Sunday, May 19, 2013
The live coverage is over, but replay the live blog to see what all the hype was about.
President Barack Obama gave the 129th commencement address speech on a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon, May 19th, at Morehouse College. Obama began his remarks to an excited yet wet crowd,most of whom had been seated as early as 6 am. at approximately 11:30 am. The sky opened just before the speech began, and the crowd was treated to a steady downpour throughout. Obama quipped that, “I would be out there with you, but the Secret Service gets nervous.” Obama was greeted with a big cheer when he emerged from a building adjacent to the stage with Morehouse College president John Silvanus Wilson, a former White House aide. The invocation was given by Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous church. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police: Eighth grader brought plastic gun to school.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to Inman Middle School, earlier this month. The boy, who was not named because he is a minor, brought the black-handled, silver colored, plastic gun to the school on May 1, according to a police report about the incident. The boy had shown the gun to different students around the school and another student reported it to school officials. Inman administrators pulled the student from his class, found the plastic gun inside his bookbag in his locker and summoned police. The boy's mother was subsequently called and the boy was charged with carrying a weapon at school. An Atlanta Public Schools spokesman did not return a Patch request for comment Wednesday. The incident is the …
This is your opportunity to voice the qualities and skill sets you want to see in the next superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.
The Atlanta Board of Education’s Superintendent Search Committee has released the schedule for four community input sessions — May 15, 16, 20 and 21. The sessions are designed to give citizens the opportunity to provide feedback on the characteristics they believe are critical in the next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent. The Superintendent Search Committee has pledged to gather input from all key stakeholders such as parents, teacher and students. “All members of the search committee affirm the importance of gathering extensive community input in this search,” said committee chair Ann Cramer, who is a retired IBM executive and mother of former APS students. “We hope everyone interested will take advantage of this opportunity, and we …
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, picks 1,000 students every year who receive scholarships to use at a university or college of their choice.
Fourteen high school students from Atlanta Public Schools, including two from Grady High School, were named Gates Millennium Scholars. The two Grady High School students named were Mezmure Dargie and Sanjida Mowla. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, picks 1,000 students every year who receive scholarships to use at a university or college of their choice. The scholarships, good through graduation, give recipients professional and personal development through Gates leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college careers. “At a time when the perception of our academic programs has suffered, it is reassuring to see our students compete and achieve some of the most …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 26 DeKalb high school seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program.
Twenty-six DeKalb high school seniors will be presented with college scholarships during the first DeKalb County Education Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony on Tuesday May 14 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the county announced Friday. The scholarships, up to $5,000, will be given to DeKalb county school district seniors accepted into a two- or four-year college or vocational training program, the county said in a press release. DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County School District created the DeKalb Education Scholarship Fund, an effort that raised $120,000. A selection committee formed by the chamber reviewed more than 135 applications. Award-winning students were picked based on …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution delivered the 2013 Sheth Distinguished Lecture at Emory University
Mike Luckovich, political cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, recently talked about his creative process at Emory University. He delivered the 2013 Sheth Distinguished Lecture. Emory's website says, "Each year since 2004, a speaker of outstanding quality is invited to present during a lunch attended by emeriti, active faculty, and others with special interest in the topic." He won the Pulitzer Prize for political cartons in 1995 and 2006. Previous speakers have been former President Jimmy Carter; Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College, former founding director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University; and Natasha Trethewey, Emory professor and current U.S. Poet Laureate.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. was founded in 1994 to address the education crisis in the United States.
Twenty Atlanta Public Schools students, including one from Grady High School, were named Carson Fund Scholars. The Grady student is Archie Kinnane, an 11th-grader. The students will each receive $1,000 college scholarships. The fund is named after Benjamin S. Carson, the famed Johns Hopkins Pediatric neurosurgeon, and his wife, Candy. They founded the funded in 1994 after reading a study that showed the United States ranked 21st out of 22 nations in science and mathematics. Since then, the fund has awarded scholarships to students in grades 4 to 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Since 2002, the Carson Scholars Fund has recognized more than 400 students in the Southeast.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Commencement ceremonies get under way Thursday with an address by the former Atlanta Brave. Rita Dove, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, will deliver the commencement address next Monday.
Expect a lot of traffic around Emory University in coming days for commencement activities. At 7 p.m. Thursday, former Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones will speak at Class Day in Glenn Memorial Auditorium. He was chosen by a student committee. According to the Emory website, the event is only open to graduating seniors from Emory College, Nursing, Business, and Bachelor of Medical Science programs. Guests are not permitted because of limited seating. Graduation events for different schools and colleges, celebratory meals and ceremonies continue through the weekend. The baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Commencent will start at 8 a.m. Monday in the Quadrangle. Rita Dove, the former U.S. Poet …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dr. Richard Besser, the author of "Tell Me The Truth, Doctor," met old friends during a book event at the Barnes & Noble at Emory University.
Dr. Richard Besser, the chief medical editor for ABC News, visited Emory University Monday night to talk about and sign his new book, "Tell Me The Truth, Doctor." The event was something of a homecoming as old friends welcomed him at the school's Barnes & Noble bookstore. Before taking the TV job, Besser worked years at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, serving as interim director for a period. The book has plain-English answers to 67 common questions about health, such as:
Monday, May 6, 2013
Clarissa Mullig won a national Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.