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WEDNESDAY 6.9 Bark in the Park
The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is excited to announce this years Bark in the Park dates of June 9, June 29 and July 28. Tickets include all you can eat food. Tickets are $18 and f rom each ticket, $6 will be donated back to HSGS. 5:30 p.m. Grayson Stadium 1401 East Victory Dr. $18
Trivia Night with Jess Shaw Jess Shaw and Kevin Ryan will guide participants through an evening of trivia and self discovery at Service Brewing. The first place team receives a $100 cash prize. 6:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company 574 Indian St. servicebrewing.com
THURSDAY 6.10 ‘Dreaming Savannah’ by Amiri Geuka Farris Open Reception ‘Dreaming Savannah’ by Amiri Farris will feature Farris’s signature multimedia work, which is defined by vivid colors and layered textures. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Grand Bohemian Gallery 700 Drayton St.
Lili’s Wilmington Island Wine Club Join Lili’s Island Wine Club for a special dinner event. 5-7 p.m. Lili’s Restaurant Bar 326 Johnny Mercer Blvd. $60 single, $100 per couple
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Join Salsa Savannah on Thursdays at Mint to Be Mojitos for free beginner dance lessons. Enjoy Salsa, bachata music, and dancing. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mint to Be Mojito’s 12 W State St.
She Hustles at The Clyde Venue
Join Creative Coast for an evening of celebrating Savannah’s women entrepreneurs and leaders at their event, She Hustles. Enjoy great food and wine, networking, powerful speakers, and more. 6:30 p.m. The Clyde Venue 223 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. $20
St. Supéry Wine Dinner
Stone & Webster Chophouse at Plant Riverside District will host a five-course wine dinner showcasing St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery’s estate-grown, certified Napa Green wines combining French Château tradition with Napa Valley legendary terroir. 6:30 p.m. Stone & Webster Chophouse 500 W. River St. $200 per person plantriverside.com/venues/ st-supery-wine-dinner/
Virtual Lecture: ‘Shelter in a Time of Storm’
Telfair Museums presents a virtual lecture by Jelani Favors on her book, “Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism.” The series is part of the museum’s multi-year Legacy of Slavery in Savannah initiative, which will also include a symposium in late 2021, exhibitions
of contemporary works by black artists, community partnerships, and a related publication from the University of Georgia Press. 6 E. Liberty St. 6 p.m. telfair.org/los
FRIDAY 6.11 Bluegrass By The Pint with Swamptooth
Join Service Brewing for Bluegrass by the Pint every Friday featuring live bluegrass from favorite local favorite’s, Swamptooth. 6 p.m. Service Brewing Company 574 Indian St.
‘What Lies Beneath’ by Cora Morris
The Cedar House Gallery hosts the opening reception to Cora Morris’ “What Lies Beneath.” The exhibition is Morris’ way to bring awareness to the decline of our nation’s coral reefs. 6-9 p.m. Cedar House Gallery 122 E. 36th St.
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Enjoy half off bottles of wine and fire pits in the courtyard. Purchase one of our s’mores kits - marshmallows included. 6-9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe 1919 Bull St.
Food Truck Festival and Marketplace
The Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2021 Food Truck Festival and Marketplace. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tanger Outlets 200 Tanger Outlet Blvd., #400
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Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Forsyth Park Drayton St. & East Park Ave. forsythfarmersmarket.com
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Join Elks Lodge for Bingo on Thursdays and Sundays. Enjoy great family fun, good food at the snack bar and many chances to win cash. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.
Drag Me to the Moon
Club One and Moon River Brewing Co. present ‘Drag Brunch’ at Moon River. Tickets include a fabulous brunch buffet and a show. noon Moon River Brewing Co. 21 West Bay St. $45
Yoga, Lake Mayer
The Culturist Union is hosting yoga by the lake. Enjoy Sunday-morning yoga, refreshments and goodie bags. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lake Mayer 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $25-$40
MONDAY 6.14 Summer Reading Program
Join Live Oak Public Library for fun in the sun with Summer Reading Program. Live Oak Public Libraries, 2002 Bull St.
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Kid’s Activity Space
Kids will have the chance to get creative all week, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with a new project weekly, plus art kits and play-doh. Every 7 days Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe 1514 Bull St. hennypennycafe.com
Stafford’s Tuesday Comedy Open Mic Head out to the sequel to the open mic Hannibal Buress
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Explore the wonders of nature with all kinds of wild fun for your wee ones. This week’s theme is “World Oceans Day!!!!” Pre-registration required. 10 & 11 a.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.
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IF I COULD D ESCRIBE the way I feel coming to work at Connect Savannah every day, I’d only use one word: excited. I’m excited by fun, and this job is fun for obvious reasons. We’re an arts and entertainment publication. What’s not fun about art exhibits, live music and new restaurants? I’m also excited by change. Th is is truly one of those “different every day” kind of jobs. One day I’m writing a story about a local chef or planning a rock concert, and the next I’m helping a new business with an advertising plan or jumping on trampolines for a photo shoot. It’s random in a good way, and it keeps me on my toes. But the thing I’m most excited about every day is meeting new, awesome people in our community. Savannah isn’t the largest city in the country, but I truly
believe it’s one of the brightest and one of the boldest. Every single day I am surrounded by people who are much smarter, much more creative, and much more talented than I am. I get to not only witness them in their groove, but I also get to lift them up and share their ideas with the rest of the City. It’s inspiring and incredibly humbling. The community is what drives our publication, on both the editorial side and the sales side. Without Savannahians in all different fields following their dreams and their passions, we’d have nothing to write about and nothing to advertise. I know Connect Savannah will never run out of marvelous people to partner with. So, thank you artists, business owners, musicians, bartenders, community activists, creators and risk-takers of Savannah. Because of you, I’m excited to get to work every day.
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IT TAKES A special person to care for the patients seen at the Coastal Care Partners, and right now they are seeking to add to their growing company of caregivers. Coastal Care Partners is hosting a hiring event every Wednesday in June from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7070 Hodgson Memorial TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: Dr. CLUBONE-ONLINE.COM/SHOP “The good news is that our company is TIEDANDTASSELED.COM growing and we are seeking compassionIG & PATREON: TIEDANDTASSELED ate, skilled and energetic caregivers to join our team,” said Amy Pierce, co-owner of Coastal Care Partners. “That’s why we plan to hold these walk-up events on the following Wednesdays: June 9, 16, 23 and 30.” Current job openings at Coastal Care Partners are for several part-time patient care assistant/caregiver positions, each with the potential for full-time hours. Compensation is reflective of experience and certification. “This is a great opportunity for established caregivers or other health and wellness professionals seeking hands-on patient care experience, Pierce said. “Your success is dependent on you, and we believe you can be the difference between a job and SAFELY DINE INSIDE, a meaningful and rewarding career. ExperiCURBSIDE OR ence is preferred, but dedication is a must.” TO-GO. WHICHEVER Coastal Care Partners is Savannah’s only YOU CHOOSE, comprehensive, registered nurse-managed WE’RE HERE aging services company. FOR YOU! Pierce said they provide all necessary training through their orientation program. “We need exceptional individuals to make our clients’ daily happenings more enjoyable while family is unavailable and to help them safely thrive and participate in their daily living,” Pierce said. “If this sounds like you, then join our fantastic team.” While PCA, PCT, MA, CNA certifications are preferred, the company is willing to train and invest in the right applicant.
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City of Savannah lifts mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions community spread. However, it has BY BRANDY SIMPKINS firstname.lastname@example.org hung out in the 79 range. Likewise, hos-
AS OF MIDNIGHT June 1, the Savannah mask mandate has been lifted. Mayor Van Johnson announced that the mask mandate has been changed to a mask advisory and the city can re-open its facilities, effective immediately. “Savannah’s mask mandate which has been in effect for 11 months has expired,” Johnson said. “But it has been downgraded to a mask advisory.” Johnson said the city advises masks and face coverings be worn by those who are unvaccinated, those with compromised immune systems, those in crowded indoor spaces and those under 12-years old. “The decision to do this follows the science,” Johnson said. “While our community transmission rate has plateaued in the high 70s — currently 79 — it is still considered to be a significant
pitalizations are still trimming down, which is a good thing.” Though community transmission of the virus has plateaued, Johnson said Georgia is only 33% fully vaccinated and the city of Savannah’s vaccination rate falls at 32%. “That means two out of every three of us are not vaccinated,” Johnson said. “So, though I’m fully vaccinated, you will continue to see me wearing a mask.” Special event permits are also being issued on a case-by-case basis for events of up to 100 participants. “Right now, we are at 100,” Johnson said. “We will be moving that to 250, and we will start allowing special events, provided social distancing is accounted for.” Johnson said masks will still be required in city buildings until further notice.
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PSA: THIS I S “ GIRL TALK,” gentlemen. Affectionately known as “The Yoni Lady,” Cherica Jones is the owner of Yoni Spa Room at 7370 Hodgson Memorial Dr. The Yoni Lady offers natural services and products for the holistic wellbeing of women locally and abroad. One of The Yoni Lady’s primary services are yoni steams which is also called v-steaming. This is a practice in which a woman sits over a pot or bowl of boiled herbs, usually with only a towel covering the lower half of her body, allowing the steam to permeate her “yoni” so she can engage in the benefits of the plant medicine. Yoni streams are respected across the globe and are called by many different names. There are many reasons why women
seek a yoni steams, and when women visit The Yoni Lady, they tell her what they are looking for. “ … basically, we blend herbs depending on what the woman needs,” Jones said. “A traditional steam balances your pH, and women come to try something natural versus [an alternative]. We also have fertility steams, postpartum steams and v-steams for menopause, bad periods and BV.” Jones said she started her business by selling yoni eggs, yoni steams, and yoni washes, while educating girls and women about the amazing products she sold at pop-up shops. The Yoni Lady started her own yoni-healing and -cleansing journey to revitalize herself after a rough time for her physical, mental and spiritual health. At age 26, Jones was diagnosed with fibroids and endometriosis while incarcerated.
