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Sonoraville High School senior, Payton Baker, was recently named as a state-level winner in the Young Georgia Author competition. 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. Payton represented Northwest Georgia RESA in state level competition by placing first at both the local and RESA levels with her piece entitled, “Look at Your Future.” Payton’s work was put up against 15 other RESA level winners from across the state before receiving this top honor. Payton will be honored at the State Board of Education meeting on May 1 and again at the Gordon County Board of Education meeting on May 13.

Pictured (L-R): Molly Gann, Gordon County School District Literacy Coordinator; Lee Ann Patterson, Sonoraville High School Literacy Specialist; Payton Baker, Young Georgia Author State Winner;  Ashley Brookshire, Sonoraville High School Senior English Teacher; and Beth Herod, Gordon County Schools’ Director of Curriculum.