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Spirited Squad

Kristen Hopper and Christine Rueger started a special-needs cheer squad.


Embracing Differences

Anti-bullying efforts can begin early on for children.


The Need for Speed


For Fun or Work?

Families united in pursuit of racing.

Notebook choice can hinge on how you plan to use it.

Contributing Writers Hilary Butschek Tim Keyser John McWilliams Brian Paglia Jennifer Sami Photography Amber Cloy Alyssa LaRenzie Autumn Vetter

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And I know you’ll enjoy learning about Remington Youngblood and his awesome nonprofit group, Change 4 Georgia, and all it does for our military personnel and their families. There is much more inside, including highlights about fall fashion and great information about choosing a laptop and a tablet. Remember we love to hear from you, so please feel free to e-mail me! Best,

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ecent South Forsyth High School graduates Kristen Hopper and Christine Rueger are busy packing their bags and preparing to head off to college. Besides departing home, they also will be leaving a legacy with a cheerleading team they helped start. The First Redeemer Flames special-needs squad, made up of 20 girls ranging in ages 5 to 18, is one of the many cheer teams under the First Redeemer umbrella. Friends Hopper and Rueger decided during their sophomore year of high school that a cheerleading squad was the perfect way to combine their love of working with special-needs children and Hopper’s passion for cheering.

Recent South Forsyth High School graduates Kristen Hopper, left, and Christine Rueger, right, coached Carly Ingram, 6, on the First Redeemer Flames special-needs cheerleading squad.


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“We don’t really have structured practices. They are all about having fun.” Christine Rueger, top left, and Kristen Hopper, right, are rising college freshmen who helped start the First Redeemer Flames special-needs cheerleading squad while students at South Forsyth High. The squad included Carly Ingram, 6, below.

The first year the squad had seven girls, but that number doubled the second year. “We have lots of fun at practices,” Hopper said. “They are all such sweet girls and are so joyful.” Rueger added that practices are far from conventional. “We don’t really have structured practices,” she said with a smile. “They are all about having fun. We often play Duck Duck Goose.” The team meets for once a week for practice and attends four competitions a year. Hopper said seeing the support at the competitions is particularly gratifying. “There will be a huge gymnasium completely filled with teams and standing room only of people cheering for the girls,” she said. “It is inspiring to see.”

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e are all familiar with bullying, and many of us can look back to our own childhood and remember the one or two kids who everybody was afraid of crossing paths with. Like so many other things, bullying seems to have evolved into something much more dangerous than it once was. Studies have shown that bullying can lead to depression, isolation and, sadly, suicide. Marla Mann, a speech therapist and owner of Building Bridges Therapy in Cumming, said children with special needs also suffer at the hands of bullies just as their typically developing peers do. “I think it is important for the community at large to teach our children about compassion and how everybody is different,” she said. “We need to teach our children about embracing the differences those children have and not picking on them or isolating them.” While Mann has given lectures all over the metro Atlanta area on topics such as anti-bullying, she discovered another way to help her clients as well as typically developing children — encouraging the two groups to interact in positive ways. “We want children to learn that every person is different and every person has something to offer,” she said. “By encouraging special needs children to interact with those who are typically developing, each learns about how to respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” Mann offers opportunities for children who are developing at a typical rate to interact with a group of those with special needs, whether it is through playing with Legos or games. “We also hope that the children learn how to


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develop relationships with one another.” Amber Cloy, mother of 7-year-old Hunter and 2-year-old Audrey, thought the volunteer program was a great idea for her son. “Not only can Hunter bring a lot to the kids in the program, but he stands to gain much from this group,” she said, adding that she hopes her son develops a “sensitivity to the fact that all children are different and that is not a bad thing at all.” Noting that her son has a strong personality and tends to be outspoken, Cloy said “if Hunter can use that voice to stick up for someone who needs an ally, then the program has reached out far more than just the kids in the play group.”

By the numbers The following are some bullying statistics according to • 1 out of 4 teens are bullied. • 8 percent students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied. • 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some “bullying.” • 43 percent fear harassment in the bathroom at school. • A poll of teens ages 12-17 indicates they think violence increased at their schools. • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month. • More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to

on the way to school. • 80 percent of the time, an argument with a bully will end in a physical fight. • 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student threaten to kill someone. • 2 out of 3 say they know how to make a bomb, or know where to get the information to do it. • Playground statistics: Every seven minutes a child is bullied; adult intervention, 4 percent; peer intervention, 11 percent; no intervention, 85 percent.

