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The award-winning voice of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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The award-winning voice of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Erin Grier

Erin Grier, Archives Editor

Erin Grier is a senior and the Archives Editor on staff at The Chant. Erin joined the newspaper as a sophomore. It helped her come out of her shell, and she quickly developed an appreciation for the writing process and the camaraderie on staff. Her favorite subjects in school are history and literature, and she participates in Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl and is apart of the National Honors Society. When she is not in school, Erin enjoys reading (it has been said that she “eats” books), watching bad 80’s and 90’s movies, writing, shoe shopping, and spending time with her friends. When she graduates, she wants to go to college and major in creative writing with a minor in journalism. She hopes to write novels—as well as TV shows and movies—someday. In her last year on staff, Erin hopes to better others’ writing (and her own) as an editor and play a part in making The Chant the best newspaper it can be.

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The phrase “global warming” reminds us all of the inviolability of the planet we call home. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) advises those who want to help lessen the effects of global warming to do their part by reducing their individual carbon footprint. The NRDC says people can buy energy-efficient appliances for their home, or reduce their emissions by using public transportation and carpooling when possible, but why bother? Scientists can not even prove that this global warming thing actually exists. Why should we turn our lives upside down for a problem we do not need to fix?

Why I’m okay with global warming

Erin Grier, Archives Editor
March 31, 2020
A committee made of librarians and English teachers from all across the state of Georgia choose 20 young adult novels to nominate for the Georgia Peach Book Award each year. This year, popular books among teens like Dear Martin and The Poet X appeared on the list. With her final year on the team coming to a close, team captain and NC senior Maddie Sullivan reflects on her time spent in Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl and the best books she read. “Personally for me, my favorite book Ive read thats a reading bowl book is Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda. Mainly because this was the first Becky Albertalli book I had ever read, and it led to me becoming obsessed with her books and now shes my favorite author! So reading that impacted what I read now,” Sullivan said.

NC’s record-breaking reading bowl win

Erin Grier, Archives Editor
January 22, 2020
On the left: Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 Video Music Awards. West received backlash and criticism from various public figures and celebrities for the incident, including Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, current president Donald Trump, as well as the president at the time, Barack Obama. West allegedly apologized in a post on his now-defunct blog, KanyeUniverseCity.com. On the right: Swift performs singles “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover” from her new album at the 2019 VMAs.

The VMAs: 2009 vs. 2019

Erin Grier, Archives Editor
September 6, 2019
Students see preparing for and taking the SAT or ACT as a staple of one’s high school experience. Colleges use these exam scores and a student’s grade point average to help determine whether or not to accept them.  For this reason, educators advise students not to put all of their eggs in one basket when it comes to applying for colleges with a not-so-great SAT/ACT score. “If we’re talking about Harvard or Stanford, they’re going to want a 1500+ on your SAT and a 35+ on your ACT. If you know that that’s the score you need to get, and you don’t get that, then you should probably apply to other schools… Open the door of opportunity and apply to multiple schools. Don’t just isolate yourself to one or two particular schools.” Mai Jumamil, Director of College Prep Programs at Kaplan Test Prep, said.

Exploring SAT/ACT study method options

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photgorapher
April 17, 2019
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One-Hit wonders through the years

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
March 8, 2019
Ms. Rankenburg’s 3rd period class is hard at work on one of their final assignments for AP US History: writing a song. “We’re taking a song and putting our own lyrics over it about American History. Everyone has a theme; my theme is wars, so our song is about all of the wars,” junior Tess Thompson said. In addition to writing their songs, the students will make videos to go with them. “It’s a lot of fun,” Thompson said.

American Idol meets U.S. History

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
May 15, 2018
Orchestra students perfect their pieces in preparation of their Spring Concert tonight. The Spring Concert starts at 7:00 pm and will last until 10:00 pm. It is the last performance of the year and the final concert for many of the seniors in Chamber Orchestra and Concert Orchestra.

Spring into chamber orchestra(‘s concert)

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
May 8, 2018
Seniors wore purple to school in honor of their classmate Arielle Sterrett, who passed away last semester. They chose Tuesday of senior week to remember her by wearing her favorite color. The yearbook staff also gave her an honorary superlative, “Most Likely to Take Home to Mom,” to keep her legacy alive in the senior class.

All purple everything

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
May 1, 2018
Students enjoyed seeing a recap of this year’s highlights and moments from the past in the yearbook.“This year’s yearbook is important because it shows our whole year. It’s a memory of what we built upon.” senior and Editor in Chief of the yearbook staff Baileigh Krause said.

Sayonara, seniors

Erin Grier, Reporter
April 30, 2018
Led by Must Ministries, the book drive will allow the students to donate their gently used books to children in need. To give to the cause, find collection boxes placed outside the media center and near the front office.

Look! A book (drive)!

