2021 YGA Winners

NCSS Announces 2021 Young Georgia Authors Winners
Posted on 02/19/2021
NCSS Young Georgia Authors Winners GraphicThe Newton County School System is pleased to announce the winners of the district-level, 2021 Young Georgia Authors’ Contest. Each school could submit one entry per grade level for grades kindergarten through 12 into the county competition in the form of short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports, or other original student writing. Submissions were judged on four domains as reflected in the Georgia Standards of Excellence—ideas, organization, cohesiveness, and language.

Newton County School System’s winning authors will now compete against students in the Griffin RESA group, which includes the following school systems: Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Thomaston-Upson. Representing Newton County School System are the following 2021 grade-level winners:


2021 Young Ga Authors Winners
 GRADE   SCHOOL    STUDENT    TITLE OF WORK 
 K    Porterdale Elementary    Riiyan McLean   My Family
 1   East Newton Elementary   Sam Acox   The Best Kind of Pizza
 2   Porterdale Elementary   Carlos Martinez-Pena   Rockboy Brothers
 3   Middle Ridge Elementary   Serenity Moore   The Cat Girl
 4   West Newton Elementary    Alexis Bradley   The Drawing Book of Wonder
 5   Middle Ridge Elementary   Victoria Hernandez   The Great Quest
 6    Indian Creek Middle   Jimmy Thomas   The Neptune XIII
 7   Clements Middle   Mnema Hamid   Forgotten
 8
Newton County Theme School   Annalie Parker   The Reason Why
 9
Alcovy High   Elizabeth Bryans   Instant Medicine
10    Eastside High   Ava Schlueter   Voice
11   Eastside High   Dixon Carter   It Could've Been Me
12   Eastside High   Allysa Buckley   She

“Congratulations to each of the winners in the Young Georgia Authors Contest,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Writing skills are crucial, as the ability to write well can be the ticket to better grades and greater academic achievement. In addition, the ability to write well will be a key asset once students enter the workforce and begin their career progression. I commend these students for a job well done. Our school district definitely has some very talented writers and I wish them well in the next phase of competition.”
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