Cherokee County School District students are advancing to the state level of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition!
The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres. Each CCSD school submits a top entry for each grade level to compete at the district level. District first-place winners then advance to regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide.
The seven CCSD students who won first-place in the regional competition and have advanced to state are: first-grader Ayana Dorleans, Hickory Flat ES; sixth-grader Ellie Cosgrove, Woodstock MS; seventh-grader Alena Nelson, Dean Rusk MS; eighth-grader Keelin Murray, Woodstock MS; ninth-grader Emalee Bennett, Sequoyah HS; sophomore Makenzie Bird, Cherokee HS; and junior Ava Riney, Etowah HS.
“Writing is a critically important skill for all of our students to master for future success,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so proud of our district and regional winners for demonstrating excellence in writing and creativity, and we’re grateful to their teachers for outstanding service. Congratulations to all and best wishes to our students in the state competition!”
CCSD First-Place District Winners are:
Kindergarten: Austin Naghavi, Little River ES, “Pethrs”
Grade 1: Ayana Dorleans, Hickory Flat ES, “Rappy and the Rap Aliens”
Grade 2: Jovi Doud, Liberty ES, “The Christmas Miracle”
Grade 3: Omair Moiz, Little River ES, “Blanking Out”
Grade 4: Keegan Cribb, Macedonia ES, “The Four Elemental Tribe and the Monster of the Bermuda Triangle”
Grade 5: Ellie Mayfield, Little River ES, “The Case of the Stolen Diamond”
Grade 6: Ellie Cosgrove, Woodstock MS, “The Guardians of the Woods”
Grade 7: Alena Nelson, Dean Rusk MS, “One Inch Apart”
Grade 8: Keelin Murray, Woodstock MS, “Dear Sun”
Grade 9: Emalee Bennett, Sequoyah HS, “I Will”
Grade 10: Makenzie Bird, Cherokee HS, “As Quickly as Gardens Grow”
Grade 11: Ava Riney, Etowah HS, “My Escape”
Grade 12: Meredith Anderson, Creekview HS, “End”
Following the State level judging, CCSD’s District first-place winners all will be recognized, with additional recognition for Region and State winners, by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at a School Board meeting later this spring.