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Good times, Alpharetta!

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AUGUST 2017

hat was your summer job as a teen? I bet

you remember those paydays and the

purchases, big (college tuition) and small (that sweater) you paid for with your heard-earned

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Jim Newman | Jnewman@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

bucks. I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons

Sue Collins | Scollins@LifestylePubs.com

hours for...more swimming. We salute all the

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every summer, staying at the club after closing

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hard-working teens who are back to school My fellow lifeguards from Plymouth, Michigan met a few years ago to reminisce about our favorite summer job.

this month and asked a few of our advertisers and friends about their memorable summer gigs. Have a great month and why not employ a teen the next time you have the chance?

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Megan Bowman, Jordana Klein, Dennis Malcolm Byron, Dana Oshinski, Maria Smith, Margaret Sullivan, Karyn Wofford CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Dennis Malcolm Byron

Sue G. Collins, Editor WHAT DID YOU DO LAST SUMMER?

At 16, after being a waiter in a breakfast “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guys and Dolls” restaurant (I was pretty terrible), I realized I as well as youth performances of “Carmen” needed to work my own gig. I made flyers for and “Down In The Valley.” This along with my "pressure washing business" and did that winning national talent competitions helped for three summers. That gave me my entre- me to acquire over $50,000 in scholarships! preneurial "bug" and intro to running my own Jenna L. Ellis business like I do today.

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Back by popular demand, the Milton Tour of Homes will once again

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10 GIVING YEARS The year 2017 is an exciting one for Ian’s Friends Foundation. The Sandy Springs-based organization will celebrate its 10th annual Evening of Inspiration on November 18 at the Intercontinental Buckhead. This marks 10 years of the foundation raising funds for groundbreaking research towards better treatments and a cure for pediatric brain tumors. This cocktail attire gala has become one of the largest fundraisers in Atlanta and always guarantees a great time for a great cause. Also this year, Ian’s Friends Foundation is hosting the inaugural WhatIFF Symposium for pediatric brain tumor research. This September, researchers and cli-

OCTOBER 5 HOME TOUR

nicians from around the world will pitch their latest and greatest ideas for

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) and a committee

a chance for funding from IFF. The event is designed to foster collabora-

of committed volunteers and neighbors within the Historic Brookhaven

tion, which is critical to advance research and find a cure.

neighborhood will host the 19th annual Historic Brookhaven Candlelight

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Around Town (CON TI N UED) and well-being of children and families. The 2017 Tour is presented by Beacham & Company Realtors and The Skogstad-Sodemann Team. Five of Historic Brookhaven’s most impressive and beautifully decorated homes will be featured on the Tour.  For sponsorships and tickets, please visit ARMHC.org/Brookhaven-Tour-of-Homes. ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to nurturing the health and well-being of children and families. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a “homeaway-from-home" to more than 48,000 families since the first Atlanta Ronald McDonald House opened in 1979.

BRAVES BABIES Every baby born at Northside Hospital is being welcomed with an “Atlanta Braves” beanie and Braves Country birth certificate. The Born a Brave program is part of the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital partnership at SunTrust Park. The Braves will supply 24,000 of the caps monogrammed with the Braves script “A.” Northside Hospital, which delivered more than 20,000 babies in 2016, will distribute the beanies at their three locations, in Sandy Springs, Cumming and Canton. “This is going to make all our newest and cutest future Atlanta Braves fans feel special, cozy and ready to do the Braves chop,” says Bessie Smith, operations manager of Family Centered Care at Northside Hospital. “A new baby is rewarding, and this will elevate that joy for families of all Northside babies.” For more information about Northside Hospital, including maternity tours, visit Northside.com/maternity.

AIS STUDENT HONORED Naya Valdivieso-Wooldridge has been named a State Merit Winner of the landmark 10th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students grades 5-8.  An 8th grade student at the Atlanta International School, Naya is being recognized for her submission on Electrical Mineral Accretion in Coral Reefs Discovery Education. She was chosen as one of only 35 state merit winners nationwide for developing an innovative solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately improve and reshape the way we live our lives. YoungScientistlab.com/challenge

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AT THE CAC BOUTIQUE The Community Assistance Center (CAC) has immediate needs for volunteers at the CAC Boutique (thrift shop) to serve as sorters, pricers and cashiers. Days and times are flexible. The Boutique is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Join the more than 1,000 volunteers a year who keep CAC operating to assist our neighbors in need! More than 300 volunteers give time to CAC on a regular basis, such as once a week, others come as part of groups performing community service. The Community Assistance Center (CAC) brings together the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities to provide compassionate assistance to neighbors in need by providing financial support, helping to meet basic needs and promoting

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AERIAL IN JOHNS CREEK Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio opened its doors in June of this year with the mission to provide a welcoming space for education, transformation and restoration. They offer a variety of yoga styles such as hatha (beginners), yin, restorative, vinyasa flow and are excited to also provide aerial yoga (where a nylon fabric hammock is used as a prop). For those looking to further target the mind, energetic and emotional dimensions, their curriculum includes tai chi, qigong and meditation. Whether you are enjoying a cup of tea

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Around Town (CON TI N UED) one-stop access to primary care, OB/GYN, gastroenterology, cardiology, ultrasound and cardiac Imaging. To learn more or to make an appointment, visit GwinnettMedicalCenter. org/Suwanee or call 678.312.8400. 