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
April 24, 2018
 Held in NC’s brand new Performing Arts Center, the rising ninth grade parent and student night covered graduation requirements, course request, and the benefits of the Freshman Academy.

Giving rising freshmen a warrior welcome

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
April 10, 2018
The week of March 26 marks the beginning of yearbook week. Each day the yearbook staff offers a fun activity to the students to generate excitement about the upcoming issuing of yearbooks. Today, students received free Dum Dum lollipops.

Pick a pop, any pop

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
March 27, 2018
NCHS cheer tryouts will begin a week from today on March 26 in the gym. Freshman through Juniors will try out on March 29 from 3:30 to 6:00, and rising ninth graders will try out from 4:45 to 6:00. “We are looking for spirited young ladies who embody what North Cobb should be, as far as being a good representative of north cobb and being a good role model for her peers. Actually, we’re looking for gentlemen too, so male and female,”  JV coach Katrina Toledo said.

T-R-Y-O-U-T-S

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
March 20, 2018
Admin recently added signs to designate parking spaces for faculty and staff in the student lot near the gym, decreasing the number of spaces available to students. With construction workers already taking up a portion of the lower lot, students flew into a rage about the lack of spots. Senior Kaylee Hurlston said, “Why did I pay for a $50 parking pass if there’s nowhere for me to park?”

You snooze, you lose… your parking spot

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
March 13, 2018
The girls JV and varsity lacrosse teams will play against the Sequoyah Chiefs tonight at 5:30 and 7:00 PM, respectively. Tonight’s home game will include a purple out, a tribute to Arielle Sterrett, a former goalie for NC’s lacrosse team who passed away last semester. The team is wearing purple jerseys with her number on the back in honor of her. “A statement will be read at the game,” coach Kathy Ezzell said.

#WeAreStillPurple

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
March 6, 2018
In light of the recent school shooting in Florida that claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers, administrators at North Cobb decided to keep the back doors to the gym locked to ensure the safety of the students. The new rule went into effect last week, and the doors will be kept locked 30 minutes after 8:20 each day. Today, the doors were propped open with a gatorade bottle by students.

NC locks down

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
February 27, 2018
Every February, students remember notable African Americans for their suppressed accomplishments and efforts in the fight for racial equality. Although learning about these people nourishes the minds of young students, historians and educators alike deprive a multitude of African American figures of the credit they deserve.

Forgotten figures in Black History

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
February 27, 2018
NC’s JV and varsity girls lacrosse teams play their first games tonight at 5:30 and 7:00 PM, respectively. They play at Campbell High School, battling against the Spartans. “I think it’s gonna be a good season, we just have to get it together. Our JV players are a little all over the place,” NC junior and varsity player Karen Maldonado said.

Lacrosse girls kick off their spring season

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
February 13, 2018
Do grades really matter?

Do grades really matter?

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
February 8, 2018
Today, meatballs made their comeback in the World Fare line. Previously served with a choice of rice or spaghetti, the meatballs proved popular among students before their disappearance. “We try new items monthly, to see how the kids like them.” Asif Edrish, the food services director at NC, said. In addition the meatballs, students can also expect a new chicken curry option on Thursday.

The miraculous return of meatballs

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
February 6, 2018
Construction on the new auditorium comes to a close as the construction team adds the finishing touches. The orchestra holds back from choosing a location for their upcoming concert in lieu of the new auditorium, as the crew pushes back the original January completion date to March.

“We have a theater?”

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
January 30, 2018
The team waits for their next round against McEachern to begin. Held in various classrooms around Campbell High School, the rounds feature ten questions regarding any of the books the students have read.

Helen Ruffin readers bowl over competition

Erin Grier, Reporter, Photographer
January 25, 2018
The NC speech and debate team began their annual fundraiser by selling chocolate bars for one dollar each. The fundraiser helps the team cover entrance and competition fees. The chocolate bars come in a variety of flavors, including almond, caramel, dark chocolate, and of course, milk chocolate. Rebecca Zavala, a ninth grade literature teacher and the debate team sponsor, said, “We’ll sell them until we run out.”

[Photo] $1 chocolate!

January 23, 2018
The NC speech and debate team began their annual fundraiser by selling chocolate bars for one dollar each. The fundraiser helps the team cover entrance and competition fees. The chocolate bars come in a variety of flavors, including almond, caramel, dark chocolate, and of course, milk chocolate. Rebecca Zavala, a ninth grade literature teacher and the debate team sponsor, said, “We’ll sell them until we run out.”

$1 chocolate!

Erin Grier, Reporter
January 23, 2018
Snow from last Friday’s snowstorm was still present on campus today. Students were released at 11:30 on Friday due to the increasingly heavy snowfall, and school was canceled on Monday as well because of power outages. Though most of the snow and ice has melted, there was still just enough left for students to conduct snowball fights out in the courtyard at lunch.

Remnants of a winter wonderland

Erin Grier, Photographer, Reporter
December 12, 2017
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