Young GA Author winners named

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:

K – Ethan Weaver – North Jackson Elementary School
1 – Ava Colley – South Jackson Elementary School
2 – Maryann Jennings – South Jackson Elementary School
3 – Emery Malone – West Jackson Elementary School
4 – Victoria Melyanets – Gum Springs Elementary School
5 – Hannah Stovall – North Jackson Elementary School
6 – Leila Huss – East Jackson Middle School
7 – Grecia Avellaneda-Castro – East Jackson Middle School
8 – Olive Palfrey-Craig – West Jackson Middle School
9 – Sarah Freeman – Jackson County Comprehensive High School
10 – Makenzie Druse – Jackson County Comprehensive High School
11 – Danna Davila – East Jackson Comprehensive High School
12 – Nya Rivera – East Jackson Comprehensive High School

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.

Ivy Bell, student editor, YGA competition presentationAccording 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.

Elementary school winners, YGA competition

High school winners, YGA competition