According to Mann, even if Hunter and others like him don’t volunteer for long at the therapy center, the experience still is beneficial. “Our hope is that when these children are at school, if they do see others picking on a child with special needs, or any child, they will feel empowered to defend that child and report the bullying.” Mann went on to say that there are numerous other ways children can get involved. “Our local schools offer many opportunities for children developing typically to interact with those with special needs — and there is always a need for volunteers with Special Olympics.” In addition, Mann said many churches can use volunteers for the programs and classes they offer for special-needs children. -- Adlen W. Robinson

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• Depending on the age group, up to 43 percent of students have been bullied while online. One in 4 have had it happen more than once. • 35 percent of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once. • 21 percent of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages. • 58 percent of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once. • 53 percent of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once. • 58 percent have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online. Source:

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uss Bennett of Dawsonville started racing go-karts at age 5, stock cars at 16 and gave up racing just 10 years ago. But he’s still out on the track guiding his son, Eli, 8, and his young dreams of becoming a NASCAR driver. The Ruark siblings — brothers ages 5 and 7 and their sister, 10 — got into racing after watching their grandfather compete. Both families were at the Cumming Fairgrounds last month for the 2013 Eastern Grands, one of the top Quarter Midget racing events in the country for drivers age 5 to 17 in 17 divisions. The Bennetts, Ruarks and hundreds of other families in town for the Grands are proof that racing, perhaps more than any other sport in America, is dependent on inheritance. “[Eli] really likes racing,” Russ said. “Time to step it down a generation.” A Cumming native, 5-year-old Carson Ruark has competed in 15 races over the past six months on the Junior Novice circuit. “He won three in a row, so that was a pretty big deal,” said his mother, Kelly Ruark. And Carson Ruark isn’t the only member of his family to race. He has a 7-year-old brother who participates in the Junior Honda category and a 10-year-old sister who competes in the Senior Honda and Light 160 division. “It’s probably been about three years now [since we started],” Tim Ruark said. Added Kelly Ruark: “They all got started from watching my

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dad race old models.” Really, this is the root of every sport’s legacy and future. A mother or father passes down their own athletic experience to their child. That’s how baseball, basketball, football, soccer and so many other sports survive and thrive. But those organized team sports are popular enough that it takes little convincing for kids to want to play. The sports’ star athletes are splattered across the Internet and television. Racing does not enjoy the same advantage. Though NASCAR has grown a lot over the past decade, it still lags far behind other sports in popularity. The sport’s biggest stars are not featured as often on television for impressionable eyes to see. That means racing, more than any other sport, relies on parents passing it down to their children. Bill Elliott, one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR of all time, grew up in Dawsonville. He won the 1988 Winston Cup championship, made more than $46 million in his career and was voted

the most popular driver 16 times. Elliott brought his son, Chase, 17, to the opening ceremonies of the Grands. Chase, one of the most promising young drivers in the sport, could make his debut in NASCAR as early as next year. One of the reasons Chase is on the fast-track to NASCAR is because his father exposed him to the sport at such a young age. And so the cycle continues — father passes on his love of sport to son. Racing must continue this if it wants to survive. It needs dads and moms who grew up in racing families to show their own children the thrill of driving at challenging speeds. It worked for the Bennetts and Ruarks. Eli Bennett’s bedroom is filled with his trophies from racing competitions and NASCAR posters. Thanks to his father, he is hooked on racing. “He loves it,” Russ Bennett said. “[Racing] is all he thinks about.” -- Brian Paglia and John McWilliams


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o be just 12 years old and have so many accomplishments under his belt, Remington Youngblood continues to rise higher. The Riverwatch Middle School seventh-grader has received a long list of awards for his achievements and service to others. In addition, the articulate young man has rubbed shoulders with local and state dignitaries, including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, both of whom have commended him for his work. What catapulted Youngblood into the world of public speaking and inspirational speeches, however, was his decision at age 10 to do some volunteer work in the community. “I was looking for volunteer opportunities, and every organization kept saying I was too young or I couldn’t really do the things I wanted to,” he said. “I decided to start an organization that would be inclusive to students, to let them really get to see how their efforts made a difference.” He wanted to empower young people and also get the entire community involved. Since he couldn’t find a group that allowed for his involvement, he decided to start one of his own. After much thought and research, Youngblood launched Change 4 Georgia, an organization that assists U.S. military personnel serving abroad and their families back home. “I think it would be so hard


