YGA REGIONAL WINNERS - With two groups of adults and students pictured

CALHOUN, GA - Gordon County Schools (GCS) is pleased to announce that three students have earned the Northwest Georgia RESA Regional Young Georgia Author (YGA) titles and will now advance to the state-level contest.  

The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors 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. 

Students must advance as winners in the school-level, district-level, and regional RESA-level competitions to compete in the state-level contest. Gordon County Schools students secured three positions in the state competition, as winners of the second-grade, ninth-grade, and tenth-grade contests.

The second-grade regional winner is Fairmount Elementary student Lily Rose Waters with "Pety the Good Dog", ninth-grade regional winner is Gordon Central High student Hailee Church with "Indefensus", and the tenth-grade regional winner is Gordon Central High student Lynsey Parris Edge with “Soda Bubbles”.

Young Georgia Authors regional winners will now advance to state competition, held in Perry, GA on April 21st.

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 with support from the Georgia Department of Education. 

Pictured above: Gordon Central High School Young Georgia Author Regional Winners
Left to right: Principal Brian Hall, Ronda Tatum, Assistant Superintendent Alice Mashburn, Lynsey Parris Edge, Hailee Church, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Fraker, and Dr. Amy Parker, Director of Leadership and Secondary Education. 

Pictured above: Fairmount Elementary School Young Georgia Author Regional Winner
Left to Right: Beth Herod, Director of Early Learning and Elementary Education, Principal Rebecca Champion, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Fraker, and Tracey Clark. 


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
Email: kpannell@gcbe.org 
Phone: (706) 629-7366 ext. 8151 
Website: www.gcbe.org