2019 Literacy Days Winners

NCSS Announces 2019 Literacy Days Winners
Posted on 12/17/2019
Anthony MillerThe Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 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; This is Alt Text
 Kindergarten    Jaxson Ford   South Salem Elementary    "I Tried to Do My Homework" 
 1st Grade    Landon Mendoza   NC Theme School    "If I Were in Charge of the World" 
 2nd Grade    Allie Marks   East Newton Elementary    "Bored" 
 3rd Grade    Kayden O'Cain   Heard-Mixon Elementary    "Sick" 
 4th Grade    Lorene Velasquez   West Newton Elementary   "Sick"
 5th Grade    Anthony Miller   Heard-Mixon Elementary    "If" 
 6th Grade    Megan McElhaney   NC Theme School    "A Miracle to Behold" 
 7th Grade    Naya Hatchett   Veterans Memorial Middle    "Escape" 
 8th Grade    Amaya Williams   NC Theme School    "Why Am I Not Good Enough" 


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.

System Ready Writing Winners; This is Alt Text
 3rd Grade    Ashlynn Harwood   Mansfield Elementary    "If I Could Travel Back in Time" 
 4th Grade    Garrett Brooks   Mansfield Elementary    "Childhood Poverty" 
 5th Grade
   Gavin Bell   Oak Hill Elementary    "What is Your Most Memorable Day?" 
 6th Grade    Blythe Edgar   NC Theme School    "Less Time in Front of the TV" 
   Annalie Parker   NC Theme School    "New Class" 
 8th Grade    Lila Whitmire   Indian Creek Middle    "Space Exploration" 


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.

System Read Aloud Winners; This is Alt Text
 Kindergarten    Harris Hawver   Mansfield Elementary    "My Daddy" 
 1st Grade    Aubree Parish   Livingston Elementary    "If I had Three Wishes" 
 2nd Grade    Journey Johnson   Oak Hill Elementary    "If You Could Change the World What Would You Do and Why?" 


The Middle Ridge Elementary School drama team won first place in the K-2 drama competition with their performance of “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.” Team members included: Kaylie Barnes, Kenna’De Benton, Jacob Beasley, Jada Beasley, Jamir Boyd, Sofia Hernandez, Karley Lackey, Kyra Liverpool, Skylin McClendon, Ayden Sailsman, and Paige Wheeler.

Live Oak Elementary School’s drama team took first place in the grade 3-5 drama competition with their play, “The Whiz with a Twist.” Team members included: Briona Dennis, Peyton Eleazer, Jack Hart, Samuel Holder, Hannah Humphries, Dominic Montfort, Simone Pierre, Natalie Thomas, and Camar West.

At the Middle School level, Clements Middle School earned the first place trophy for their presentation, “Lost Voices.” Team members included: Jehden Robinson and Saniya Hogan.

Winners in all categories will now represent Newton County School System at the regional competition at Griffin RESA in February, 2020.

“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.”

She added, “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 [email protected].