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to be in the military and go through all they do, especially our troops overseas,” Youngblood said. He recalled telling his mother, Rebecca, of his plans to start a nonprofit. “She said yes, you can do that, but it is going to be a lot of hard work,” he said. That turned out to be an understatement, as the two soon found out. While mom worked on the laborious process of securing 501c3 status, Youngblood went to see the principal at his then school, Johns Creek Elementary. “I was so excited that they let us do our first collection drive,” he said. “After that, other schools began helping us.” The newly formed Change 4 Georgia began collecting much needed items for U.S. troops. Once collected, Youngblood and his mother bring the items to VFW Post 9143, where members of the post’s ladies auxiliary packs the boxes for the troops and sends them overseas. Youngblood said his organization has three main objectives. The first is providing items of comfort to overseas troops. At the top of that list are beef jerky, ramen noodles, crackers and instant oatmeal. Secondly, it strives to provide families and veterans at home with items they need, including diapers

and gently used and new clothing. The group also collects school supplies for the children of active duty troops. Thirdly, the organization provides educational scholarships to veterans who are in college. “We provided one veteran a $500 scholarship and he turned around and gave Change 4 Georgia $100 of that back,” Youngblood said. Of that gesture, Youngblood’s mother said, “That is exactly the type of character our recipients have. He could have used that money, but he said he wanted it to go toward our work to help others.”

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When Youngblood first began the nonprofit, he found it difficult to find a lot of peer involvement. Once the group was up and running, that certainly changed. “Partly because of social media, I hear from people all over the world, all the time,” Youngblood said. “I want as many kids as possible to get involved — if not working with me, then doing something else worthwhile.” Because so many bright and eager young people did want to get involved, Change 4 Georgia formed a junior executive committee made up of seven young people, all of whom are charged with coming up with ideas and projects of their own. “We want them to come up with a fund raising idea for Change 4 Georgia, but also find a project they want to work on separately,” he said. For example, one of the committee members is working closely with the Humane Society for a project. Change 4 Georgia continues to grow and is grateful for all of its community support. In fact, there are more than 100 local businesses supporting Change 4 Georgia. “We could not do it without their generosity,” said Rebecca Youngblood. “We are so grateful and we know our troops are as well.” Her son said everything Change 4 Georgia does is about the troops and their families. “We want to give them hope, motivate them, and at the same time, lift their spirits,” he said. “It is all about letting our troops know how grateful we are for their service and how much we appreciate their sacrifices for all of us here at home.”

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time to participate in the final competition. Ingram noted that while Carly was in an Atlanta hospital, Hopper and Rueger brought her gifts and a banner signed by teammates. “They always go out of their way for these girls and have brought so many of them so much happiness,” Ingram said. According to Ingram, the two teenage coaches made practices fun by bringing

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Carly Ingram, 6, is a member of the First Redeemer Flames special-needs cheerleading squad, which was founded by Kristen Hopper, top photo at right, and Christine Rueger, left.



770.889.6564 special snacks for the team and always playing fun games. “Christine even invited all of the girls to her high school graduation party and they were all running around playing Duck Duck Goose,” she said. “The girls had a blast.” Ingram said Hopper and Rueger are the perfect coaches for young girls with special needs. “They were so patient with the girls and never lost their tempers or got frustrated. They are special young women for sure.” Hopper is heading to Georgia Tech this month while Rueger will be attending the University of Georgia. Rueger plans on becoming a speech therapist and wants to work with special-needs children. While the two young women are leaving their beloved squad, they will no doubt never be forgotten by some special young cheerleaders. -- Adlen W. Robinson


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enior year of high school for most youth involves deciding on where to attend college. For recent graduate Paige Rajala, the decision is more complicated. She’s weighing whether to continue her education or return to Hawaii to work for Youth with a Mission, or YWAM. Rajala said she has always been a Christian, but it wasn’t until her junior year of high school that she began truly living her life for Christ. “I began attending a Christian school and just felt I was being called to do more,” she said. “When I heard about YWAM, I felt it was something I