STAY HERE The new DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody hotel opened recently following a $12 million transformation. Owned by Whitman Peterson and Sage Hospitality and managed by Sage Hospitality, the completely redesigned and renovated property embodies modern Southern hospitality. The soulful design of the hotel is a fresh take on the South, with dramatic wood beams, features that welcome in ample natural light and a soothing color palette. Guests will be treated to open and contemporary public spaces, beautifully appointed guest rooms, customizable meeting spaces that are as functional as they are fashionable and a host of other amenities, such as a 24/7 fitness center and pool with state-of-the-art equipment; a full-service restaurant and bar featuring Southern fare, a market pantry and, of course, the signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie at check-in. All rooms feature artwork that has been locally curated by NINE dot ARTS and is inspired by the city of Atlanta.

BEST BABYSITTERS College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors is now open in their new Sandy Springs location. Right in the heart of Sandy Springs in the Hammond Springs shopping center, College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors is delighted to be part of the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody community.  The new learning center will offer one-on-one tutoring for students in middle school and high school.  Starting in September, the center will offer FREE SAT and ACT practice tests for all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Students will have the opportunity to take a full length practice SAT or ACT and receive scores and analysis of results.  You can reach College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors of Sandy Springs at 404.400.5040 or visit them on the web

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Local Limelight

ABCs of Pool Safety For our education issue, we asked Mark Sheppell, the owner at Goldfish Swim School in Johns Creek, for the ABCs of pool safety:

W

hen it comes to drowning, the statistics are pretty staggering.

In addition to these tips, there are several basic skills that the water

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages 1

safety experts at Goldfish Swim School work on with students every

to 4—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14,

week. Parents can practice these skills with their kids anytime they

according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more,

are in the water together:

statistics show that thousands of children are hospitalized each year for

WORK ON GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE POOL SAFELY.

Elbow, Elbow,

nonfatal drowning incidents. Accidents can happen quickly. A child can

Tummy, Knee! Help your little ones learn how to get out of the

drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds.

pool by manipulating their bodies in this order: elbow, elbow, tummy, knee. Practice this often; you can even do this on your

Every parent and caregiver needs to keep the following water

living room floor by having your baby climb onto a couch

safety tips in mind: •

Any time kids are around water, designate a “water watcher”

or chair! After you practice, always remember to celebrate.

who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and

Eventually, your little ones will be strong enough to manage

anything else that might distract the adult from watching

the movement on their own! This is a skill that kids continue to use to safely exit the pool -- even when they are older!

swimming children EVERY SINGLE SECOND. After all, most children who drown are supervised. •

• •

let your child jump off the side of the pool to you, help him

parents can do to keep kids safer around water is to enroll

physically turn back to the wall and then assist him in get-

them in swim lessons. Swimming is an essential life-saving

ting out of the pool by using the elbow, elbow, tummy, knee

skill with numerous physical, mental and intellectual benefits.

method. Do this over and over again. As he gets more con-

Get swim lessons for yourself or any other caregiver who can-

fident, let him go under the water and come to the surface

not swim or is afraid of water.

on his own. This teaches kids to automatically turn back to

Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT

the wall behind them to climb out. If a child were to fall into a

life-saving devices. Life jackets should be designated as U.S.

pool, this skill could help them find the quickest way to safety. •

SEA OTTER FLOAT.

Work with your child on turning over and

getting his-her face out of the water to take a breath when

Coast Guard-approved.

he/she fatigues.

Know that even the most seasoned swimmers can still encounter trouble. Make sure swimmers don’t overestimate their skills and that they understand the importance of never swimming alone.

TREADING WATER.

This is a basic water safety skill that kids can

practice to build their endurance!

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Once he has the movement down,

The American Red Cross says that the number one thing that

protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not

JUMP, TURN, SWIM TO THE WALL!

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City Scene

join the club ARTICLE KARYN WOFFORD

I

n 2005, Alpharetta's Kiddos Clubhouse began as a place where children with special needs could receive the best occupational, speech, physical and behavioral thera-

pies. Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Founder Brett Devore discovered that a personal approach would be his path to providing a truly impacting experience to each patient. Devore became painfully aware of the struggles families faced trying to provide therapy and equipment needed for their children with special needs. In 2007, Devore and his wife, Nell, branched a foundation from Kiddos Clubhouse, which

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

While the foundation receives and gives support beyond their own city limits, an abundance of local businesses and individuals have extended a helping hand. Beer, and the enthusiasm to become

would raise funds to provide scholarships to all of those in need. Today, the Kiddos Clubhouse Foundation is made up of an all-volunteer board, and with minimal operational costs, donates nearly every cent of proceeds to families. To date, $225,000 of scholarships have been awarded to 106 patients with special needs. These invaluable donations allow each individual to receive the care they need to attain the skills to walk, talk, eat or perceive the world.

involved in community charities, began the sponsorship relationship with Alpharetta construction company, The Beam Team, who joined up with Kiddos for the 2014

LOCAL FUNDRAISERS

Race to Rally Hope. "They are a fun group of

Race to Rally Hope, an annual 5k in historic

people who are so passionate about what

Downtown Alpharetta, is thus far the largest

Last summer, Alpharetta resident Ainsley

they do for families that need help, and we

annual Kiddos event. The Peachtree Road Race

Gatlin noticed her daughter, Abby, showed

were inspired to take an even larger role

qualifying event takes place the last weekend

signs of struggling in her daily activities. Abby’s

with helping this charity and helping these

of April, and raised $50,000 this year alone,

nearsightedness provoked thought in Gatlin

families in need," says Vice President of

through its 50 sponsors and 450 runners. Local

and their occupational therapist; a functional

HR John Morris. He also credits Kiddos with

sponsors included Rogers Electric, Forthright

visual assessment was conducted to see if

changing the culture of their company into

Wealth Management and Hallway Plumbing.

her vision could be the root cause. Significant

one that seeks opportunities to help others.

