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ith the celebration of local men in June and all of our adventures and fun in July, this summer has already been quite an eventful one. We had so much fun; it’s hard to believe it’s almost time to end. But, as the song goes, school’s out for summer (we’ll just go ahead and skip that next line declaring school out forever). And, Photo: Donna Permell, as summer begins to come to a close (at least in the summer PrimePhocus.com break sense—if you prefer to go by the astronomical seasons you still have almost two more months, yay!), it’s time to start thinking about getting back to those backpacks, lunches and busy days.
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The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time. Whether it be the first day of kindergarten or senior year of college, it marks a new time in the never-ending quest for knowledge. While a new school year is an exciting time of beginnings, it’s also a stressful time. That’s why our August issue of Vinings Lifestyle aims to provide a little help with our back-to-school guide. I snuck in a little suggestion for a little getaway. It's not the beach but is far enough away to feel like you're not at home. Let's have one last hurrah before the school year starts up again. To all the teachers joining us this month: thank you. None of us would be where we are without you.
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Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star Team For the second time in three years, Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star team has been crowned state champions in the
Rookie Baseball Tournament, which was created in 2013 for 7- and 8-year-olds. The Smyrna team won with a final score of 8-2.
Asher Adams is a beast at the plate.
Luke Linder and JD Aufderheide celebrate!
Jackson Martin lifts Hayes Stephens to celebrate
Hayes Stephens is on fire!
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Smyrna Little League’s Rookie Blue All-Star team: state champions. Relaxing with the team.
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SMYRNA ROOKIE BLUE ALL-STAR TEAM WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
year celebrating Jewish food and
For the second time in three years, Smyrna Little League’s Rookie
culture by showcasing delicacies
Blue All-Star team has been crowned state champions. The Smyrna
and activities unique to the Jewish
team won the title game, played on Father’s Day, with a final score of
heritage and bringing together
8-2 over an all-star team from Warner Robins.
Smyrna’s 2017 Rookie Blue All-Star team, managed by Chuck
diverse community in a fun two-
Martin, shut down Warner Robins early with near-flawless pitching
day festival. Enjoy delicious food
and aggressive baserunning. After the first inning, the Warner Robins
from around the world and browse booths of interesting and unique
club had only two runners reach first base—one on a hard-hit single
crafts and goods. Learn about the Jewish culture through interactive
and one on a walk. Pitcher Hayes Stephens, who struck out 11 in his
exhibits and tour the sanctuary with a member of the ritual committee.
five innings of work, and closing pitcher Luke Linder, kept the Warner
There are events for children, including a kids zone complete with
Robins bats, and fans, quiet for most of the afternoon.
inflatables, games and face painting. There will also be a petting zoo
For Smyrna, base hits from Jackson Martin, Hayes Stephens
with a camel. Enjoy special entertainment featuring cooking demon-
and William Backus proved more than enough. Smyrna catcher
strations, dancing and live music throughout both days.
Landon Ryan’s laser-beam throw to second base for the third out
Noshfest will also feature a Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts) demon-
in the fifth inning all but sealed the win. Smyrna broke it open in
stration and cooking demonstrations. Admission for the event is two
the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs and putting the game
canned goods per family. All food collected at admission will go to
out of reach. Warner Robins failed to score in the sixth and final
MUST Ministry's effort to feed the hungry in Atlanta.
inning, allowing home team Smyrna Blue to celebrate early in front
Hours of the festival are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, September 4.
WELLSTAR AWARDS NURSES IN COBB FOR EXCELLENCE
of a rowdy crowd and the hundreds of friends and family members who watched the game via webcast. "Pitching was the big difference today," Martin says. "It was really fun to watch our boys execute at such a high level given the stage they were on."
Nurses play a critical role in helping patients heal, both physically and
On Saturday, the first day of tournament play, Smyrna lost game one
emotionally. Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of
to Warner Robins, putting themselves in a must-win situation against
the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver world-class health care to patients.
