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 Best in Fair Winners
Front (L-R):  Christopher Martin- Newton County Theme School, Sarah Schlueter- Newton County Theme School

Back (L-R):  Autumn Philpot- Newton High School, Jayla Porter- Newton High School, Kacie Gartner - Newton High School, Jaliyah Goss- Newton High School, Ariana Thomas-Theme School

 

Newton County School System (NCSS) students won big at the recent Georgia Council for the Social Studies Regional Fair at the University of North Georgia. Newton County School System students competed against students in the Northeast Georgia Region, which includes Fannin, Banks, Walton, Gilmer, Franklin, Union, Hart, Morgan, Towns, Elbert, Greene, Rabun, Madison, Taliaferro, Lumpkin, Jackson, Columbia, White, Barrow, McDuffie, Habersham, Clarke, Warren, Stephens, Oglethorpe, Glascock, Dawson, Wilkes, Hancock, Forsyth, Lincoln, Putnam, Hall, Oconee, Jasper, Butts, Monroe, Jones, Commerce City, Jefferson City, Baldwin, Gainesville City, and Social Circle City school systems.

Overall, only 16 projects received Best in Fair status at the Regional Fair—and Newton County School System students produced seven of those winning projects! All Best in Fair projects will now move on to the State Social Studies Fair.

NCSS students who won Best in Fair and will move on to the state competition include:

Student

School

Project (BEST IN FAIR)

Christopher Martin

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

“Are High School Seniors in Newton County Planning to Go to College without Taking a Gap?”

Sarah Schlueter

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

“Who is Buried in the African-American Newton County Cemeteries?”

Ariana Thomas

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

“Changing Lives:  How Does Church Change People’s Lives?”

Autumn Philpot

Newton High

“Which is Better: Running in a Barefoot/Minimalist Shoe or a Shod Shoe?”

Jayla Porter

Newton High

“Are Barbie Dolls Brainwashing Young Girls?”

Kacie Gartner

Newton High

“The Forgotten Victims:  Was it Just Jewish Genocide?”

Jaliyah Goss

Newton High

“Light Skin Versus Dark Skin”

 

In addition to our first place winners, NCSS also had several students win second and third place awards. They are listed below:

 

Student

School

Project

Place at Regional

Russell Danilchuk

Liberty Middle

“What Really Happened at Chernobyl”

2nd Place

Aralyn Everett, Aysia Gramby, and Cameron White

Liberty Middle

“The Truth about Bullying:  How Does It Affect Middle Schoolers?”

2nd Place

Breanna Archer and Courtney Bellock

Liberty Middle

“Slavery Before and After”

2nd Place

Julia McCartney

Newton High

“Why Do Adolescents Stop Reading for Pleasure?”

2nd Place

Molly Cady

Newton High

“The Affordable Care Act: Is It Really Affordable?”

2nd Place

Gracie Greenich

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

“Is it Worth It?”

3rd Place

 

The Georgia Social Studies Fairs lead students, through competition, to learn, practice, and perfect research processes that can be used now and in the future to make informed decisions that impact both today and posterity.  Local, regional, and state social studies fairs annually present exhibitions of student work from grades 5-12.   Each project is designed to show research and conclusions about the study of people and their relationships to their physical and social environment. 

“I am very proud of all of all of our Regional Social Studies Fair winners,” said Mrs. Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Curriculum. “This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work of the students and their teachers.” 

“Congratulations to all students who represented their schools and our school system at the regional social studies fair,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Their hard work and focus has paid off as their winning projects represent almost half of the projects selected to move to the next level of competition. I am very proud of the work of our students and the support our teachers provide as students prepared for this competition. Only sixteen projects were selected to advance to the state competition—seven of those projects belong to our students! What a fantastic accomplishment! I look forward to learning about their state results.”

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