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News

January 5, 2018

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 District Literacy Days Recitation, Drama, Read Aloud, and Ready Writing competitions.

NCSS Elementary and middle schools held poetry competitions at their school and sent their grade level winners to participate in the district’s recitation contest. Competitors were judged on a number of criteria in the poetry recitation contest, including stage presence, articulation, interpretation, memory and accuracy, and difficulty of the piece.

SYSTEM RECITATION CONTEST WINNERS

GRADE

WINNER

SCHOOL

POEM

Kindergarten

Merrin Bice

Rocky Plains Elementary

“Snowball”

1st Grade

Reese Arnold

Middle Ridge Elementary

“I Am Sombody”

2nd Grade

Matthew Camba

Heard-Mixon Elementary

“Sick”

3rd Grade

Jordan Bouchard

Porterdale Elementary

“The Pigs”

4th Grade

Madeline Jones

Mansfield Elementary

“Mrs. Stein”

5th Grade

Alainah Jackson

Heard-Mixon Elementary

“King Hugo’s Huge Ego”

6th Grade

Amaya Williams

Newton County Theme School

“Broken People”

7th Grade

Aurora Gray

Veterans Memorial Middle

“If You Would Listen”

8th Grade

Tia Perry

Newton County Theme School

“To This Day”

 

SYSTEM READY WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS

In the Ready Writing competition, school-level champions were given a writing prompt and one hour to complete their essays. Students are scored on a rubric of six traits: ideas and content; organization; voice; word choice; sentence fluency; and conventions.

GRADE

WINNER

SCHOOL

TITLE OF PIECE

3rd Grade

Ethan Armendariz

South Salem Elementary

“Neil Armstrong”

4th Grade

Emerson Fry

Mansfield Elementary

“What Would I Do to Change the World”

5th Grade

Annalie Parker

Oak Hill Elementary

“My Most Memorable Day”

6th Grade

Shaniya DeSears

Veterans Memorial Middle

“Less Time in Front of the TV”

7th Grade

Jaimoni Parker

Newton County Theme School

“New Class”

8th Grade

Brianna Francis McClain

Liberty Middle

“Space Exploration”

 
 SYSTEM READ ALOUD WINNERS

Students in kindergarten through second grade participated in the Read Aloud of Best Piece Contest in which students, with the teacher’s assistance, choose a piece from the student’s collected writings to read aloud to the judges. They were scored on topic, words, order, sentences and articulation.

 

GRADE

WINNER

SCHOOL

NAME OF PIECE

Kindergarten

Karter Williams

Oak Hill Elementary

“I Am Special”

1st Grade

Malachi Adesina

Middle Ridge Elementary

“When I Grow Up: Pediatrician”

2nd Grade

Jasmine Edwards

Porterdale Elementary

“If I Were Given Three Wishes”

 

SYSTEM DRAMA TEAM WINNERS

Rocky Plains Elementary School’s Drama Team won first place in the K-2 elementary division with their presentation of, “The Lion and the Mouse.” Team members included: Ean Bice, Zy’liyah Chapman, Azul Garcia, Peyton Gallops, Maya Guillory, and Khollen Ward.

Porterdale Elementary School’s Drama Team took first place in the Grade 3-5 Drama competition with their play, “The Frog Prince Continued.” Team members included: Aracelyse Felix, Kiara Flowers, Mackenzie Hardwick, Brandon Perez, and Quesean Tanner.

At the Middle School level, Veterans Memorial Middle School earned the first place trophy for their presentation, “A Twisted Wizard of Oz.”  Team members included: Kennedy Johnson, Ayanna Wilson, Alinna Aiken, Kiersten Foster, Jade Taylor, Kayla Pettigrew, Jayla Dennis, and Lydia Odige.

Winners in all categories will now represent Newton County School System at the regional competition at Griffin RESA in February, 2018.

“The Literacy Days Competition provides students with the opportunity to perform and be recognized for their talents through the celebration of the arts,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “I am proud of each and every one of our participants as it takes a tremendous amount of talent and commitment to participate in this type of competition. They represented their schools very well. I was impressed by the performances I saw and I know the judges at the regional competition will be, too.  In addition to our poetry recitation, read aloud, and drama team winners, our district ready writing winners are also very talented. I know Newton County School System will be well represented at the Griffin RESA Regional Literacy Days Festival.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at davis.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

 

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