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Yoon Nam, event DJ, keeps the party going during Art Crush. Photos provided by Burnaway.

Southern art celebrated

at Art Crush show
BY TAYLOR ROBINS only organizations that’s Jiha Moon─the event’s advocating for artists in the honoree and a mixed media
region to the broader art artist, was thanked with a

world in the United States.” speech and silk screenings
urnaway, a 10-year-
More than $50,000 was of her work were offered
old non-profit
raised at the event and will for purchase. Moon is
An artist interacts with attendees at the recent Art Crush art show. magazine based in
benefit Burnaway's mission one of the most nationally
Atlanta, held its annual Art
to keep a spotlight on reconized artists in the
Crush show and fundraiser
Southern art. Atlanta area and is also a
to highlight visual art in the
According to Nelson, Chamblee resident.
south Feb. 16 at Factory
Southern art differs from Michi Meko, Sonya
Atlanta in Chamblee.
art in other regions because Yong James and Peter
“It’s also an opportunity
“Southern art is influenced Bahouth were among other
to bring together the artists
not only by mainstream local artists highlighted
that we’ve been excited
urban culture but there’s a during the event.
about for the year and
lot influence of the fact that Attendees were also
a big accessible party
the South was agrarian for able to participate in live
format for art enthusiasts
so long and we have really auctions for experience
and Atlantans alike,”
specific movements in the tours with the artists,
said Burnaway Executive
south like self-taught folk curators from the High
Director Erin Nelson. “So
art.” Museum and the Atlanta
we’re really one of the

Burnaway, a nonprofit magazine, held its annual art show and fundraiser at SEE ART ON PAGE 3
Chamblee’s Factory Atlanta.

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Documentary to feature historic Black community

BY CARLA PARKER met, and we wanted to tell roads. some of the stories.” Four Streets will premiere
Holmes said eight residents on Tucker’s Facebook page
To some the Peters Park were interviewed for the on Feb. 28, and a special
community in Tucker is known documentary. The film’s title preview screening will be held
as the neighborhood behind refers to the main streets of the on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at Tucker
the Sam’s Club on Mountain neighborhood—Clark Drive, Recreation Center.
Industrial Boulevard, but Herbert Drive, Peters Road “Once we have the
Tucker is hoping to change and Ramey Road—which premiere screening, we’re
that perspective. were first built more than a going to reach out to the
On Feb. 28, the city will half-century ago. Each street schools—Tucker High School
premiere its first documentary was named for a family who and Tucker Middle School—
film, Four Streets, which lived in the neighborhood. and see what their interest is
shares the stories of several Peters Park is home to in screening it for the students
longtime residents of the 102-year-old Annie Bell because it’s important history,”
historic African-American Bailey, who was featured in Holmes said. The film’s title refers to the main streets in the neighborhood—Clark Drive, Herbert
community. Residents The Champion in September Holmes said he hopes Drive, Peters Road (pictured) and Ramey Road.
featured in the film share 2018. Bailey is the oldest viewers learn from this film
their memories of life in the known resident of Peters how important the Peters Park
area dating back to the 1940s Park. In the 1950s, she was a community was and still is to
through the Civil Rights member of Tucker Community residents.
Movement and into present Action Group, which fought “It’s a neighborhood that
day. to bring water and sewer lines, maybe a lot of people don’t
Tucker Communications natural gas, street lights and know about,” he said. “You
Director Matt Holmes said other services to the Peters often hear it referred to as the
the city wanted to feature one Park community. neighborhood by Sam’s Club
of its oldest communities in “We didn’t have [any] and it didn’t always used to
honor of Black History Month. lights, no water, no gas, we be that way. So, that’s one
“It’s a community where didn’t have anything,” she of the things the movie gets
people have embodied the said. into—it wasn’t always the
idea of living your whole life Bailey said some of the neighborhood by Sam’s Club.
there,” Holmes said. “There local churches worked with Hopefully, they will get to
are people who have lived Tucker Community Action see how that part of Tucker
there for upward of 60 years. Group to bring those services used to be and all of the really
There are so many good to the community. The county cool things that are happening
stories in that community from heard the community’s now.”
people that we’ve met and concerns and began to provide Peters Park, a historic Black community, will be featured in Tucker’s first
from people that we haven’t those services as well as pave documentary film, Four Streets. Photos by Carla Parker


