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News

March 26, 2018

     
 Karter Williams
Oak Hill Elementary
Malachi Adesina
Middle Ridge Elementary
Amaya Davis
Porterdale Elementary
     
 Caroline Patil
Mansfield Elementary
Bailey Smith
Indian Creek Middle
Maggie Camfield
Eastside High

Newton County School System (NCSS) students won big at the 2018 Griffin RESA Regional Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition. Out of the thirteen grade level competitions, NCSS brought home six first place awards. Each of the students won their grade-level in the district competition and then competed with grade-level winners from the following school systems assigned to the Griffin Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA): Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Thomaston-Upson.

Student submissions, which could be in the form of short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports, or other original student writing, were judged on four domains as reflected in the Georgia Performance Standards—ideas, organization, cohesiveness, and language.

The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition, sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE), is open to students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Newton County School System’s Regional Winners, whose winning entries will now move on to the state-level competition for another round of judging, include: 

GRADE

SCHOOL

  STUDENT

TITLE OF WORK

Kindergarten

Oak Hill Elementary

Karter Williams

Minecraft

1st Grade

Middle Ridge Elementary

Malachi Adesina

Whales

2nd Grade

Porterdale Elementary

Amaya Davis

Lions

5th Grade

Mansfield Elementary

Caroline Patil

A Soldier’s Journey

8th Grade

Indian Creek Middle

Bailey Smith

Dora Riv Kina: A Gruesome Finale

11th Grade

Eastside High

Maggie Camfield

The Garden

 

According to the GCTE, “the purpose of Young Georgia Authors writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.”

“Writing is important across all disciplines, but as a former English teacher I value its power in the creative realm,” said Benjamin Roundtree, NCSS Director of Elementary Schools. “Our winners from Newton County Schools demonstrate that creative writing is indeed a craft, and they are fine examples of young masters. I congratulate them and wish them continued success.”

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