Music and food trucks add a fun, lively

Nancy McMinn, marketing coordinator

atmosphere, while there is something for

for Rhonda Shell Real Estate and a volunteer

the young ones, too.

IMPACT

deficits were confirmed: Abby needed therapy which was not covered by insurance. “We applied for a scholarship through

board member, began working with Kiddos at

"We have a run set up for kids with spe-

Kiddos. Within a month, we were granted a

this past spring's Race to Rally Hope. "Donating

cial needs," says Devore. "That, to me, is the

scholarship to cover almost a year of vision

my time to the board takes a small effort in

highlight of the night."

therapy,” says Gatlin. “Abby has had significant

comparison to what these children face on a

Balls, Beer & Barbecue, or BB&B, is the latest

improvement in her functional vision, which

daily basis,” says McMinn. “If it means that my

installment of fundraising events. The autumn

has helped her make progress in handwriting,

time is helping shape better lives for children

tennis tournament will be held at the Atlanta

tracking, copying and completing some ADLs

with special needs, then my role as a board

Athletic Club and Alpharetta’s Cue Barbecue

(Activities of Daily Living). We are incredibly

member is worth every minute."

will be smoking up a delicious dinner.

grateful for this generous gift!” KiddosClubhouse.com

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Giving Back

The Inspiring Sullivan Sisters ARTICLE MARGARET SULLIVAN

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t’s said the bond between sisters is unbreakable. That holds true for

As Saville was visiting her sister at Scottish Rite, she mentioned

the Sullivan sisters who are three years apart, have strikingly differ-

having a lingering headache. If you know Saville, you know that

ent yet beautiful personalities and, most importantly, share a deep

even if she were in pain, others would still be the focus. Her lov-

love for one another. In the last several months, however, Saville, 20,

ing personality is evident at the University of Alabama where, in

and Lilia, 17, have embarked upon an unexpected and challenging

September of 2016, she was stepping into her sophomore year, a

journey--but they face it together.

member of Kappa Delta sorority and leading a vibrant social and

In 2016, Saville and Lilia were both diagnosed with brain cancer

academic life. Just weeks after Lilia’s surgery, a tumor in Saville’s

within three weeks of one another. As incomprehensible as it is, it

cerebellum was discovered to be the root of her increasingly painful

also puzzles the medical community. Their tumors are different types,

headache. The level of devastation that the family and all connected

in different locations of their brains and appear to have no genetic

to the girls felt is impossible to put into words--but prayer and

link. These truly unbelievable circumstances triggered Saville and

support for the family spread like wildfire. Like her sister with the

Lilia’s fighting spirits as they have faced challenges and triumphs

competitive spirit, Saville has a deeply courageous spirit. Now nine

side-by-side. Need an inspiration for courage? Look no further than

months following her diagnosis, Saville was treated by the same

Saville and Lilia Sullivan’s story of strength, hope and love.

medical team that treated Lilia and has undergone a successful

Lilia is a typical 17 year old...almost. She is driven scholastically,

surgery, proton therapy radiation and completed six months of

athletically and socially. From leading her tennis team to the state

chemotherapy at Scottish Rite’s Aflac Cancer Center in June. This

championship to serving as quarterback during a high school powder

August, Saville will return to Tuscaloosa to pick up where she left

puff football game, she thrives on competition. Equally as adventur-

off...but with a new major. She will start studying to be Child Life

ous as she is competitive, Lilia returned in August of 2016 from a

Specialist, inspired by the those that impacted her and Lilia during

community service trip to South Africa followed by weeks working

some of the hardest days of their lives. The University of Alabama’s

at Camp High Harbour. Her parents noticed she was tired, but who

tagline is “Where Legends are Made.” Saville, you are a legend and

wouldn’t be with such an active summer? When she awakened them

an inspiration to everyone you meet.

one night with nausea complaints, Lilia began to suffer from a full-

As it did for the Sullivan family, life can change quickly and unex-

blown seizure. It was then that her journey began with a diagnosis of

pectedly. Their courage through adversity inspired Atlanta-based

a brain tumor identified as astrocytoma. Initially deemed inoperable,

nonprofit Polo in the Pines to name Saville and Lilia as its 2017 hon-

the talented team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

orees. Polo in the Pines, a two-day charity event full of polo matches,

knew the risk was one worth taking. In the last 10 months, Lilia has

food, beverages and philanthropy, will donate all proceeds to brain

undergone a successful brain surgery, radiation treatments and cur-

tumor research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Save the date

rently takes oral chemotherapy. Would you believe this girl was on

for October 7-8. Join Polo in the Pines at the Atlanta Polo Club to

homecoming court, captain of the tennis team and headed back to

fight against brain cancers in honor of Saville and Lilia. Lifestyle

Camp High Harbour this summer? She and her family coined the

Publications is proud to be the media sponsor for this super-charged

term, “You’ve got this.” And that she does.

event. For tickets and more information, visit PoloinThePines.com.

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ARTICLE DANA OSHINSKI

SIX TIPS FROM A PRO:

How to Ease Your Child's Separation Anxiety Oh, the questions of the first day of school:

keeps your child from asking for that “one more thing” and needing another reassurance.

“Will I have friends?”

