at the Tennessee Turkey Jam in Germantown, TN. They finished last season with a record of 22-8 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.