Buford High School literary team takes state

BUFORD - For the second time in the past three years, the Buford High School literary team won the Class AA state championship.

The meet was held at Houston County High School in March, with Buford beating both Pierce and Early counties, who tied for second place.

Competition categories included dramatic interpretation, one of the many fine arts studies that Buford High School students enjoy. According to Philip Beard, chairman of the Buford Board of Education, Buford schools have committed to continuing fine arts education in spite of recent state budget cuts in this area.

Buford junior Ashley Clark has been awarded a full summer scholarship at Northwestern University. Clark will study and perform in summer productions at the prestigious school this summer.

"It's a rare honor for (Northwestern) to even dip down into the junior class to grant this scholarship to a student," said principal Stephen Miller.

Football team to play in Ohio vs. USA Challenge

Board of Education members Monday night approved a field trip for the football team, band members and cheerleaders to travel to Cincinnati in September. The Buford Wolves have been invited to participate in the prestigious Herbstreit Classic at University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.

"This is one of the proudest moments for our school system and its athletic program," said board member Pat Pirkle. Superintendent Geye Hamby echoed Pirkle's sentiment, saying "this is a great honor for our school."

In other business, Board of Education members voted unanimously Monday night to make a change to the longstanding application process for out-of-district students wishing to attend Buford schools. Previously, the $250 application fee was nonrefundable, even if a student was denied acceptance for any reason. Under the new policy, the $250 fee will be refunded to parents of a student whose application is rejected for any reason.