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Happy August BuckHaven,

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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 hard-earned bucks. I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons every summer, staying at the club after closing hours for...more swimming. We salute

all the hard-working teens who are back to school this month and asked a few of our advertisers and friends about their memorable summer gigs.

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At 16, after being a waiter in a breakfast

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restaurant (I was pretty terrible), I realized I

as well as youth performances of “Carmen”

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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-

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my hometown. To earn as much money for

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Departments 8

Around Town

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City Scene

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Giving Back

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Realty Report

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Driver’s Notebook

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Open House

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

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Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to benefit from

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Brookhaven neighborhood will host the 19th annual Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes on October 5. The Committee hopes to raise more than $90,000 for the Charity to support their mission to nurture the health 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

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and well-being of children and families. The two Atlanta Houses have

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

provided a “home-away-from-home" to more than 48,000 families since the first Atlanta Ronald McDonald House opened in 1979.

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towards better treatments and a cure for pediatric brain tumors. This

Every baby born at Northside Hospital is being welcomed with an

cocktail attire gala has become one of the largest fundraisers in Atlanta

“Atlanta Braves” beanie and Braves Country birth certificate. The Born

and always guarantees a great time for a great cause. Also this year,

a Brave program is part of the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital

Ian’s Friends Foundation is hosting the inaugural WhatIFF Symposium

partnership at SunTrust Park. The Braves will supply 24,000 of the caps

for pediatric brain tumor research. This September, researchers and cli-

monogrammed with the Braves script “A.” Northside Hospital, which

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

delivered more than 20,000 babies in 2016, will distribute the beanies

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

at their three locations, in Sandy Springs, Cumming and Canton. “This

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

is going to make all our newest and cutest future Atlanta Braves fans

tickets to the Evening of Inspiration, and learn more about how you can

feel special, cozy and ready to do the Braves chop,” says Bessie Smith,

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operations manager of Family Centered Care at Northside Hospital. “A new baby is rewarding, and this will elevate that joy for families of

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Patria as executive chef of the leading luxury hotel in the city. In his role,

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Patria will oversee the kitchen of breakfast destination, Park 75, and its

prestigious diplomas for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy: CIDESCO and

popular lunch and dinner outlet, Bar Margot. In addition to revamping

ITEC. CIDESCO is an international beauty therapy association based

the Bar Margot menu, the chef also curated a terrace garden at the hotel

in Zurich, Switzerland, and recognized worldwide. CIDESCO holds the

which features a variety of herbs and flowers used in food prep. Patria

highest standards of excellence in aesthetic practices. ITEC is a leading

is passionate about sourcing locally, which stems from his upbringing

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browsing local farmers markets. He also leads his kitchen staff in off-site

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Naya Valdivieso-Wooldridge has been named a State Merit Winner

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WINE FOR LUNCH City Winery is now opening its doors to those who want to grab a midday bite or libation. Guests have been enjoying a culinary tour of the world’s wine regions since the urban winery, restaurant/bar, and intimate music venue opened in June of 2016. Due to popular demand, both the very spacious patio and restaurant are now open for lunch. The restaurant will serve lunch items from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving guests plenty of time to take a break from their daily routine and slow down with locally-sourced cuisine and a glass (or two) of wine, some made right here in Atlanta. The space is perfect for business lunches, too. A “light bites” menu will also be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Menu highlights include the the Creekstone Cheddar Burger (Tilamook

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STOCKYARDS NEW EATERY Donetto, Indigo Road’s latest Atlanta concept, is set to open in the Westside’s new Stockyards development this summer. From the industrial windows to the kitchen-facing pasta bar and wood-fire grill, the contemporary 4,000-square-foot space will feature a polished and contemporary scene complete with both industrial and refined elements

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Celebrating the Present, Preparing for the Future Trinity School excels at early childhood and elementary education. Everything we do is designed to help children ages three through Sixth Grade flourish. Our students have the opportunity to savor their childhood while also acquiring a deep academic foundation and developing responsibility, leadership, and a strong sense of self. Trinity School is a magical place. Come see for yourself. Trinity School Open House Dates: October 26, 2017 | 9:30 AM

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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 us on the web at CollegeNanniesAndTutors.com/ sandyspringsga.

