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YEAR IN REVIEW: Community said hello to Cambridge High

New school energizes community

Welcome to Cambridge High School. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

Seniors Chriselle Manabat, Shannon Traylor, Marin Becker and Michael Kucia welcome guests to the school. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

From left, new students Ashley Higgins, Sophia Bartra and Noah Sannes check out the school’s new media center and library. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

Students and their families were able to get their first look at their new school July 24. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

Matthew Hirschland, a junior, is a percussionist in the Cambridge band. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
January 03, 2013
MILTON, Ga. — In 2012, North Fulton saw the opening of its newest school – Cambridge. Serving students in Milton and Alpharetta, the brand-spanking-new school had a good run in its first months of service.

With all-new furnishings and even that new-building smell, the students took in the sights July 24 of their new home for the next few years – the large gymnasium, the media center, their classrooms and multiple theater rooms.

"I love it," said Ethan David, who is a freshman this year and is in the band. "It's a different style than other schools. The clocks and the big staircase are cool."

Each hallway has traditional round clocks jutting out from the walls, reminding students how long they have to get to their next class.

"I'm excited about it," said fellow trombone player Justin Harrell, a sophomore transferring from Milton High School.

Harrell said he made the switch from Milton because Cambridge offered more opportunities for leadership, thanks to its slightly smaller size.

Cambridge had an enrollment of about 1,100 students, less than half that of Milton.

"The level of excitement is out of control," said PTSA volunteer Veronica Buckman. "Every time kids have to start something new, they get anxious, but these kids are going to make [Cambridge] something special."

Exploring the new media room, located right at the entrance of the school, beside a large spiral staircase, sophomore Noah Sannes and some friends said they were impressed with their school.

"It's really nice and amazing," Sannes said. He is coming from Alpharetta High. "It's big and confusing, but it's going to be great."

It seems to be the consensus that the student body is excited for the coming school year.

"I'm excited for school to start," said senior Marin Becker. "I never thought I'd say that."

It was not all smiles for Cambridge. In football, the Bears performed largely as expected - poorly. It came as no surprise for a team playing a varsity schedule against mostly AAAAA opponents with a roster consisting predominantly of freshmen and sophomores.

They ended their season with only one win, against North Springs; however, the scores tell of a team that played competitively the entire season.

Look forward to a more veteran team in 2013.

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