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THE BUZZ: Homecoming approaches for local high schools
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"Buzzmakers" from six local high schools share what's happening around their campus in this new print and video series. Pictured, back row from left: South Forsyth's Erin Loggins, North Forsyth's Alli Prater, West Forsyth's Dori Butler and Lambert's Kevin Lee. Pictured, front row from left: Pinecrest Academy's Caitlin Randazza, Forsyth Central's Erica Fried and Pinecrest Academy's Dani Quintana. - photo by Micah Green

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 Academic Team is on a roll. It has dominated Chestatee and South Forsyth and is  ready to overcome more challenges! About 30 students were invited to join the academic team, and they meet every Monday after school for competitions against other schools in our region. These members were then divided into junior varsity and varsity teams. Among these, four-person teams compete in a “quiz-bowl format” and answer questions from the four core academic subjects (math, science, english and social Studies) and some current events. The regional tournament is in November and the state tournament is in February. Come out and support your Dawgs!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

One of the best parts about a student's final year of high school is all of the traditions and special events that come with being a senior. The school's yearbook dedicates a large section to showing off the senior class with one of these parts being senior superlatives. However, this year many seniors are upset with the recently released superlatives students will be voting on soon. Every year it seems like these superlatives are altered, and many students are upset that some of the most traditional, like "Class Clown" or "Future CEO," are off the list. Although the yearbook staff is faced with the difficult decision of trying to think of clever ideas for their own senior class without upsetting any students, the superlatives are getting away from what they should represent. Senior superlatives are supposed to highlight students who don't usually step into the spotlight but are an important part of a graduating class. This year it seems as though these students will be left out.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

It was Homecoming Spirit Week at North Forsyth, and our student council (@NFstuco) announced they would pick a student who displayed the most spirit throughout the week by tweeting with #NOFOHOCO, and reward them with a $100 gift card. Madison Darracott (@itsmadison_) was up for the challenge. She dressed up every day, coming to school as Troy Bolton from High School Musical on Disney Day and a sightseer with her map and camera in tow for Tacky Tourist Day. On Saturday, our student council crowned her Ms. NFHS Spirit Week and awarded her the prize. Congratulations, Madison, and Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

Homecoming dance proposals have started at Pinecrest Academy! So far they have ranged from giving flowers and candy, to singing in the stairwell. Every year the "askings" get better and better, so it'll be interesting to see what's in store. The homecoming dance will take place on Oct. 11 and the homecoming game on Oct. 10! Make sure to come out and support our Paladins!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

South Forsyth football is the topic for this week's buzz because who doesn't love a good comeback story. Coming off a 55-3 win over North Forsyth last week it seemed the War Eagles were unstoppable heading into this week's game against the Chattahoochee Cougars. I had the chance to speak with the one and only Tyler LaFlamme and he said, “The team and I put a lot of work in this past week of practice and are expecting to show out,” talking about the game against the Cougars. I also asked how he felt being one of the top rushers in the entire county: “It's great, but I couldn't do it without my boys on the [offensive] line!” In the first 12 minutes of the game Friday against Hooch, it was obvious that the Cougars were dominating on both offense and defense. Down 21-7 at the end of the first quarter, the stands filled with South fans were quiet. After the first quarter it was obvious that the Cougar defense could not keep LaFlamme out of the endzone! Scoring FIVE, let me repeat, FIVE touchdowns and rushing 435 yards (which is almost double what Todd Gurley rushed against Tennessee this past Saturday). The War Eagles came out on top with a score of 42-34. Griffin Landrum tweeted: “Not how you start, it's how you finish great team win,” which couldn't explain the game any better. The War Eagles are now 4-0 in the region! Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Wednesday, Sept. 24, was the National Day of Prayer during which schools from all over the country gathered at 7:30 a.m., around the flag pole to pray for their respective schools. West Forsyth Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized this so called "See you at the Pole" event, and despite the chilly fall temperatures had a fairly decent turnout.