Once your child is engaged in an activity or

“Will school be fun?”

conversation with the teacher, make your exit

“Will parents come to carpool on time?”

quick and do not re-engage with your child.

“Will I have a good snack?”

While sneaking away may cause anxiety later for your child, a quick kiss and “be back soon” from

And those are from the teacher! Everyone experiencing the first day of school has ques-

across the room can allow your child to stay engaged and occupied, ready to enjoy the day.

tions and anxieties, especially young children

Keep comments to your child positive. Let

and their parents. It is perfectly natural to

your child know how much she is loved, but

have uneasy feelings, as parents and chil-

refrain from telling her that you’ll be sad or

dren learn to trust another adult. The good

miss her while away from her. A child can feel

news is that nervous mornings can quickly

guilty for causing you angst or wonder why

turn to days of calm and security.

school can make you feel bad. Instead, let

Experienced teachers are masters of calming the nerves of parents and children. As

your child know how excited you are to hear what she did at school when you see her.

teachers, we spend a great deal of time brain-

Never leave telling your child you will be “just

storming successful tactics that have helped a

around the corner” if you’re not really going to

child enter and get involved in the classroom.

sit there all morning (which wouldn’t be fun,

One of the best gifts you can give to your-

anyway!). Just give him the assurance that your

self and your child is familiarization with the

teacher will always be able to contact you, and

new classroom and teacher. At our school, we

school is going to be so much fun!

offer opportunities for parent and child to visit

More often than not, stressful mornings

school together to explore new surroundings

are short-lived, and your child will become

and talk with teachers: Meet and Greet, Pre-K

confident in coming to school in no time.

Orientation, and small divided classes on the

However, if your child does continue to

first day of school. These experiences help

struggle after a few days, stay committed to

pre-k students ease into a new school year.

your plan. One year, I had a 3 year old who

Here are other helpful hints for surviving the mornings when saying goodbye is difficult:

took months before coming completely into the classroom when he arrived. He chose

Talk to your child’s teacher privately before

to stand in the corner between the cubbies

the first morning drop-off if you think your

and the hallway door with his backpack on.

child may struggle. Do not have this conver-

Kudos to his parents who trusted me and

sation in front of your child. The teacher will

knew that I was right there observing their

reassure you of how she will distract your

child, giving small bits of encouragement,

child and get him involved with new friends.

until he was ready for his day to begin (which

Send in a “lovey” or comfort item with

only lasted about 5 minutes!).

your child. Teachers will appreciate that and

Above all, smile and stay strong! Your child

will know how to wean your child from it.

trusts you more than anything, and if you say

Teachers want your child to feel safe, too!

it’s going to be great, be assured that we will

Do

not

make

“goodbyes”

too

long.

make sure that it is!

Sometimes a goodbye routine (hug, kiss, high

Dana Oshinski is Grade Level Supervisor and

five, good-bye) signals that it’s time to go and

Pre-K Teacher at Pinecrest Academy.

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TEAM CONTROL ALT DELETE

ARTICLE MEGAN BOWMAN

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E

ight eighth grade robotics students, bet-

This gender gap serves as additional moti-

ter known as Control+Alt+Delete, made

vation for the girls, who continue to compete

history in the spring after being chosen as the

and win against a largely male-dominated

first robotics team ever to represent the state

field of competitors.

of Georgia in the First Lego League (FLL)

FSAPS aims to dismantle unnecessary

International Open Championship this summer in

gender gaps by encouraging female students

the United Kingdom. They are students at Fulton

to embrace subjects like robotics. FSAPS

Science Academy Private School (FSAPS).

Principal Kenan Sener  says, “Whether we

This honor comes on the heels of an

can see them or not, robots are already a

impressive season where the girls amassed

very important part of everyday life. Just this

awards and trophies at regional, super

month, Disney announced the development

regional, and state FLL tournaments. The

of robots, including “humanoid robots” that

fact that the team is all female is especially

have been adapted for soft contact and/

noteworthy given the ongoing gender gap in

or interaction with a human. The military

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,

uses highly developed robots to test hazmat

Students were also required to build,

Arts, and Math) fields. The media is taking

suits. And companies like Tesla, Google, and

test, and program an autonomous robot

notice, and so are experts in the field. In fact,

Facebook are investing huge amounts of capi-

using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology.

so many are rooting for these young ladies

tal into robotics, AI research, and development.

The robot was programmed to solve a set

that a branded fashion line is in the works.

Robots are definitely here to stay, which is why

of missions during the competition’s timed

According to a 2016 report by the

early exposure to programs such as the First

Robot Challenge. Missions varied in difficulty

National Science Foundation, less than

Lego League is so important for our students.”

depending upon the operating team.

one-quarter of current STEAM careers

Team Control+Alt+Delete is one of more

Control+Alt+Delete decided to tackle this

are filled by women; even more alarming,

than 32,000 FLL teams to compete in robotics

year’s FLL challenge by researching a more

minority women comprise fewer than 1 in 10

competitions annually. The program tasks stu-

natural way to eliminate mosquitos without

employed scientists and engineers.

dents in more than 80 countries to think like sci-

using pesticides. Pesticides have been linked to

entists and engineers. Winning teams ascend

adverse health effects including brain tumors

to tournaments of increasing levels of competi-

(PubMed.gov), so the young ladies wanted

tiveness, with the World Championships being

to identify an alternative to harmful chemi-

one of the most desirable destinations.

