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Graduation 2019: How one class changed North Forsyth senior's career plans
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North Forsyth High School senior Lucy Malone discovered the school's A/V Technology & Film pathway and plans to go into the film industry after attending Kennesaw State University. - photo by Brian Paglia

This story appears in the Graduation 2019 special section.

Lucy Malone wants to work on the set of a Marvel movie one day.

It’s a far different vision for her future than Malone had when she entered North Forsyth High School four years ago.

For the longest time Malone saw herself pursuing a career in the performing arts. Born and raised in Forsyth County, she’d been in theater since elementary school at Silver City. But by her junior year at North Forsyth, Malone sensed that wasn’t the right path anymore.

For a while, she considered being a teacher. Malone’s friends often told her she’d make a great one.

On a whim, Malone took audio/visual technology and film and was hooked. The class made music videos and filmed the school’s morning news show. She enjoyed the creative process of video editing and the collaborative work in North’s broadcasting class.

“I really enjoy directing people,” Malone said. “I think I’m pretty good at seeing where we need to be and getting everybody toward that end goal.”

Malone had plenty of experience in leadership positions at North. She was class president her junior and senior years, and class treasurer as a sophomore. She was also president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and SkillsUSA clubs.

Malone also participated in the global poverty-focused club Simple Charity, a small female-only Bible study called GRITS (Girls Raised In The Spirit), performed in Cantamus, the school’s all-women’s choir, and volunteered in special education classes.

Oh, and Malone was the school mascot for three years.

“It was way too big for me, but they let me do it anyways,” Malone said. “And it’s so hot.”

Malone’s mom had always encouraged her to get involved at North, and though juggling several activities was tricky at times, Malone overall found it rewarding.

“There are so many opportunities here,” Malone said.

Case in point: the school’s A/V Technology & Film pathway. Malone found it and with it a plan for her future. Malone crammed in levels 2 and 3 of the pathway this school year to complete it in preparation for when she attends Kennesaw State University in the fall.

“It’s so cool that there are so many different jobs” in the industry,” Malone said. “You can run sound, you can run the cameras, you can direct, you can be in front of the cameras. So it kind of played into what I’d been doing before with performing.”