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THE BUZZ: Records broken, school traffic and more
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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 wrestlers Caleb Troutt (160 pounds) and Carson Pillow (182) went undefeated at the Forsyth County Championships this past Saturday to become individual county champions. The team as a whole placed third, defeating Lambert (51-27) and South Forsyth (36-28), the first time in four years that Central has won a match at county. We're hoping for a great season this year!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

Traffic and headaches when schools open and close are a very big issue and are common county-wide. However, for early-dismissed students at Lambert things somehow are even worse. For reasons unknown, the exit lane to our school's student and teacher parking lot is blocked off around early dismissal time. This causes about half the students – me included – to exit through the entrance lane of the parking lot. From my point of view, having students exiting through the entrance lane is an accident waiting to happen, yet students do it almost every single day. Hopefully, Lambert realizes the potential hazard they're causing. Although students could use the main exit of the school, I don't see things changing anytime soon.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

Anticipation was in the air at Lambert last Tuesday. North Forsyth senior basketball player Caroline Bowns, her team and Raider fans alike knew what was coming. Caroline was only four points away from breaking the school record for most points in a career at North. With about two minutes left in the first quarter, she hit a three from the elbow and surpassed Kevia Elkins-Brown's record of 1,333 points. Bowns has had an outstanding career thus far and this puts the icing on the cake. Congratulations, Caroline and Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

Every year at Pinecrest Academy, the senior class goes on a mission trip to Nicaragua. Throughout the year, seniors fundraise for the trip. This past Saturday, the senior class held a fundraiser in which lower school students could come and partake in many fun Christmas activities. A senior student, Gatlin Winter, even dressed up as Santa Claus for the children. Lower school students had a great time being entertained by the seniors, as well as were able to watch the movie Frozen. Everyone definitely got in the Christmas spirit!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

“Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.” – Michael Jordan. Saying that South Forsyth senior Taylor Svehla has talent would be an understatement. On and off the volleyball court this girl strives to be the best. Svehla holds one of the most impressive award lists any Forsyth County athlete has ever had. Winning at least 12 awards, ranging from GVCA Senior All-Star to now Forsyth County Player of the Year for the third year in a row, my Buzz just wouldn't be right if I didn't give Svehla the credit she deserves. 1,505 kills, 302 blocks and 231 aces are just a few of Svehla's stats from her high school career. Svehla was a key player for South's offense this season. I asked Svhela what it felt like winning this prestigious award three years in a row and she said, “I couldn't have done it without my team and my coaches, and also my family. I have played volleyball my entire life. I couldn't have dreamed of being this successful, and I wouldn't have seen this much success without my teammates and coaches.” Congratulations Taylor! And always Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Last week was an emotional week for West. In memory of two people who attended our school and passed away within a few weeks of each other, student Sidney Ridings and teacher David Turner, Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized a Prayer at the Pole to pray for healing in their families and in the school. The school also sold red T-shirts, and all proceeds went to the Ridings and Turner families. The entire school hosted a “Red Out” on Friday during school and at the basketball games later that night in honor of Sidney and Mr. Turner. We ask for thoughts and prayers for the families, friends, schoolmates, students, teachers and staff members who are mourning the losses of beloved friends and colleagues.