Oconee County for game two that afternoon. Pitchers Jackson Martin
Nurses and physicians from WellStar Cobb, Kennestone and Windy Hill
and Landon Ryan were able to hold off the Oconee club just enough,
hospitals who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recog-
and a grand slam by Andrew Biggers in the fourth inning pushed the
nized at WellStar’s annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony.
game out of reach. With a final score of 11-6, Smyrna was set to face
“As nurses, we’re privileged to work in one of the greatest profes-
Warner Robins in a rematch in Sunday’s title game.
sions,” Jill Case-Wirth, chief nurse executive for WellStar Health System,
“Baseball is a lot like life in that you face adversity and how you
says. “Nurses are given the opportunity to serve and impact others on
measure your progress is how you respond in the moment," Martin
a daily basis. Our focus on nurses helps us deliver compassionate care
says. “We dug a hole on Saturday morning with our first loss as a team,
that puts patients first and makes a real impact on their lives.”
but instead of feeling sorry for ourselves or giving up we decided to
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give it our best shot and see if that was good enough. Fortunately for us, we were able to seize momentum and advance to the title game.”
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Sunday’s state championship game was held in the world-class Little League Southeast Park, which features a 2,500-seat stadium bowl, two-story press box and sunken dugouts. The Smyrna players enjoyed every minute of their time in the elite facility, and hope to make a return trip in 2018. “We are proud of all of Smyrna's all-star teams and are thrilled with the 8U Rookies for how they persevered to win the state championship title,” Heather O’Tuel, President of Smyrna Little League,
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says. “These players and coaches did an excellent job representing Smyrna and Smyrna Little League.” The Smyrna Rookie Blue All-Stars beat a team from Rockmart in the sectionals tournament championship game, hosted by Smyrna on June 9, to advance to the state championship tournament in Warner Robins with a perfect 9-0 record. Members of the 2017 Smyrna Blue Rookie All-Stars are: • Asher Adams • JD Aufderheide • William Backus • Andrew Biggers • Luke Darsey • Cameron Denis • Luke Linder • Jackson Martin • Cayden Moran • John Paolino • Landon Ryan • Hayes Stephens • Chuck Martin, manager • Brian Stephens, assistant coach • Davis Linder, assistant coach • Corbin Adams, assistant coach The Georgia State Little League Association created the Rookie Baseball Tournament in 2013. The tournament is limited to league age 7- and 8-year-olds. Previous winners include Warner Robins (2013, 2014), Smyrna Blue (2015) and Martinez-Evans (2016). August 2017 | Vinings Lifestyle
LUNCH BOX RESCUE LUNCH FROM INDECISION AND LACK OF VARIETY ARTICLE KATINA FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHY MONICA NWAIGWE
GRAPES—DO NOT RINSE!
Rinsing grapes before storing them in the refrigerator accelerates their decay. Stick to washing these sweet juicy globes at packing time and not before. HUMMUS IN CUCUMBER BOATS— BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT
Split a cucumber in half, deseed by scraping out the center with a spoon and pat dry. Stuff the cucumber boat with yummy fillings like tuna salad or hummus. TOASTED CORN—STRIKE GOLD IN THE PANTRY
Toasted corn stores well the pantry for up to a year and is ready for lunch at a moment’s notice. Half a cup is more than enough to add a pleasant crunch to meal time. SUGAR SNAP PEAS—ENERGY PODS
These lean, green, nutrition machines are the gift that keeps on giving. They’re a perfect midday energy booster—rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. 14
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During meal prep time, wrap carrot sticks in a moist paper towel, put them in a zip-close bag and store in your refrigerator. Doing this
Bento Box Combo Meals
will keep them fresh, crisp and ready to pack throughout the week.
STEP 1: PROTEIN
1. Deli meat MELON BERRY SALAD— SANDWICH ANIMALS—
MELON BERRY BONANZA
2. Mozzarella cheese 3. Bean and corn salsa
A hydrating mix of melon and berries will
4. Protein bar
These crust-free animal shapes make
flood taste buds with vitamins and antioxi-
eating an entire sandwich fun and effortless.
dants. Make a new batch every three days
6. Tuna salad
Cookie cutters do the job just fine. Sandwich
and dish out into leakproof containers.
shapers, like Animal Palz, add artistic flare. PRETZEL GOLDFISH—SNACK FUSION
STEP 2: GRAINS
It doesn’t get any better than pretzels in the
1. Whole-wheat bread
Want eggs that are easy to peel? Add 1/2 a
shape of Goldfish crackers—bite-sized, fun to
2. Tortilla chips
teaspoon of baking soda to your water during
eat and fun to share with friends. Everyone
the boiling phase, then submerge the eggs in
wins when this snack makes it into the box.
EGG BUDDIES—PEEL OUT!
3. Wrap 4. Rice crackers
cold water for 10 minutes once cooked.
