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March 5, 2015


 NCSS Middle School Winners at Griffin RESA: (L-R) Julian Crockett, Rebekah Emerson, Katlyn Williams, Ateria Mullgrav, and Allie Hay.

Newton County School System students brought home several awards from the recent Regional Literacy Days Poetry Recitation, Ready Writing, and Drama Competition held at Griffin Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA).

In the poetry recitation contests, competitors were judged on a number of criteria, including stage presence, articulation, interpretation, memory and accuracy, and difficulty of the piece.

Joanna Godinez of West Newton Elementary School won third place in the fifth-grade recitation contest with her performance of the poem, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” In the middle school competition, Julian Crockett of Liberty Middle School took home first place honors with his performance of the poem, “The Pig.” Newton County Theme School at Ficquett student Allie Hay earned the third place award with her presentation of the poem, “Gertrude McFuzz.” Rebekah Emerson of Cousins Middle School also won third place honors with her performance of the poem, “If You Forget Me.”

Newton County School System students also fared well in the Ready Writing Competition in which students are given a writing prompt and one hour to complete an essay. In the elementary division, Caleb Ekanem from the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett won first place in the third grade competition. Fellow Newton County Theme School at Ficquett student Morgan Fannin earned the second place award in the fifth grade contest.  At the Middle School level, Ateria Mullgrav of Indian Creek Middle school placed third in the sixth grade contest and Katlyn Williams, also of Indian Creek Middle School, took home top honors in the eighth grade competition.

In addition to the Poetry Recitation and Ready Writing Contest, Newton County School System also had great representation in the Drama Competition, as Newton County Theme School at Ficquett’s Drama Team won third place with their performance of, “Tacky the Penguin.” Team members include the following third-graders: Charlotte Thompson, Emma Grace Lumpkin, Cameron Gustave, Gabriella Thomasi, Carsi Betts, Kennedy Owens, Jacob Ball, Chloe Gross, Ella Henderson, and Laila Medina.

“The Literacy Days Competition provides students with the opportunity to perform and be recognized for their talents through the celebration of the arts,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “I am proud of our winners as it takes a tremendous amount of talent and commitment to participate in this type of competition. They represented their schools and our school system very well at the regional competition and we are very proud of them.”

For more information, contact the Newton County School System Public Relations Department at 770-784-2908.