Police raise $7,231 for Special Olympics

been involved with the Polar
Plunge since the department’s inception in 2009, adding that
Special Olympics Georgia has
Dunwoody’s police traditionally partnered with
department participated in the law enforcement throughout
2019 Polar Plunge Feb. 23 at Georgia for multiple events.
Acworth Beach to raise funds Parsons has been a participant
for Special Olympics Georgia. in the polar plunge for several
Approximately 20 years.
participating officers and staff “Everyone is pretty
dressed as chimney sweeps excited,” Parsons said.
from Mary Poppins to run into “There’s been a lot of costume
cold water to show support talk and we always want to
to Special Olympics Georgia win the costume competitions.
athletes. We’re trying to be the
Dunwoody Police number one law enforcement
Department won the law fundraising team. “
enforcement division in the tug For last year’s Polar
of war competition, beating Plunge, the department dressed
Cobb County Police. as superheroes.
Robert Parsons, According to Parsons,
Dunwoody Police the department also does the
Department sergeant and Law Enforcement Torch Run
public information officer, and several other fundraisers
said that the department has Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan leads tug-of-war against Cobb County Police Department. Photos provided by Dunwoody Police

Attendees at Burnaway’s annual Art Crush art show admire local artists’ work Feb. 16. Silk screenings of the work of event honoree Jiha Moon being made during Buraway’s Art Crush.
Photos provided by Burnaway.

ART Continued From Page 1A

Contemporary Art Center. custom installation by James─a unites a lot of cultures is the love of that having a diverse voice and
Art Crush not only celebrated Chamblee resident─that was grilling out.” different prospective is critical to
Southern art, but also the inspired by Chinese lanterns. According to Nelson, Burnaway thriving communities and good
Lunar New Year during the “Since the event was just off of wants to create a platform for both leadership and I think nationally this
event─embacing the Year of the Pig Buford Highway we really wanted new talent and those well known in is a moment to bring artists who fall
to bring together the Southern love to embrace that Buford Highway is the art world throughout the South. outside of the traditional cities into
of pork. this amazing multicultural corridor,” “I think that right now in all the bigger picture of leading art in
The art show also featured a Nelson said. “And the thing that sectors people are understanding the country,” Nelson said.



The strange phenomenon of blackface

My high school and college years However, during my college years, published in yearbooks. I also
were the at-times tumultuous ‘70s, my circle of friends were mainly place some responsibility on school
which novelist Tom Wolfe referred White guys. We were a wild bunch administrators who allowed such
to as the “Me” decade in an essay and often did things we shouldn’t photographs to be published. Even
written for New York Magazine in have done, but never did I know of though the students exhibited poor
1976. John Hewitt anyone who donned blackface. That judgment in appearing in blackface,
Though I was born and raised in concept never even occurred to me an adult should, or could, have
a small north Georgia town, in my as something that I would consider intervened and prohibited the photos
early years I had plenty of Black doing and I would probably have from being recorded for posterity.
friends and neighbors. We often skin with the powdered chocolate expressed outrage at any friends Early in life I was taught to
socialized together and considered mix, and he rubbed his skin with who may have attempted such a respect others and to never do
each other to be close friends. the white flour. I don’t recall much gesture. anything intentionally that would
The recent uptick in reporting else other than when we went to my I wonder why men such as be seen as offensive by others.
of prominent people who have at house to show my siblings what we Virginia governor Ralph Northam There were no specific guidelines
one point in their lives made the had done, there was a lot of laughter and attorney general Mark Herrin prohibiting us from making
decision to don blackface makeup at our expense as they made fun of ever participated in any similar ourselves up to appear as a Black
got me thinking about my personal us both. activities. Even as college students, person, those guidelines were not
experiences. I too have a confession Our efforts to change our most of us had moral standards necessary because the issue was
to make. appearances were not based on a that would have prohibited us from never considered.
I don’t recall exactly how old lack of respect for those of the other participating in behavior that would For all the social criticism
we were, but when we were both race but more of a genuine effort to likely be seen by others as both often directed toward the South
very young, myself and my Black see ourselves and each other from a hurtful and humiliating. during the difficult years following
friend who lived on the farm across different perspective. It baffles me to attempt to desegregation, I’m proud to say that
the road decided we wanted to As I grew older, I often dated understand what motivated Northam neither I nor any of my friends—to
temporarily trade places. We went Black girls while in high school and Herrin to don blackface to my knowledge—ever participated in
to my house and got powdered and college and in 1976 was asked begin with, but even more baffling something as demeaning as wearing
chocolate mix and a bag of white to leave a fraternity party at the is the fact that they allowed dark makeup in an effort to appear
flour and snuck into the woods to University of Georgia because I photographs to be taken of them as a person of color.
try our experiment. I rubbed my brought a biracial date to the party. that for both men ultimately were