cals. Through their research, team members

FSAPS Robotics Coach Yasin Kaya remem-

learned that bats are a natural remedy and that

bers the day he was notified that his team

they can eat up to five thousand mosquitoes

was chosen to advance to the UK. “When

each night. Also, the girls learned that bats are

Georgia’s First Lego League Operational

somewhat easy to attract, so they pursued this

Partner Jeff Rosen  shared the news, I was

concept in more detail.

elated. I remember asking Mr. Rosen if

In conjunction with FLL’s requirements, Team

Control+Alt+Delete was the state’s first

Control+Alt+Delete constructed a bat house

all-female team to compete globally at this

using a 3D printer, engineering, and program-

scale. He explained that not only were they

ming. The bat house included a vent can that

the first all-female team but also that they

will open or close based upon the temperature

were the first team EVER to be chosen, I was

because bats are affected by temperature.

speechless. This honor is not lost on these

Along with the bat house, members of

talented young ladies or myself. They con-

Control+Alt+Delete also created a smaller,

tinue to work countless hours to prepare for

separate mosquito trap using carbon dioxide

England; they are very much in it to win it!”

and LED lights. The combination of these

FLL’s theme for this year was “Animal

materials will attract mosquitos towards a fan

Allies." Competing teams chose and pro-

that sucks them into the enclosure. The entire

posed a solution to a real-world problem

project was detailed in an impressive engineer-

using an animal. Detailed research, presen-

ing notebook, and team members used this

tation materials, prototype creation are all

log, as well as their designs, when presenting

necessary ingredients.

their work to numerous judging panels.

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A NEW KIND OF CHEER ARTICLE JORDANA KLEIN

R

eady...okay! Competitive cheer in the Johns Creek and

school girls as well. The best way to hone cheerleading skills is to par-

Alpharetta areas has catapulted in recent years, and the

ticipate in both high school cheer and an All Star gym. Camryn Fetzer

training regimens and athleticism of the athletes are not

and her mother, Erin, are actively involved in the AHS Competition

to be overlooked. What could be considered three sports in one,

team and with Stingray’s Allstar Black Diamond team. They recog-

competitive cheer allows girls to work on their flexibility, weight-

nize the benefits of working with the two programs.

lifting, and endurance all while striking that picture-perfect pose

“Like any high level sport, it takes a lot of time, dedication, hard work,

and maintaining the utmost composure. But, it’s not simply all

and it can be expensive,” Erin says. “But the cheerleaders gain so much

about the high school team or strictly focusing on the local All-Star

from it. They make a lot of loyal friends and have coaches that support

gym. These girls are training year round to focus on their sideline

and inspire them. They learn lessons that they will carry through life, like

stunts and competitive cheers.

the value of teamwork, dedication and perseverance. They learn how to

Alpharetta High School and the Stingray Allstars work together to

manage their time between school, the gym and their other interests.”

train the local athletes who are passionate about their sport. It’s not all

For other girls looking to step up their cheer presence, Rogers an

pom poms, hairspray and sparkles for these girls. They’re focused on

Archer say that expressing interest in the important first step. The

their academics as well as improving their talents on the mats. AHS

Stingrays always have annual tryouts, but the teams tend to be open

utilizes the Stingray’s gym and coaches once per week during season,

until full, or a waitlist option may be possible as well. The investment

which truly provides the team with the best coaching around:  Varsity

in training makes a distinct difference.

Competition Coach Colleen Greathouse oversees the school spirit,

“The talent pool keeps growing,” Rogers says. “By doing school and

Stingrays Coach and Marketing Coordinator Jamie Rogersand and

All Star cheer, the girls have no issues with their tryouts because they’re

All-Star and Tumbling Coach Blake Archer focus  on the Stingrays,

seasoned athletes and have additional abilities they’ve trained for inside

and the rest of the staff offers great support as well.

their competition routines. There’s a noticeable advantage of doing both.”

Greathouse regocnizes that cheerleading can be incredibly challenging, but Johns Creek and Alpharetta's local talent is exceptional. “This area is so competitive,” Greathouse says. “There are  more gyms and more kids, and it’s such a talented area.”

Cheerleading takes commitment to the sport, to your teammates and coaches, and to yourself, but the feeling after hitting that peak stunt and striking that final pose make the hard work and long hours worth it. “When the girls’ see their peers’ faces during the pep rallies, that’s

Greathouse is forever grateful for the assistance that the AHS

when they know what it’s all about,” Greathouse says. “You don’t

cheerleaders receive from the coaches at the local gym. Rogers and

completely realize what all goes into cheer, but the talent of these

Archer thoroughly enjoy working with the added talent of the high

girls proves it really is a sport.”

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COOL CLUBS ARTICLE JORDANA KLEIN AND SUE G. COLLINS

T

ake your seat...class is about to begin! English, math, science and even PE--there’s time in the week for any subject in the book. But, what about the extracurriculars--those outside-the-classroom experiences that could

set students apart from the rest and allow them to explore their passions outside of the textbook? Local schools around our communities are offering courses and clubs for students looking to involve themselves in a well-rounded experience. From crafting to traveling to entrepreneurship, these extracurriculars are so important to the overall development of your student. By creating opportunities for kids to express their interests early with the support of classmates and teachers, these clubs and teams allow the most fulfilling enrichment without grading scale and testing pressures. Whether it’s for one semester or for four years, joining clubs and activities can lead to the best possible experience and ensure that students express themselves both in school, and in life. Here are a few of our local schools and the clubs that make them special.

