Professionals from sixteen Northwest RESA school districts gathered together to judge exemplary writing entries that had already been honored as winners at the classroom, grade, school and/or district levels. Throughout the competition, judges remarked with enthusiasm at the elevated level of word-choice, voice, and variety of entries represented in this year’s competition. The esteemed First Place and Honorable Mention writing entries at the regional level are worthy of high congratulations and recognition!

Congratulations to the two Floyd County Schools students who will be advancing as regional winners to the state level competition that will be held in mid-April.

The fourth-grade regional winner is Armuchee Elementary student Ellia McClain with “To Find a Home”, and the eighth-grade regional winner is Model High student Sara Grace Abernathy with “Blossom”. Seventh-grade Coosa Middle student Mari Claire Wilson received honorable mention with her short story “Just a Country Boy”.

The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop an 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. 

Contributed by Brittney Phinazee