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THE BUZZ: High school theater departments take center stage
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Our weekly print and video series - presented by Lanier Technicial College – where local high school students share “The Buzz” about what’s going on at their school – and compete for the most “buzzworthy” moment of the week.

Tell us who should win by sharing your thoughts with us on Twitter (@forsythnews). See the results in Friday’s paper and on

Erica Fried, Forsyth Central

Forsyth Central’s performance of "The Miracle Worker" took first place in the Region 7-AAAAA competition at Woodland High School this past Sunday. “The Miracle Worker” is a play based on Helen Keller's autobiography, "The Story of my Life.” In addition to the great performance by Central’s drama department, we received the following awards: Best Technical Execution, Peyton Ashley won Best Actress for her role as "Helen Keller,” and Emily Whitley and Connor Holtz won All Star Cast. The cast will advance to the State Competition in Perry on Nov. 8. We wish them well and hope everyone comes out and supports!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

Red Ribbon Week is upon us at Lambert this year, with the usual giant ribbons pasted on every wall and the counselors handing out red wrist bands with "Be Drug Free" and "Love Yourself" written on them. Red Ribbon Week is a week-long anti-drug campaign that happens annually and it’s to discourage drug use. This year’s motto is "Love yourself" to tell students that drugs can be destructive to a student's body and it’s better to love one's self. A contest that goes along with this week is a door decorating contest. Teachers decorate their door to best utilize Halloween and this year’s motto, and the teacher who wins gets a prize for its first period class. Some teachers at Lambert really love to go all out for this special cause and this contest shows how teachers love to get involved with the school and have fun with it.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

Anticipation is in the air at North Forsyth. Teachers, students and athletes alike are thrilled for the upcoming winter sports season. With the wrestling team (@NFWrestling) coached by Travis Jarrard coming off a county title and the girls basketball team, coached by Eric Herrick (@CoachHerrick), buzzing off a region championship, these teams will not disappoint. Despite their lack of success in the past, the boys basketball teams has high hopes for improvement with the addition of 6-foot-5 Horizon Christian Academy transfer Dakota Holtzclaw. Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

Our high school drama class was finally able to put on their performance of "The Little Mermaid" this past week! The anticipation for the play was extremely high as students had been preparing for it since the beginning of August. The show was absolutely a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Lauren Downes, a Pinecrest Academy senior, lived up to what any Disney princess should be like as she played the role of Arial. Stephane Rivard, also a senior, played the role of Prince Eric and did a wonderful job. The entire cast was outstanding. Even after the play was finished, younger children came up to the performers and were in complete awe of them. Pinecrest Academy can't wait to see what the performance will be for next semester!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

Controversy struck South this past week. Constant arguments over what you ask? Student section participation. Throughout the past few years at South, it has been a tradition for a group of prestigious boys and girls (BCP & BCG) to run the student section at sporting events. The question is who gets to pick the members of these groups and should they be exclusive? Student sections around the county have looked past tradition and opened up their student section groups to everyone, like West's Gulo Gang and Central's Crazies. The past week the BCG presented an idea to the BCP saying that everyone should be able to participate to enhance the school spirit and make everyone more involved. Most did not agree with this. Most would argue that the BCP and BCG is tradition and why try to fix something that isn't broken, right? Personally I believe that wearing a shirt labeled "BCP" or "BCG" should not define your ability to show support for the War Eagles. Is the BCP wrong for wanting to keep tradition? Should South go along with the trend to open up the student groups to everyone? Regardless, the goal is to support the War Eagles. Whether you have a BCP shirt or get to stand on the fence, support the War Eagles. It's all about the boys on the field or the girls and boys on the court. They do not care where you stand or what shirt you are wearing, so why should you? As always, Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

This week was a proud week for West Forsyth as our musical theater department performed their show “Big Fish” at regional's and came home as victors. They will now progress to state on Nov. 9 where they hope to continue their reign. Staying humble, Noah Causey, who played Amos Callaway, a ringmaster, said that the prestige for winning this honor was high because of "so many good schools and so much talent" in our region.