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needed to do.” Founded in 1960, Youth With A Mission is a discipleship training school with 1,000 locations in more than 180 countries and a staff of some 18,000. Paige Rajala, left, gives a girl an award during her “Originally I recent mission work in the Philippines. wanted to attend the program in God, spiritual warfare and much Alaska. I have always loved the cold more,” she said. weather and thought that would be “After that there is an outreach the perfect place for me to go,” Rajala phase and then they reveal three said. different locations we would all have However, the more she to choose where to go for our mission researched, thought and prayed work.” about the trip, Rajala began leaning The locations were Cambodia/ more toward Hawaii. Thailand, Figi/New Zealand and the “I didn’t want to make the Philippines. After much prayer and decision about what I wanted to do, consideration, Rajala said she felt but about what God wanted me to called to travel with her 11-member do,” she explained. team to the Philippines. After deciding on Hawaii, there While there, Rajala and her was another hurdle to clear. Rajala team stayed at a home where they wanted to finish high school early ministered to a houseful of sexually before making the five-month abused young girls. missionary training and trip. “We played with them, conducted “It seemed like it was an Bible studies, and just shared our impossibility, but somehow I did it,” faith with them,” Rajala remembered. said Rajala, who finished her senior “Seeing their happiness and joy year at Covenant Christian Academy as they learned about God was in December 2012 before heading to amazing.” Honalulu in early January. While she enjoyed spending time “There is a 10-week lecture phase with the girls, Rajala said her favorite where we learned all about mission missionary work in the Philippines work, how to listen for the voice of

was the “bar ministry.” “The Philippines is known for its high rate of human trafficking, and you can go into any bar at any time of day and night and there are prostitutes, many quite young,” she said. The missionaries would approach the young women and try to get to know them all the while encouraging them to do something other than sell their bodies. “They were fascinated with us and very open to what we were saying,” Rajala said. “We encouraged them to go to school and pursue a career instead of living how they were.” It was shocking to Rajala that most of the young women had never thought about another lifestyle. “They are forced into prostitution, usually when they are just young girls, so they don’t really know anything else,” she said. Rajala said YWAM supports a program there that helps the women get out of prostitution if they want to

take advantage of it. “They would give us their cell numbers and we invited them to come to Bible studies and just to reach out for help.” The group saw many instances where their work was making a difference, and Rajala hopes some of the women they met will go on to a better life. “The people in the Philippines were so warm, refreshing and welcoming,” she said. “I would go back tomorrow if I could.” Going back to Hawaii is a definite

possibility since the staff at YWAM has offered Rajala a position to help train and work with the next group of young people. “I have not decided yet what I am going to do, but I do know I have a heart for working with high school girls,” she said. “I think whatever I do I will be involved with mentoring and encouraging that age group.” -- Adlen W. Robinson


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ome summer trends are here to stay all the way into back-to-school shopping. According to local retailers, the bright colors and warm weather clothing styles popular this summer are what shoppers should be seeking when choosing clothes for school. But there’s one new item that will make its presence known in the transition from summer to fall fashion — denim. “Anything denim is in,” said Lauren Compton, the sales team manager at the Belk in Cumming’s Lakeland Plaza. Many variations of the fabric will be popular this fall, she added. Tops, vests, jackets and shirts will be available in denim of all colors. Peggy Curry, the assistant floor manager at the Kohl’s on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming, said that a popular theme for young men and women is bright colors, sometimes in neon shades. The back-to-school clothing racks will be filled with neon yellow, hot pink and bright orange shirts and shorts, she said. One shopper left Kohl’s on a recent afternoon with a selection of clothing in neon shades, ready for the new season.


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Skye Butler, a 22-year-old Dawsonville resident, went to Kohl’s to buy new shorts, but left with a neon pink and highlighter yellow shirt as well. “I just think the colors look good on me,” Butler said. She also bought an orange lace dress. Curry said the store sells a lot of items with lace, including lace-back shirts and tank tops. “It must be what’s in fashion,” Butler said. “You can’t really go anywhere without seeing it.” For a more formal look, the high-low hem or mullet-style skirts and dresses are popular, Curry said. Those may be the only exciting pieces of clothing to wear as bottoms, though. “It’s more of the fashionable tops this year and the bottoms are kind of plain,” Curry said. Brig

