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THE BUZZ: Plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving
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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

Each year the senior class holds a vote to nominate their peers for 20 superlatives. “Most Likely to Succeed,” “Best to Bring Home to Mom and Dad,” and “Most Adventurous,” for example, are three. While every other school simply has an award ceremony after school, Central has had the tradition to honor the best and brightest by taking the winners on a trip during the day to take pictures for the yearbook (courtesy of Cady Studios), dine family style at The Smith House and spend their day shopping in Dahlonega. The winners not only get to take the professional photos home as a keepsake, but they receive superlative buttons to wear walking at graduation.

Kevin Lee, Lambert

This previous week we were off school because of Thanksgiving break, so instead of sports or things going on around Lambert, I wanted to explain how thankful I am for my school and everything it has to offer. I'm thankful to attend a school that I honestly believe has the best teachers, staff and students in the state. A close knit community of students, teachers and counselors that last year brought the highest graduation rate in the state at 97.7 percent (out of large schools). It’s things like that that make me so thankful to go to Lambert. However, Lambert doesn't only exceed at academics. Lambert has won 10 state championships and many more region championships. Take a stroll through our main hallway and see the trophy case stacked with gold and silver. I'm thankful to go to a school that expects greatness from all of its students across the board, and the students definitely exceed the best expectations. It's great to be a Lambert Longhorn.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

Being a Raider, I have so many things to be thankful for. I am grateful for all of the remarkable teachers, coaches and administrators who give us the opportunity to achieve. I am grateful for my classmates that have accompanied me on the journey that is high school. I am grateful for the entire Coal Mountain community that attends every sporting event, win or lose. All of these components help shape North Forsyth into the family that we are today. I'm so thankful that I attend the best school in the county. Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

Pinecrest Academy hopes you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

With school being out I contemplated what to write about this week, and it only feels right with it being Thanksgiving break to talk about what there is to be thankful for at South. Let's start with the wonderful teachers that take their time to help guide us not only through their courses but also there to give advice, but most of all the South administration deserves to make the front page of the newspaper. Throughout the past two years [principal Jeff] Cheney along with his many sidekicks (assistant principals) have had their hands full – from senior pranks and tweets gone wrong, this administration has had to be in the spotlight more than any other school in the county. Maybe not all good publicity but the way the administration handles any situation that is thrown at them is truly admirable, and I know every student at South is very thankful for that. And with that, Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Students and staff left school a week ago to appreciate an entire week off. In their Thanksgiving spirit, the students at West are still collecting food donations for the next three weeks, after which they can enjoy an even longer two week winter break!