Speaking up for the speaker

“I will work this week to man of integrity.  not wait to be rid of one-time
assemble a bi-partisan advisory I’ve known every Georgia house party wunderkind, former U.S.
group to examine the need for this ‘One Man’s speaker since Tom Murphy, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who
law (Legislative Leave) and make
recommendations for any changes. Opinion’ in many ways this man stands head
and shoulders above the rest. He
voluntarily left the U.S. House,
absent any scandal, at the end of
We will ask the group to take a look also has a solid track record on 2018. Well, they got their wish, new
at practices in other states with Bill Crane issues impacting victims of violent U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
part-time legislatures. This group crime, including expanded funding
will consist of legislators, judges and GBI Crime Lab personnel to Bill Crane also serves as a
(active and retired), prosecutors, deal with the long backlog of rape political analyst and commentator
members of the legal community requested by court clerks, as well kits and earlier acts aimed at sexual for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-
and citizens,” said Georgia House as the judge or prosecutor’s offices, predators. Examining his complete AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5
Speaker David Ralston from the and not Ralston. record, including years in the state FM, as well as a columnist for The
well of the State House, in a brief  “I fully appreciate the situation Senate, state House and as speaker, Champion, DeKalb Free Press and
address to the Georgia General that lawyers who live outside the demonstrate a career of servant Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb
Assembly on Monday, February 25, commuting area run into at the leadership and public service. native and business owner, living
2019. General Assembly. I know David  In Washington, many House in Scottdale. You can reach him
The real criminal justice system Ralston. I know he’s an honorable Republicans and more conservative or comment on a column at bill.
isn’t an episode of Law and Order, person, and I know, as soon as members of the GOP Caucus could
the system doesn’t move rapidly possible, he’s going to dispose of
from crime to arrest, trial and then those cases,” said Gov. Nathan
verdict in 60 minutes. Deal.
Remember the Brian Nichols  Deal was joined by former
case in Fulton County? Awaiting his Democratic governor Roy
own trial, Nichols broke free from Barnes–another lawyer and former
his jailer, took his weapon, shot and member of the State House and
killed the judge and bailiff, then Senate–who defended Ralston
went on a shooting spree and chase and other legislators making use
across two counties. This case was of the Legislative Leave Act, for
not exactly a low priority for the the purpose of rescheduling court
Fulton County District Attorney’s appearances.
office. Nichols was arrested several  Other longtime, legal veterans
days after the shootings. Time to of the judicial circuit, where Ralston
trial—three years, eight months.  represents most of his clients point,
 Much has recently been made out that particularly in criminal
in Atlanta media of the use of cases, the judge and prosecutors
legislative leave for continuing prioritize the trials of defendants
court cases or rescheduling court in custody and awaiting trial in a
appearances for clients of House county jail. The courts move those
Speaker David Ralston. Ralston, in custody to the front of the line,
a sole practitioner and “country while the court dates of those on
lawyer” for 39 years, as well as bail/bond slip forward along the
speaker of the house for nearing a calendar. The typical wait for a case
decade, runs a general law practice to come to trial in this still fast-
out of his offices in Blue Ridge.  growing region can be three to four
During the past two years, 21 years. 
clients represented by Ralston  Two of the more controversial
had their court appearances cases and clients represented by
continued, delayed or rescheduled Ralston have had court dates set
57 times. During roughly the same since November 2018–after a
period, Ralston disposed of and meeting of Ralston with the court
completed 23 other cases. As is and prosecutor’s offices–for trial
often the case with investigative dates in May and June 2019,
reporting containing a blend of following completion of the current
editorial sentiment, the news reports legislative session. Surprisingly also
did not include any reference to not mentioned in the recent hostile
the criminal or other cases which coverage. 
Ralston took fully through the Ralston is not perfect, and as I
courts, nor acknowledge that have often said in this space, we
several of the 57 continuances were should not seek perfection in our
leaders. But he is a good man and a

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Gangs can’t be only ones

recruiting teens, CEO says
New grant aimed at helping youth in DeKalb

DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy speaks to a group of graduating officers
DeKalb County officials announced DeKalb County Juvenile Court received a $1.1 DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond during the 115th DeKalb Police Academy ceremony Feb. 22. Photos by Horace
million YouthBuild Grant to provide paid internships and training for teens in the talks to a crowd at the DeKalb County Holloman
county. Photos by Horace Holloman Juvenile Court during a press conference.

