Congratulations to our 2019 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 Kyler McKinnon Me and Kason Go Camping
1st Wauka Mountain Elementary Mackenna Forrester A Christmas Shindig
2nd Spout Springs Elementary Moriah Williams The Wizard’s Riddle
3rd Chicopee Woods Elementary Ella Ray Creativity
4th Chestnut Mt. Elementary Sophie Sundermeyer The First Wave
5th Flowery Branch Elementary Brindley Kirby Changing Canvas
6th North Hall Middle Athena Vachtsevanos Hope
7th North Hall Middle Halle Pierce Checkers
8th Cherokee Bluff Middle Kailyn Neal War of Words
9th North Hall High Adeline Adams The Widow
10th Chestatee High Faith Dougherty The Descent of Dearest Icarus
11th Chestatee High Camryn Spence The Reliability of Witness Testimony in the United States Court of Law
12th Chestatee High Amanda Galloway Poetry Analysis of “The History Teacher” and “A Barred Owl”


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