SDM recently held the Young Georgia Authors writing competition. According to the YGA website, the competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for writing, celebrate writing successes, and to be recognized for their achievement. The contest has been ongoing for more than two decades and is open to all Georgia students enrolled in public schools. We are proud to recognize the following contest winners.
In second grade, Madison S. is the winner. Her story entitled “My Trip to New York” was written about a real trip she and her family made to the city. Madison’s favorite genre of writing is nonfiction, and she considers writing to be a hobby. She has been writing for a while and continues to write frequently in a journal. To become a better writer, Madison suggests using interesting details in stories. Mrs. Cooper is Madison’s language arts teacher.
The third grade winner is Bess W. Bess titled her story “The Magic Feather”. She used some ideas her teacher had given to determine her topic. Her story revolves around three wishes that were granted by a magical feather found in the woods. Bess wrote a fiction story, but she enjoys writing nonfiction, too. She reads many books based on facts, and her favorite subject is science. Writing is enjoyable to her, and the advice she gives to become a better writer is to outline your story with a web and use different, exciting, interesting words. Bess is in Mrs. Cook’s language arts class.
Jackson W. won the fourth grade writing contest. His story, “President for a Day”, gives the character options like a choice in attending school, choosing a face to go on money and coins, and paying no taxes. This president was voted the best president ever! The writing is a fiction piece and is one of many stories Jackson has written. Some of his other work includes “Hot Dog Ninja”, “Fruit Army 1”, and the sequel, “Fruit Army 2”, and they all include superheroes. Drawing the illustrations is another talent Jackson includes in his books. He believes that if you write about something you like or something funny, you will be a good writer. Mrs. Wiggins is Jackson’s language arts teacher.
The winner of the fifth grade contest is Ethan W. The title of his story is “Chiefs of Creation: How This Country Was Formed”. Ethan decided to create a story about the creation of our country since he is fascinated by the landforms found in America. The genre of his story is fantasy, and it is his favorite because he has a very creative imagination. Writing is enjoyable to Ethan because it allows him to express his ideas. His suggestions to become a better writer are to use a thesaurus for better word choices and to be inspired by things you like. Ethan is in Mrs. Mosley’s language arts class.
The state level winners will be announced at or before 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 17, 2013 on the Georgia DOE English Language Arts website at http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/English-Language-Arts-Program.aspx and on the website for the Georgia Council of Teachers of English at http://www.gcte.net/home.html.