Northgate Sweeps the County-Level Young Georgia Authors Contest

Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

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While the winners at the state level have not been released yet, county level winners for the Young Georgia Authors Competition have been disclosed. Public school students in grades K-12 all throughout the state entered their writings, but only one winner will be chosen per grade level. Unlike many other writing contests, the Young Georgia Authors competition offers no specific prompt of genre for students to respond to, the only limit on their creativity is a maximum word count of 1900. The contestants can enter anything from short stories to poetry and even academic essays, and every entry is graded on ideas, organization, style, and language. According to the official rulebook for the contest, “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.”

This year, it’s been revealed that students from Northgate won the county-level portion of the competition at every applicable level, though the names of these students have not been officially released to the public.

However, Dori VanShike disclosed to me that she was the winner of Northgate’s 9th grade portion of the contest, so that means that she also won the county-wide competition. She entered a poem previously written for a school assignment, entitled “Autumn’s Envy”. The poem’s central theme was envy and lacking self-esteem. In the author’s words, “I wrote that theme especially because I felt as if someone being envious of others and not seeing their true self is a common problem. I guess I wanted to put that into poetry.” She also encourages her fellow students to enter the contest, saying, “I think it’s a great way to get students out of their shell and find what kind of writing they’re into.”

Each of the contestants poured their heart and soul into their pieces, and should be very proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations to all of the winners of the county-level Young Georgia Authors Contest. As mentioned previously, the district, RESA, and state level winners have yet to be announced, so now we wait in anticipation for them to be released.

 

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