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West drama wins state title
Central finishes second in Class AAAA
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Forsyth County News

Neither West Forsyth nor Forsyth Central high schools came away disappointed from state competitions over the weekend.

West won first place and Central second for dramatic performances in their respective classifications.

Individual students from the two schools also were honored for their various roles.
Forsyth Central student Sam Little took home best actor for his role in the school's performance of "Dark of the Moon."

The team won second place in the state Class AAAA competition for the play.

West Forsyth senior Marcus Terry received best actor for his portrayal of Toad in the one-act state Class AAA title-winning performance of "A Year with Frog and Toad."

Terry said he was "definitely surprised to make it this far."

"We worked very hard on this," said Terry, adding that a speech drama director Eric Gray gave students prior to the performance encouraged them to "go all the way."

"Mr. Gray really inspired us," he said.

West principal Richard Gill said when he saw the performance he was "just blown away."

"I said to myself, 'I think we got a champ here.'" Gill said. "We were very impressed with them."

At regional competitions earlier this month, West took home first place for its production in Region 7-AAA, as did Central in Region 6-AAAA.

Those honored at Central's regional competition included: best actor, Jordan Mitchell; best actress, Hannah Bryson; and all-star cast, Sam Little, Avery Rabbitt and Sean Lawley.

Individual regional honors for West Forsyth went to: best ensemble, Anastasia Bandemir, Matt Salvatore and Allison Owens; best supporting actor, Marcus Terry; best actor, Mitchell Jones; all-star cast, Emily Diamond and Marshal Foster; and best costumes, Robin Bandemir and Carol Loftus.