5. Pita bread BEAN AND CORN SALSA—
SIDE SALAD—DRESS WITH ZEST
FILLING FIESTA MIX
Iceberg lettuce makes an excellent base
Add equal parts salsa, canned black
STEP 3: VEGETABLES
salad for lunchtime. Switch your dressing
beans and canned corn. Mix in avocado,
throughout the week to give those taste buds
cilantro, salt and pepper to taste. Don’t forget
2. Sugar snap peas
a wonderful surprise from one day to the next.
a squeeze of lime to keep it fresh. Can be prepared in 5 minutes flat.
5. Kale salad with shredded carrots
PITA BREAD—LESS IS MORE
Pita bread is the ultimate space-saver. It
3. Cucumbers 4. Side salad with tomato
TORTILLA CHIPS—BETTER WITH BOWLS
folds into tight lunchbox spaces but easily
Tortilla chips go great with salsa, but flat chips
converts to a full-sized pocket that can hold
don’t always hold up a hearty lunchworthy salsa
STEP 4: FRUIT
lunch meat, tuna salad and other great fillings. mix. Better to go with the bowl-shaped tortilla
1. Grapes, halved
chips to make every bite a full one.
3. Watermelon berry mix
The ideal fruit to pack, mandarin slices
2. Mandarin/Cutie slices 4. Pink Lady apple
YOGURT—BETTER IN PAIRS
pile up nicely in small lunchbox compart-
Get the most out of yogurt—look for
ments. Seedless, plump and juicy, this
brands that provide the highest amount
citrus delight brightens up the day with a
of protein per serving. Don’t forget to pack
STEP 5: SNACK
tangy burst of vitamin C.
toppings; craisins, granola or fresh fruit bring
1. Pretzel Goldfish crackers
plain yogurt to life.
2. Roasted salted peas 3. Banana chips
ROASTED GREEN PEAS—TWO FOR ONE
Considered a “pantry winner” for its long-
CRAISINS & RAISINS—SWEET AND TANGY
4. Strawberry craisin and raisin mix
term storage and freshness, salted roasted
Mixing dried cranberries with raisins adds
5. Corn nuts
green peas are an amazing source of protein
an instant wow factor to a traditional snack.
6. Pumpkin seeds
and fiber. Their nutty flavor makes them an
Dried cranberries come in different flavors like
awesome replacement for peanuts.
cherry, orange and strawberry. Have fun with it!
GYOZA BONUS MEAL—HOT AND COLD
KALE & SHREDDED CARROT SALAD—
There is no faster way to level up the
These potstickers can be eaten hot or cold
protein content in a lunchbox than with a
and cook in less than 10 minutes. They’re
Kale is a nutrient-packed leafy green that can
protein bar. This all-natural vegan sunflower
savory enough to eat plain but pair well with
last for up to 14 days in the refrigerator. Acidic
butter bar isn’t just filling—it brings 9 grams
soy or teriyaki dipping sauce. Available with
dressings like vinaigrettes or citrus-based
of protein to the table.
chicken, pork, shrimp or vegetarian fillings.
mixes are best for infusing kale with flavor.
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HEALTHY PREGNANCIES are my
Passion ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY KIM MCCLURE
elping my patients have healthy pregnancies is my passion. I'm seven months pregnant (at the time of the
interview) with my second child and eating healthy and working out are very important to maintaining a healthy pregnancy,” said Sekeyta Hall, M.D. an OB/GYN for WellStar Medical Group. “Working out consistently keeps my energy level up and helps me to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, I won't have much to lose after the pregnancy. Eating right is another key component to a healthy pregnancy. Eating grilled, roasted or steamed food is much healthier than eating fried foods." DR. HALL’S FIVE TIPS:
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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS School combines high academic standards and Christian focus ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY CHERI DOURRON
The Whitefield marching band
proudly celebrating its 20th anniver-
sary. In August 1997, Whitefield opened its doors for the first time to 94 pioneer students in grades six through 12. But there is much more to the Whitefield story than just gathering together a group of students, a few desks and a couple of teachers and calling themselves a Christian school. In 1995, former Trinity School Headmaster Chuck Johnston, Whitefield’s current fine arts director Stacy Quiros and 14 additional men and women found themselves longing for a quality Christian school that held high academic standards and an equally strong Christian focus. They began planning and praying for a Christ-centered school. Their vision was to establish a school for Christian families that encompassed excellent academics, mentoring Christian faculty, diverse community and uncompromised biblical emphasis. After several months of prayer and discussion, they partnered with David 18
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The construction of Morris Hall in 2011.
