The Laurel Leaf

About Us

We Are The Laurel Leaf.

We are committed to the student body of the Atlanta Girls’ School.

We are a student-produced online publication fueled by creativity, teamwork, and a commitment to our community. Our staff is dedicated to serving the Atlanta Girls’ School student body with consistency and interest. Our mission is to create a platform that celebrates what it means to be a girl by producing good journalism, showcasing our talents, and harboring a safe space for every student to grow through art and writing.

Ella Berg and Zora Cokes are the definition of what it means to be an AGS student. They are both self-driven and dedicated to the betterment of their school and communities. In the spring of 2019, Ella and Zora came together to found Atlanta Girls’ School’s first student-led newspaper. In honor of our upper school director, Ms. Hasty, they decided to name our newspaper The Laurel Leaf, per her suggestion. We proudly picture the laurel leaf in our logo as a symbol of peace, community, and constant improvement. 

The Covid-19 pandemic is an experience that shaped the uniqueness of our publication. In a great time of need, our staff stepped up and kept the AGS community together. We created the Bulletin Board, which is now one of the most popular features on our site. We found ways to still be with our fellow students and teachers, even if that meant remotely. 

After its first year, the Laurel Leaf staff has grown significantly. We are proud to have staff members from every grade level, from 8th graders to seniors. 

Though this is only its second year, The Laurel Leaf is quickly becoming the centerpiece of our student body. The founding Laurel Leaf leadership members — Ella Berg, Zora Cokes, Sage Shumate, Nour Khalifa, and Maryn Loefen — have pledged to keep the AGS student body at the forefront of their endeavors. They hope that they have started something that will be passed down and cared for at the Atlanta Girls’ School for years to come.