HCSD Announces State Winners in Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

Congratulations to our Young Georgia Authors Pioneer RESA Regional Winners who have also been recognized as State Winners for 2019!

  • North Hall Middle School 6th grader Athena Vachtsevanos is a 2019 Young Georgia Authors State-Level Winner for her story, “Hope.”
  • Cherokee Bluff Middle School 8th grader Kailyn Neal is a 2019 Young Georgia Authors State-Level Honorable Mention for her story, “War of the Words.”

Out of the 13 grade-level contests, HCSD had two regional winners, each of whom has placed in state. Each of these students won the grade-level district competition and then competed with grade-level winners from the 15 school systems in the Pioneer RESA Region: Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Gainesville City, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Mountain Education Charter High School, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White County. They then competed against every RESA in the state to be recognized for their creative writing.

Student submissions can be short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports, or other original student writing, and they are judged on the four domains in the Georgia Performance Standards: Ideas, organization, cohesiveness, and language. The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition, sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English, is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12th.

Laurie Ecke, Assistant Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, stated, “Students become authors when they find a way to write what no one else could say. Their writing springs from their unique experiences while communicating something universal. We are grateful for the parents and teachers who inspire these young writers and are proud that they so well represent Hall County Schools.”

Winning entries and honorable mention entries are available on the Young Georgia Authors website:  http://galangartssup.weebly.com/young-georgia-authors.