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Congratulations to our 2018 YGA Hall County Finalists! The works from the students listed below move on to the regional competition for the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition, and the region winners will be announced in mid-April.

Grade School Student Name Title of Work
K Sardis Elementary Luke Dudas The Pig
1st Mt. Vernon Elementary Annalise Williams Robin Rescue
2nd Martin Elementary Petyon Kaufman The Best Idea Ever
3rd Flowery Branch Elementary Cameron Jones Meeting My New Puppy
4th Mt. Vernon Elementary Aidan Voyles Into the Night
5th Wauka Mtn. Elementary Jacelyn Smith The Treehouse
6th East Hall Middle Jadyn Christain Them
7th North Hall Middle Jake Eaton Journey
8th Da Vinci Academy Jocelyn Meza El Norte
9th North Hall High Samantha Gay The Roots of Modern Day Medicine
10th West Hall High Rachel Brown The Mask that Hides Us
11th North Hall High Madison Powers My Life in a Gaming World
12th North Hall High Abigail Yori Something is Rotten in the State of Beauty


The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) 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.

This prestigious competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia public schools, grades K -12. The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) with support and cooperation from the Georgia Department of Education.

Each school district chooses a winner from each grade level to compete at the region level through Pioneer RESA. The Hall County School District’s representatives are listed above. Unlike many writing competitions, the YGA 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 limit. Entries may include:

  • Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • Essays/Literary Criticism/ Analysis
  • Journalism
  • Academic Research Reports
  • Personal Narratives
  • Any Other Original Student Writing

Angel Rodriguez To Be Recommended for Lyman Hall Elementary Principal

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Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield has announced that Mr. Angel Rodriguez will be his recommendation to the Hall County Board of Education to be the next Principal at Lyman Hall Elementary School. In making the recommendation, Superintendent Schofield said, “We are blessed to have Angel joining our team. His unique experiences and passion for young people make him the ideal individual to lead Lyman Hall Elementary forward.” The board next meets on Monday, March 26 at 5:00 p.m.

When Angel Rodriguez learned that he would be recommended for the position, he remarked, “I was both excited and humbled beyond measure by the great responsibility entrusted to me. I have proudly dedicated my life to serving children, teachers, and families. At that moment, I could only ponder how blessed and honored I was to have
been chosen to become a member of this special Lyman Hall family.”

Mr. Rodriguez began his career as an elementary teacher in his native state of Florida.  Since 2007, he has served in the Gwinnett County School System, first, as an elementary teacher and later (2014-to-present) as a school administrator. He will replace Robert Wilson, who was recently approved by the board to be the Cherokee Bluff Middle School Principal when that school welcomes students for the first time in August 2018.

Angel and his wife Tracy have four children—Kyla, age 26, Lawson, 18, Aniah, 13, and Tristan, 11. They are also proud first-time grandparents of two-year old Brennan.

School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia

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The Hall County School District is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 12-16, 2018, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education.

“I continue to appreciate the unique and important role that board of education members fill,” said Superintendent Will Schofield. “They represent the future of our communities and live out the principles of Jacksonian democracy that our forefathers envisioned at every level of government.”

At the March 12, 2018 work session of the Hall County Board of Education, Superintendent Schofield will present certificates to each or our district’s five board members in our celebration of their service to the children of Hall County:

• Mr. Nath Morris, District 1 Representative and Board Chair, 17 years of service.
• Mr. Craig Herrington, District 2 Representative and Vice Chair, 17 years of service
• Mr. Brian Sloan, Distrcit 3 Representative, 11 years of service
• Mr. Sam Chapman, District 4 Representative, 11 years of service
• Mr. Bill Thompson, At-Large Representative, 7 years of service

As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds. As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) sponsors the celebration. The mission of GSBA is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education. Please visit gsba.com for more information.

Summer SEARCH Registration Now Open 2018

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Plug Into… Summer SEARCH 2018


2018 Summer SEARCH: The Summer Exploration Academy

What?  A one week program of fun, challenging programs for high-achieving students in Grades 1-5

Where?  Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry

4841 Union Church Road
Flowery Branch, GA 30542

When? Dates: June 4th – 8th

Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Who?  This program is only for Hall County students in grades 1st through 5th who meet the criteria outlined in the application

Registration is early March through April 14th.

Cost? $95.00

How To Apply:

Click Here To Fill Out The Online Application

Download The Application In English

Download The Course Descriptions In English

Download The Application In Spanish

Download The Course Descriptions In Spanish