“We plan to spend every
penny,” Crawford said,
DeKalb County CEO
Michael Thurmond said
employment for teens can help
Chief reflects on career
The DeKalb County The grant will allow curb criminal activity. body worn cameras and our
Juvenile Court received a $1.1 DeKalb County Juvenile Court “One thing we are BY HORACE HOLLOMAN 21st century policing is an
million YouthBuild Grant to to partner with the Solicitor- committed to is that the drug example of increasing trust,”
provide paid internships and General’s office, WorkSource dealers, bangers, pimps and Conroy said.
training for teens in the county. DeKalb and other community pushers can’t be the only ones DeKalb County Police Conroy has served as
County leaders and DeKalb organizations to provide paid putting our kids to work,” Chief James Conroy said he the DeKalb County chief
County Juvenile Court Chief occupational skills training Thurmond said. “We can’t announced his plans to retire of police since December
Judge Vincent Crawford and internships, according to allow that to happen. This will during an awards banquet Dec. 2013. Conroy’s retirement
held a press conference Feb. county officials. be a fight for our children.” 13. Later that evening, DeKalb will become official April 30.
21 to discuss how the grant is Crawford said the grant can DeKalb County Solicitor County officer Edgar Flores DeKalb County CEO Michael
expected to impact the county.    help DeKalb youth prepare for General Donna Coleman- was fatally shot after a traffic Thurmond made Conroy’s
YouthBuild is a the next phase in life. Stribling said DeKalb youth stop. retirement public Feb. 21.
community-based education “We’re living in a global need positive outlets in the Conroy said Flores’ death “Chief Conroy is an
program for teens ages 16 economy now and you’re community. was confirmation it was time example of the best DeKalb
to 24. The three-year grant going to be paid based on what “This is an opportunity for the next phase in his career. County has to offer,”
was awarded by the U.S. you know, not what you think to engage with the youth,” In an interview with The Thurmond said in a statement.
Department of Labor. The you know,” Crawford said. Coleman-Stribling said. Champion, Conroy said “His selfless dedication to
program was created to help “This grant is special for us “That’s why we’re here today. improving the department is a public service and commitment
teens who are high school because for a lot of our young That’s why we’re excited “team effort.” to honesty, integrity and
dropouts, aging out of foster people it’s a first step toward about this partnership. Our “I’ve seen a lot of my professionalism has set an
care and are disabled or the opportunity of earning goal is to ensure we provide friends retire and it still example for all DeKalb
homeless, according to the some kind of certification services, connect, collaborate hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m employees.”
department of labor. that says you’re good at and continue the process that retiring,” Conroy said. “It Conroy said he never used
something.” has begun here.” probably won’t sink in until a sick day during his three
that last day. It will on that decades with DeKalb County
last day when I turn my Police Department because
gun in…I’m going to feel he enjoyed coming to work.
We’d love to hear from you.
a little lost, but I know it’s
Conroy also led the effort
Before he became police
chief, Conroy also worked
as a commander of the North
to increase public trust and Precinct, Special Victims
overall transparency of the
HORACE HOLLOMAN department’s activities,
Section, Information Services Division and assistant chief of
Local news editor: covers county government according to county officials. the Support Services Division.
crime • courts • Decatur • Avondale Estates He managed the deployment of “My parents instilled a
officer body worn cameras and strong work ethic in me and I
led the transition of enhancing think it’s important to come to
CARLA PARKER public access to crime data work physically, mentally and through a crime reporting
Sports editor: covers sports plus Stonecrest emotionally ready to do the
Clarkston • Lithonia • Stone Mountain • Tucker system, National Incident- job,” Conroy said.
Based Reporting. DeKalb County is
“I hope that I fostered an conducting a nationwide
environment that increased
TAYLOR ROBINS trust and transparency within
search for a new chief of police.
Education editor: covers all things education-related the community. I think with
Brookhaven • Doraville • Chamblee • Dunwoody • Pine Lake.


