2024 Young Georgia Authors Winners

NCS Announces Winners of District Young Georgia Authors Competition
Posted on 03/01/2024
Young Georgia AuthorsNewton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the grade-level winners of the 2024 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. Entries may include short stories, poetry, essays, journalism, academic research reports, personal narratives, and any other original student writing. 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.

NCSS Chief Academic Officer Benjamin Roundtree expressed his congratulations to the winners and underscored the significance of strong writing skills. He stated, "Congratulations to each of the winners in the Young Georgia Authors contest. Proficient writing is a critical skill that serves as a gateway to improved grades and heightened academic success. Moreover, as students venture into the workforce and navigate their career paths, the ability to write effectively becomes a key asset. I commend these students for their outstanding achievements. Our school district is undoubtedly home to some incredibly talented writers, and I extend my best wishes to them as they embark on the next phase of the competition."

Newton County Schools’ grade-level winners are:

Young Georgia Authors Winners
Kindergarten   Mansfield Elementary   Ava Egeland   "The Best Christmas"
1st Grade   Newton County STEAM Academy   Grace Benefield   "Plip Plop!"
2nd Grade   Porterdale Elementary    Akari Roach'e   "The Scary Ghost"
3rd Grade   Newton County STEAM Academy   Caleb Hodges   "The Day I Got Stuck..."
4th Grade   South Salem Elementary   Hawa Sagara   "Coin"
5th Grade   South Salem Elementary    Autumn Jarvis   "Dark Skin Girl"
6th Grade   Clements Middle   Sebastien Paler   "The Trials"
7th Grade   Newton County STEAM Academy   Elise Bray   "Dectecies #1: The First Mission"
8th Grade   Liberty Middle   Payton Tremblay   "Inevitability"
9th Grade   Newton High   Sam Paler   "Silver Lined Skies"
10th Grade   Newton High   Victoria Barrett   "I Am Not an Angry Black Woman"
11th Grade   Eastside High   Malorie Jackson   "Rain"
12th Grade   Newton College & Career Academy   Yankiel Guevara Garrido   "The Graveyard"