First class graduates from Forsyth County’s Student Government Academy

Michelle Hall

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The first graduating class of the Forsyth County Student Government Academy(Photo/Forsyth County)

(Forsyth County, GA) Twenty-one high school juniors are the first students to graduate from Forsyth County’s new Student Government Academy.A graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 11 at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College. The Student Government Academy was created as a civics program to give eleventh graders the opportunity to understand how local governments operate. By engaging with leaders from Forsyth County and the state of Georgia, as well as the media, students learned firsthand how departments work together to make decisions and set policy for the community.

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Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman Alfred John spoke to the graduating class(Photo/Forsyth County)

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman and District 2 Commissioner Alfred John spoke at the graduation about why it is important for students to get involved in government while still in high school.“These are next generation leaders, and their voice and opinions are important,” John said. “They now have incredible first-hand knowledge of how a local government operates, how decisions are made that will affect their way of living and they are armed with the knowledge that they can make a significant impact in whatever community they call home.”

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Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden addressed graduates of the Student Government Academy(Photo/Forsyth County)

The Student Government Academy was comprised of high school juniors from every high school in Forsyth County:

Colby Cannizzaro - Alliance Academy for Innovation

Trevor Hall - Alliance Academy for Innovation

Jordyn Cohen - Denmark High School

Luke Smith - Denmark High School

Aidan Carr - East Forsyth High School

Hayden Payne - East Forsyth High School

Suhani Dey - Forsyth Central High School

Joseph Hill - Forsyth Central High School

Arjun Birthi - Lambert High School

Neha Darisi - Lambert High School

Srihitha Dasari - Lambert High School

Jason Eappen - Lambert High School

Eden Landry - Lambert High School

Vinayak Menon - Lambert High School

Madison Francisco - North Forsyth High School

Griffin Vander Linde - North Forsyth High School

Alexis Foster - South Forsyth High School

Ayush Gundawar - South Forsyth High School

Nina Thakur - South Forsyth High School

Benjamin Carder - West Forsyth High School

Samuel Carder - West Forsyth High School

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Jordyn Cohen, an 11th grader at Denmark High School, spoke to fellow graduates of the Student Government Academy(Photo/Forsyth County)

Other speakers at the graduation ceremony included Forsyth County Manager Kevin Tanner, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden and Jordyn Cohen, a student at Denmark High School.

"I am always interested in learning something new about the world around me," Cohen said. "I saw this program as a big step forward into getting myself out there especially as I find it so important to know about government on all levels with the state of the country right now."

"It is ok to not want to do the same thing as everyone else," Cohen told her peers. "We do not have to compete with others to reach our goals. Sometimes we spend so much time trying to live up to other’s expectations that we sometimes forget why we started doing something in the first place. If there is one thing you can do, do it with passion and care."


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