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CALHOUN, GA – Gordon County Schools students recently traveled to Carrollton to compete in the Region Literary Competition. Students from both Gordon Central High (GCHS) and Sonoraville High earned region titles in several categories.

The literary competition is an annual event run by the Georgia High School Association, in which high school students from around the region compete in events that include essay writing, extemporaneous speaking, oral presentation, chorus and solo performances.

Gordon Central High School’s Literary team performed very well, clinching the runner-up title at the 7-AA Region Competition. Students from GCHS earned first place scores in extemporaneous speaking, duo interpretation, music trio, and quartet.

Sonoraville High School’s Literary team also performed well, earning first place scores in humorous interpretation and argumentative essay. 

Region first-place winners will now advance to the state competition. Sonoraville High students will compete on March 18th at Warner Robbins High. Gordon Central High students will compete on March 25th at the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. The following students had outstanding performances at the 2023 region competition:

 First Place and Region Champions

  • Aliyah Mills, Trio, Gordon Central High
  • Ambree Quarles, Humorous Interpretation, Sonoraville High
  • Bobby Hicks, Quartet, Gordon Central High
  • Catherine Hughes, Trio, Gordon Central High
  • Emonie McReynolds, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Gordon Central High
  • Jude Clance, Quartet, Gordon Central High
  • Noah Bell, Duo, Gordon Central High
  • Sadie Holmes, Trio, Gordon Central High
  • Seth Kolterman, Quartet, Gordon Central High
  • Tyler Abercrombie, Argumentative Essay, Sonoraville High
  • Tyler Waits, Duo Interpretation & Quartet, Gordon Central High

Second Place

  • Anna Caroline Parker, Humorous Interpretation
  • Brayen Fung, Dramatic Interpretation, Sonoraville High
  • Catherine Hughes, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Gordon Central High
  • Kaiman Smith, Personal Essay, Gordon Central High
  • Kelsey McReynolds, Girls Solo, Gordon Central High

Third Place

  • Ethan Smith, Duo Interpretation, Sonoraville High
  • Gavin Reece, Duo Interpretation, Sonoraville High
  • Stephen Kellogg, Literary Analysis Essay, Sonoraville High
  • William Parish, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Sonoraville High

Pictured above: Gordon Central High students at the region literary competition

Pictured above: Sonoraville High students at the region literary competition


About Gordon County Schools
Gordon County Schools system serves approximately 6,500 students in schools across the county including six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. The mission of the Gordon County School system is to build a collaborative culture that engages all students and staff in learning experiences leading to growth, empowerment, and transformation. 

Contact at Gordon County Schools:
Kendra Pannell
Communications Coordinator
Phone: (706) 629-7366 ext. 8151