CCSD Honors Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition Winners!

CCSD Honors Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition Winners!

Category : CCSD

Isabelle Blevins

A Cherokee County School District student won first place in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition!

The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres.  Each CCSD school submitted a top entry for each grade level to compete at the District level, with 176 school-level winners submitted.  District judges then selected a first-place winner for each grade level.

The District’s 13 first-place winners advanced to the Regional Educational Service Agency’s competition, where six earned first place, and one of those entries went on to earn first place at State. Dean Rusk MS eighth-grader Isabelle Blevins’s entry, “Hate to Love,” earned first place at District, Region and State competition!

The other District winners, with Regional placement noted, are:

Kindergarten: Olivia Hill, Macedonia ES, “The Mouse Mystery,” First Place – Regions

First Grade: Chloe Vilvens, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, “The Cove,” Third Place – Regions

Second Grade: Elle Pope, Avery ES, “The Secret of Colored Spots”

Third Grade: Alexander Severson, Indian Knoll ES, “End of Time”

Fourth Grade: Angelica Persichetti, Sixes ES, “Ocean,” First Place – Regions

Fifth Grade: Felicity Jeong, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, “Finally Home”

Sixth Grade: Christina Warren, Creekland MS, “Dear Minnie,” First Place – Regions

Seventh Grade: Lana Fischer, E.T. Booth MS, “Sunrise,” First Place – Regions

Ninth Grade: Sophie Abbott, Woodstock HS, “I Don’t Know Much,” Third Place – Regions

10th Grade: Chelsea Mandel, Creekview HS, “A Game of Cards,” First Place – Regions

11th Grade: Delena Howell, Sequoyah HS, “Forget Me Not,” Second Place – Regions

12th Grade: Lauren Pfitzenmayer, Sequoyah HS, “Ocean Eyes,” Second Place – Regions

The District-level winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition will be honored by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s June 21 meeting.


CCSD Recognizes Young Georgia Authors Regional & State Winners

Category : CCSD

Imani Johnson

Six Cherokee County School District students have earned regional recognition for their writing, with two earning first-place at the State level!

The Young Georgia Authors writing competition, sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English with support from the Georgia Department of Education, encourages students in grades kindergarten through 12th to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing and recognizes student writings success.

More than 150 school-level winners from throughout CCSD competed at the District level, at which a first-place winner was selected for each grade.

Alicia Mazzura

Those 13 winners advanced to regional competition, where six students won first-place. Two of those entries then won first-place at the State competition: River Ridge High School ninth-grader Alicia Mazzura and senior Imani Johnson!

The 13 District winners, including the Region and State champions, will be recognized by the School Board and Superintendent at tonight’s School Board meeting.

They are:
Kindergarten: Zavier Reinhart, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy for “The Littl Scool Bus” Grade 1: Chloe Okoth, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy for “My Wiggly Tooth”
Grade 2: Lucy Pagano, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy for “Oscar”
Grade 3: Samantha Moore, Bascomb ES for “Forest Folk”
Grade 4: Jacob Spilker, Woodstock ES for “The Day I Turned Into A Dog” – also First-place, Region
Grade 5: Jared Perry, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy for “Attacked At Sea”
Grade 6: Sydney Crowe, Creekland MS for “Ideas” – also First-place, Region
Grade 7: Eden Price, Woodstock MS for “In the Rain” – also First-place, Region
Grade 8: Mary Grace Chandler, Mill Creek MS for “The Burning of Westly Oak”
Grade 9: Alicia Mazzura, River Ridge HS for “Do Not Tell Me Who To Be” – also First-place, Region and State
Grade 10: Rolando Lopez, Cherokee HS for “Fernando” — also First-place, Region
Grade 11: Nadia Willis, ACE Academy for “First Flight”
Grade 12: Imani Johnson, River Ridge HS for “America What Time Is It?” – also First-place, Region and State

CCSD Hosting Open House for Reviewing English Language Arts Instructional Resources Options

The Cherokee County School District is hosting an open house for stakeholders to review possible new English Language Arts instructional resources for Grades K-5.

The event, which is open to teachers, parents and other stakeholders, is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Dec. 15, in Room H21 at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton.

CCSD Educational Programs staff will be onsite to answer questions, and there will be evaluation and comment opportunities.

Resources on display will include:

Reading Writing Phonics
Guided Reading with Bookrooms and/or Classroom Libraries Units of Study—Lucy Calkins Fundations
Benchmark Advance Benchmark Advance X
Scholastic X X