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“The only thing they offered me was a bunch of birth control or a hysterectomy,” Jones said. “They gave me birth control on and off and I experienced all the side effects.” Before the diagnosis, Jones was unaware of her medical condition, but she knew something was very wrong. She said when she explained the harsh symptoms she was experiencing, the nurses weren’t taking her seriously. They assumed she was just looking for a way to get out of her dorm and leave the facility. After filing multiple complaints and eventually undergoing various embarrassing processes to prove that her symptoms were as bad as she said they were, Jones was escorted to the hospital for a blood transfusion. After a week of hospitalization, Jones was back in the facility. A week after that, her symptoms were back. This time, she hid them to save herself from any additional discomfort until the end of her sentence. “Once I came home, I considered getting a hysterectomy, but I ran into these ladies in the park, Soul Sisters of Savannah, that did yoga and they were telling me about Queen Afua and changing my diet and things like that,” Jones said. One of the most fundamental steps to holistic health is the diet, Jones said. Before changing her diet, Jones said she ate
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THE 2021 ATLANTI C Hurricane Season is here, and Georgia Power encourages its 2.6 million customers to prepare for an expected active Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, as the official start of hurricane season began June 1. Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety in the forefront of their minds during hurricane season, and take time now to ready themselves, their families and their homes. The company has launched a new video series answering some of the questions most often asked by our customers, including: What causes outages during a storm?; What happens after a storm?; When will my lights be back on?; How do you get the lights back on? And What about my food? Georgia Power also offers tips for preparedness year-round: • Build a n e mergency k it – Gather supplies that will last for several days for everyone living in the home. Consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case the time comes where customers may have to evacuate quickly. Check out Georgia Power’s video at youtube.com/watch?v=AP1VYSj58oM for tips on the supplies to collect to build and maintain a robust emergency kit. • Have a n e mergency p lan – Talk to friends and family about how communicating in an emergency. • Understand r isks – Learn more about threats from potential emergencies around the home and business, such as flooding potential, dangerous trees and likelihood of blocked evacuation routes, and plan appropriate responses to them. • Downed Tree Safety – Downed trees are usually the cause of an outage after a major storm. Never attempt to pull tree limbs off wires. • Generator Safety – Never use generators in an enclosed space or near open windows. They produce dangerous carbon monoxide that can’t be seen or smelled. Severe weather can happen anytime across Georgia. Before a storm, know the risks of storm
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St. Joseph’s/Candler hosts luncheon for EMS BY NOELLE WIEHE email@example.com
THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS at St. Joseph’s/Candler hosted a luncheon June 3 as a way to thank the dedicated Emergency Medical Services members in the Savannah area. “We appreciate what they’ve done, especially over the past year,” said Billy Rawlings, director of Emergency Services for St. Joseph’s/Candler. “Today is about thanking them for their service.” The first responders provide urgent medical assessment, treatment and transportation for our entire community, bringing thousands of patients to the hospital each year, said Rawlings. The COVID-19 pandemic tested that relationship even further and today
the bond is stronger than ever. The classic cookout staples included hamburgers and hot dogs. To-go boxes were prepared for those who couldn’t make it to the luncheon due to heavy call volume, which Chief of EMS at Chatham Emergency Services Bengie Cowart said is something that occurs often. “In fact, this may be the only food our medics get today, and that’s just the nature of our business,” Cowart said. “So, St. Joseph’s/Candler providing these meals today is tremendous.” Rawlings said it was the least the health system could do to show its gratitude for the EMS workers who serve the communities in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, and Effi ngham counties.
Top Left: Emergency Medical Service workers grab a free lunch June 3 at St. Joseph’s Hospital during a break in the shift. Bottom Left: Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Manager Kelly Monroe serves a burger to Chief Chuck Kearns, CEO of Chatham Emergency Services, June 3 at a luncheon for EMS members. Above: Jeff Kenney of St. Joseph’s/Candler, right, helps Tom Herdon of Chatham Emergency Services pack up to-go lunches for EMS workers who could not stop by the luncheon due to heavy call volume.
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A patron showcases the curry chicken salad sandwich from Zunzi’s, bought at their new location on Drayton St. PHOTO BY LINDY Zunzi’s, sandwiches and South African-inspired cuisine, now sits on Drayton St., across Perry St. from the Perry Lane Hotel. PHOTO BY LINDY MOODY
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Zunzi’s new location features the ZunziBar, a brand-new deck and a cocktail menu. PHOTO BY LINDY MOODY
Conquistador lives up to the suggestion of the name. A dominating pile of Zunzi’s roasted chicken sits on a bed of tomato and lettuce in the heart of a fresh French bread loaf. The sandwich may seem simple in construction, but it is anything but simple in flavor. Most regulars choose to have a heaping helping of an array of Zunzi’s sauces — Zunzi’s Dressing, Zunzi’s Sauce, Zunzi’s VEGAN Saucy Dressing, Mustafa Curry, and HOT-AS-****! Sauce. Any combination of the sauces seem to go well together, and Zunzi’s ain’t shy about giving the customer what they want — especially if it’s a sea of sandwich lube. The Oliver’s Lunch is your choice of chicken, smoked sausage, Borewors sausage, salmon, curry chicken salad, Frikkadel VEGAN “Meatballs”, and/or grilled veggies atop a bed of mashed potatoes or rice with your choice of two sides and sauces. Zunzi’s menu isn’t massive, but what it does have, it does right. There really aren’t any misses on the menu, and the food is always consistent. Smith brought that consistency into their cocktail menu as well. Alongside the new building and location, the menu is getting a bit of an improvement also. Smith said, “We will be serving beach beers and frozen drinks, cocktails. Then we will have a specific bar menu with Zunzi’s wings. We will be rolling wings out here, like we have in our Atlanta location.” Having been to the Atlanta location as well, I can attest that the wings are legitimate and not an afterthought of the new bar. And don’t fret, your favorites mentioned above aren’t going anywhere. “Half is Zunzi’s and that is really the
traditional quirky Zunzi’s that we have. Then we have ZunziBar. I have always thought a sister bar concept would work really well with Zunzi’s.” Smith was right. The concept works amazingly well. Zunzi’s already had the culinary bones of a restaurant that would be perfect for a few drinks. The hummus and pita is a classic Zunzi’s snack, as are the ziki spread, avocado spread and curry chicken salad. Now alongside the wings and snacks, patrons are invited to mosey on over to the cocktail menu, and these new cocktails that the bartenders are dishing out look amazing. The Banana Hammock is a frozen drink with a rum base with hints of banana and coconut. The Brain Freeze is another frozen concoction — this time with a vodka base and a watermelon flavor profile. For those who don’t really like the heartiness of a frozen cocktail, Zunzi’s has them covered with their on-the-rocks options. The Longboard is a delicious blend of whiskey, lemon, and blackberries, while the Pineapple Express has vodka, peach puree, lemon, almond milk, simple syrup and pineapple. If you’re catching on to the vibe of the drink menu, that’s how it is designed. All of the drinks encourage an outside, beachy spirit that sometimes gets lost in bars away from the water. Savannah has a lot of restaurants, but so few have a comfortable outside place to sit and relax on a hot day while enjoying a cool drink and some delicious grub. Patrons now have the opportunity to watch the day go by situated underneath the breezy fans and shady sails now installed on the brand-new deck.
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THE CORNER OF DRAYTON and York streets has been the focus of Low Country sandwich and sausage enthusiasts’ wants and needs for over a decade and a half. Sixteen years ago, Zunzi’s opened its doors in the longstanding walk-up location to serve local Savannahians with the very best in award-winning sandwiches and South African-inspired cuisine. Zunzi’s took its passion for food and people into everything they did, hosting Zunzifest — an open mic-ish music festival in the parking lot of the York St. location — and other neighborhood good times while serving up the classics that you still see on the menu. The spirit of a party and a full stomach could not be more in swing now, as Zunzi’s has opened a new and improved location on Drayton St., only a few short blocks from where it stood for so long. Owner Chris Smith told me, “We have known for 5 years that at some point we were going to have to relocate, and we really wanted to find a location that did Zunzi’s justice since it is a local favorite.” The new location is gorgeous. Located at 236 Drayton St., right across Perry St. from the Perry Lane Hotel, the restaurant leaves the days of sitting atop the hot asphalt or waiting in line on a sweltering sidewalk in the rear view. In the space where Green Fire Pizza used to be now stands a gorgeous, modern take on sandos and cocktails. Smith told me that the team felt the location was underutilized in its former form, so they built a deck. The build out makes the location more inviting and certainly has more room than Zunzi’s old location. Another Savannah restaurateur came to Smith’s aid when he was batting around the idea of an expansion into the 236 Drayton St. location. Trey Wilder of Treylor Park and Hitch local fame was excited to come on board to help with the fun. “If you have been to Treylor Park or Hitch, those two concepts kind of ‘take that and light it up’ and give it a beach feel,” Smith said. “You will have that vibe mixed with a little bit of Zunzi’s.” As always, Zunzi’s will be slinging the same Conquistador and Oliver’s Lunch that everyone knows and loves. For the uninitiated, the
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Robert W. Groves High School Graduation
Halle Mikhaila Buckridge 2021 SALUTATORIAN
Bryan Walter Gilbert, Jr.
