NCSS 2020 Young Ga Authors Winners

NCSS Announces Winners of 2020 Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition
Posted on 05/09/2020
2020 Young Georgia Authors CompetitionThe Newton County School System is pleased to announce the winners of the district-level, 2020 Young Georgia Authors’ Contest. Each school could submit one entry per grade level for grades kindergarten through 12 into the county competition in the form of short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports, or other original student writing. Submissions were judged on four domains as reflected in the Georgia Standards of Excellence—ideas, organization, cohesiveness, and language.

Newton County School System’s winning authors will now compete against students in the Griffin RESA group, which includes the following school systems: Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Thomaston-Upson. Representing Newton County School System are the following 2020 grade-level winners:


Young Georgia Authors Winners
 GRADE   SCHOOL    STUDENT    TITLE OF WORK 
 K    Newton County Theme School   Peyton Gaddy    The Lost Snake 
 1st    Mansfield Elementary   Mary Claire Smith    Rose and Victor 
 2nd    East Newton Elementary   Kately Lane    The Dragonslayers 
 3rd    Oak Hill Elementary   Jenna Lee Kalland     The Case of the Missing Sandwich
 4th    Livingston Elementary   Jordyn Rich    Saving a Life 
 5th    Oak Hill Elementary   Alexis Stephens    The Boat 
 6th    Veterans Memorial Middle   Harmony Moore    Rebel 
 7th    Veterans Memorial Middle   Demia Striggles    Enough 
 8th    Veterans Memorial Middle   Shaniya Desears    What Friends are For 
 9th    Alcovy High   Gianna Paul    Haze and Flames 
 10th    Eastside High   Lydia MacKenzie Bishop    The Echoes of Your Room 
 11th    Alcovy High   Cameron White    Values of a Chick-fil-A Employee 
 12th    Newton College & Career Academy   Laura-Jean Dole    Catacombs of Remorse 

“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.”

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