Decatur Police Sgt. John Bender poses for a photo with a group of children while on patrol. Photo by Decatur Police. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond congratulates Robert Gordon, deputy
director of DeKalb County’s fleet management for taking the top spot in the 100
Best Fleets in North America.

Perimeter Mall’s Von Maur store held a fashion show and clothing auction Feb. 19 to help raise money for the Dunwoody Garden Desi Banks, a comedian and a graduate of Cedar Grove High School,
Club. Funds will go toward landscaping projects at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody Library and Windwood Hollow Park. Photo provided visited Barack Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology to read to
by Dunwoody Twitter Page. students Feb. 20. Photo provided by Barack Obama Elementary Magnet
School of Technology Twitter.

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Real estate executive honored by

organization that once banned her he majored in business. “One of his direction when he takes over, though
mentors advised him to go into real she said she’s not thinking of retiring.
FREELANCE REPORTER estate, and after working briefly in the “The joke among real estate people
insurance business, he did. I eventually is that we never retire—we just fade
When Bobbie Kennedy Sanford joined him, securing my agent’s and away,” she said.
of Sanford Realty was inducted this broker’s licenses.” Sanford is one of four members
month into the Georgia Realtors Her credentials as a real estate inducted this year into the Hall of
Association (GRA) Hall of Fame, executive allowed Sanford to keep Fame. According to GAR’s website,
she continued a string of trailblazing the agency running during the its Hall of Fame “recognizes
events that characterized the real estate years her husband was a DeKalb members who have demonstrated
business she and her husband, the late County commissioner. “His work consistent support of the REALTOR®
Porter Sanford III, founded more as a commissioner took so much of organization for at least 30 years,
than half a century ago. When Sanford his time there is no way he could and who have had a strong influence
Realty opened in 1965, it became have kept an agency this size going in the real estate industry…. These
the first minority-owned real estate while serving the county as a super individuals set the bar for the Hall
company in DeKalb County. district commissioner,” she said of of Fame, having proven themselves
Sanford’s induction into the GRA her husband, who was elected the first as champions of the REALTOR®
Hall of Fame makes her the first African-American presiding officer of association and captains of industry.” 
African American to be so honored. the commission.  “I believe they were also looking
“At the time we went into the real Bobbie Kennedy Sanford Sanford Realty, which started as a at our community service. We always
estate business, Black people were not five-agent office on Memorial Drive, at tried to do more than run a successful
allowed to become Realtors. There Isakson, who like the senator was in its peak had 75 agents, accounting for business; we also worked to build a
was a Black professional organization the real estate profession. millions of dollars of real estate sales in stronger community,” Sanford said.
called the National Association of “Although we were allowed to the metropolitan Atlanta area, Sanford Calling the induction “a true
Real Estate Brokers. There was where join the Georgia Realtors Association, said, explaining that the agency, now honor,” Sanford added she is even
we went for professional training and I can’t say members welcomed us on Snapfinger Woods Drive, has more gratified by all that she and her
recognition,” she recalled. with open arms at the meetings. It’s downsized since her husband’s death. husband did for others over the years.
Real estate professionals could good that my husband and I had each “As we grew the agency, we trained “I am most proud that we were able
only join the Georgia Realtors other, or we would have had no one each agent we brought in to meet to help so many families achieve the
Association with the backing of an to talk with. It didn’t really matter, we the standards of professionalism and American dream of home ownership—
existing member, Sanford explained, came to the meetings for professional integrity that have been our hallmarks especially those who had never thought
adding that before the 1980s, the state’s development, not to socialize,” she from the beginning. I really don’t have it would be possible for them,” she
White Realtors showed no interest in said. the time to do all that we used to do said.
nominating their Black colleagues to Sanford met her husband when together, so I no longer bring in new
the Realtors association. “The person they were students at Clark College, agents.”
who helped us break that barrier was now Clark Atlanta University. She was One son has come into the agency
Ed Isakson, the father of Sen. Johnny training to become a teacher, while and Sanford said he will determine its