Sol C. Johnson High School
Armoni LaShay Nechelle Jones 2021 SALUTATORIAN
Wanya Malik Waldburg
She’Nya Marie Dae’janay Adkins Callum Derby Pope Bagley-Heath * An’Jare Lataria Battey Julian Omega Johnne Bee Saul Landon Bellinger Emani Elaine Bennett Ernest Cecil Bennett Giselle Marie Berrien Chance Nicholas Berry-Mathis Amyah Gayle Bing Kaniya Breonna Blake Brandon Lee Blige Akeem Yaseer Bond, Jr Dylan Keshawn Boone A’yaunnah Dy’Nesha Bostick Marcque Anton Bowens Emondre Lenard Bowles Dashawn Xavier Bright Kemoni Alexis Brown Kyla Alaya Brown Samiyah Alexia Brown Hermidnes Shawnna Bush Shatavia Tressure Chapple Timothy Immanuel Daniels Timothy Todd Daughtry Unique Bren’den Dickinson Savanna Marie Dillon E’Monnie Shawki Doyle Tednasia Thelma Carolyn Dunbar Marise Treyvon Eason * Koronte Giovanni Edwards Alanis Dayanne Ferrer * Camren Chavez Fitzgerald Kayla Charese Flowers Sevian Demarco Forest Kendel Howard Franklin Trent Alexander Frederiksen Cahlil Terrell Gadson Christopher Ricky Gallovitch Luceny Icela Gonzalez-Castro Victoria Keniyah Katrell Graham * Jayson Alexander Green Treasure Keyonna Green Darryl Lamont Harris, II Ti’Naya Aliyah-Ba’nae Harris Elijah Sa’Mon Harris-Hamilton Chrisean Alphonzo Bernard Hawkins David Jerome Haygood Kyra Ozmani Hazzard Koreyah Denise Hills Jeydon Da’Kari Hinton Salia LaShawn Holt Katlyn Joann Hudson
Dominique Ta’Ron Hunt Nylaeiah Keywanna Jackson Shakera Christina Jackson Terrence Christopher Jarrett Alzamya Garielle Jenkins My’ea Chasity Jenkins * Bryanna Tierra Jennings * Ja’wan Markell Johnson Micah Isaiah Johnson Armoni LaShay Nechelle Jones (V) Jabrielle Ashanti Jones Janiah Antwanette Jones Samurea Yvonne Jones Saniah Caroline Keye Jarvis Keith King * Therese Esther Kpodzo * Markala Monkia Marie Lawrence Corrie Tiquan Corique Lee Jalen Jenard Lewis Benterious Ja’Marvon Lyles Kalajah Denise Mackey Issac Jermaine Mangram Ja’Quan Marquis Martin Cor’Shay Jamia Mason Darryl Keith Mason Kenyonna Ta’Naysha McCall George Hiawatha McDowell Andrew Nance McMickens Alexandria Marie McMillan Vinjmir Romelo Mobley Jakeriah Altaria Muhammad Alexis Renee Napolitano Andrew Silouan Newport John Henry Odom Stephanie Denise Oglesby Chiamaka Reign Akunna Okwu * Pranil Prashantkum Patel Ver’Shawnta Nakeya Perkins * Kevin Tuan Pham Sean Michael Pierce Ashley Janell Pointer Austin Tanner Poole Phabian Antwan Powell Tyler Donte’ Xavier Pridgen Kayla Sade Priester Lakelyn Raquel Pryor Jabreyah Jadore Roberson Abreonna Ray’chelle Robinson Jaheim Malik Robinson Johnnie Horace Robinson Quentin Isaiah Robinson Sommer May Rockwood Phillip Kevin Ashby Rolle
Tatyana Orlandria Russell Anijah Lia’unda Sampson Krystell Sanchez Romero * E’Naisah Danae Sanders Abagael Elizabeth Sell * Anthony Yadiel Serges Pagan Jalen Sky Simmons * Kionne Ge’Kayle Simmons Taariq Deshaun Simmons Jamiyah Trinitee Simpson * Shylaci La’Shae Sistrunk Jelani Obataiya Sloman, Jr Ja’Lescia Deyawn Smiley Kailah Iesha Smith Ray’Neshia Michelle Smith * Talajia Chelsea Smith De’Narreiah Di’Najah Spencer Mi’Quan Jabrae Stafford Bryanna Cheree Stephens Dae’Kyra Amorie Stewart Sammetria Makayla Stewart Makayla Nicole Taylor Ja’mi Hishamel Thomas Sinaria Charmaine Thomas Jaliyah Briasia Thorpe Sha’mya Alajah Tilson Dominique DeShawn Turner * Telven Exavier Vann Kha’nia Simone Wade Wanya Malik Waldburg (S) Joshua Nathaniel Walker Nia Lielani Walker Ariana Janece Ward * Kyle Jordan Ward Kiara Cody Warren Cyn’cere Nakkiya West Michaela Dion Whitley Aniyah Jakayla Wilcox Kelise Tamaria Wilder Antonio Tramaine Williams Euphanasia Shanetrius-Trelisial Williams Hiawatha Williams, Jr Jaliyah Montrea’l Williams Joseph Dajuan Williams, Jr Tiana Carlisha Williams Aaliyah Wilson Antoine Ja’keem Worriels Kalyn Elizabeth Wright Breona Monique Young Robert Patrick Young * ShaKira Keyanna Young
Sol C. Johnson High School Graduation
A.E. Beach High School Jazlyn Adalai Manthei (V) Jheri Lee-Ann West (S) Mya Ashanti Davis Zariah Rena Glass Zackariah McKinley Holmes Alexis Marie Mitchell Norielys Ivette Quinones-Cruz Kaila Aneka Rougier Nazir Albatin, Jr. Brianna Lynn Alston Alexander Luis Banda Jamiyah Johnson Barron Da’Quan A’Keem Barton Maurice Lorenzo Bellamy Shavena Tynesha Bennett Denise Michelle Black Iyonna Jamya Black Aliyah Vanesha Brathwaite Antario Jamon Brown Antonio Demetra Brown Isaiah Laverick Brown Jakiya Ranesha Brown Janice Kiera Brown Jourdyn Minere Brown Katlynn Marie Burnette Shanterria Juda-Tukerra Burns Shanice Iyana Bush Arianna Nicole Cade Caleb Isaiah Cornelius Cannady Kennethyah Tyresa Carner Ja’Kia Victoria Carson Raymundo Castillo-Chavez Zy’Qui Da’Twan Coley Krystin Jazmine Collins Joshua Lee Cox Beverly Ann Coreiana Crawford Treyvon Marques Curd Paige Asanta Tierra Davis Morgan Elizabeth Davis-Epps Destiny KiShawn DeLoach Amarie Kiara Devoe Ishara Ethiopia Dixon Cory Lamont Arkeemus Douglas Te’Jean Kejunn Dunham Lageria Nashaw Eaddy Damauri Abdul-Jamel Edwards Khalynn Armony Elliott Kaneja Shantell Ellison Soliah Emani Faggins
NaStassija ZaKia Fields Jamia Majesty Marie Frazier Kendall Jamaree Fuller Zaria Solana Gaines Ebonee Marie Garvin Omari Demetrius Gates Omarion Bernard Gibson Fuchsia Victory Green Makiyah Senay Green Elijah Jamal Gregory-Bennett Michael Bernard Hargrove, Jr. Sophia Inez Hernandez T’Mya Fayth Holloway Latavian Kelic Hopson Tonisha Nishelle Horace Dennis Ryan Hunter Zacharia Mone’ Hunter Z’Niyah Chrishea Jane’reah Hutchinson Finai Carol Jackson Michael James Jackson Robert Jarrod Jacobs Martraneyce Amiral James Quan’Terria Ja’Kerria Jenkins Rasheed Sharif Mah’di Jinks Anthony Thomas Jones Bojanae’ Ladaysha Jones O’mari D’Von Johnson Bre’Asia Nijah Jones Willie Lee Jones, Jr. Rashad El’Amin LaCount Micheal Shamar Larry JaBria Kamaree Law Ja’Kayla Avonni Lawrence Savanna E’Monie Lawrence A’shanti La-Quisha Lee Dekera Emoni Lemon Nakyla Diamond Lipsey Jaquin Jamari Mack Roddre Michael Matthews Michael Keith McLendon Renazhia Wanita McMillar Ta’Nyua Serafina De’Angela Meimin Keyanna Alexandra Middleton Jeremiah Hampton Mike Willasha Michaela Mills Corian Aurelius Mincey Jeremiah Ne’Quan Mobley Nakyla Simone Moore Shanarria NeFititi Morgan
Hilario Luis Murillo India Gabrielle Myers Michael Tito Neal Malik Hasani Newsome Jada Aisha Oliver Nadia Kyara O’neal David Charles Osgood Shaniyah Alexus Owens JoKaria Briana Palmer Kori Isaiah Patterson Khajeim Omari Pennant Edwaun Demitrio Perry Rickia Aniya Polite Brianna Nichelle Quarterman Roderick James Richardson, Jr. Ny’Kia Brionna Roberson Kahlil Rayjon Rocker Aryanna Isis Rosales Shabrea A’Deshanay Ross J’Nae Jarmana Russell Angelina Rose Russo Tieonia Shadea Sampson Autumn LaNae Sharpe Katlyn Victoria Shelton Robert Ray Shields, IV Jahbari William Simmons Destiny Ariel Sinclair Shanaya Monique Singleton Khalia Tashaun Smalls Edwin Christopher Smith, Jr. Jaquez Ty’keim Smith Lanayshia Breyona Smith Zy’nnia Donna My’Erah Stroman Tiana Lynae Thornton Wakeria LaShae Walls Gernarda Louise Ward Ayanna Mariah Love Washington Alvin McClain Watson Shanya Deshunti Watts Shardanai Daniya White Destiny Sade’ Whitehead Jamir DeShawn Wilkerson Alaysia I’Yana Williams De’Janea Armbriona Williams Jamecia Dejanelle Williams Nya Jael Williams Tykirayah Sabrina Williams Clinisha Olivia Wilson Akhalia Aldagia A’Keirra Wren
A. E. Beach High School Graduation
Jazlyn Adalai Manthei 2021 SALUTATORIAN
Jheri Lee-Ann West
Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School
Jahnay Ashley Cummings 2021 SALUTATORIAN
LaLah Brianna Crisp
Bryan Andrew Allen* Jonathan Jafeth Almendares Martinez Jessica Alvarado-Gutierrez* Yamileth Berenice Arcos* Bruce Anthony Bailey* Larry Lewis Baker Meshon Xomara Baker* Imani Rashanda Biggins* Andria Ja’Mya Renay Bonaparte* Verquandra Monae Bowens Jamyrie Armoni Bradley Trinity Tyelise Brisbane* DeMony Asheen Brown Kamron Javon Brown* Xavianna Annette Brown Solahra So’Niya Capers* Maya Louise Carr Larry Maurice Chapman Lakeisha Danielle Chestnut* Alexander Orion Cloud* Tariya Alacia Cody* Shalyra Teanna Coleman Sadiya Aaliya Collier* Mara Melonnie Cooper* LaLah Brianna Crisp (S) Jahnay Ashley Cummings (V) Dashanta Sa’de Davis Justice Emani Davis Halle Tihesha Deacon* Kayla Mariah Dillon Madison Abigail Donaldson* Mikayla Emani Duncan Cristopher Esquivel* Alexis Leigh Everett Duane Jamell Flowers* Kandyce McKinzie Foreman* Anesha Vershay Frazier Ferrante Dimitie Frazier Trinitea Shardae Fullen* Aniyah Tiaune’ Gardner* Ashanti Shaniya Glover* Geordan Taurean Graham Ryan Hileah Grant Kristenee Alea Gray* Sha’Davia Lanae Moniqu’ Green Toreya Monay Green Mark Freedom Maximus Greene* Lacie Charnae Griffin* LaDaesjha Indria Groover Tynajia Valisa Guyton* Nyla Elana Oleita Hagan Angeleah Renee’ Hamilton* Kearra Chaelen Hargrove* John Tyler Harris*
eayah M’chele Harris* Jimmie Conle Isaac Jerome Henderson* Jadon Michael Hendrix Shanerial Zhane Higgenbottom* Iyana Yvette Hollis Dyere Satori Holsey Chenille Roxanne Hudson Ebony Ayana Hudson* Erika Ayana Hudson* Tiana Justine Hutchinson Kendra MaryAnn Hymon* Aniyah Ja’Bria Jackson Jailen Jacobi Jackson* Janae Aaliyah Janhrette Jennifer Jarquin* Randall SaNee Jenkins* Taryn Benae’ Jenkins* Tiyana Shyanne Jenkins Alesha Chermaine Johnson Alexia Anne Johnson* Jamiah Allyah Johnson* Janiya Treyonna Johnson Jessica Elizabeth Johnson Kya Shanice Maria Johnson* Mariona Le’Shae Johnson Ny’Asia Zariah Johnson Jeremiah Xavier Jones Ja’Mia Jeneia Kemp* Trinity Emani King Nino Joseph Patigayon Labares* Zoe Cristina Lavallias Kara Elyce Lofton* Karsten Omar Lofton Sharmaine Danasia Loury Audriah Denese Luten Cymaria Daminque Mack* Elicxavier Gustavo Madril Diana Cristina Maradiaga* Cheyanne Victoria Markland* Angela Roxanne Marroquin Suastegui* Keyshawn Donte McCoy* A’Cherish Amoni McKelvin* Aniya Sarah McKinley* Jalique Nakeem James Mells Jacob Emmanuel Mitchell* Zoe Elizabeth Moonsamy Amiyah Ayana Murray* Jada Zaniya Myers Kayla Simone Navarro Cleveland Jamal Newton* Nasiriyah LaRoben-Joy Northcutt* Naa-Korkoi Yaa Okai Christopher D’Ante Parham Abagail Cheyanne Pasco
