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TC District Young Georgia Authors Winners Announced

The Toombs County School System has announced its district winners in the Young Georgia Authors writing competition. These outstanding writers will compete against other winners in the RESA District in state level competition.

There is no specific topic or prompt in the Young Georgia Authors writing competition; the only guidelines are that students may complete a work of writing that fits within one of the several genre choices – short stories, poetry, essays/literary criticism/analysis, journalism, academic/research reports, personal narratives, and any other original student writing – with a 1,900-word maximum limit. These entries are then judged based on their expression of ideas, language use, and unique perspective and voice to determine which pieces will move on.

During the school district level of the competition, judges worked to select a work from one student in each grade level in the school system. Those selections included: • Kindergarten: "My Dog and Me,” by Delilah Wilkes, Toombs Central Elementary School • 1st Grade: "To the Mountain” by Oaklee Calhoun, Toombs Central Elementary School • 2nd Grade: "e Fly ing Cat” by Kinley Warren, Lyons Primary School • 3rd Grade: "Vidalia Sweet Onion” by Preslie Mosley, Toombs Central Elementary School • 4th Grade: "e Buck of a Lifetime” by John Peterson, Toombs Central Elementary School • 5th Grade: "Bear Chase,” by Analia Loredo, Toombs Central Elementary School • 6th Grade: "News papers Are the Future” by Ryleigh Hester, Toombs County Middle School • 7th Grade: "Sayonara Watashi no Yujin” by Alona Wright, Toombs County Middle School • 8th Grade: "Secrets of the Heart” by Abigail Warf, Toombs County Middle School • 9th Grade: "Sleep ing Beauty with a Twist” by Emily Carter, Toombs County High School • 10th Grade: "Sweet Relief” by Summur Howell, Toombs County High School • 11th Grade : "Chap ter 1: A Weekend in Central Park” by Levi Worth, Toombs County High School • 12th Grade "Blood stained Arcane: Chapter 1” by Joseph Ramos, Toombs County High School 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 Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education.

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