2023 YGA Winners

NCSS Announces 2023 Young Georgia Authors Winners
Posted on 02/17/2023
Young Georgia Authors Winners AnnouncedNewton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the grade-level winners of the 2023 District Young Georgia Authors Competition. Unlike many writing competitions, Young Georgia Authors does not provide a prompt to which students must respond or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond a 1900-word maximum length. According to Dr. Helena Foster, elementary district coordinator of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition, entries may include short stories, poetry, essays, journalism, academic research reports, personal narratives, and any other original student writing. She noted that judges looked for expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice. All district winners will now have their written work forwarded for consideration in the regional Young Georgia Authors Competition.

“Congratulations to each of the winners in the Young Georgia Authors contest,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Writing skills are crucial, as the ability to write well can be the ticket to better grades and greater academic achievement. In addition, the ability to write well will be a key asset once students enter the workforce and begin their career progression. I commend these students for a job well done. Our school district definitely has some very talented writers and I wish them well in the next phase of competition.”

Newton County Schools’ grade-level winners are:

2023 District Young Georgia Authors Winners
Kindergarten   Mansfield Elementary    Lana Wall   Christmas
1st Grade   Mansfield Elementary    Riley Almond   Goldie
2nd Grade   Oak Hill Elementary   Kennedy Casler   The Super Kitties
3rd Grade   Flint Hill Elementary   Ny'Rielle Jennings   The Lottery Ticket
4th Grade   Newton County Theme School   Carlos Pena Martinez   Linivious
5th Grade   Newton County Theme School   Kately Lane   The Orphanage Mystery
6th Grade   Clements Middle   Sajae Edwards   WW I Essay
7th Grade   Liberty Middle   Payton L. Tremblay   Hound
8th Grade   Clements Middle   Tristyn Kornegay   Grandma's Cookbook
9th Grade   Newton High   Bailey Stover   Kazan the Mighty Warrior
10th Grade   Newton College & Career Academy   Brianna Ryan   Defender of Azalea
11th Grade   Eastside High   Jada Payne   I Lie
12th Grade   Eastside High   Sophie Morton   The Life of a Moth(er)