Anabell Wray Pasco* Joel Peralta Lopez* Alexandra Perez* T’Aja Marie Peterson Anari Monique Pounds* Cherish Monet Price* Javier Oscar Recinos* Micah James Rentz* Kearyston Inasia Riley Jacielys Nichel Rivera Rolon Steven Austin Roark* Dylan Alan Roberds* Harrison Scott Robider* Benjamin Mordecai Robinson Larissa Nicole Robinson Adrian Arles Rodriguez Kelvin Daniel Romero Vargas Aamir Sirajj Rutledge Alexandria Melita Sanders Glenda Rollit Sanders Ryan Scott Shook Brandon Alexander Simmons Laila Avery Spain* Layla Trenity Stafford Jadalove Chant’e Sterling* Faith Nevaeh Taylor* Kennedy Jessica Monique Thomas* Dalila Zakiya Thompson* Angelia Ann Thorpe Hayden Avery Thurman Josua Moises Torres Lylith Palmer Turner* Gregory Allen Tyson* Samantha Leigh Veenstra Aliyah Love Wallace Kevin Klarell Washington Alyssa MaKay Wells Janai Santinay Wells* Trenae Maekell Wells Dylan James West* Takeena Danielle Whitaker Marcya Ashawnti Wilcox* Shirelle Rane Willford Emily Claire Williams Hunter Marlo Williams Kaleah Dy’asia Williams Kiara Tatianna Williams* Mya Naomi Williams* Queen Isis Williams* Raheem Jamaal Isiah Williams* Shania Kianna Williams Tre’quon D’Andre Williams* Equiana KaLesa Wilson Marla Alexis Worrill Dominique D’Aja Wynn*
Woodville Tompkins High School Graduation
Savannah Early College High School Madeana Marie Taylor Talia Rose Hansen Man Ehsan Mondher Belgacem Kayla Mia Best Brianna Elizabeth Branker-McLean Taylor Imani Brown Angela Michelle Bulloch Ja’Briayia Shalontae’ Monae’ Coleman Ansley NiKayla Farmer Carmen Mona Ford Talia Rose Hansen-Mann Famata Emma Jallah Imani Ja’Nae Johnson Hunter Michael Jones Jocelyn M. Jones Arianna Linae Mann Isaiah James Parker Victoria Madison Patel Joseph Michael Perez Aaliyah Jnai Scott Carlos Antonio Smalls Jr. Helen Qing Sun Evan Sean Swindell Jimmy Lee Taylor Madeana Marie Taylor
Jasmine Elaine Torres Melodie Jamia Watson-Davis Ehsan Mondher Belgacem* Kayla Mia Best* Aniya Janai Bonner Brianna Elizabeth Branker-McLean* Taylor Imani Brown* Angela Michelle Bulloch* Jakiyah Chanel Campbell Ivy Danielle Carter Ja’Briayia Shalontae’ Monae’ Coleman* Christyl Ayanna-Cymone Crawford Aarion Monique Davis Sha’Niya Tyanna Dilworth Ansley NiKayla Farmer* Majerly Figueroa-Reyes Rickayla Cianna Flournoy Carmen Mona Ford* Timothy Clarence Foxworth Madison Essie Guilford Keion Amir Hall Talia Rose Hansen-Mann (S) Holly Madison Hodge Alexander TyroneHolmes
Christopher Holmes Arlaysha Faith Hudson Ashley Maurice Hudson Famata Emma Jallah* Imani Ja’Nae Johnson* Hunter Michael Jones* Jocelyn M. Jones* JonBenet Winter Lawrence James Logan Malone Arianna Linae Mann* Demetri Derrick Parisienne Isaiah James Parker* Victoria Madison Patel* Joseph Michael Perez* Aaliyah Jnai Scott* Carlos Antonio Smalls Jr.* Helen Qing Sun* Evan Sean Swindell* Olivia Jordan Tavormina Jimmy Lee Taylor* Madeana Marie Taylor (V) Jasmine Elaine Torres* Melodie Jamia Watson-Davis* Jaheim Tyshay Williams
Madeana Marie Taylor 2021 SALUTATORIAN
Talia Rose Hansen-Mann
Savannah Early College High School Graduation
New Hampstead High School
Marshall Connor Serwe 2021 SALUTATORIAN
Maria Fadhil Abbas Alhatemi* Ariyanna Nyriel Andrews ** Sandra Aragon Pliego* Matthias Baladi** Julia Gabriela Barrett* Callie Anne Bennett** Marleigh Rey Bennett* Serenity Ann Bolton** Javon Kenneth Bowman* Travis Broderick Boykin* Arina Haley Marie Bradshaw* W’cayla Devine Brigham* Haley Anna Bruce* Anay Camarena* Ja’Leah Emanie Carswell* Alan Christopher Collins** Joaquin Marsena Crawford** Savannah Elizabeth Curtis** Ermiona Eileen Domzella** Cameron Blayke du Plooy* Raven Chante’ Dunham* Elizabeth Nicole Exley* Filip Fiolic (S) Kayleigh Ann Fleming* Connor Lewis Flores* Mya Eaves Florida** Gabriela Fuentes Carmona* Amberleah Joy Gentry* Taylor Alexis Gould** Sarai Anaya Green** Dylan Oliver Gregory* Jayna Renee Guitreau* Kaitlyn Renee Hilliard* Elijah Kevon Johnson* D’Ashanti Dominique Jones** Emijah Raye Jones* Melodie Marie Landry-Richard* Josue Leonel Lemus** Jordyne Alexandria Lewis* Justin Ryan Little* Tiffany Lissette Martinez* Dayshia LeAnn May* Savannah Ashlyn Leilani McCoy* Quaniya Shaoni T’Cale Mike* Carson Jordan Miller* Mi-Lynn Noelle Mok* Alec Danyel Montano* Kendall Marie Moten* Patricia Gilmary Noguera* Cammiah Annette Olinde** Akshar Jatin Patel* Paraj Sureshkumar Patel* Shrey H Patel** Nguyen Thao Nguyen Pham* Olivia Alessandra Polero* Marquis Divante Reed* Hector Ricardo Reyes Marquez* Prestonique Zanesha Reynolds* Jimeia Renee Robertson* Landon Bryce Scranton* Marshall Connor Serwe (V) KeAndre Letrell Bryan Shaw* DeAndre Caleb Smart* Sean Jared Sutherland* Morgan Devin Swaby** Bao Quoc Tran* Gaven Tran* Vincent Tran* Skyler Nikole Lopatta Traynham** Caleb Daniel Vales* Aidan Frederick Wallin** Christian Sumner Whitlock* Kalah Nichelle Williams**
Myah Chanell Winters* Natalie Sodany Yith** Alaina Janae Aaron Shatoria Ja’nae Agyemang Idashia Zakia Albright Isabelle Evalina Allmond Cory Riley Allred Kyle Jan Martinez Andes Katherine Rose Aninzo Elmer Accides Argueta Amaya Anyelika Marie Asia Savannah Lynn Atkins Darian Useipe Bazelais Andrew Layne Bevins Nathaniel Lincoln Bliss Kayla Elizabeth Boles Caleb Pierce Borland Donald Lee Vernon Bostick Jr Michael Anthony Bouie Jr Estevan Marlow Bowers Antonio Bowman Jr Keeva Marie Bowman Madison Leigh Braet William Wesley Brewer Aniyah Aaliyah Brown Mackenzie Jasmmie Brown Patrick Michaek Brown Venisha Elizabeth Brown Olivia Elizabeth Buchanan Amon Montrez Burgest Brayden Eduardo Calderon Caitlyn Jade-Rene Campbell Eric Mychael Campbell Edrick Adrian Caraballo Burgos Deven Michael Paul Castillo Matthiel Miller Castillo Kiandre Tyrell Cheeks Jacob Chen Jhanaysia Jania Chisholm Jamaya Noel Christie Ryan Mekhi Clause Cameron Rashad Coleman Jaida Nicole Coleman Malcolm Jordan Collins Alejandro Antonio Colon McKenna Marie Combs Kevin Bernard Cook Jr Anthony Mason Cope Jocelin Terri Corbin Bryan Cortes Jacqueline Karen Covington Keitlyn Marie Cruz Colon Meryd Cumplido Perez Charlie Eugene Davis Jr Chinaza Rakaya Davis John Christopher Roy De Vega Gennalyn Mae De Vega Purificacion Annie Rogina Deanes Jose Carlos Diaz Ibanez Jaylen Tyquan Drayton Rachel Olivia Eady Sarah Denise Eady Isaac Jo’Lando Easterling Kedryn Tyler Eure Jurnee Janae Fair Miguel Jose Faison Enrique Rafael Fajardo Santiago David Jesus Farias Raheem Kenneth Finklea Jacob Daniel Fish Hillary Faye Fountain Jamisha Vontrice Frazier Jose Luis Galvan Jr
DeJean Malik Garvey Kailee Michelle Garza Donovan Constance Girvin Laura Ann Godfrey Deven Austin Graham Calvin Lavon Grant Quentin Ta’yon Grant Isaiah Steward Gray Rickayla Marie Griffin Lillie Francis Gulu Sterlin Ray Hamel Shay’anna Tynia Hamilton Ashley Elizabeth Hancock Donte’ Maurice Malik Hancock Alana Lee Shih-Tin Harris Jacobi Alexander-Wayne Harris Jaheim Laurice Hayes Adam Islam Hdoud Kie’Niyah Dai-Ona Height De’ja Monee Heningburg Ethan Scott Henry Irair Hernandez Kaitlyn Jade Herrera Marquise DeShawn Herrod Dranrebb George Villanueva Hiponia Cameron James Hoagland Leah Simone Holden Cheyenne Trevionne Holton Jhanae Alicia Hudson-Gayle Trenton Cyr Huerta Joshua Caleb Hunt Serenity Tierra Hunter Danny Anh-Dinh Huynh Zane Vann Ingwersen Antanay Semmaria Jackson Jamie LaCharles Jackson Jr Madeline Jarquin-Diaz Randy Jewell Jarrell III Kaitlyn Sierra Jenkins Robert Brandon Jenkins Zay’Shawn Mateen Jenkins Chivas Alexis Johnson Damari Tay’Quan Johnson Darius Jaheim Johnson Hasan Antwann Juan Johnson Jason Deon Johnson Javier Kyon Johnson D’Nyjah Makiya Jones Logan David Jones Shynaisja Lillian Jones Trevon Isaiah Jones Taylor Danielle Kennedy Daelin Gage Kessler Tyres Roger Key Kerry Bernard Kimber-Gaither Kenneth Earnest Kirkland Preston Chase Knowles Christian Levi Layong Michelle Brooke Lee Jarell Leigh Lewis Jr Sarah Nicole Lhotak Robert Edward William Littlejohn Jr Ashley Rose Lorden Joshua Thomas Lorello Henry Lee Lucky III Joseph Paul Marshall Kyla Winchell Perlada Martinez John Lincoln Mason III Elizabeth Katharine Matlock Alejandro Jaffeth Matute Lopez Gabrianna Nicole Maultsby Kevon Jemal Maxwell Jr Timarge Alexius-Aniya Mazes
New Hampstead High School (continued) Tyree Jashun McCoy Makayla Armani McGee Damian Lamar McKinnis Cavonte Darnique Miller Sha’Niya E’mone Mechelle Mitchell Derrick Maurice Mobley Haylee Ann Moellenbeck Naeki Kavon Moore Luis Smerlin Morales Christopher Mozee II Lauryn Riley Muldrow Shon Daveon Murphy Daikari Treyshon Myers Steven Harvey Nash Tiffany Amber Neubaum Saskia Luisa Nevarez Kristian Patrick Newsam Phat Nguyen Eliel Josue Nieves Brysen Davis Nunn Maria Elena Ortega Manav Manishkuma Patel Parakh Sureshkumar Patel Nicholas Evan Paul Jada Kamilah Peeples Janpierre Perez Xander Alton Perry Donald Leslie Peters Jr Bao Quoc Pham Michael David Phillips BreYonna Darnaisha Pinckney Victoria Macy Pines Brett Ryan Portzer Petrelle Charlette Price-Montgomery Shakiya Onesia Amia Prince Noah Thomas Purdom Jordan Byne Quick Riley Steven Rewis Desmond Demann Rice Derrick Lamont Richardson Anahi Rico-Aguilar Garrett Jamal Ritch-Green Andrae Brooke Jasmine Chanpen Robbins Courtney Danasija Robbins Tapanga Michelle Robbins D’Andre Jimon Robertson Howard Lloyd Robinson III Christopher Rodriguez Ivan Rodriguez Natalie Marie Nereyda Rodriguez Vanessa Marie Rodriguez Lopez Jacob William Rogers Yelitza Magdely Rondon Alaysia Saniia Ross Maliyah A’Mari Ross Jermiah Marceil Antonio Rountree Wyatt Lee Ruehling Da’Vonta Mar’Quon Sanders Luis Miguel Efrain Santiago Noah Walter Saxon Malachi Antonio Scott John Patrick Rudy Scoville