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Bright colors and varying materials make the shirts exciting, so solid colors work on the bottom. Often, colorful and exciting tops will be paired with plain leggings. “It almost looks mismatched,” Compton said, “but it goes together.” To transition into fall, Compton said she has seen plaid and the color olive coming back into style. For boys, she said camouflage, in mixtures of greens, blues and blacks is becoming popular again. Even olive, plum and navy are popular colors in denim for boys. Cargo shorts are definitely still out, Curry said. Bright summer colors have made their way onto the in-style shorts style for boys — the flat-front golf shorts. And the neon colors can also come into play on shoes. Curry said neontrimmed sneakers are popular to go with the boy’s shorts. If a back-to-school shopper could pick only one item, Compton said, it should be denim. The fabric will be popular in shirts, jackets and pants, but don’t stick to the traditional blue, she said. Colorful denim is a clear transition from summer to fall. -- Hilary Butschek



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egan Masters graduated from West Forsyth High School in May. Among her fondest memories from West are the hours and days spent in Dee Smith’s culinary classes. “Cooking has always been a big part of my family,” she said. “Growing up, I watched my mother and two grandmothers cook all of the time, so I learned a lot from them.” According to Masters, her passion for cooking and baking began when she was about 5 years old and got an Easy Bake oven. “My mom makes the joke of me graduating from the Easy Bake to the real oven by the time I was 9 and she would help me with whatever creation I made next,” she said. When it came time to pick her sophomore classes at West, culinary was at the top of Masters’ list. “Chef Smith is going to be the teacher I miss the most,” she said. “She was a fantastic instructor and made the classes so enjoyable.” While she strongly considered going to culinary school, Masters decided instead to pursue her other love, engineering. “This fall I will be attending Southern Polytechnic State University as a biomedical engineering major and will minor in biology, and hopefully transfer into Georgia Tech after a few years.” Though she won’t be going into the food industry as a career, Masters said she will always continue cooking as a hobby. Megan said this recipe is from her mother, Karen, and is easily the most requested dish she prepares. Mexican food is always a crowd pleaser. -- Adlen W. Robinson


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Megan Masters, a 2013 West Forsyth High graduate, enjoyed the school’s culinary program, where she learned to make chicken enchiladas with salsa verde, top.

Club Karen’s chicken enchiladas with salsa verde 48 ounces of chicken broth 5 pounds chicken breast 1 large carrot 1 bunch of parsley 2 bunches of cilantro 1 white onion 1 small head of garlic

Directions: In a stock pot, combine the chicken broth, chicken breast, parsley, onion, garlic and carrot. Cook on medium-high heat, covered until chicken breast is done. Once the chicken is cooked, remove chicken breast out to a platter. Take out 1/3 of the parsley and carrots, keep the rest of the stock mixture and place into a medium bowl and set aside for later. Fill another stock pot with cold water, place tomatillos and peppers into the stock pot. Make sure the water is slightly covering the tomatillos. Boil for 7 to 10 minutes or until the skin of the tomatillos start to peel away. Place tomatillos and peppers in a large bowl and set aside to cool completely. While the tomatillos are cooling, pull the chicken breast into small pieces and place in a bowl. By the time the chicken is finished, the tomatillos should be cooled enough. Using a blender, blend together a mixture of tomatillos, cilantro, onion, garlic, carrots, parsley, using ¼ a cup of broth in each mix. Blend together and pour into a pitcher. Repeat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking pans with cooking spray. Mix together cheese in a large bowl. On each tortilla, add a handful of chicken and cheese. Spoon green sauce over the chicken and cheese and wrap together and place in baking pan. Repeat. Cover the enchiladas with green sauce and sprinkle the remaining cheese. Cover the pans with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.


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otebook computers have become the primary computer for many people, in many cases replacing desktops. They are more portable than desktop computers, and along with smartphones and tablets, allow users to accomplish the majority of computing tasks. Notebooks cover a wide price range, and it is important to distinguish between less expensive models designed for productivity and more expensive models designed for performance. The least expensive notebooks previously included netbooks, but these smaller models have mostly been replaced by tablets and lowerend, fully functional notebooks. More expensive notebooks, such as Apple’s Macbook series and high-end Microsoft Windows-based notebooks, are great for tasks such as video editing, gaming and other resourceintense processes. The price difference between these computers can be quite significant, so it is important to choose a model that suits your needs. Windows-based Notebooks that can accomplish all tasks for the average user are available for less than $500. They may not be the most powerful or sleekest models, but they have the benefits of being inexpensive and can be more easily replaced if damaged or lost. 24

