CALHOUN, GA – Lily Waters, a student at Fairmount Elementary, was selected as the second grade overall state champion in the 2022-2023 Georgia Young Author’s writing contest.

Organized by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education, the contest was open to Georgia public school students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) 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.

To enter the state-level competition, students were required to compete in and win each tier of the writing contest. Students would first compete at the local school level and the winner of each grade level would then progress to compete in the district-level competition. District-level winners would then move on to compete in the Northwest Georgia RESA regional competition, and the top scoring submissions would then move on to compete in the state contest.

Miss Waters was selected as the state champion with her original story, “Pety the Good Dog”.

Lily was surprised with the announcement of her title on Monday, April 24th, by Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Fraker, Director of Early Learning and Elementary Education, Beth Herod, Fairmount Elementary Principal Rebecca Champion, Fairmount Elementary Assistant Principal Michael Farley, Fairmount Elementary second-grade teacher Melissa Phipps, and Lily’s mom and Fairmount Elementary first grade teacher, Katy Waters.


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