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ith a passion for polo and a desire to give back to the community, Randy and Heather Pullen hosted the first Pony Up

For A Cause fundraiser in 2016. They decided to take a leap of faith and use their love for polo in Atlanta to partner with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to host the inaugural event held at the Atlanta Polo Club last fall. This task seemed daunting at the time, but with a huge fleet of volunteers, Bill Kaelin Events, The Atlanta Regional Polo Center, and the staff from Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Pullen’s inaugural event raised more than $10,000 for the ARMHC mission to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. With this success, the second annual Pony Up For A Cause, presented by Northside Hospital, will be held on September 17 at the Atlanta Polo Club set in the heart of Vinings. The event will feature a sanctioned United States Polo Association  (USPA) tournament, along with cuisine provided by Fogo De Chao Atlanta and Dunwoody, drinks and specialty cocktails, family activities, entertainment and both a live and silent auction. The proceeds from Pony Up For A Cause 2017 will again benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “We are equally proud and excited to extend this invitation to the Atlanta community and host this wonderful event to benefit such a tremendous cause. We look forward to another successful event and to have fun, enjoy a great polo match and to give back,” says Randy Pullen.  For more information, please visit PonyUp-

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the inspiring SULLIVAN SISTERS ARTICLE MARGARET SULLIVAN

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

Sullivan sisters who are three years apart, have strikingly different yet beautiful personalities and, most importantly, share a deep love for one another. In the last several months, however, Saville,

20, and Lilia, 17, have embarked upon an unexpected and challenging journey--but they face it together. In 2016, Saville and Lilia were both diagnosed with brain cancer within three weeks of one another. As incomprehensible as it is, it also puzzles the medical community. Their tumors are different types, in different locations of their brains and appear to have no genetic link. These truly unbelievable circumstances triggered Saville and Lilia’s fighting spirits as they have faced challenges and triumphs side-by-side. Need an inspiration for courage? Look no further than Saville and Lilia Sullivan’s story of strength, hope and love. Lilia is a typical 17 year old...almost. She is driven scholastically, athletically and socially. From leading her tennis team to the state championship to serving as quarterback during a high school powder puff football game, she thrives on competition. Equally as adventurous as she is competitive, Lilia returned in August of 2016 from a community service trip to South Africa followed by weeks working at Camp High Harbour. Her parents noticed she was tired, but who wouldn’t be with such an active summer? When she awakened them one night with nausea complaints, Lilia began to suffer from a full-blown seizure. It was then that her journey began with a diagnosis of a brain tumor identified as astrocytoma. Initially deemed inoperable, the talented team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite knew the risk was one worth taking. In the last 10 months, Lilia has undergone a successful brain surgery, radiation treatments and currently takes oral chemotherapy. Would you believe this girl was on homecoming court, captain of the tennis team and headed back to Camp High Harbour this summer? She and her family coined the term, “You’ve got this.” And that she does. As Saville was visiting her sister at Scottish Rite, she mentioned having a lingering headache. If you know Saville, you know that even if she were in pain, others would still be the focus. Her loving personality is evident at the University of Alabama where, in September of 2016, she was stepping into her sophomore year, a member of Kappa Delta sorority and leading a vibrant social and academic life. Just weeks after Lilia’s surgery, a tumor in Saville’s cerebellum was discovered to be the root of her increasingly painful headache. The level of devastation that the family and all connected to the girls felt is impossible to put into words--but prayer and support for the family spread like wildfire. Like her sister with the competitive spirit, Saville has a deeply courageous spirit. Now nine months following her diagnosis, Saville was treated by the same medical team that treated Lilia and has undergone a successful surgery, proton therapy radiation and completed six months of chemotherapy at Scottish Rite’s Aflac Cancer Center in June. This August, Saville will return to Tuscaloosa to pick up where she left off...but with a new major. She will start studying to be Child Life Specialist, inspired by the those that impacted her and Lilia during some of the hardest days of their lives. The University of Alabama’s tagline is “Where Legends are Made.” Saville, you are a legend and an inspiration to everyone you meet. As it did for the Sullivan family, life can change quickly and unexpectedly. Their courage through adversity inspired Atlanta-based nonprofit Polo in the Pines to name Saville and Lilia as its 2017 honorees. Polo in the Pines, a two-day charity event full of polo matches, food, beverages and philanthropy, will donate all proceeds to brain tumor research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Save the date for October 7-8. Join Polo in the Pines at the Atlanta Polo Club to fight against brain cancers in honor of Saville and Lilia. Lifestyle Publications is proud to be the media sponsor for this super-charged event.   For tickets and more information, visit PoloinThePines.com.