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Chromebooks, which also fall into this price range, are slim and light. They use Google’s Chrome OS, have solid state drives, and take advantage of Google Apps (Drive, Docs, etc.). The disadvantage to Chromebooks is a user cannot simply insert a disc and install programs designed for Windows computers, which may be a factor for people wanting to use a notebook for more than the Internet, email, social networking, and general productivity. Ultrabooks are slim, light notebooks that are portable, while maintaining enough power to accomplish typical computing tasks. Apple’s Macbook Air is similar in design to an Ultrabook. It is less powerful than the larger Macbooks, but offers an excellent balance of portability and power. Windows-based Ultrabooks are made by many manufacturers and, depending on features, can vary greatly in price. If video editing and gaming are requirements, consider choosing a notebook that has a powerful processor (CPU), plenty of memory (RAM), a dedicated graphics chip (GPU), and a large hard drive. Solid state hard drives, or SSD, are fast and durable, but more expensive than traditional drives. A second hard drive bay is not required, but is an excellent option for these notebooks since a fast SSD drive can be used for the operating system,

and a second, larger hard drive can be used for data. For the average person, this type of notebook may be considered overkill. But for people wanting a quality gaming experience, it becomes an asset. To decide which type of notebook is right, ask yourself how you plan to use it. An inexpensive notebook will let users browse the Internet, create projects, watch movies and handle e-mail and social networking. If you need a thin, light, relatively powerful notebook, consider an Ultrabook or Macbook Air. If you need a gaming or video editing notebook, which essentially eliminates the need for a powerful desktop computer, look at higher-end notebooks with powerful processors, plenty of memory and dedicated graphics. Visiting a local electronics retailer and using the devices in person is an excellent way to determine which model will work best for you. It is also a good idea to read reviews before making purchases, considering they provide opinions of people who’ve used the devices. -- Tim Keyser


Tim Keyser is an instructional technology specialist for the Forsyth County school system.

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The next generation of school K

ids going back to school in the 21st century need more than paper and pencils. While they may want laptops, tablets or smartphones, they often need them, too. “We’re seeing that more and more young people are owning wireless devices,” said Kate Jay, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman. The Forsyth County school system embraces technology in the classroom. Its schools encourage students to bring their own devices to the classroom by providing opportunities to use them for educational purposes. Steve Reed, the store team leader at the Super Target on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming, said the system’s “bring your own technology” policies lead to more sales of technological devices to teenagers. The Super Target, Reed said, is selling a large amount of tablets. “[Children in] higher grades may choose something a little more advanced while others might just want something basic,” Reed said. Tablets can range from comprehensive ones that can be used for e-mail, Web searching, reading books, playing games or listening to music, to others specializing in a more specific one of those areas. But those needing it only for reading purposes could choose a simple reader, such as the Nook or Kindle. Even though tablets offer a lot of entertainment value, they are good for students to use in connection with school activities, such as taking notes or studying, Jay said. ool Find c “Tablets are growing very popular, and and they’re packed with power,” she l helpfu s t said. e g d ga And the accessories that go this . year.. along with tablets can personalize the experience.



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Photos: Hilary Butschek For instance, Jay said, a wireless bluetooth keyboard for tablets could come in handy for students who will be typing a lot of notes or papers. For students who use their technology often, though, battery life can be an issue. One gadget that can solve charging problems, Jay said, is the TYLT Engeri+Power Carie Watt and he r daughter, Julia, 11, look at sch backpack that has a built-in ool supplies in Target. charging station. The backpack holds enough power to charge a phone four times completely and a tablet once, and it can be used while on the go. Verizon Wireless sells the backpack for $199.99. Other on-the-go chargers that work for phones can also become useful for older phone models or someone who frequently uses a smart phone. The charging adapters hold extra battery life that can be used once the pack is plugged into a phone, such as the Mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone. Smart phones have become ubiquitous for all ages, and many brands offer a smart phone option, including Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows operating systems. Two new and popular items are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5. Stores will carry tablets and phones running on all systems, the Android, iOS and Windows, so it’s important to discover what works for each taste. “I encourage people to come out and really get their hands on a device,” Jay said. “Spend some time getting to know it.” -- Hilary Butschek


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hope you got your Music Midtown tickets already, because this year’s going to be awesome, particularly the second day of the event. I’ve heard all the jokes about the lineup for the festival — that it will be the best concert of 2006 or that the first of the two days is basically a 1980s explosion for your parents. So what? Seriously, check it out. The Sept. 20 lineup includes Journey, Jane’s Addiction, Phoenix Drivin’ N Cryin,’ and Cake. Sure, they’re not the newest of bands, but you can’t tell me Journey or Jane’s Addiction will have a hard time pulling in fans. But that’s just the Friday lineup. Saturday’s where it gets really good. There’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Artic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Imagine Dragons, among others. It’s a really good mix of the big guns such as the Peppers, with some of the newer sensations such as the Dragons, who have been getting a ton of radio airtime. I get it. Last year’s festival had Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters as headliners, with newer groups such as Florence + the Machine and T.I. plus some revivals including Garbage and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. We knew it was going to be hard to top. And let’s be real here, the purpose of Midtown is not to bring the most popular acts, it’s to bring good ones.


