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Students Win Young Georgia Author Pioneer RESA Competition

YGA Winners

Hart County High School 10th grade student Trinati Pinkston, left, and Hart County Middle School 7th grade student Katherine Ripley, right, are moving on to the Young Georgia Author state competition after winning the Pioneer RESA regional competition.

The Hart County Charter System is proud to announce that two of our system-wide Young Georgia Author contest winners have been selected as Pioneer RESA Region winners for the contest and will be moving on to the state competition.

Of the K-12 contestants in the Pioneer RESA-level contest, the Hart County Charter System had two students selected as winners from amongst the crowd of 15 different Northeast Georgia school systems.

Hart County’s winners this year at the Pioneer RESA level are Hart County High School 10th grade student Trinati Pinkston and Hart County Middle School 7th grade student Katherine Ripley.

Katherine’s submission was a science fiction piece titled “The Experiment”. It is about a girl whose mom is a research director and the girl then goes to the lab where she works.

“The girl, they basically kidnap her and experiment on her, and I leave the story on a cliffhanger,” Katherine said.

Aside from writing, Katherine participates in the Hart County Community Theatre, and loves to read.

Katherine has an inquisitive nature and the desire to learn things,” Hart County Middle School Principal Dr. Jacqueline Brock said. “I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this recognition.”

Taking a turn from fiction, Trinati’s contest submission, titled “I Chose Her”, is a personal look at what it’s like to be biracial.

“I wrote about biracial culture, about how it is to have to pick between being white or Black, and not feeling like you have the option to be both,” Trinati said. “...Just stuff that I’ve experienced because I am mixed and I grew up with a white mom, but I also have Mexican brothers because we adopted them.”

When she’s not writing award-winning pieces, Trinati participates in the Hart County High School Marching Band Auxiliary.

“It’s great whenever you have a student that competes against all the other counties in our district and comes out on top,” Hart County High School Principal Kevin Gaines said. “Our district is very competitive and any time we have a student come out on top is great.”

Both of Hart County’s winners will now move on to the Young Georgia Author state-level 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.