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HCCS Names System-Wide Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition Winners

The Hart County Charter System is proud to announce this year’s system-wide winners of the Young Georgia Authors writing competition.

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.

"Reading and writing skills go hand in hand and impact students for a lifetime. As a district, we are thankful for the instruction provided to our students. Our teachers are striving to intentionally grow all students as readers and writers," Hart County Charter System Associate Superintendent Jennifer Carter said. "Congratulations to all of our district winners as well as to the teachers and schools they represent! I am excited to see what the next level of competition holds for Hart County."

Each school in the Hart County Charter System achieved a system-wide winner in this year’s contest.

Writings are entered into the state-level competition by winning at the tiered levels: local school, district, RESA District, and then state.

Unlike many writing competitions, YGA does not provide a prompt to which students must respond or provide any other boundaries to their genre choice or creativity beyond a 1900-word maximum length. Entries may include: Short Stories, Poetry, Essays/Literary Criticism/Analysis, Journalism, Academic/Research Reports, Personal Narratives, or Any Other Original Student Writing.

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.

Below are the full list of winners from each school:


Weston Berelc

South Hart Elementary School

First Grade

Amelia McGaha

North Hart Elementary School

Second Grade

Eddie Hoy

Hartwell Elementary School

Third Grade

Kennedi Pennington

Hartwell Elementary School

Fourth Grade

Kage McLane

North Hart Elementary School

Fifth Grade

Jacob Moon

North Hart Elementary School

Sixth Grade

Caleb Carter

Hart County Middle School

Seventh Grade

Katherine Ripley

Hart County Middle School

Eighth Grade

Taylor Floyd

Hart County Middle School

Ninth Grade

Cescily King

Hart County High School

Tenth Grade

Trinati Pinkston

Hart County High School

Eleventh Grade

Abigail Ashworth

Hart County High School

Twelfth Grade

Aidan Estep

Hart County High School