The future site of Whitefield Academy with founders Chuck Johnston and David Jones.
Matthew David, director of the new Innovation Lab.
Jones, chairman of the board of Mount
America. One hundred percent of Whitefield
parading across a brightly lit stage or the won-
Vernon Christian Academy, who was prayer-
Academy graduates gain admission to a
drous sounds of the Whitefield jazz and march-
fully seeking answers for his school, which
four-year college or university.
ing bands, the arts faculty and instructors
was struggling with numbers. After many
These are just a few of the many colleges
encourage and support these budding artists
more months of collaboration, weekly prayer
Whitefield’s graduates have been accepted
to recognize and cultivate their God-given
meetings and needed financial investments
to and/or are currently attending:
talents and creativity. Whitefield provides a
being miraculously donated by a nonprofit
• Auburn University
plethora of artistic opportunities to its students.
foundation, Whitefield Academy was finally
• University of Georgia
The school is one of just a handful of private
on its way to becoming a reality. Now they
• Georgia Tech
schools in Georgia to offer a full marching band
needed a school name. It seemed only
• Parsons School of Design
program. In addition, the Whitefield jazz band is
fitting that the founders chose the name
• Emory University
a sought-after group of young musicians who
Whitefield Academy after George Whitefield,
• Vanderbilt University
play at events and venues all around town,
the 18th-century English evangelist whose
• Furman University
giving students the opportunity to perfect the
messages focused on the idea of new birth.
• Wake Forest University
elements of performance in addition to just
• Harvard University
learning an instrument in class.
Whitefield Academy will kick off the school year in August 2017 for its 21st year
• Yale University
of operation. This charming Smyrna campus
• Samford University
students back to school this month, a remark-
has come a long way from its humble begin-
• U.S. Military Academy-West Point
able new Innovation Lab will await them. The
nings as a former horse farm in the country.
• Stanford University
STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering,
Whitefield now spans across 100 acres of
• U.S. Naval Academy-Annapolis
Arts & Mathematics—initiative provides a place
a magnificent landscape comprised of the
Over the last three years, classes have
where students can engage, practice skills and
Grand Amphitheater; WolfPack Stadium
earned an average of $6.1 million in scholar-
be creative in learning and studying concepts
with its beautiful, synthetic turf field that can
ships and grants. With more than 800 total
related to those core subjects.
accommodate more than 1,000 spectators;
graduates to date, 109 Whitefield graduates
“The Innovation Lab will be a place where
baseball and softball fields, Lower School
have become NCAA college athletes. In 2016,
kids can take the knowledge they have
playground and garden; and Whitefield’s
Whitefield graduate Naomy Grand‘Pierre,
learned in class and put it into practice
most recent addition: a state-of-the-art ten-
class of 2015, made history by becoming the
through the process of creativity," Matthew
nis complex featuring 10 lighted courts; all
first female swimmer to represent Haiti in the
David, Innovation Lab director and science
in addition to the many classroom buildings
Summer Olympics in Rio.
teacher, says. "I want the students to feel
and full-size gymnasium. Enrollment has now surpassed more than 800 students.
As Whitefield welcomes its new and returning
Whitefield currently fields 55 sports teams
they have their own space to connect, create
representing basketball, soccer, football, ten-
and use their thirst for knowledge in solving
With all of its astounding growth, one thing
nis, track and field, cross-country, baseball,
problems that stretch beyond the realms
is for certain—Whitefield Academy remains
softball, wrestling, volleyball, golf, swimming
of the classroom—digging deep into global
steadfast in its unwavering focus on its foun-
and diving, lacrosse and cheerleading. A
concerns of today.”
dational beliefs and core values, embracing a
comprehensive sports medicine program and
The future of Whitefield is brighter than
family based community, focused on provid-
Student WolfPack Athletic Training program
ever. The possibilities for the next 20 years
ing top-notch academics, along with instilling
(SWAT) are also available to student athletes.
are unsurpassable. Whitefield parents, stu-
in students a passion for others ahead of self
Whitefield’s academic curriculum is rigor-
dents, faculty and staff all play an integral
ous and comprehensive, including a broad
role in achieving the mission of the school
in a truly Christ-centered atmosphere. When considering school options, parents
spectrum of 28 Advanced Placement and
and fostering a close-knit community that
have a lot to think about. Consider these
honors courses to prepare students intellec-
has made Whitefield a premier choice of pri-
facts as you begin the process—through
tually for the demands of college and life.
