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Young Georgia Authors 2009 winners announced
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The Newton County School System is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Young Georgia Authors’ contest. Each school could submit one entry per grade level for grades kindergarten through 12th in the county competition in the form of short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports or other original student writing.


Newton County’s winning essays will soon be forwarded to the Georgia Department of Education, where they will be grouped and judged according to the system’s Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA). Winners at the district level competition will then compete in the state competition. Representing Newton County Schools in the district competition are the following 2009 grade-level winners:


Kindergarten: Julian McDaniels from West Newton Elementary School for “Lincoln – A Smart Man”

First Grade: Jared Seals from Middle Ridge Elementary School for “Dave the Dinosaur”

Second Grade: Hannah Bruce from Ficquett Elementary School for “The Fairy in my Window”

Third Grade: Analucia Reid from Palmer-Stone Elementary School for “The Rose and the Bouquet”

Fourth Grade: Skyler Keys from East Newton Elementary School for “World’s First Wrestling Chihuahua”

Fifth Grade: Delaney Murphy from Ficquett Elementary School for “A Battlefield”

Sixth Grade: Aubree Thacker from Indian Creek Middle School for “New Europe”

Seventh Grade: Hope Horton from Cousins Middle School for “Poetry”

Eighth Grade: N/A

Ninth Grade: Ashley Wilkerson from Alcovy High School for “Life”

Tenth Grade: Jennifer Rudasill from Alcovy High School for “Angel with Enemies”

Eleventh Grade: Patrick Older from Newton High School for “Study of a Cynical Man”

Twelfth Grade: Henryetta East from Alcovy High School for “Darkness”


“We are very proud of our students who participated in the contest,” said Dr. Linda Hayden, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “It was a great learning experience for all the students. Newton County has some very good potential authors.”


The Newton County Board of Education would like to congratulate each winner on a job well done.