THE LOVETT SCHOOL 4075 Paces Ferry Road, N.W Lovett.org Amigos Para Siempre Verde was led this past school year by alumna Camryn Bragg ('17) and rising senior Avery Newton. Both girls became interested in leading the club after they participated in a study abroad trip to Siempre Verde, Lovett's 825-acre cloudforest property in Ecuador. Though the club was created to honor the study abroad program, any 9th-12th grade student was welcome to join the club, whether they had traveled to Ecuador or not. The club’s mission was to bring the experiences students had at Siempre Verde back to campus to encourage an interest in learning more about a culture different than our own. Amigos Para Siempre Verde is also responsible for many donations such as books, uniforms, and play materials for the local school children in Ecuador. Students who choose to participate in the study abroad program often work with these same school children and even have helped install new, safer playground equipment for them. Amigos Para Siempre Verde is one of many clubs to host a Parents’ Night Out fundraising event each year in which parents give money for student volunteers to plan a night of activities for their kids while they are kid-free for the night. All proceeds go to the clubs that offered volunteers for the night. Lovett's Amigos Para Siempre Verde Wesleyan School Passport Club

WESLEYAN SCHOOL 5405 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners  WesleyanSchool.org  The Passport Club is an interactive way for 1st - 4th graders to self-study geography and cultures. Wesleyan is the only school in the state participating in the program. Students choose their own pace, studying the location of five, 10, 15 or 25 countries each month and picking one country to study in-depth.  Students are then quizzed about the countries and earn exciting rewards, including stamps for their “passport,” country flag pins for their lanyard, and special bucks for an end-of-the-year world market. “Passport Club introduces our lower school students to the vast diversity of people and cultures around the world,” says Jason Scheer, Dean of Diversity.  “This unique program is designed to spark a lifelong interest and appreciation for all of the world’s diverse cultures and prepares our students to thrive and grow in a wonderfully diverse world.” 30

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MILL SPRINGS ACADEMY 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta MillSprings.org "CQ. This is WA4MSA calling CQ." Since 2013, Mill Springs has had 30 7th and 8th grade students study for and pass the FCC’s Amateur Radio Operator’s license exam to become licensed operators as a part of the Mill Springs Amateur Radio Club (MSARC). “CQ” is ham radio speak meaning, "I am ‘seeking you’ to chat on the radio." The purpose of the MSARC is to foster a passion in the practical applications of science, technology, engineering, and math while having fun. This group provides opportunities to students to further their enjoyment of ham radios and any associated field. Students have presented projects, spoken about digital radio communications, and participated in many related events. Students are mentored by members of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League and have been invited to join them in community events all over metro Atlanta to demonstrate the amateur radio. Most notably, they were instrumental in helping the school contact Commander Chris Cassidy on board the International Space Station via amateur radio.

Mill Springs Amateur Radio Club

MOUNT VERNON PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL 510 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs MountVernonSchool.org Mount Vernon's Upper School students say they love the Business & Entrepreneurship Club. It is the most popular club at MVPS, and of the biggest reasons has to do with STORY. Not only do students meet important men and women from the Atlanta business community, but they also get to hear their personal stories about what it takes to achieve professional and personal success. Monthly meetings include A-list speakers allowing club members to rub elbows with the city's movers and shakers including CEOs, NFL football agents, angel investors, a Zac Brown Band founder, an olympic swimmer, television sports reporters, and a chocolate company investor. In addition to hearing from many influential people in business, Mount Vernon's Upper School Business & Entrepreneurship Club takes trips to Atlanta's thriving corporations, where they learn stories of successes and challenges of starting and maintaining a business. The club was founded in 2010 by Miles Mallory (Class of 2012) and his father Tom Mallory. Mt. Vernon's Business & Entrepreneurship Club

Trinity School Every Lap Counts

TRINITY SCHOOL 4301 Northside Parkway, NW TrinityAtl.org With the addition of the Trinity Track in 2013, Every Lap Counts was initiated by P.E. teacher Justin Cahill to encourage students to gather together before school for some physical activity. Trinity School students in grades 1-6 are encouraged to run or walk as many laps as they want or can, with the ultimate goals to build confidence as their laps increase and to increase movement that positively impacts focus for learning. Parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to join students, who can track their progress over time. The club has also extended its focus to include healthy eating, goal setting, and movement challenges at home.

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COOL CLUBS (CON TI N U ED)

Pinecrest Academy’s Crafters for a Cause Club

PINECREST ACADEMY 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming PinecrestAcademy.org Pinecrest Academy’s Crafters for a Cause Club was established as a service-oriented club, open to all high school students. The crafters have begun a tradition of creating "Senbazuru" or “1000 Paper Cranes for Peace” each school year. Each crane is made from a 3-inch square of origami paper. On the inside of each, Club members write a prayer for peace for each member nation of the United Nations, in their own languages and alphabets. These prayers are folded into cranes and strung on strings. The cranes are sent to Hiroshima, Japan, to join millions of other Senbazuru at the Children's Peace Monument at the Peace Memorial Park. In response to the tragedies that occurred in Paris and Beirut in November 2016, the Club also created another "spiritual bouquet" of 1,000 Cranes for Peace to send to Paris and Beirut.  This tradition of “1,000 Paper Cranes” evolves from a Japanese legend which states that folding 1,000 origami cranes grants a wish. These cranes have become a symbol of peace through the story of World War II survivor Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who folded a thousand paper cranes to be granted the wish to live. The Crafters for a Cause Club also participates in other service projects, including crocheting and knitting hats and scarves for the Atlanta homeless.