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And on that promise, Midtown is delivering, particularly with the Artic Monkeys. But before Music Midtown gets here, there are a ton of other awesome shows coming up, starting with Blake Shelton on Aug. 29 at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson Sept. 16, Miranda Lambert Sept. 19 and John Mayer with Phillip Phillips Sept. 27. Seems odd to me the married Shelton and Lambert wouldn’t book their shows closer together, particularly with all the divorce rumors floating around the couple, but I’ll look past the country stars and say the combination of Mayer and Phillips is brilliant. The only thing that would make this concert better would be slapping Dave Matthews up on stage with them to get all three generations of singer/songwriters. But if it’s a competition, Chastain Park would beat Lakewood for upcoming events, in my opinion, starting with Josh Groban on Aug. 18, followed by the Backstreet Boys on Aug. 22, Toni Braxton Aug. 31, Diana Ross Sept. 7 and Lionel Richie Sept. 27. Groban is going to be a great get for Chastain. The rest will surely evoke nostalgic memories for children of the 1990s and their parents. Perhaps the real show in August will be when Bruno Mars visits Philips Arena. The guy is a musical genius, writing some of the biggest hits for

himself and other musicians in the process. He’s got the radio play of a pop star and the looks of a model, but the talent of a singer/songwriter and the showmanship of a star. He appeals to all sorts of music lovers. He started off writing music, beginning with Brandy, then making the charts by co-writing Flo Rida’s song “Right Round.” He kept up cowriting major successes, including Travis McCoy’s “Billionaire” and mega-hit “Forget You” with Cee-Lo Green. Then he launched his solo career in 2010 and has been dominating the industry ever since, with most recent “Locked out of Heaven,” and “When I Was Your Man.” I can’t get enough of him. And by the looks of it, unless he has one of those crazy Hollywood breakdowns, he’s got longevity written all over him. Music Midtown aside, I’m pretty excited about Muse at the Gwinnett Arena on Sept. 4. I like that the band’s style is so eclectic, with influence from groups such as Radiohead to a little bit rock, electronic and everything else. Muse has been about since 1997, when the members settled on their name, following a handful of not-sogreat monikers. They’ve never surged to superstardom, but they’ve always done well for themselves with a loyal fan base and some great songs. Their most recent song “Madness” I really didn’t want to like, because

the repetition was a bit annoying. But the rest of the song is so good, I can’t help myself.


-- Jennifer Sami

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Mumford & Sons Centennial Olympic Park

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Backstreet Boys Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Blake Shelton Lakewood Park Amphitheatre

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Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Lakewood Park Amphitheatre

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The Killers Encore Park Amphitheatre

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Aug. 18

Josh Groban Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Music Midtown Festival Piedmont Park John Mayer with Phillip Phillips Lakewood Park Amphitheatre

Black Flag Masquerade

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Sept. 9

Rancid with Tim Timebomb and Friends Tabernacle


Fall Out Boy with Panic! At the Disco Encore Park Amphitheatre

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Hieroglyphic adjective, [hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh-] Of or related to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictures or symbols are used to represent words or sounds: “The ancient tombs of the Pharaohs are marked with hieroglyphic writing.”


word meaning “sacred carvings.” Hieros meant “sacred” in Greek, and glyphein meant “to carve.” The Egyptians wrote hieroglyphics on papyrus and painted them on walls. They also carved them into stone temples and tombs. The Egyptians termed their writing system “mdw ntr” or “words of the god.” They believed that the gods used these very symbols, thus the hieroglyphics were extremely powerful. For example, when they wrote hieroglyphics depicting dangerous animals such as snakes, they would sometimes leave the drawings unfinished, so the image could not come alive and hurt them. If you were considered royalty, they would enclose your name in an oval shape called a cartouche. The oval represented the path of the sun around the world, and indicated that the pharaoh was the ruler of “all that the sun encircles.”


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