vate schools for Christian families.
exceptional academics, arts and athletics
Whether it is splattering paint on a canvas,
programs, Whitefield has matriculated stu-
a shutter snapping, a soloist’s a capella perfor-
For additional information, visit
dents to the top colleges and universities in
mance, the sound of character shoes in unison
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The Music Studio
AT VININGS HELPING THE COMMUNITY MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY CHERI DOURRON
Rowe, later joined the trio, making it a family affair, and Courtnay and Rowe Corporation was founded. While Courtnay and Rowe continued to provide in-home music lessons to students for more than 22 years, Cecilia saw a need for something new. “I really wanted to open a studio in my neighborhood as this area has been my home for over 25 years, and wanted to give back to my community by adding a family friendly, fun, local spot for
usic unlocks self-expression, intel-
everyone to learn and enjoy music," Cecilia says.
ligence and creativity. The Music
After collaborating with her family, they agreed that opening an actual studio was key. In
Studio at Vinings is a place where students
2011, Marilyn, Jack, Cecilia, Sean and Ariane opened the doors of The Music Studio at Vinings.
come and do just that. This vibrant, high-en-
Under the direction of Cecilia, they have grown to more than 500 students, ranging
ergy studio has a warm and welcoming
in ages from infant to adult. With their third expansion complete, the 4,500-square-foot
feel from the moment you step through
studio space includes 13 private studio rooms plus one large interactive family music
their doors. Parents will fall in love with
room. The studio offers lessons in piano, voice, guitar/ukulele, drums, strings, brass and
Front row, left to right: Cecilia Courtnay Rowe, Sean Rowe, Sam Crumley (4), Ariane Courtnay Crumley and Marilyn Courtnay. Back row: William Rowe (14), Harrison Rowe (12) and Jack Courtnay.
woodwinds. They also offer a class called Music Together, an interactive family music program for infants and preschoolers. The studio staffs more than 35 highly trained and dedicated teachers who are passionate about the music they teach. The Music Studio at Vinings is committed to community outreach in Vinings and the surrounding areas. Café Jam is a free program they created, where music instructors visit public elementary schools during the children’s lunch periods. They provide education on musical instruments and have singalongs with the students that include current pop music. Additionally, the studio has initiated a proprietary rewards program for their students, a creative reward system which provides a positive and encouraging way to measure the student’s progress as they gain mastery in their instrument. Students can also participate in quarterly open mic nights at St. Angelo’s Pizza, where they perform in front of a live audience, as well as recitals throughout the year.
the designated parent’s lounge. The Music
The Music Studio at Vinings continues to offer in-home music lessons to clients, allowing
Studio at Vinings has taken music lessons
for a choice of learning environments that best suits the needs of each family and student.
to an exciting new dimension, making learn-
Although the family remains co-owners of The Music Studio at Vinings, Cecilia oversees day-
ing both challenging and fun. The Music
to-day interactions and Marilyn the in-home scheduling. And while Marilyn, Ariane, Sean and
Studio at Vinings has been providing music
Cecilia have retired from teaching, Jack at 88 years young still teaches a handful of students!
education to families in Smyrna/Vinings
The studio is open seven days a week. Cecilia and Sean’s two sons, William, 14, and Harrison,
and surrounding areas since 2011.
12, frequent the studio, where they practice the ukulele, piano and drums. The boys are planning
The origins of The Music Studio began
to attend Whitefield Academy in the fall, where they are certain to be an asset to Whitefield’s
more than 28 years ago when Marilyn and
music department. Ariane and her husband, David, a corporate executive, have a 4-year-old son,
Jack Courtnay, along with their son and two
Sam. Both Ariane and Sam enjoy the interactive Music Together program at the studio as Sam
daughters, Cecilia Courtnay Rowe and Ariane
begins to unveil his musical talents. With the music genes in this super-talented family, it won’t
Courtnay Crumley, first settled in Vinings.
be a question of if he will play an instrument, but what instrument he will master!
Marilyn began teaching private in-home piano
The Music Studio at Vinings is one of Atlanta’s premier music education providers.
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They are committed to providing exceptional customer service and a superior educational
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a full calendar, Marilyn realized she could no
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Studio at Vinings is definitely the place to go!
new students; therefore she enlisted the help of her daughters to teach with her. Their fun and
The Music Studio at Vinings is located at 4895 S. Atlanta Road, Atlanta. Visit TMSVinings.com
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