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Jeff Cheney, principal at South Forsyth High School, and Akhila Motura, a senior who earned a near perfect SAT score. (click for larger version)
October 09, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. –– Forsyth County high schools earned the highest Scholastic Aptitude Test scores for the state for 2013 and surpassed the national average score, too.

This is the first time the county has placed first in the state.

The county scored a collective 1580, or 82 points higher than the nation's 1498.

"Having the highest SAT scores in the state of Georgia is something that we are so very proud of for our students, staff and community," said Superintendent L.C. "Buster" Evans.

South Forsyth High School took the No. 1 spot in the district with a 1668 score, 50 points higher than second place Lambert High School.

"This is very exciting," said Jeff Cheney, principal at South Forsyth. "As a school, we've focused on key initiatives to prepare our students for the test and we're pleased with the results."

Cheney said one area the school focused on was vocabulary.

Senior Akhila Motura earned a near perfect score of 2340 out of 2400 and feels knowing vocabulary is important, too.

"The point value of the vocabulary questions is high, so knowing the words can really improve your score," she said.

Both Cheney and Motura said it's important for students to prepare for the exam and that taking the practice SAT test is important.

"Not only does the PSAT give students a feel for the test, it also helps the students and the school determine weak spots and how to improve upon those," Cheney said.

Motura said the practice test helped her understand where she needed to focus.

"Taking that and the practice tests online is the best preparation for the actual exam," she said.

South Forsyth will be awarded the Forsyth County SAT 2400 Challenge Cup this week by Evans and the school board. The school has earned this award three times in the last four years.

"The students worked hard to earn this honor," Cheney said. "They certainly deserve it, as do the teachers."

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