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High schools honored for journalistic efforts
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — North and South Forsyth high schools recently received top honors during the 2014 Georgia Scholastic Press Association Awards, while West Forsyth students fared well in some individual categories.

Presented by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the awards recognize the best in high school journalism programs throughout the state.

North was honored for having the best news website, the Raider Wire, while South Forsyth was recognized for its yearbook, “Aerie.”

About 75 publications entered the competition in categories ranging from newspaper and news magazine to TV news broadcast and literary magazine. Entries were judged by professional journalists and college faculty. 

There were also 130 individual awards presented in 41 different categories. They recognized the best individual journalistic pieces from students in the fields of writing, photography and production.

In the individual categories, West student Rebecca Gerhard won for “Once Upon a Time” and classmate Shannon Gerhard for “Sticking to Their Skills” in spread design for the school’s yearbook, “Zephyr.” The West staff also was recognized for the cover design and theme development of “Zephyr.”

North student Sam Perryman received an individual award for photo essay in the “Raider Wire,” titled “Living in North Georgia.”

“These programs, and especially their advisers and students, are to be commended for producing outstanding journalism over the academic year,” said Joe Dennis, association director.

“Each year the quality of high school journalism gets better in the state, so earning All-Georgia recognition is a significant accomplishment.”