OLYMPICS Law requires drivers to stop for school buses on multi-lane roads
Continued From Page 2
BY TAYLOR ROBINS the road unless the roads are
that raise money for Special Olympics. separated by a grass median,
However, the Polar Plunge is the police unpaved area or physical
department’s biggest event. barrier.
The groups raised the money by using Drivers in Georgia will
Fines and penalties for
social media and asking people to donate. now have to stop on both sides
violating SB 25 include a
The original goal for the department was to for school buses loading and
possible court appearance, a
raise $10,000. By Feb. 20, the group was unloading students—even
fine of up to $1,000, four points
on track to meet its goal as it had raised on multi-lane roads—as the
on the driver’s driving record
$7,000, according to Parsons. result of a measure Gov. Brian
and license suspension for
“We’ve had years where it’s been really Kemp signed into law Feb. 15.
drivers under the age of 21.
cold and close to freezing probably and we Senate Bill 25─reversing
A $250 civil penalty could
have years like this year where it might not the unintended language from
be imposed for violating the
be too bad,” Parsons said on Feb. 20. “It HB978 from last year─ states
school bus law.
gets really cold. I remember the first time I that drivers in both directions
Tickets will be issued to the
did it the water took my breath out of me.” on two-lane and multi-lane
owner of the vehicle.
The event also featured live music, food roads with a center turn lane
and prizes for attendees. must stop for school buses
NOTE: the law already
picking and dropping students
required that traffic stop on
off. The law went into effect
both sides of the road for
immediately after the bill was
loading and unloading school
buses. What is new is that it
Drivers must stop for school Drivers on both sides of road must stop for buses loading and
is now required on multi-lane
buses on the opposite side of unloading students. Photo by Taylor Robins


Locked Out honored at student film festival


DeKalb County School District rolled out

the red carpet and brought out the popcorn
for its first student film festival at the Robert
R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional
Complex Auditorium Feb. 21.
A total of 31 student films were split into
beginner, intermediate and advance film
categories. For each category, one film had a
chance of winning the Audience Choice and
Judges’ Choice categories. All films were
judged for the “Best in Show” award.
Paranormal themes were popular; however,
silent films, comedy, music videos and public
service announcements were also showcased.
Locked Out, a paranormal film in the
advanced category won three awards:
audience choice, judges’ choice and best in
show. DeKalb School of the Arts students
Kriss Nash, Stephanie Henderson, Aidan
Gates Shields and Celisse Pompey created
the film.
Students from Arabia Mountain, Chamblee Creators of “Locked Out” after winning three awards at DeKalb County School District’s inaugural student film festival Feb. 21. Photo provided by DeKalb
Charter, Columbia, DeKalb High School of County School District
Technology South, DeKalb School of the Arts,
Dunwoody, Lakeside, Miller Grove, McNair,
Southwest DeKalb, Stephenson, Towers,
Tucker High and Tucker Middle School
participanted in the showcase.
Among beginner films, Invisible, created
by DeKalb School of the Arts students Brooke
Moseley, Joy Carpenter, Anaya Bridges,
Havilland Kelly and Nia Johnson won
judges’ choice; Joust, created by Lakeside
High School students Aziz Philips, Christen
Jarman, Annette Heredia, Nora Comtois,
Alex Rugama Vasquez and Sydney Mills
won audience choice.
Among intermediate films, Blind Spot
created by DeKalb School of the Arts students
Zahra Ahmed, Cathy Clemenceau, Ana
Gates Shields, Annaleah Seaufert and
Roman Scott won judges’ choice; Sciophobia
created by Lakeside High School students
Jemia Johnson, Ethan David Kene, Tanjuah
Middlebrooks, Trey Morse, Rashaud Smith,
Braden Webb and Lucas Uyeda-Alacorn Awards presented to winners in the DCSD student film festival. Photo provided by DeKalb County School District
won audience choice.
“This is another fantastic example of
DeKalb County School District staying in step
with fruitful, innovative industries in the metro
Atlanta area,” said DCSD superintendent R.
Stephen Green. “The television and film
industries have proven in recent years that they
are here to stay. As a school district promising
the best opportunities for our students, we
are poised to offer courses in production and
foster our students’ artistic talent. This will
truly be a great opportunity to witness our
students soaring to new heights.”
Judges for the event were actor Mark
Ashworth, actor Matthew Cornwell, Fox
Casting owner Jessica Fox-Thigpen, actor
Eric Goins, director Bobby Huntley, actor
Jason MacDonald, producer Maggie Mock,
set designer Justin O’Neal Miller, actress
Angela Raye, actor Barry Stoltze, and Crazy
Legs Productions Chief Operating Officer
Scott Thigpen. Judges watch student films during the film festival. Photo provided by DeKalb County School District