Jaylynn Christina Seabrian A’Jayla N’Hyea Selby Jocelyn Renee Shokes Arianna Aaliyah Simmons Joshua Christian Simmons Alexis Nicole Sinclair Singleton Logan William Smith Troinadji Tashanti Smith Anthony Benjamin Soriano Bailey Elizabeth Sowell Treyson Elon Speaks Keith DiAndre Stallworth Ja’davia Keyona Stephens Kaiona Neveah Sweatt Lieselotte Marie Tegtmeyer Aljhanod Dontraye Thomas Devin Jaqualon Tigner Jamison Eva Tisdale James Edward Toler Phuong Le Nhu Tran Thi Xuan Mai Tran Nicky Antrez Trotter Gabriel Michael Valentin Samir Gesliel Vargas Berrios Hayden Nicole Varner Amanda Velazquaz-Martinez McKenzie Ryann Vickery Tore Reece Vincent Antaveon Shontarius Vinson Darius Sharief Walker Mya Leigh Walker Sage Alexandria Walker Alaris Mikhail Wall Brodrick Nathaniel Ward Anna Grace Warren Jatavia Sharnell Washington Kennedy Victoria Washington Teray Ervin Weathersby Ethan Joseph Weeks Sanaa Raven Whitfield Dominic Jacquan Wilborn James Edward Wilcoxon III Adrian Charronay Williams Andre Michael Williams Aria-Alexis Ashanti Williams Emelia Denae’ Williams Eriana Shada Williams MaKenzie Denise Williams Maria Azalea Williams Marvin Antwan Williams Shannon Spencer Williams Jaquez Dashawn Williams-Grady Elaina Elizabeth Wineglass Jonathan Miguel Winik Amos Lee Wright III Essence Ashanti Wright Xiao Hang Wu Victoria Lani Yarbrough LaKayia Debra Janae Young Jasiel Zavaleta Aparicio Amaya Camille Zerquera
Windsor Forest High School Graduation
Jenkins High School Graduation
New Hampstead High School Graduation
ss of 2020!
The Class of 2021 has graduated! Nearly 2,000 Savannah-Chatham County students took the walk across the stage and turned their tassel toward a bright, new future!
aduate from ic Schools year.
Where will they go from here? Many have been enlisted to serve our country in every branch of the military. Others are entering the world of employment, having earned certifications through our Career Pathways programs. Many have enrolled in some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Some are combining the world of work with post-secondary education!
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HERE’S A LOOK AT THE SCHOOLS TO WHICH OUR GRADUATES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED.
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Abraham Baldwin Ag. College Agnes Scott College Alabama State University Albany State University Allen University will be going Andrews College nah-Chatham Appalachian State University Arizona State University . Art Institute of Atlanta Rochester University Rollins College Auburn University Saint Leo University Augusta State University Samford Savannah College of Art & Design Belmont University Savannah State University Savannah Technical College Beloit College Shaw University South Ga. State College Benedict College Southern Virginia University Spelman College Berry College St. Andrews University Stetson University Bethune-Cookman University Temple Bloomfield College Truett-McConnell UNC Charlotte Brenau university United States Naval Academy University of Alabama Brewton Parker University of Central Florida University of Dayton Carson-Newman University University of Denver University of Georgia CCM at University of Cincinnati University of Houston University of Illinois at Chicago Cedarville University University of Kentucky University of Massachusetts Boston Central Michigan University of North Georgia Charleston Southern University of South Carolina University of South Carolina at Beaufort Chowan University University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie University of Tampa City College of New York University of Tennessee University of Texas Clafin University University of Tulsa University of Virginia Clark Atlanta University University of West Georgia Valdosta State University Clayton State University Vanderbilt University Clemson University Virginia State University Voorhees College Coker University Warren Wilson College Wellesley College Colby-Sawyer College Wesleyan College West Virginia University College of Charleston Wichita State University Wingate University College of Coastal Georgia Wofford College Young Harris College College of William and Mary Colorado State University Colorado University Denver United States Military Services: Air Force Columbia College South Carolina Army Marines Columbus State University Navy Coast Guard Concord University Army National Guard Converse College Cosmetology School Cullinary institute of America Dalton State College Dean College ay, May 14 Friday, May 15, Delaware State University gh School 10:00 a.m. Dominican Savannah University Arts Academy 10:00 a.m. of California gh School 12:00 p.m. Drexel University Woodville-Tompkins
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TO THE CLASS OF 2021!
Earlham College East Georgia State College Eckerd College Edward Waters University Elon University Embry Riddle Emory University Erskine College Fisk University Flagler College Florida A&M University Florida Institute of Technology Florida State at Jacksonville Florida State University Fordham University Fort Valley State University Full Sail University Furman University GA State University Ga. Southwestern U Gardner-Webb University George Mason University George Washington University Georgia College State University Georgia Gwinnett College Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Military College Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Southern University Georgia State University Grambling State University Green Bay University Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Hollis University Horry-Georgetown Tech. College Howard University Jacksonville State University Johnson and Wales University Juniata College Kansas State University Kennesaw State University Kenyon College Lander University Lander University Lees-McRae College Liberty University Limestone College
LINCOLN TECH Lindenwood University Livingstone College Louisiana State University Loyola University Manchester University Marymount Manhattan College Mercer University Methodist University Michigan State University Middle Georgia State University Middle State University Middle Tennessee State University Miles University Mississippi State University Missouri Science and Technology Morehouse College Morgan State Morris College Mount Saint Mary College N. Carolina A&T NC Wesleyan Neumont College of Comp. Science New York University North Carolina A&T St. University North Carolina Wesleyan College Northern Vermont University Norwitch University Nova Southeastern University Ogeechee Technical College Oglethorpe University Ohio State University Pace University Penn State University Pepperdine University Perimeter College Piedmont College Point Park Point University Prairie View A & M University Pratt Institute of Technology Presbyterian College Purdue University Queens College Redlands University Reed College Rhodes College Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College Saint Leo University Samford University Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art & Design Savannah State University Savannah Technical College Seton Hall University Shaw University Shorter University Smith College South Carolina State University South Georgia State College South University Southern Union Comm. College Spelman College St. John’s University Queens Stevens Point University Stony Brook University Talladega College Technical College of Low Country Tennessee State University Texas Christian University Texas Tech University The Citadel The New School Trinity Christian College Trinity International University Tuskegee University UNC Asheville UNC Chapel Hill UNC Greensboro University of North Georgia University of Tampa University of Alabama University of Arizona University of Arkansas University of California at Berkley University of California San Diego UC Santa Barbara University of Colorado at Boulder University of Denver University of Florida University of Georgia University of Hawaii University of Houston University of Indianapolis University of Miami
Windsor Forest High School 1:00 p.m.
The SCCPSS graduation rate continues to climb! SCCPSS achieved a graduation rate of 89.7% for SY 2019/20. This represents a gain of nearly 2 points compared to last year and establishes a new record high for the district. For the sixth consecutive year the district exceeded both the state and the comparison group graduation rates. Our graduates have the #publicschooladvantage! Wishing our graduates well as they head into the future and to our returning students, a safe and enjoyable summer break. See you August 4!
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The Savannah College of Art and Design congratulates the Class of 2021 with digital and in-person events on May 28-29. The university presented a digital commencement on May 28 for all graduates, providing more than 3,300 students and audiences around the world a front-row seat to the occasion. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCAD
BILLY’S PLACE - 9PM 20 E. PERRY ST.
ABOVE MCDONOUGH’S LOUNGE
WHO IS PLAYING WHERE THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 6/ 9 LIVE MUSIC
Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 6 p.m. McDonough’s Blues with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
El-Rocko Lounge Trivia with Jules and Chris Grimmett, 9-11:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company Trivia Night with Jess Shaw, 6:30 p.m. The Wormhole Bingo, 10 p.m.
Totally Awesome Bar Savannah Comedy Underground, 9 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
Two Tides Brewing Company Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY 6/10 LIVE MUSIC
Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m. Victory North Ana Popovic, 8 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES Bar Food Trivia Night, 8 p.m. McDonough’s Family Feud, 7 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 8 p.m.
Totally Awesome Bar Open Mic Comedy, 8:30 p.m.
