Cherokee County School District students will compete at the state level of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition.

The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres. Each CCSD school submits a top entry for each grade level to compete at the district level. The district winners then advance to regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide.

The five CCSD students who won first-place in the regional competition and move on to state are: Bascomb Elementary School kindergartener Ryan Seaman for “The White Rainbow”; Hickory Flat Elementary School third-grader Quincy Thompson for “A Bigger Plan”; Indian Knoll Elementary School fifth-grader Lauren Budde for “Crash”; Cherokee High School sophomore Anna Scott Wieler for “The Lows of Highline Trail”; and Cherokee High junior Emily Geer for “Escape from Mirkbase.”

“Congratulations to our Young Authors for their local and Regional achievements,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “Writing is a foundational skill we want every student to master, and we’re so proud of these winners for their excellence in creative writing. We wish them the best as they compete at State, as we know they’re deserving of high honors.”

CCSD First-Place District Winners are:

Kindergarten: Ryan Seaman, Bascomb ES for “The White Rainbow”

Grade 1: Cannon Paul, Bascomb ES for “Teddy and His Teddy”

Grade 2: Logan Woods, Woodstock ES for “The Magic Rose”

Grade 3: Quincy Thompson, Hickory Flat ES for “A Bigger Plan”

Grade 4: Flarity Hedlund, Little River ES for “The Real Story of the Real Little Pigs”

Grade 5: Lauren Budde, Indian Knoll ES for “Crash”

Grade 6: David Andrew Hudson, Creekland MS for “The Fur”

Grade 7: Keelin Murray, Woodstock MS for “It Makes my Heart Smile”

Grade 8: Matthew Taylor, Teasley MS for “The Knock Upon my Mirror”

Grade 9: Madeline May, Etowah HS for “Survivor”

Grade 10: Anna Scott Wieler, Cherokee HS for “The Lows of Highline Trail”

Grade 11: Emily Geer, Cherokee HS for “Escape from Mirkbase”

Grade 12: Sophie Abbott, Woodstock HS for “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant”

Following the state level judging, CCSD’s district, region and state winners will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and superintendent at a school board meeting later this school year.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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