COUNTYWIDE be held at Georgia State University’s Perimeter a.m. The breakfast is $7 for all you can eat. The
College Campus, located at 3251 Panthersville lodge is located at 840 VFW Drive. For more
‘Parents University’ announced Road in Decatur, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. information, visit
College recruiters will be on site to discuss
DeKalb County School District is inviting admissions, financial aid and student life. TUCKER
families to the district’s free Parent University
event. CLARKSTON City to celebrate Pi Day
Parent University will feature district experts
speaking on such subjects as behavior services, Library to host wire wrapping jewelry class Tucker will celebrate Pi Day with a Pi K
preschool special education, post-secondary March 14 at Tucker Recreation Center. Start
transition, hospital homebound services and Visitors can learn how to make pendants out times are 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
low incidence services. of stones, shells and unusually shaped beads March 14 is designated as Pi Day because the
Parent University will take place at 5839 using artisan wire March 9 at the Clarkston date numerically corresponds to the Greek
Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain from 11 a.m. Library 1 to 3 p.m. The library is located at 951 letter pi, the symbol used in mathematics to
until 1 p.m. on March 2 North Indian Creek Drive. For more information, represent the ratio of the circumference of a
call (404) 508-7175. circle to its diameter, which is approximately
3.14. The recreation center is located at 4898
College fair open to DCSD students Lavista Road. For more information, visit www.
DCSD students will have an opportunity to
meet with college representatives from across Masonic Lodge to host breakfast
the country during a college fair March 1.
The fair—held in partnership with Georgia The Stone Mountain Masonic Lodge will host
State University and Probe College Tours—will its monthly breakfast March 2 from 7:30 to 10

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(Sweet 16 round)

Feb. 20

Class 6A Girls
Glynn Academy 50, Stephenson 35

Class 5A Boys
Southwest DeKalb 63, Carrollton 51

Class 5A Girls
Columbia 59, Cass 43
Southwest DeKalb 53, Rome 39
Stone Mountain’s Daisy Gilleylen, third left, finished second in the girls’ 136-weight class championship. Photo by Lester Wright Villa Rica (29-0) 60, Arabia Mountain
(20-6) 52

Gilleylen hopes to inspire Class 4A Girls

Flowery Branch 67, St. Pius X 19

more girls to wrestle Class 3A Boys

Cedar Grove 68, Calhoun 51

Feb. 21
BY CARLA PARKER a practice,” Tillery said. “She Tillery also said there are
really worked hard, and she college scholarships available really likes the sport.” for female wrestlers. Class 6A Boys
Gilleylen said she started “[Colleges] are really looking
Girls’ participation in
wrestling as a young girl after for girls,” he said. “Georgia is Tucker 65, Evans 63 2OT
wrestling has grown over the
watching her older brothers now known to produce good
past few years in DeKalb County
wrestle and wrestling with them. wrestlers, so I think there will be
and in Georgia.
“Once I first started a lot of colleges looking at girls Class 5A Boys
Previously, girls would
wrestle against boys in meets,
[wrestling] it seemed really fun that come out of Georgia.” Lithonia 67, Rome 54
and I couldn’t stop after that,” Since her second-place finish
but for the first time in state
she said. at state, Gilleylen said other girls
history the Georgia High
School Association (GHSA)
Gilleylen wrestled her have come to her expressing Class 4A Boys
freshman year, mostly interest in wrestling for Stone
held its girls’ state wrestling
competing against boys. She said Mountain. St. Pius X 63, Marist 50
championship Feb. 13-16 in
wrestling against boys made her “There have been a lot
Macon. Among the girl wrestlers
tough. of people who said I have
to compete in championship
“When I [started wrestling influenced them to wrestle and Class 4A Girls
matches were Stone Mountain
sophomore Daisy Gilleylen and
other girls] I saw that they’re I do want to build a girls team Marist 51, Madison County 44
also tough too,” she said. “But I next year,” she said. “A couple
Stephenson’s Kiomy Morris.
have a little advantage because of girls have talked to me lately
Gilleylen (13-6) placed
second in the 136-weight-class
I’ve always wrestled against [and said] they want to join the Class 1A-Private Boys
boys instead of girls.” wrestling team because of me.”
after falling to Camden County’s
Tillery said there is no She also said that she has Greenforest 75, Hebron Christian 58
Alexa Downs in an 11-3 major
difference in coaching girls or received many praises from
decision. Morris (9-3) also won
boys. people all over DeKalb County.
a silver medal after being pinned
“I’m so used to [girls] “It feels amazing because now Class 1A-Private Girls
by North Forsyth’s Sophia
Eglian in the 146-weight-class
wrestling with the boys,” he I know that my name is known Holy Innocents’ 76, Greenforest 35
said. “Even at the youth level everywhere,” she said. “I get
championship match.
girls wrestle boys.” congratulated every single day,
Gilleylen said she was
Tillery said girls’ wrestling everybody is always calling me
disappointed with the outcome
has grown over the years and a champ, which also feels really
of the match, but said it felt
will continue to grow. amazing.
good to compete at the state
“Most of the time, parents Gilleylen has already
don’t like their girls wrestling predicted that she will be a state
“It felt really amazing
boys and [many] boys are champion next season.
because I’ve always dreamed
hesitant to wrestle girls,” he said. “Next year, I am going to
about going to state,” she said.
“So, I think [girls wrestling] place first,” she said. “I’m the
Stone Mountain coach
will grow a lot, to having an type of person to never give
Jerome Tillery said Gilleylen
all-girls team. This year was the up, but also at the same time I
really tries hard.
first year and I think they had see myself getting better next
“She was the captain [of the
over 300 to 400 girls at the state year because I’m going to work
team] because she never missed
tournament.” harder this summer.”