Club 51 Degrees DJ B-Rad, 9 p.m. Top Deck Sunset Deck Party, 6 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
Service Brewing Company Service Brewing Run Club, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY 6/11 LIVE MUSIC
bar.food Dave Smith, 6 p.m. Churchill’s Pub Jon Lee Acoustic, 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Voodoo Soup, 7 p.m.
Congress Street Social Club Square One, 10 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Anna Kellam, 7:30 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. River House Stan Ray, 6 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint with Swamptooth, 6 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Chip Staley, 6 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. Tybee Post Theater Alex Lopez and The Xpress, 8 p.m. The Warehouse HHour Ray Tomasino, Phantom Wingo, 2 & 8 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.
Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.
DAMON & TSK @ SERVICE BREWING COMPANY, 6 P.M. SATURDAY 6/12 LIVE MUSIC
Churchill’s Pub Boondockers, 7 p.m. Coach’s Corner Head Games - A Tribute to Foreigner, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Little Bird, 7 p.m.; Little Bird, 7 p.m. Elan Savannah ATLiens at Elan Savannah (Sat, June 12th), 9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Levi Moore, 7:30 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. River House Ricky Standard, 6 p.m. Service Brewing Company Damon & TSK, 6 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Josephine Johnson, 6 p.m.; Joe Wilson, 6 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. The Warehouse Andrew Gill, Kyle Yardley, 2 & 8 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
Blueberry Hill Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.
Club 51 Degrees DJ Fer, DJ Emalo, DJ Lil G, DJ BRad, 9 p.m. VICE Lounge + Mojito Bar DJ Primal, 9 p.m.
Bar Food Karaoke Night, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.
Club One Comedy Revue, 8 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
Club 51 Degrees Dance Party
BAR & CLUB EVENTS
Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.
SUNDAY 6/13 LIVE MUSIC
Collins Quarter at Forsyth Ember City, 2 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m.; Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Bucky & Barry, 1 p.m. The Warehouse Thomas Claxton, 6:30 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
Moon River Brewing Co. Trivia, 6 p.m.
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
MONDAY 6/14 LIVE MUSIC
Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
BAR & CLUB EVENTS Fia Rua Irish Pub Family Movie Night, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY 6/15 LIVE MUSIC
McDonough’s Open Mic/Jam, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia Tuesday, 7 p.m. Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen Trivia Tuesday, 9 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Starland Yard Trivia Night With Chris Grimmett, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Trivia with Chris Grimmett, 6:30 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 9:30 p.m.
Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic/Jam, 6-10 & 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Club One Super Gay Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Starland Yard Music Bingo, 7-9 p.m.
Stafford’s Public House Stafford’s Tuesday Comedy Open Mic, 8:30-11:45 p.m.
TRIVIA & GAMES
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Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Mint to Be Mojito’s Open Mic/Live Karaoke, 5-11 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.
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HEAD GAMES – A TRIBUTE TO FOREIGNER @ COACH’S CORNER ANA POPOVIĆ @ VICTORY NORTH
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Crank up the weekend this Thursday night with a scorching-hot blues rock set f rom the best guitar player to pass through Savannah is a long time. Ana Popović has been at it for 20 years, touring relentlessly and blowing away audiences with her Stratocaster mastery and soulful voice, not to mention her killer band. She’s got the essentially American institution of the blues down so pat, you’d never — ever — believe she was born and raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. See hands move like Stevie Ray’s did at this can’t-miss show. THURSDAY, JUNE 10 | 7 PM
ATLIENS @ ELAN
This Atlanta-based, alien-inspired hard trap and bass act is definitely not your average EDM duo. The mysterious, masked ATLiens inject cubic light years of grinding noise and disassociated voices into their beats, which are pelvic-oriented and often tremendous. People seem to dig it, and they’ve collaborated with national acts like Bassnectar and Black Tiger Sex Machine. Resist yelling whatever nonsense you’re prattling on about over it, and get lost in the ear-throbbin’ and head-bobbin’ experience. SATURDAY, JUNE 12 | 9 PM
Tribute and cover bands led the charge when live music resurfaced last fall. Venues like Coach’s Corner and Victory North practically relaunched live music in Savannah with bands like Head Games. These road warriors deserve a lot of credit and your support. Foreigner sold an astounding 80 million records, a very rare achievement. You know and love their hard rockers “Hot Blooded” and “Dirty White Boy” and their pop monsters “Double Vision” and the soaring “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Head Games delivers them and a lot more. SATURDAY, JUNE 12 | 7 PM
BUCKY & BARRY @ TUBBY’S TANK HOUSE
As you ponder a weekend of countless regrets, hopelessly trying to link trace memories, cryptic encounters, and various scrapes and bruises into a coherent narrative in case you’re called upon to defend actions and behavior you’ll never remember, enjoy the uplifting sounds of Savannah’s oldest and sexiest boy band, Bucky and Barry. A mainstay around town for good reason, as this Sunday afternoon soiree at Tubby’s will surely attest. Help fill their Bucket of Love, if only to seek the absolution Savannah forced you to need. SUNDAY, JUNE 13 | 1 PM
The Creative Coast presents SHE HUSTLES at The Clyde Venue BY NICOLE YOUNGBLUT
CELEBRATE SAVANNAH’S WOMEN Entrepreneurs & Leaders event June 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. This inspiring networking event features a talk from sponsor Nita Penn, Director of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Women’s Business Center in Savannah, shared experience and wisdom from Dr. Kathy Love, President of Savannah Technical College, a panel discussion from influential women leaders Alaina Meyer, Jennifer Graham, and Elondia Harden with Panel Moderator Elbi Elm. “The Creative Coast is delighted to present SHE HUSTLES, where Savannah’s women entrepreneurs and leaders connect,” released The Creative Coast. “Come for an evening of great food, wine, and networking. Leave empowered to grow your business, tackle your toughest challenges, and turn your ideas into reality.” Penn, a notable key speaker and event sponsor said her mission is to empower women, minorities, and low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs through financial education and training. Through advocacy training services she plans to fight for racial equality.
“Nita has over 10 years of experience strategizing creative and innovative organizational development experiences for clients as small as a one-person team to a 600-soldier battalion of the United States Army National Guard,” according to ACE, Women’s Business Center. “As a Savannah native, she envisions more intentional, inclusive, and relatable programming geared toward low to moderate-income women-led BIPOC businesses. The Savannah center will focus on Coaching & Connecting that will lead to referrals to our local CDFI partners to attain Capital. The office is conveniently located in the Coastal Georgia Center in downtown Savannah,” according to ACE, Women’s Business Center. Purchase tickets to SHE HUSTLES for a motivational evening. Tickets sales to the event must be made in advance online due to limited capacity.
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Effingham Community Orchestra is back at it Charles Patterson, Music Director of the Effingham Community Orchestra announces the orchestra is headed back to rehearsals with the first being held on June 13. Patterson is hoping a concert can be scheduled in the near future, date and time to be announced later. Any interested musicians can contact him at orchestradirector@ effinghamcommunityorchestra. org. PHOTO COURTESY OF EFFINGHAM
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Art by Craig Drennen is on display at Laney Contemporary. IMAGE COURTESY OF DAVID KAMINSKY
Craig Drennen, “Rocket Man,” detail 2021, oil, alkyd, spray paint, paper relief on paper 37.5 in diameter. IMAGE COURTESY OF ADAM KUEHL
Art by Craig Drennen is on display at Laney Contemporary. IMAGE COURTESY OF DAVID KAMINSKY
Atlanta-based artist debut’s first solo exhibition at Laney Contemporary
Craig Drennen to lead Hybrid Presentation at local gallery
CONNECT SAVANNAH | JUNE 9-15, 2021
BY NICOLE YOUNGBLUT
LANEY CONTEMPORARY presents an in-person artist talk with Atlanta-based painter Craig Drennen which will also be broadcasted live via Instagram on June 11. “Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators” is Drennen’s first solo exhibition at Laney Contemporary and inspired by the Shakespearan play “Timon of Athens.” This exhibition also marks the first time the Merchant works have been shown in public. “Craig’s work is meticulously constructed with hyperrealism and abstraction and layered in concept,” said Director Susan Laney. “His work is phenomenal to see in person and Craig is a witty and astute speaker.”
“’Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators’ cycles through the process of self-reflection as a crucial part of the act of painting that can be understood as a non-linear, un-framed, cognitive journey,” released Laney Contemporary. “Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators” will be on display at Laney Contemporary through June 26. “The exhibition includes paintings on canvas and paper, a selection of small drawings, sculpture, and a single 35-second video projection entitled ‘Timon of Athens’ which lists Drennen’s versions of Shakespearean characters,” according to Laney Contemporary.
Drennen is a former professor of Painting at SCAD, served as Dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and currently manages THE END Project Space in Atlanta and teaches at Georgia State University. His past work has been exhibited in many group exhibits such as “Decameron” at New Release Gallery in New York City, and “Depiction, Again” at the Kunstverein Langenhagen in Langenhagen, Germany. His solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia, and “Mit Zuckerstange“ at Flyweight Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Drennen is a 2018 Gugennhiem Fellow, his work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, and the New York Times.
“To further extend our reach to out-ofstate followers of Drennen’s work or those physically unable to attend in person we are also offering this event online via Instagram LIVE,” concluded Laney. A cocktail hour will be held from 5-5:50 p.m. on the patio at Laney Contemporary. The artist talk with Craig Drennen begins promptly at 6 p.m. Those who cannot attend in person are encouraged to tune in to Instagram LIVE at 6 p.m. or watch anytime on IGTV. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for the limited in-person event. Laney Contemporary is located at 1810 Mills B Lane Blvd., in Savannah.