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COOL CLUBS ARTICLE JORDANA KLEIN AND SUE G. COLLINS

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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 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.” Wesleyan School Passport Club 22

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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 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.

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COOL CLUBS (CON TI N U ED)

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.

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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Woodward's Robotics Club


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. Trinity School Every Lap Counts

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.

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Garden Hills

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$1,355,000

99%

38

6

5

Brookhaven

$1,450,000

$1,350,000

93%

72

5

4

Long Island

$1,229,000

$1,210,000

98%

128

6

5

Haynes Manor

$1,350,000

$1,092,500

81%

188

4

4

Peachtree Hills

$1,100,000

$1,090,000

99%

6

5

4

Springlake

$995,000

$995,000

100%

4

4

4

Chastain

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94%

44

5

5

Chastain

$965,000

$965,000

100%

4

4

4

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$890,000

94%

103

5

4

Buckhead

$895,000

$890,000

99%

19

5

3

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$860,000

99%

37

4

3

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$845,000

$815,000

96%

75

4

3

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$810,000

90%

8

4

4

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$750,000

97%

4

4

4

Garden Hills

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$750,000

98%

16

4

2

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$745,000

99%

15

5

4

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$745,000

97%

3

5

4

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93%

36

5

3

Brookhaven

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$680,000

97%

4

5

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Tracing Passions

Parting Thoughts

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'm an architect, and have been since November 4, 2015, when I received my license to practice from the Georgia State Board of Architects and

Interior Designers. It was a proud day, many, many years in the making. Becoming an architect is a multi-year process involving at least five years of college education, three years of work experience, all capped off by passing seven exams—a process that often takes another five to seven years. All in, that means the fastest possible path to licensure, from the start of architecture school to the receipt of official seal is eight years; and while I met that timeline, it’s not that simple. In hindsight, my path

ARTICLE MICHAEL KAHN

was much longer, having started more than a decade before I started my first year of college.

In high school, I had more than one teacher call me out for not pay-

Going back as far as kindergarten, it's easy to see my trajectory to

ing attention to what they were saying, as I focused on the drawings in

where I am today. In Ms. Long's kindergarten class, my favorite activ-

my notebooks. But when they would wander by my desk and glance

ity was the sand table. In a drawing from February of my first year

at the pages, filled with drawings, their approach would soften. It didn’t

of elementary school, I proclaim (through my teacher’s handwriting)

hurt that I tended to do pretty well in class, despite my side interests.

that I want to be a construction supervisor—a career that is not all that unlike architecture—especially in the mind of a 5 year old.

By the time I graduated from North Springs High School, my direction was clear. Architecture was my passion, despite having

As time marched on through my years at Spalding Drive Elementary

never taken a class in it. Of the dozens of teachers I encountered

in Sandy Springs—through Ms. Castlin's first grade class, Ms. Sorenson's

in my 13-year journey in school, not one had a background in the

second grade class, Ms. Pipkin's third grade class, Ms. Tillman's fourth

profession; but with their collective support, I picked up the skills that

grade class, and a reprise with Ms. Pipkin for fifth grade—my passion

I would need to succeed in life, whatever direction I went in.

for learning was nurtured. Math, history, science, art, reading, and writing would all shape my future path; even if I didn't know it yet. Middle school was much of the same. As generic classes turned

I'm very proud of where I am today. My parents did a great job raising me. I've been fortunate to meet the right people to motivate me to take the next steps in life, and I'm not going to say I didn't work hard, too.

into specific subjects, I uncovered a love of math. Ms. Theriot’s geom-

But as students prepare to head back to school, I have to take a

etry class in eighth grade got me excited about the origin of shapes

moment to think about all of the teachers—those who taught me all

and how they could be derived through logical, methodical means.

the skills that I've used to get to where I am now. Without them, I

By all accounts, I was a good student—my report cards show A’s

wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today.

and an occasional B (after elementary school, science never quite

It’s not merely the lessons and lectures that make an impact on life,

excited me as much). But despite my dedication to school, my note-

but the recognition and nurturing of passions. A good teacher can make

books reveal that I spent less time taking notes, and more time draw-

things come alive and shape the way you perceive the world. I was very

ing buildings—ever more elaborate as the years went by.

lucky to have quite a few good teachers, and for that, I am thankful.

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BuckHavenLifestyle.com | August 2017


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