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THE BUZZ: Junior-Senior wars good or bad for Homecoming Week?
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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

Everyone knows about the time honor tradition of Homecoming Week of dressing up according to the daily themes leading up to the Homecoming game. However, what students are really talking about is what happens after hours: junior-senior wars. The wars coincide with Homecoming Week, and juniors and seniors of each high school compete with each other to prank each other's houses. Usually they will stay up to late hours in the night and then roll the opposite grade’s houses with toilet paper, sticky objects, Saran wrapping and various other things to earn points. Whichever grade has the most points by the Homecoming game is declared the winner and therefore earned their bragging rights. As of Monday, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

This week at Lambert High School is one of the most exciting weeks of the semester: Homecoming week. The week includes themed dress up days like “mathlete vs athlete,” the homecoming football game Friday where they crown Homecoming King and Queen, a pep rally Friday and finally the big dance on Saturday night. However, with all of these great traditions, another idea has stemmed from this week, called Junior-Senior Wars, and it's a problem at Lambert. The wars are simple: mess with the other class’ houses, cars or anything for that matter and don't get caught. Kids are riding around at 3 a.m., throwing toilet paper in other student's trees. Some parents get so upset they get the police involved. After sitting down to ask Lambert Principal Dr. Gary Davison about his thoughts on the wars, he had a simple piece of advice: “It's not good behavior, it's not good Longhorn behavior and it's not what we stand for at all. I find it kind of silly to be honest with you. Not anything we'd endorse." Students need to take their focus away from attacking other students and focus on the team that we want to beat on the gridiron Friday.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

Brad Kudlas, Chemistry teacher and assistant basketball coach, was awarded Teacher of the Year at North Forsyth High School. Knowing him personally, I can vouch that no one is more deserving of the honor. He is an outstanding teacher, father, husband and coach, and I'm so glad that I've had the privilege of getting to know him during my past three years of high school. Congratulations, Coach Kudlas, and Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

This past week was a big week for Pinecrest Academy because Mr. Parker (the head of school) made a massive announcement! The announcement was held at a student pep rally which included the entire student body, grades K-12. Mr. Parker announced that our school is a Blue Ribbon school of Excellence, decided by the Department of Education in Washington D.C. Of all the schools in the country, 377 were recognized. Only 50 of those schools were in Georgia, and four of those 50 were private schools. Earning this achievement shows that Pinecrest Academy's academic establishment is extremely awesome! Way to go Pinecrest!!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

Senior Night; for the underclassmen it is just another home game, but for seniors it is a realization that for most your athletic career is coming to an end. The relationships with your team and coaches are soon to be just a memory. It is very emotional, especially for the seven seniors on the South Forsyth volleyball team. These seven young ladies have not only grown as athletes but as people throughout their years being part of the South Forsyth volleyball program. As these girls walked through the blue and white balloon arch receiving roses from their favorite underclassmen, tears started to fall for most as they hugged Lady War Eagles head coach Kelly Wren and assistant coach Fred Earley. The Lady War Eagles took on Cambridge in a non-area match. Although the Eagles came out on top, for the seven seniors (Kailey Carr, Amanda Rooney, Ashley Stephens, Taylor Svehla, Karlie Mason, Kalyn Edleman and Hannah Larson) the atmosphere of the locker room after the game was different to say the least. The thought going through most of the girls' heads was, “That could have been the last time I would play at home, in the South Forsyth gym.” Now it's time to enjoy the last eight months we have left as a War Eagle. Good job on the win ladies and always, Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

All methods of social media blew up this past week with posts and pictures – riding the Ferris wheel, eating funnel cakes and comically large stuffed animals. The Cumming Country Fair and Festival is in town and West's entire student body it seems has visited to splurge on that rare fair food, to get a coveted picture with an emu or goat and to ride those spine-jerking rides.