The Report Card: Spelling Bee winners and three principals retiring

John Thompson
The Spelling Bee winners. From left, Kriti Sahal, Yazhini Murugan, Ella Kim, Sharanya Vats, Satwik Bodhireddy, and Nimal Murugan.Photo byForsyth County School District

(Forsyth County, GA) Here’s the latest news from announcements made by the Forsyth County School District:

Spelling Bee winners

On Saturday, January 7, 35 students from Forsyth County elementary and middle schools participated in the district Spelling Bee. Each student was the winner of their school's Spelling Bee. After 30 rounds of competition, Sharanya Vats from North Forsyth Middle School was named the 2023 FCS Spelling Bee champion after correctly spelling the winning word “Rastafarian”.

The first runner-up was Nimal Murugan from South Forsyth Middle School, the second runner-up was Satwik Bodhireddy from DeSana Middle School, the third runner-up was Ella Kim from Sharon Elementary School, and the fourth runner-up was Yazhini Murugan from Mashburn Elementary School.

The top five students will compete in the Georgia Association of Educators' Region 2 Spelling Bee on February 25th. Kriti Sahal from Vickery Creek Elementary School placed 6th and will serve as the alternate.

Forsyth County Schools announces the retirement of three principals

Dr. Lynne CatleberryPhoto byForsyth County School District

Dr. Lynne Castleberry, principal of Whitlow Elementary School, is retiring effective May 31, 2023, after 38 years. Dr. Castleberry began her career in education as a teacher in 1985 at Chestatee Elementary and was promoted to assistant principal at Sawnee Elementary and Primary in 1994. In 2001, she was named principal of Cumming Elementary. Dr. Castleberry was selected to open Whitlow Elementary in 2009. Under her leadership, Whitlow Elementary became STEM certified in 2015 and is currently Cognia and State of Georgia STEM Certified.
Dr. Gary DavisonPhoto byForsyth County School District

Dr. Gary Davison, principal of Lambert High School, is retiring on June 30, after 33 years in education, including 22 years in Forsyth County Schools. Prior to coming to Georgia, he was a paraprofessional, teacher, and administrator in Missouri from 1991 to 1999. Dr. Davison joined Forsyth County Schools in 2002. He was promoted to principal in 2003 at Settles Bridge Elementary.

In 2006, Dr. Davison was named principal of South Forsyth High and served there until 2008 when he was tapped to open Lambert High. Since 2009, Dr. Davison has served as the principal of the award-winning Lambert High.
Laura WilsonPhoto byForsyth County School District

Laura Wilson, principal of South Forsyth High School, is retiring on June 30. Wilson joined South Forsyth as a science teacher in 2004. She transferred to West Forsyth High School in 2007 as a science teacher. While at West Forsyth, Wilson fulfilled various leadership positions, including 504 Coordinator, Hospital Homebound and RTI Coordinator, and Graduation Coach. In 2012, she was promoted to assistant principal at South Forsyth and was named principal of the school in 2015. Throughout Wilson’s tenure at South Forsyth, the school has consistently excelled in all areas of academics, fine arts, and athletics.

Parents can review the math curriculum

Forsyth County Schools’ community review period for K-5 math resources began on January 9 and will conclude on Monday, January 30. Materials may be reviewed at any Forsyth County elementary school or at the Board of Education (120 Dahlonega Highway in Cumming) , during normal business hours.

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