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School officials, others celebrate award
Forsyth among best for young people
Luis Abarca, left, with the America's Promise Alliance and ING presents the 100 Best Communities Award to North Forsyth High School senior Persephany Peterson during a ceremony Thursday night. - photo by Jim Dean

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Also during its meeting Thursday night, the Forsyth County Board of Education approved member Ann Crow to continue serving as the school system’s liaison to the Georgia School Board Association liaison.

— Jennifer Sami

Thursday was a day for educators to rejoice.

Having recently been named one of the 100 best communities for young people, Forsyth County and particularly the school system had something to be proud of.

The designation was announced last month. But Thursday night, business leaders, community members and educators celebrated receiving the honor from the America’s Promise Alliance and ING.

The excitement carried over into the Forsyth County Board of Education’s meeting, which followed the celebration.
Luiz Abarca, community relations director with ING, addressed the board, quoting the saying that it takes a village to raise a child.

“Well I’m looking at the village,” he said. “You all are the village. Every single one of you.

“They recognized you guys for what you’re doing in your community.”

Many factors are considered when communities are being evaluated. Forsyth’s strength came from its high-performing school system, businesses that are partners in education, nonprofit organizations and community leaders.

Abarca said more than 350 communities from across the country applied for the honor. Forsyth was one of just three communities in Georgia honored. The others were Houston and Troup counties.

“But they recognized you guys for what you’re doing in your community,” he said. “You guys are just the best and I commend you for that.”

It was the second time in three years Forsyth has won the honor. It also was recognized in 2010.