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 (l-r): Jaliyah Goss, Christopher Martin, Sarah Schlueter, Autumn Philpot, and Kacie Gartner.

May 1, 2015

Newton County School System (NCSS) students know their social studies! After a fantastic showing at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Regional Fair, where seven of the sixteen winning projects were by produced by NCSS students, our students then proceeded to take the State Competition by storm, walking away with numerous awards once again, including several “Best in Fair” designations!

“I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of these students,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “They competed with the best and brightest students from around the state in not one but two major competitions and each time they brought home the top awards. What an accomplishment! Once again, Newton County School System students have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. Our students can not only compete with other students but win these major competitions at the regional, state, and even national level. It’s very clear to me that our school system is producing some very talented students.”

NCSS students winning awards at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Fair include the following:




State Award

Christopher Martin

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

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

Best in Class I Sociology/Social Psychology

Sarah Schlueter

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

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

Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists Award

Autumn Philpot

Newton High

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

Best in Class III Anthropology

Kacie Gartner

Newton High

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

Best in Class III History

Jaliyah Goss

Newton High

“Light Skin Versus Dark Skin”


Best in Class III Sociology/Social Psychology AND

GCSS Sociology/Social Psychology Award

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 so impressed with these students,” added Ms. Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Schools. “In order to win a ‘Best in Class Award’ at one of these competitions, you must have produced a stellar project based on excellent research. A lot of time and hard work goes into one of these projects. You just don’t turn out an award-winning social studies project overnight. To have so many projects named ‘Best in Class’ at the State competition is a testament to not only the academic prowess of our students but also their dedication to the work required.  Their success is also indicative of the quality of instruction they have received from their teachers. After the outstanding results of our students at both the regional and state social studies fair, I have no doubt others have taken notice. This is something our entire community should be proud of.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County School System, at