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Three Coweta County Students Named As Regional Young Georgia Author Winners

(Last Updated On: December 21, 2017)
Canongate Elementary School students Reigan Justice (left, 1st grade) and Lila McDowell (right, 2nd grade) were named as West Georgia regional winners for their grade levels in the Young Georgia Author’s writing contest this week. The two were among three Coweta County grade level regional winners announced in the annual contest this week.

Three Coweta County School System students – from Canongate Elementary School and the Central Educational Center’s 8th Grade Academy – have been named as regional winners in the Young Georgia Author’s writing contest.

Sara Lyle won the 8th grade level of the regional competition for her poem “The Bird of Sapphire Wings.” Lyle is a student in CEC’s 8th Grade Academy and Arnall Middle School.

Canongate Elementary School’s Reigan Justice won among 1st grade students region-wide for her story “President for a Day”, and Canongate student Lila McDowell won among 2nd grade students region-wide for her story “The Machine”.

West Georgia RESA announced​  regional winners for the 2016 Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition this week.  ​ The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition is held state-wide each year to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing.  The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Council Teachers of English.

In the annual competition, Coweta County schools select student winners for each grade level on their merits of original writing submission of any medium.  School grade level winners are then eligible to be selected as grade-level winners representing the county in the regional contest.

The three students announced as region winners this week were among the 13 Coweta County winners representing each grade level, Kindergarten through 12th grade, from entrants among Coweta’s 19 elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools.

County winners were selected in March.  They were:

Kindergarten – Eastside Elementary, Gage Morris, for “This is My Parents”

1st Grade – Canongate Elementary, Reigan Justice, for “President for a Day”

2nd Grade – Canongate Elementary, Lila McDowell, for “The Machine”

3rd Grade – Jefferson Parkway Elementary, Faith Rideout, for “Orange”

4th Grade – Brooks Elementary, Ariel McCollough, for “Here I Go”

5th Grade – Canongate Elementary, Julia Stewart, for “A Slightly Strange Spy”

6th Grade – Evans Middle School, Whitney Wallace, for “The Gift”

7th Grade – Madras Middle School, Mable Gangi, for “Cracks in the World’s Cold Heart”

8th Grade – Central Education Center, Sara Lyle, for “The Bird of Sapphire Wings”

9th Grade – Northgate High School, Kassie Wall, for “An Untraditional Love Story”

10th Grade – Northgate High School, Sammer Heuvel, for “Perspective”

11th Grade – Northgate High School, William Henry, for “Beyond What You Can Dream”

12th Grade – Northgate High School, Kristen Foley, for “The Death Grip

The three regional winners from Coweta County were selected from among several nominees in the multi-county West Georgia region. Winners’ entries are eligible for the state-level Young Georgia Authors competition, which will be judged in May.


Sara Lyle – above left – was named as the 8th grade West Georgia regional winner for the annual Young Georgia Author’s writing contest this week, for her poem “The Bird of Sapphire Wings.” Lyle, a student at the central Educational Center’s 8th Grade Academy, stands with English teacher Christie Bailey.
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