Grand Bohemian Gallery showcases Amiri Gueka Farris in ‘Dreaming Savannah’
BY MELISSA HAYES
Amiri Geuka Farris will be the featured artist at Grand Bohemian Gallery at The Mansion on Forsyth Park from June 10 through July 9.. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMIRI GEUKA FARRIS
an advocate for Gullah-Geechee culture and traditions. “I work with different communities throughout the Gullah-Geechee Corridor which extends from North Carolina down to Florida,” he said. “I talk, show my artwork, and try to educate people on the culture in Hilton Head, Beaufort, Charleston and Sapelo Island. It’s a big part of my work, but I don’t want to be known only as a Gullah-Geechee artist. I’m a contemporary artist.” “Dreaming Savannah” includes a small dancer series reflecting Gullah-Geechee influences, but most of the pieces in this exhibition are inspired by the concept of Bohemianism. They celebrate nature, Savannah’s eccentricity and his own joyously unrestrained style. “It’s about being carefree and connected with the land and just having that as a lifestyle,” he said. “That Bohemian train of thought goes perfectly with what I’m doing because I just let things go in my paintings. You’ll initially see a lot of paint drips and expressive brush strokes, and when you look deeper into the painting, you’ll start to see some things that are recognizable.” ˜ e opening reception for “Dreaming Savannah” takes place on June 11 from 6-9 p.m. at Cedar House Gallery and is free and open to the public. ˜ e exhibition will be available for viewing daily at the Grand Bohemian Gallery at the Mansion at Forsyth Park from June 10 to July 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
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“ I’M A COLOR THEORIST, so I try to combine colors that uplift,” said multimedia artist Amiri Gueka Farris who is best known for his assemblages of brightly colored patterns, textures, and forms. “People say they’re very attracted to my work because of the color palette that I use, and that’s one of my goals as an artist is to uplift the viewer.” His bold, multidimensional works require viewing from different vantage points. From afar, they appear abstract. Move closer, and new forms emerge from within the layers. “Dreaming Savannah” is a special solo exhibition of new work by Farris as part of the Grand Bohemian Gallery’s annual Savannah Series. The series highlights the work of local artists who capture the quality and character of life in this corner of the world. For Farris, this exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural abundance of our coastal population: “It’s definitely inspired by Savannah with the different melding of cultures – the historic and the new; the creative communities; the new energy and influx of people we see; people from the Savannah College of Art and Design; visitors from around the world and then people who have been here like the Gullah-Geechee community. All of those elements influence the work that I was creating.” Farris has been an artist all his life. Without an art school in West Palm Beach where Farris grew up, his parents enrolled him into an afterschool art program at the Armory Art Center. He would also spend time at the now-closed Quest Theatre where he’d create large-scale works for set designs. Hooked by his passion, he entered competitions, won awards and eventually had his work displayed in the Capitol Building in D.C. This was all before his formal education with SCAD where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Master of Fine Arts in Painting. As a professional artist, his work has been shown in galleries and museums across the world, and he teaches art education to all ages including part-time work at universities including SCAD. In addition to his creative pursuits, Farris is
CULTURE Victor Alpi works on his art at Neighborhood Comics ahead of his residency.
VISUAL ART BY DJ HELLERMAN
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PHOTO BY DJ HELLERMAN
Fans invited to connect with artists behind work
Neighborhood Comics hosts in-resident program
NEIGHBORHOOD COMICS, downtown Savannah’s comic book specialty store, has launched a Comic Artist-in-Residence Program. Designed to demystify the process of making comics, Lee Heidel, owner of Neighborhood Comics thought this would be the perfect opportunity to connect Savannah-area comic book artists with the public. The residency will support one local artist per month by providing a dedicated workspace inside the store so that customers can see firsthand how artists create their work. From storyboards to layouts, customers will have the chance to ask the artist questions and even purchase some of their work. The idea for a residency program came from Savannah’s arts community, Heidel explained. “Savannah has an amazing community of sequential artists,” he said. “A large part of that is due to Savannah College of Art and Design with professors that work in the industry and of course, students just getting started. But, Savannah’s quality of life and cost of living also attract artists of all stripes. We consider our store to be a creator store, in that we celebrate the writers and artists that contribute to the comics, not just the fictional characters on the covers. Having signings and meet-and-greets has always been a part of our DNA. Because we get so many tourists, I’m regularly fielding questions about how comics are made. Having an artist on-site seemed like a no-brainer.” Victor Alpi has been selected as the first artist-in-residence and will be on-site working in the store through the end of this month. The Savannah-based, Miami-born, artist is a SCAD alum where he studied Sequential Art and Painting. Heidel is excited for people to connect with Alpi and his work. “He has a great attitude and is working on some amazing creator-owned projects,” Heidel said. “As I was workshopping the idea with different artists, [Victor] immediately saw the potential and was on board. I can’t wait for Savannah to fall in love with Victor’s art.” The residency comes at a perfect moment in Alpi’s career. In December, he decided to step back from his service industry job so that he could dedicate 100% of his time to his artistic practice. And now his work is gaining momentum. Recently, Alpi released “Introduction to The Humarks,” a collection of sketchbook drawings about Jack Dempsey and Jon Dory, two shark-human characters Alpi has developed over the past decade. While in the shop, Alpi will be working on illustrations
Victor Alpi works on his art at Neighborhood Comics June 6. PHOTO BY DJ HELLERMAN
for a mystical western script written by the up-and-coming comic writer Julio Fernández titled “Magic Revolver.” “I’m using this time to get into the industry more seriously.” Alpi continued, “I’m doing whatever I can to get my work out there. I’m shy but I want to publish my work.” This is a really exciting and unique opportunity for Alpi. It is a reason for him to get out of the house a little bit and, for him, it feels like he is going to an office. “When I heard Lee talking about the program, I jumped right on it,” Alpi said. “It’s the best comic book shop in town. I’ve never heard of a residency program like this. They really have their ear to the ground supporting local stuff. Plus, if I need to take a break, I can grab something off of the wall. They have a whole western section I can look at.” Heidel intends for the program to have a big impact on the local comic scene. “I hope the program raises the profile of our local comic book creator community,” he said. “Not many places have a ‘scene’ like Savannah. The plan is for the artists to make connections with locals and tourists alike to spread the joy of comics.” Stop by to visit with Alpi and see how his mystical western illustrations are shaping up. While you’re there, take the opportunity to explore the full extent of what this “real-life mom-and-pop comic shop” has to offer. Alpi plans to be at Neighborhood Comics during business hours Wednesday through Friday and at least one weekend day. Call ahead to be sure he’s there. For information and to apply for the residency, visit, neighborhoodcomics.com/sequential-artist-in-residence. For information on Victor Alpi’s work and his IG Live videos, check out: @ alpivictoralpi.
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Alicja Colon displays her Unstationary kit, “Moveable Robot” which discusses being uniquely wired. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICJA COLON
Alicja Colon displays her Unstationary kit, “The Retro Rocket,” which proposes the concept that curiosity wins. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICJA COLON
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Unstationary kits are helping others to get unstuck
BY JAMIE BURTON email@example.com
IMAGINE TAKING THREE LARGE aspects of your life and combining them all into a singular product; that’s exactly what Alicja Colon did when she sought to create her craft kits. After years of counseling, working with students, and a full-time job as a paper engineer, Colon founded and created Unstationary. Unstationary is art therapy-inspired
paper-craft kits, Colon said. “... as you are crafting this paper craft, we’re asking you questions or asking you to interact with your craft in a certain way that brings about, hopefully, insight, that can plant seeds,” Colon said. Colon made a craft to be used by both children and adults, focusing on topics such as learning to unpack baggage, affirmation, self-appreciation and more by merging the lessons she has learned and visual analogies used with students. She launched her kits in November 2019.
“The object you’re creating is definitely linked to the topic as a visual analogy,” Colon said. For example, a palm tree - one of the most flexible trees in the world - is constructed when learning about flexibility in circumstances. A robot is built when being taught that you’re uniquely wired - you are made to be very specific to you. “We have a rocket that talks about curiosity and how growth-mindset versus fixed-mindset can unlock our growth and our potential that’s a really good visual analogy of a rocket. It’s not going to go anywhere if it’s not focused on growth,” Colon said. The length of time it takes to complete a kit depends on which one is being worked on. They range from 30 minutes to three hours — shorter kits intended for kids and longer kits intended for teenagers or adults. As you build the structure, questions will appear in blue, inviting you to dive deeper into the topic and your thoughts. “The ones for adults are definitely deeper,” Colon said. “The vintage camper focuses a lot on emotional baggage. It forces them to think about themselves a little bit deeper. Where a kid a. wouldn’t have the stamina to do a 3-hour paper craft kit but b. wouldn’t have the wherewithal to even understand the questions.” Four other women are behind the magic of making Colon’s dreams come to life. Cee, Alicja’s mother, is called the “Grandma gauntlet.” When a new kit is created, all instructions go through Cee. If she can put it together, then the product is a ‘go.’ She also cuts the paper - the most essential part of building the structure. Kat, the youngest member of the crew, helps bring new ideas to the table and also does a lot of the illustrations. Loretta has worked with children professionally with students for nearly 20 years. She helps design the lessons for kids to make sure everything will be comprehensible. Last, but not least, is Lauren; a mental and cognitive occupational therapist for soldiers. Her 13 years of experience helps her to review the questions asked while putting the structure together and refine the actions that people take while they put it together. She’s even started to incorporate the kits into her program with soldiers at Fort Stewart. “Having a therapist who has been in the field for 13 years, you know, come across your kits and then realize ‘oh my goodness, this is amazing - how can I employ this into
my department?,’ that also gives me really positive feedback,’” Colon said. This is one of the many reasons she continues to push forward. “With Unstationary, the money has never been there,” Colon said. “We’re going on two years - the money has never been there. But, I trudge forward because I feel like the purpose, I feel like its mission is incredibly important.” The structures and name of the business go hand-in-hand; both having a deeper, underlying meaning. “The mission is to be able to help people get unstuck, which is the whole thing about Unstationary because it’s kind of a double entendre,” Colon said. “Stationary if spelled with an e would be about paper, but we obviously use the ‘stationary’ that’s meant like standing still. We still wanted to give a nod to that double entendre so we added the ‘un’ on top. So, the whole idea is to get people unstuck. You know, maybe the people who won’t go to counseling but they’re crafty; maybe it will touch them.” Colon would love to see Unstationary become “a beautiful brand of various ways of art therapy.” Recently she said she has seen a new desire and awakening within people, realizing they need to do some introspection. But, at the same time, not necessarily knowing how to do it. Her dreams of where she would like to take the business are continuously growing. She envisions the structures being built with therapists or departments where they help children who are long-term hospital patients; maybe even with foster parents allowing them to be introduced to their new child. “We really want seeds planted but we really want those seeds planted deeply,” Colon said. With every kit created, the team tries to incorporate the “what now?” What happens after the structure is built? They want the answers found throughout the process to go far beyond those minutes or hours spent building it. The constructor is challenged to apply the lessons into everyday life; put the structure in sight to be reminded of the experience and thoughts provoked. On top of creating new kits and working on a new book, Colon has also submitted the business to the TV show “Sharktank.” To learn more about the kits visit unstationary.store. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ unstationarystore.
‘Dreaming Savannah’ by Amiri Geuka Farris Open Reception
The Grand Bohemian Gallery hosts an opening reception for ‘Dreaming Savannah’ by Amiri Farris. The exhibition will feature Farris’s signature multimedia work, which is defined by vivid colors and layered textures. This series includes paintings inspired through the act of finding a visual intimacy within daily life of exploring Savannah and the sea islands. These works of art capture ambiguous moments of nature, fused through the artistic practice, emerging as colorful paintings and assemblages capturing a moment in time. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. grandbohemiangallery.com/ The Grand Bohemian Gallery 700 Drayton St.
‘What Lies Beneath’ by Cora Morris
The Artist Talk for Cora Morris’ “What Lies Beneath” takes place on June 12 at 1 p.m. Cora Morris said her series, ‘What Lies Beneath’ came to fruition after seeing the 2017 documentary “Chasing Coral” directed by Jeff Orlowski. It was alarming and
disturbing to see the declining state of our coral reefs around the globe, and as an avid snorkeler, she walked out of the film and asked “what can I do?” After some careful thought, she decided to make art as a way to bring attention to the troubling problem that many are unaware of. Cedar House Gallery 122 E. 36th St.
