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. …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
There are fifty valedictorian and salutatorian honors at the 19 DeKalb County School District high schools.
Twenty-three senior DeKalb County School District athletes are receiving the highest academic honors in their classes as they graduate this spring. There are fifty valedictorian and salutatorian honors at the 19 DeKalb County School District High Schools, including magnet programs at Chamblee, Columbia and Southwest DeKalb. Ten athletes lead their 2013 classes as the valedictorians and 13 more earned salutatorian honors showing they could perform in the classroom as well as in athletics. These athletes account for 46 percent of the top academic awards for 2013. Twelve of the 14 sports sponsored by DeKalb County were represented in this group. Tennis led the way with five representatives followed by soccer and cross country with four and …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Redan scores 24 runs in quarterfinal sweep of Locust Grove.
Junior Miles Fore led the hit parade for the Redan Raiders as they scored 24 runs on 24 hits in a Class AAAA quarterfinal sweep of the Locust Grove Wildcats at Locust Grove on Tuesday. Fore went 4-6 at the plate with six RBIS and a triple in the two games to lead six different players who drove in two or more runs on the day as Redan won 11-1 and 13-3 to advance to the semifinals. A two-out rally in the top of the first inning in game one was a sign of things to come for the Raiders against the Wildcat pitching staff. Wesley Jones doubled with two out and Brandon Baker followed with a single to plate Jones for the early 1-0 lead. The Raiders would finish the inning with a 3-0 advantage as Fore hit a two-run single with the bases loaded to …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A mother in Lithonia on "bullying, disrespect, and anarchy."
Patch received this letter on Tuesday from Lithonia parent Nika Shields about what her son and other children are going through at school. It appears that no one cares until someone’s child dies. Columbia Middle School is by far one of the worst schools we have ever encountered. As parents we are very involved in our child's education, and frequently communicate with the teachers and administrators, but this school has too few resources and very low expectations of its students and staff. The attitude of the top administrators is one of complacency which has obviously trickled down to the staff. There are some teachers and administrators that care, but the complacency outweighs the good. Our children deserve better. The leadership needs to…
The third annual games are scheduled for Clarkston's Hallford Stadium on May 20.
The third annual DeKalb County All-Star Soccer games will be played at James. R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston on Monday, May 20. The two games (girls and boys) match the top DeKalb County soccer players from Inside the Perimeter schools vs. Outside the Perimeter schools. The girls game kicks off the event at 5:30 p.m. as the OTP squad tries to break the ITP’s two game winning streak. The OTP squad is coached by Dunwoody’s Edgar Flores and assisted by Tricia Silvera and features some of the top scorers in the county including Southwest DeKalb senior Kristen Peagler who set the season scoring record for the county with 55 goals in 2013. Peagler is joined on the team by the county’s second leading scorer in Tucker junior Daijah De Ramus (42…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DeKalb county school district released the names of this year's valedictorians and salutatorians.
The DeKalb county school district announced on Tuesday the 2013 valedictorians and salutatorians at high schools in Stone Mountain and Lithonia, as well as their post-high school plans: Arabia Mountain High School (magnet) Arabia Mountain High School (resident) Lithonia High School Martin Luther King Jr.High School Miller Grove High School Redan High School Stephenson High School Stone Mountain High School Learn the dates for the graduation ceremonies for Stone Mountain and Lithonia high schools here.
Redan High takes the field against Locust Grove in the AAAA playoffs, and you can watch live here on Patch.
Redan High School faces Locust Grove in the AAAA baseball playoffs on Tuesday afternoon.
The June 3 meeting will be streamed live.
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) budget hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. on May 15 has been postponed until 12 p.m. on June 3. The hearing will accompany a DeKalb County Board of Education committee of the whole. The Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. on June 10 for a called meeting at which the tentative budget may be adopted. The final adoption of the budget and tentative millage rate hearing will take place at 6 p.m. on June 26. All meetings will be held in the J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain. The meetings will be televised on PDS-TV24 and streamed live right here. The proposed DCSD budget can be accessed here. Community …
The Raiders are making their first appearance in the state playoffs’ quarterfinals since 2010.
The Redan Raiders are making their first appearance in the baseball state playoffs’ quarterfinals since the 2010 season as they travel to Locust Grove in the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Tuesday. The best-of-three series is set for a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and a third game, if necessary is set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The Raiders (24-6), Region 6-AAAA runners-up, are coming off a second round sweep of Region 5 champion Columbus last in Columbus. The Raiders rallied for a 5-4 win in the opener and then pulled away 9-4 in the second game to get the sweep. Region 4 runner-up Locust Grove (19-10) is coming off a 2-1 best-of-three series win over Mary Persons. Locust Grove lost the first game 12-3, but …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Reginald Wayne Sharpe Jr. says in a recently-posted video on Youtube that he has "not had one bad day" in his Morehouse experience.
Reginald Wayne Sharpe Jr. of Lithonia, a Morehouse College senior, will be heading to Yale Divinity School after graduation. See the attached video of Sharpe talking about his Morehouse experience and his future. The video was posted on Youtube by the college on May 8.