Forsyth MECHS Student Feature
Forsyth MECHS Student Feature
Get to know the teachers and staff members at Forsyth MECHS
Students will be on site at One Forsyth's new location on August 9th.
Monday, August 9th, will be our first night of classes in the Forsyth County Schools Academies of Creative Education. We are filled with anticipation as we await the first night of in-person classes at this new location. This state of the art facility is stunning, and we can't wait to be on site together as One Forsyth.
Graduation 2021-A Great Night of Celebration!
The Hill Center and Forsyth Sites, known as One Forsyth, held their graduation ceremony Thursday evening, May 27th, in the Performing Arts Center at Denmark High School. Many friends and family members gathered to celebrate the 33 graduates. The High Honor Graduates were Micayla Puffer and Jaime Graboski. Numerous students received the Presidential Honor Award and Micayla Puffer was named as the Atlanta Journal Constitution Cup winner. Mr. Lance White, owner of Lance’s Jewelry in Cumming, shared his entrepreneurial success story highlighting how he overcame adversity to become the reputable, successful business owner that he is today. His speech motivated students to “not take no for an answer” as they pursue their dreams. We were delighted to have Julie Brennan, publisher of My Forsyth Magazine, attend the ceremony to celebrate with us. Congratulations class of 2021! We wish you great success as you head toward your next adventure in life.
Congratulations New Graduates!
Congratulations to our new graduates. We are so very proud of their achievements and wish them great success in their future endeavors.
1. Lindsey Taylor Tatro
2. Alexander Theurer
3. Ashley Kay Smith
4. Micayla Puffer
5. Aneayah George
6. Juan King
7. Bianca Staneckzai
8. Justin Parks
9. Tristin Polston
10. Madison Morra
11. Benjamin Davis
12. Megan W.
13. Gram Koonin
14. Ray Freund
15. Zachary Van Hemert
16. Jenna Vorbeck
17. Nicholas Adkison
18. Jacob Hemrick
19. Abigail Reichert
20. Jackson McGrew
21. Jefferson Vasques Chan
22. Myrah Johnson
23. Jacob Waters
24. Tess Koonin
2021 TOTY/SMOTY Winners are Announced
Congratulations to our Forsyth Site Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and Staff Member of the Year (SMOTY) for 2021!!!
TOTY 2021-Dr. Andra Kruse
Dr. Kruse has been an educator for 23 years. She has taught at MECHS for 7 years, and she currently serves as a math teacher, a math tutor, and a BELAY. Her mother was a teacher and she always wanted to be like her mother, so she too became a teacher.
Dr, Kruse considers her greatest accomplishment as a teacher to be the number of students she has helped pass math and earn their high school diploma. She remarked, “I get a good feeling inside when a student tells me thank you for helping me graduate.”
Her greatest hobby is growing and canning vegetables. She always has something growing, and she fills her freezer with fresh vegetables every summer. She also enjoys cooking for her family. In addition, she enjoys going to see LSU football games and New Orleans Saints football games.
SMOTY 2021 Amy Leggett
Ms. Leggett has been an educator for 27 years and has worked at MECHS for 3.5 years.
She currently serves as the Special Education Case Manager at the Forsyth Site. She read about MECHS and she knew several people who worked there. She began as an English teacher but soon transitioned into her current role.
Ms. Leggett considers the greatest accomplishment of her career to be when she wrote a grant that was approved for $98,000 for Project Rabun Youth in Action Now. Project RYAN was implemented for students who were facing significant challenges in life at Crossroads Alternative School in Rabun County. The students learned discipline and academics and were rewarded with activities such as hiking and fishing. For many, it was the first positive interaction with police officers and educators they had ever experienced. Project RYAN kept these students out of trouble. Amy gained life-long friends during this time, and she has many awesome memories of working with those students.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys writing letters, listening to music, taking walks to the lake, and doing arts and crafts.
MECHS Graduation 2021 will be held at Denmark High School.
The Forsyth and Hill Center sites will be holding a joint graduation ceremony. This event will take place Thursday, May 27th, at 6:30 p.m., and will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Denmark High School. Family and friends of our graduates are invited to attend.
Forsyth MECHS student, Ray, won a $5,000 scholarship awarded by the Forsyth Rotary Club.
Congratulations to Ray for winning The Bagwell Award Rotary Scholarship. This scholarship award is based upon the student's application, essay, and interview. Ray plans to attend technical school where he will pursue a career in Welding Technology and Electrical Construction Systems Technology. Ray was recognized at the April Forsyth Rotary Club meeting. We are very proud of Ray and we wish him good luck as he pursues his dreams.