Artist Talk: ‘Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators’ by Craig Drennen
Laney Contemporary hosts the artist’s talk for Craig Drennen’s ‘Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators.’ Limited spots will be available for those who would like to attend in person. Cocktail hour will be held from 5-5:50 p.m. on Laney’s patio. The artist talk begins promptly at 6 p.m., 9124384442. firstname.lastname@example.org. Laney Contemporary 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd.
‘A City View from the Table of My House’ by Carlos Garaicoa
Based in Madrid and Havana, Carlos Garaicoa originally trained in thermodynamics and later in painting, lending him
a unique perspective on the relationship of social and historical structures to architecture and urbanism. For his solo exhibition A City View from the Table of My House, Garaicoa will present a very particular retrospective exercise, which studies the format of the table as one of the most fertile substrates for his artistic production. scadmoa.org SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd.
‘Mainly for Women’ by Paulina Olowska
‘Mainly for Women’ will continue to be on display until July 11. The show displays a sumptuous array of paintings by Polish artist Paulina Olowska, highlighting her storied exploration into female archetypes. Olowska immerses herself within the world of womanhood via her mastery of appropriation and homage, creating paintings that draw out the psychosexual and sociopolitical constructs of the female experience. Her rapid brushstrokes render naïve photorealist forms that are redolent with the feeling of bygone eras, as her colors appear softened by the passage of time. Every 7 days. scadmoa.org
SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd.
‘Vehicles of Change’ by AnneSolene Bayan
This exhibition will consider the pivotal role the automobile played in advancing societal and political revolutions in the United States in the 20th century. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, buses and cars were used to combat systematic racism and segregation enforced by Jim Crow. This was exemplified most famously in the Montgomery bus boycott and in the Freedom Riders’ journeys to the South... more on telfair.org. Jepson Center for the Arts 207 West York St.
CLASSES Kid’s Activity Space At Henny Penny
Kids will have the chance to get creative seven days a week, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and will be offering a new project weekly, plus art kits and play doh. New projects will be announced on their website and Instagram. The art space has been recently renovated and will also house indoor dining (al-
though seating will be prioritized for kid’s activities) Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe 1514 Bull St.
‘A City View from the Table of My House’ by Carlos Garaicoa
Based in Madrid and Havana, Carlos Garaicoa originally trained in thermodynamics and later in painting, lending him a unique perspective on the relationship of social and historical structures to architecture and urbanism. For his solo exhibition A City View from the Table of My House, Garaicoa will present a very particular retrospective exercise, which studies the format of the table as one of the most fertile substrates for his artistic production. Every 7 days. scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.
Artist Talk: ‘Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators’ by Craig Drennen
Laney Contemporary hosts the artist’s talk for Craig Drennen’s ‘Merchants, Bandits, and Certain Senators.’ Limited spots will be available for those who would like to attend in person. Cocktail hour will be held from 5-5:50 on
Laney’s patio. The artist talk begins promptly at 6 p.m. Free admission Every 7 days, 6 p.m.. 9124384442. email@example.com. laneycontemporary. com/exhibitions/merchantsbanditsandcertainsenators. Laney Contemporary, 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd.
‘Dreaming Savannah’ by Amiri Geuka Farris Open Reception ‘Dreaming Savannah’ by Amiri Farris will feature Farris’s signature multimedia work, which is defined by vivid colors and layered textures. This series includes paintings inspired through the act of finding a visual intimacy within daily life of exploring Savannah and the sea islands. These works of art capture ambiguous moments of nature, fused through the artistic practice, emerging as colorful paintings and assemblages capturing a moment in time. Every 7 days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. grandbohemiangallery. com/. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 700 Drayton St.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Easter Pageant: The Greatest Story Ever told is on display at Beach Institute.
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Noonie’s Quilt hangs at the Beach Institute and was made by Curator Tina Hicks’s brother, Kevin Hicks. PHOTO BY BRANDY SIMPKINS
The Yoyo quilt can be seen in the exhibition and was made by Ruth Brown of Hudson Hill Community Center. PHOTO BY BRANDY SIMPKINS
‘Quilting to Change the World’
Beach Institutes displays exhibition of traditional, handmade quilts
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SAVANNAH QUILTERS are keeping the traditions alive. The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation’s Beach Institute and The African Diaspora Museology Institute partner to present “Quilting for a Better World: The Artistry of African American Handmade Quilts.” “Quilting to Change the World” is currently on display until Aug. 29 after opening in May. Due to the realities of COVID-19, there was no opening reception, organizers said. The exhibition curator, Tina Hicks, said the exhibition was cultivated in celebration of the women and men in the community who make the world safe, warm, and beautiful with their artistry.
Hicks said the exhibition is informed by a quote by the daughter of two civil rights leaders, Virginia Jackson Kiah’s: “Everybody can’t be fine arts artists, but they can learn the art of good taste, the art of improving their appearances and surroundings whether at home, school, church, community, resulting in a more lasting happiness, beauty and a better world.” This exhibit features quilts from the collection of Willis Hakim Jones, quilts crafted by Gullah Geechee artists in the 1930s, quilts inherited from grandmothers, as well as the quilts of some first-time quilt makers who made their pieces at local community centers that help keep quilting traditions robust, organizers shared. Hicks, a quilter herself, brought together the quilts and quilt stories of 10 makers who are the epitome of “better world” artists.
“Quilts are so warm,” Brown said. “They’re made to be used, and as gifts.” Because Hicks works for the city of Savannah as a recreational leader for the senior services’ Golden Age Program, she said that it was simple for her to find the diverse selection of quilts from community members. “There are a lot of quilters in Savannah,” Hicks said. “They are church members, in senior programs and there are many more quilters. All of these ladies I met from working at the senior center. That’s why I know where [quilts] are hiding.” Quilts are functional in more ways than one. Some quilts were used as tools in the Underground Railroad. Hicks spoke about a portion of the exhibition called “Freedom Trail” where some quilts display “quilt codes” that carried messages. The quilts would be hanging outside of
log cabins as if they were only there to dry, but they would have a meaning. Hicks mentioned a quilt called “Monkey Wrench” by Rebecca Johnson and the meaning of such a pattern. “Some quilts had messages during the underground railroad meaning, ‘get ready.’ When they see that quilt it means get ready because something is about to happen,” Hicks said. “The quilts would be something normal.” Other quilts were made for families to bond and to pass down through generations. The many quilters of the exhibition told the stories of their handmade masterpieces and their traditions as they shared their quilts with Hicks. “They are very proud of their work and they want to show it off,” Hicks said. “And I want them to show them off.”
FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS I’m COVID vaccinated. According to Hicks, Catherine Sullivan, mother of Ruth Brown, made hundreds of tiny patches to assemble the yo-yo quilt when she was attending Pooler Senior Center. “She would tell me a story about how her father would build a quilting frame and in the garage in the car port and they would quilt all day until finish,” Hicks said. “And she would tell me about how her mother would sit on the porch and quilt.” On another wall there are story quilts that tell stories that are dear to the curator. Hicks said she helped make some of those quilts herself. One of those quilts was made by her older brother, Kevin Hicks, who she said she is exceptionally proud of. The quilt called “Noonie’s Quilt” is displayed with a letter by brother Hicks saying that he used to skip out on school some days, and his mother would tell him that she needs him to cut out some squares for her and she would tell him to keep cutting until she told him he could stop. The letter says, “Each time I didn’t go to school I was cutting squares. After bags and bags of squares she said it was time for part two which was sewing them together. My mother sewed the first one and I sewed the rest into what you see today.” Her brother said that though the times would frustrate him, today he sees the life lesson in it all. “Community, family,” Brown said. “That was what it was all about.” Visitbeachinstitute.org/ for more information about the quilt exhibition.
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A quilt hanging in the exhibition was made at a Kwanzaa workshop to promote saving the Kiah House from demolition. PHOTO BY BRANDY SIMPKINS
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Matt Syno and Jim Grabowski encourage one another before hitting the pavement June 2 for Global Running Day with Howe2Run.
Logan Beytagh fits Kristy Crill for a pair of running shoes June 2 at Howe2Run during their Global Running Day celebration.
Pamela and Phillip Rowe arrive early to greet participants before the run which started at the Howe2Run storefront June 2 for Global Running Day.
Community members head out to the family-friendly Global Running Day event hosted by Howe2Run at their location at 11 Gateway Blvd. in Savannah.
FITNESS ENTHUSIASTS CELEBRATE GLOBAL RUNNING DAY
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Local fitness-driven Savannahians and their family and friends enjoy a day of running as Howe2Run commemorates Global Running Day June 2 at their store location at 11 Gateway Blvd. in Savannah. Howe2Run allowed participants to demo two new shoes for running and walking during the event and hosted a raffle give-away as part of their event to celebrate the official day.
Bryan Kenner preps himself to enjoy the run as he sports Howe2Run gear June 2 for Global Running Day.
Isabel Jones brings her daughter out to join the family-friendly event June 2 for Global Running Day at Howe2Run.
New Jersey-native Marc Cameron is enthused to celebrate Global Running Day with Howe2Run June 2 at their store.
Libby LeTourneau and Brittany Dino stretch to get ready for the run starting at the Howe2Run store in Savannah..
PHOTOS FROM LOCAL EVENTS
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Ariana Mount and Mariah Congedo try to find the best place to spot runners May 29 at the Pooler Run for Heroes.
Zachary, Jordan and Brandon Burdette flank Georgia State Patrol’s JK Crews along with Rebekah, Charlotte and Zachary Parker May 29 at the 2021 Pooler Run for Heroes.
SUPPORTERS, RUNNERS RETURN TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL RUN FOR HEROES Members of the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire celebrate the return of the annual Run for Heroes, this year held May 29 in Pooler starting at 900 S. Rogers St. Local emergency services members, military service members and community supporters participated in one of the several heats of the run while family members of fallen first responders participated in the Memory Walk.
Georgia Public Safety Training Center cadets Dillion NeSmith, David Brown, Brenaye Taylor, Sandra Knezevich, Lavashia Little-Holt, Jason Collins and John Johnson support the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire’s annual Run for Heroes.
Renee Laurie and Gertrude the bird The Savannah Fire Department’s Janssen Chisholm, Tom Leighty, Carlo Marchioness, dog support the 200 Club May 29 at Tobin Nefstead and Job Gutierrez gather at the W. Chatham Middle School’s walking track on the day of the Pooler Run for Heroes. the Pooler Run for Heroes.
Brandon Tippett and Aaron Price of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office grill hamburgers and hotdogs for participants and guests May 29 at the Pooler Run for Heroes.
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The Chatham County Sheriff Office’s Javier Valdez and Derrick Frick support local heroes as the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire puts together the 2021 Pooler Run for Heroes May 29 at the Pooler Parks and Recreation Department.
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