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Alumni Association donates $3,000 to Forsyth Central automotive program

POSTED: January 29, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Forsyth Central High School automotive teacher Marlo Miranda (right) receives a check for $3,000 for a new trailer for the automotive program from Shannon Mize and other members of the Forsyth Central High School Alumni Association.

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Alumni from Forsyth Central High School are helping one of the school’s current programs. 

The Forsyth Central High School Alumni Association donated $3,000 to be used by the school’s automotive program for a new trailer during halftime of Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game against North Forsyth High School. 

“We took an opportunity to support our automotive program here at Central; we’re really proud of the kids who are in it,” Assistant Principal Josh Lowe said. “The students had a need within the program to get a trailer, and the alumni association felt that was something they would like to provide for students in the program.” 

Paula Gault with the alumni association said the group is happy to give back to the students.

“When we heard there was a need to help them purchase this trailer, the alumni association was delighted to do that,” she said. “That fits in perfectly with our focus. We want to assist Central to be everything that it can be, to support the arts, academics and the athletics.” 

The trailer will primarily be used for the program’s engine team but will fill several needs, Lowe said. 

“The automotive program has an engine team,” he said. “We have an electric car that competes with other schools in the system and those group will be using the trailer, as well as [auto technology instructor Marlo] Miranda, any time we have a competition of any type." 

Gault said she has long supported the auto program and is proud to see how far it has come.

“The automotive department is awesome, and I actually was Superintendent of [Forsyth County] Schools when Mr. Miranda came to Forsyth a number of years ago, so it was my pleasure to watch this program grow and flourish under his leadership,” she said. 

The alumni association is in its second year and hoping to grow membership. It was founded last year for the school’s 60th anniversary and recently inducted its first hall of fame class. 

Lowe said the group has shown how much Central means to the community and advised anyone interested in joining to contact him at the school. 

“Central had 60 years of alumni, which means they had over 15,000 people, and it was sort of an untapped group of resources for our school,” Lowe said. “So we started reaching out to the community, and you find exactly how much Central means to this community, you find out the longstanding traditions that are here and so many people we’re on our third, fourth, fifth generation of people going through Central dating back over 60 years.”

 

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