Nine teams advance to Elite Eight

BY CARLA PARKER in the Sweet 16. Junior Constance In Class AAAA, Marist’s Lady Thomas led all scorers with 22 War Eagles went on the road and
points and sophomore India Terrell upset No. 5-ranked Madison County
DeKalb County is still well added 20 points. Columbia hosted 51-44 in the Sweet 16 Feb. 21. Marist
represented as the Georgia High No. 10-ranked Wayne County in the went on the road again to face No.
School Association state basketball Elite Eight. 4-ranked Spalding in the Elite Eight.
playoffs move into the next round. The No. 8-ranked Lithonia No. 3-ranked St. Pius X took
Nine DeKalb County teams Bulldogs advanced to the Elite Eight down rival Marist 63-50 in the Sweet
advanced to the Elite Eight round after a 67-54 win over Rome Feb. 21. 16 round Feb. 21. St. Pius hosted No.
of the playoffs after victories in the Junior Eric Gaines led the team with 7-ranked Americus-Sumter in the
Sweet 16 round. The Elite Eight 27 points. Lithonia traveled to face Elite Eight.
matchups were held Feb. 26-27. No. 9-ranked Warner Robins in the No. 4-ranked Cedar Grove Saints
Final scores from the games were not Elite Eight. advanced to the Class AAA Elite
available by press time. No. 3-ranked Southwest DeKalb Eight round after a 68-51 win over
In the Class AAAAAA playoffs, Panthers advanced to the Elite Eight Calhoun in the Sweet 16 on Feb. 20.
the Tucker Tigers needed two after a 63-51 win over Carrollton Sophomore Jamarcus Glover led
overtimes to eke out a 65-63 win over Feb. 20 in the Sweet 16. Junior the team with a double-double of 16
Evans at home on Feb. 21. Senior Kadarius Johnson led the team points and 10 rebounds. The Saints
Nick Watson led the team with 18 with 20 points, seven rebounds and hosted No. 5-ranked Windsor Forest
points, followed by junior Jermontae six steals. The Panthers hosted No. in the Elite Eight.
Hill with 15 points and Braylen 5-ranked Woodland-Stockbridge in No. 2-ranked Greenforest Eagles
Seals with 11 points. the next round. advanced to the Class A-Private
The No. 6-ranked Tigers hosted No. 5-ranked Southwest DeKalb Elite Eight round after a 75-58 win
Gainesville in the Elite Eight. Lady Panthers defeated Rome 53-39 over Hebron Christian in the Sweet
In Class AAAAA, Columbia girls, in the Sweet 16 round Feb. 20. Senior 16. Greenforest traveled to face No.
Lithonia boys and Southwest DeKalb Lanee Edwards led the team with 4-ranked Mt. Bethel in the Elite
boys and girls advanced to the Elite a game-high 20 points. The Lady Eight. Southwest DeKalb junior Kadarius Johnson led the team with
Eight. The Columbia Lady Eagles Panthers hosted Griffin in the Elite 20 points, seven rebounds and six steals in the Panthers 63-
defeated Cass 59-43 at home Feb. 20 Eight round. 51 win over Carrollton in the Sweet 16. Photo by Mark Brock