Pace Academy Women Mentoring Women

PACE ACADEMY 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW PaceAcademy.org When Pace Academy teacher Keith Newman noticed that more boys than girls enrolled in AP economics, he joined forces with the school’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey to launch Women Mentoring Women. The club, open to all young women in the Upper School, connects Pace students with young professional mentors at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Regular meetings focus on personal development, college/ interview prep, technical and analytical skills and financial responsibility. The goal is to create an environment in which women can cultivate confidence and develop talents needed to succeed in high school, college and beyond.

THE GODDARD SCHOOL (WINDWARD) 4875 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta GoddardSchool.com The Goddard School on Windward offers a chess program beginning in their preschool program. Chess enriches students through literacy-based STEAM learning to extend problem solving and critical thinking skills in a fun and interactive environment. Goddard also offers Yogaroo, a Yoga program, which encompasses all classrooms from infants through kindergartners.

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Alpharetta High School Unified Athletes

ALPHARETTA HIGH SCHOOL 3595 Webb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta School.FultonSchools.org/hs/Alpharetta Meet Unified Sports! Unified Sports will be kicking off the season with a flag football game with mixed teams of AHS football players and Special Olympic Athletes.  Unified Raiders will offer opportunities for athletes to be a part of the AHS cross country team as well as the basketball cheerleading squad.  There will also be Unified Special Olympic teams for volleyball and basketball, made up of athletes (CBI students) and Unified Partners (general education students).  The teams will be coached by Peer Coaches (gen ed students) under the supervision of Amy Landi.  Lunch events are back this year, with a pen pal activity once a month for students to write students at other schools. Additional activities include fall and spring dances, and special events for Exceptional Children’s Week.

Springmont’s Creek Kids

SPRINGMONT 5750 Long Island Dr., NW Springmont.com Springmont’s Creek Kids, offered to 1st-3rd graders, occurs during the school day. Students may elect to use their daily mid-day recess time to care for the campus and the Long Island Watershed by testing the water in the creek and cleaning the debris that filters down from the expressway adjacent to Springmont's woods.  This club is part of Springmont’s Outdoor Education program, designed to promote Stewardship of the Environment, one of the school’s Core Values.

Woodward's Robotics Club

WOODWARD ACADEMY 1662 Rugby Avenue, College Park 6565 Boles Road, Johns Creek Woodward.edu Woodward Academy offers robotics clubs at every level, from Pre-k through 12th grade, as a cocurricular activity. The robust robotics programming provides a fundamental understanding of the systems that make up robotics and the development of workplace competencies. Students learn to apply techniques, skills, and technology to solve robotic engineering programs.  This past spring, Upper School Robotics Team qualified for the fourth consecutive year to advance to the Georgia State Championship, and then on to the VEX Robotics World Championship. Woodward was the only private school to have three of its robots qualify to compete at the World Championship.

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"Style is the intersection of what you wear with who you are."

She loves the whole culture of India. "It’s like nowhere

That is the motto for Sundara, Kym Hilsher’s authen-

else. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to have

tic fashion line inspired by her travels to India. “I wanted

ever gone there in the first place. I have been fortunate to

the name to have a meaning. Since it started from India,

have had connections with India through different people

I wanted that in the story," says Holster. "Sundar  means

and their families, from the beginning."

“beautiful” in Hindi. My goal is to make women feel beautiful in what they wear and make them feel happy."

Hilsher turned her hobby of collecting Indian treasures into a full time job after her husband was laid off. She brought

Sundara has been selected for a prestigious spot at

home clothing, accessories, bedding, wraps, handbags and

Alpharetta’s European Market on Milton in September. Hilsher

leather from India to sell, transforming Sundara into a suc-

also works to make Sundara available to all of Atlanta by trav-

cessful line that also features her own designs.

eling to other markets beyond Alpharetta, like Lakewood 400 and Scott’s Market. She even travels to Texas twice a year.

She travels to the country 1-2 times a year, staying with an Indian family who are friends and business partners. They bring

“It is a lot of hard work setting up, breaking down, haul-

her creations for Sundara to life with striking fabrics and mate-

ing around like a gypsy, but it came at the perfect time in

rials sourced from the hard workers of India. “I just had some

my life. My kids are gone, and now I am traveling and love

simple shift dresses made in vibrant colors. In the works is a

what I am doing,” says Hilsher.

tan, organic cotton dress that can be layered,” reveals Hilsher.

The cultural fashionista began visiting India while help-

Items that she does not design are hand-picked from

ing develop smoking cessation clinics. “The first time I

local artisans. “I do know the people who create the

went to India, I was in culture shock. I had never seen

accessories; mainly the jewelry and purse makers. It’s

such living conditions: thatch homes, villages, women

their life and culture to create these things; their families

working out in the fields in Saris,” says Hilsher. However,

before them and even before them. The people in India are

she noticed something special. “There was such a sense

naturally gifted with so much creativity and talent that it is

of contentment and peace that I wish our country could

mind blowing,” says Hilsher.  “The Indian jewelry has some

have. The people are happy where they are and with what

turquoise color, silver and coral; there is so much variation

they have. They are very gracious and want to please.”

depending on the trip. I have lots of Indian silver cuffs with

Hilsher says she found India’s lifestyle and way of living

turquoise and different stones.”

captivatingly pure and authentic. “Their way of cooking was so

Every piece is one of a kind, providing customers with

cool. I loved the streets of vegetable markets and people selling

something truly special. No matter your shape or size,

their wares. The carts are pulled by the workers, ox and yoke or

Sundara has a breathtakingly beautiful piece of Indian cul-

horses...so back in time. Seeing an elephant or camel walking

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he recently renovated. Opening the door of a high wooden fence

bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the State

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glass basketball backboard immediately catches the eyes. Sears

decade of work experience in Georgia, and the result is Sears

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homeowners, they said they wanted something for their teenage

Sears also holds a Commercial GC [General Contractors] license

boys to play in; this was the result and they love it."

