EJMS student moves on to state YGA competition
Thirteen Jackson County School System students will be honored at the May 11 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education for their excellence in writing, and one is moving on to state competition.
While all our building-level Young Georgia Authors contest winners went on to compete with the winners from school districts in the Northeast Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency, East Jackson Middle School seventh-grader Grecia Avellaneda-Castro also won at that level, and her writing is going on to be judged at the state level. The NEGA RESA includes
JCSS building level winners (pictured below), by grade level, are:
Jackson County High School senior Ivy Bell served as the student editor for the presentation of the winners and their writing and short videos. Click here to visit the dedicated website, presented for the first time at the BOE meeting, where the authors winning entries and their short video introductions are preserved.
According to Amy Godfrey, K-12 Literacy Specialist for the school system, the purpose of the Young Georgia Authors 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.
“We surprised all of our winners with a yard sign to celebrate being a system-level winner, Mrs. Godfrey said. The signs were made by Wilco Signs in Braselton, a JCSS Partner in Education and work-based learning participant.
The YGA 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.
See more photos on the school district Facebook page.