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a knowledge, licensing and liability standpoint, many folks don't

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cent home elevated on a hill. It's overall an exclusive escape from

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List Price

Sold Price

% Sold/List

DOM*

Beds

Baths

Windward

$410,000

$410,000

100%

154

5

3

Windward

$420,000

$415,000

98%

22

5

3

Windward

$429,900

$420,000

97%

327

5

3

Windward

$428,800

$427,800

99%

2

5

3

Windward

$434,500

$440,500

101%

2

5

2

Windward

$459,000

$453,000

98%

17

3

2

Windward

$460,000

$454,000

98%

142

4

3

Windward

$495,000

$425,000

86%

106

6

5

Windward

$489,000

$489,000

100%

46

4

3

Windward

$525,000

$490,000

93%

61

5

4

Windward

$525,000

$525,000

100%

2

5

4

Windward

$614,900

$525,000

85%

143

5

4

Windward

$570,000

$570,000

100%

2

6

5

Windward

$579,000

$562,000

97%

249

4

4

Windward

$589,000

$589,000

100%

92

3

3

Windward

$649,900

$625,000

96%

57

5

3

Windward

$699,000

$654,000

94%

312

4

3

Windward

$725,000

$682,000

94%

76

5

3

Windward

$725,000

$704,000

97%

150

5

5

Windward

$998,000

$990,000

99%

0

4

3

Windward

$1,150,000

$972,500

85%

54

5

5

Windward

$1,277,700

$1,247,770

97%

317

5

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August

AUGUST 18

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VARIOUS TIMES FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ALL SCHOOLS Watch out for kids with new backpacks, school buses and dazed parents dropping off kids on the first day of school for Fulton County. Good luck kids!

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Swim Across America

C

elebrating 30 years of raising local

volunteer roles and hosting patient art par-

that the treatments for these patients have

funds for cancer research, prevention

ties at Aflac Cancer Center.

come from our fundraising, and it’s nice to

and treatment, Swim Across America (SAA)

Should you choose to dive in, there are numer-

hosts swim-related events and open water

ous ways to get involved and see the impact of

swims coast-to-coast, and is returning for

funding clinical research trials.

know that it really is helping.” Swim Across America also provides an outlet for swimmers to travel while raising money

their 5th annual Atlanta Open Water Swim

“Ongoing research is so critical in pro-

for cancer research. Atlanta Event Director

at Lake Lanier on September 23, 2017. What

viding hope for future treatments,” says Dr.

Megan Melgaard will travel from Atlanta with

began as a one-time event in Nantucket in

Douglas Graham, Director of the Aflac

Team Swim Across America in June to Grand

1987 has evolved into over 100 annual events

Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “SAA is

Cayman, across the Catalina Channel, and

and 15 open water swims towards this

instrumental in funding preclinical research

across America back to Atlanta.

ever-so important cause.

and early stage oncology clinical trials, and

“I’ve turned my passion for swimming into

that support helps researchers bring new

a lifelong mission, and it touches my heart

treatments to children with cancer.”

to see the faces of enjoyment from survi-

Just five years young, the Atlanta Swim has already raised $1.25 million and has grown into one of the organization’s top swim

Over 22 high school students from 12 dif-

vors and people swimming at our events,”

events in fundraising and attendance joining

ferent schools are working on SAA’s Junior

Melgaard says. “So many of us have been

ranks with SAA’s San Francisco Bay Swim,

Advisory Board, in tandem with an accom-

touched by cancer, like my forever-hero

Long Island Sound Swim, Boston Harbour

plished adult volunteer board that includes

in my grandfather and my parents, and it’s

Swim and Baltimore Swim. In Atlanta, the

Olympians and master swimmers. These stu-

amazing to have such an impact and make

Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders

dent swimmers are busy hosting spirit nights at

waves in the fight against cancer.”

Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is

local restaurants and parties at summer league

The Swim Across America Atlanta Open

the beneficiary of SAA’s spirited teams and

pools. If you are interested in honing your skills

Water Swim at Lake Lanier on September 23

their fundraising efforts.

at an upcoming SAA Swim Clinic or Open

offers swimmers the option to partake individ-

Over 40 SAA swim teams are diving into

Water Prep Clinic at Lake Allatoona, Marist

ually or join a team, while fundraising for the

fundraising this summer as they prepare for

School Aquatic Center or Lake Lanier, you can

Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare

SAA’s Open Water Swim by hosting neigh-

contact ebhaas98@gmail.com to register.

of Atlanta. Distances include a half-mile, one-

borhood fundraising events and local swim

Lauren Ford, vice president of Membership on

clinics in hopes that their efforts will top their

the Senior Board, knows that the hard work she’s

5th anniversary $500,000 goal. Many spon-

putting in truly has affected those battling cancer.

Also new, customize a fundraiser at your

sors, like presenting sponsors Accenture and

“It’s really awesome to be together with my

local community pool with SAA or support

Cisco, have formed teams honoring loved

peers, friends and family and raise money for

a neighborhood team by donating online at

ones and have been instrumental in filling

something so important,” Ford says. “I know

SwimAcrossAmerica.org/atlanta.

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