Lit­er­acy days win­ners

BOE an­nounces po­etry, writ­ing, drama win­ners

The Covington News - - School Beat -

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion re­cently an­nounced sys­tem win­ners of the Mid­dle School 2008 RESA ( Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice Area) Lit­er­acy Days con­test for po­etry recita­tion, drama and ready writ­ing held on Jan. 8 at New­ton High School.

Win­ners of the po­etry recita­tion con­test were sixth grade stu­dent Kim­berly Stier of Cousins Mid­dle School for “ The Three Lit­tle Pigs,” sev­enth grade stu­dent Meg Gour­ley of Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial for “ Goldie Pin­klesweet” and eighth grade stu­dent Des­tiny McKnight of Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial for “ Tim.”

Di­rec­tor of Mid­dle School Cur­ricu­lum Adria Grif­fin said po­etry was an in­te­gral part of lan­guage arts cur­ricu­lum.

“A lot of time and prepa­ra­tion went into the stu­dents’ pre­sen­ta­tions and we are ex­tremely proud of all of our par­tic­i­pants,” Grif­fin said. “ It takes a lot of courage to get in front of an au­di­ence and th­ese stu­dents did a re­mark­able job.

Each of the county’s four mid­dle schools held recita­tion com­pe­ti­tions at school and sent their grade level win­ners to par­tic­i­pate in the county con­test.

Par­tic­i­pants were judged on a num­ber of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing stage pres­ence, ar­tic­u­la­tion, in­ter­pre­ta­tion, me­mory and accu- racy and dif­fi­culty of the piece.

In the ready writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion, mid­dle school cham­pi­ons were given a writ­ing prompt and one hour to com­plete their es­says.

Cle­ments Mid­dle School stu­dents Kris­ten Ad­away, sixth grade, and Stephanie Light­sey, eighth grade won their grade- level com­pe­ti­tions. Mary Lathem of Cousins was the sev­enth grade ready writ­ing win­ner.

“ The abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate well, both ver­bally and in writ­ing, is es­sen­tial to suc­cess,” Grif­fin said. “ For this rea­son, writ­ing is a very im­por­tant part of the New­ton County School Sys­tem’s cur­ricu­lum that is taught in grades K through 12.”

The Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School drama team won the drama com­pe­ti­tion for their pre­sen­ta­tion of “ Beans.”

Team par­tic­i­pants in­cluded Ian El­liott, D’Lexus Har­vey, Hay­ley Hin­ton, Drew Ken­dall, Kay­larose Lind­sey, Am­ber Myles, Chelsea Pil­grim and Caro­line Sink.

All county win­ners will rep­re­sent the New­ton County School Sys­tem in the dis­trict com­pe­ti­tions to be held at the Third Ward School in Grif­fin on Feb. 7- 9.

“As al­ways, we are proud of the stu­dents who ac­cept the chal­lenge to com­pete against their peers,” Grif­fin said. “All stu­dents who make it to the county level com­pe­ti­tion are al­ready win­ners be­cause they first had to win the com­pe­ti­tion at their own school be­fore pro­ceed­ing for­ward.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

Read­ing and writ­ing: Ready writ­ing win­ners are Kris­ten Ad­away, front left, Mary Lathem and Stephanie Light­sey. Recita­tion win­ners are Kim­berly Stier, back left, Meg Gour­ley and Des­tiny McKnight.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Cur­tain call: Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial drama team win­ners are D’Lexus Har­vey, Ian El­liott, Drew Ken­dall, Hay­ley Hin­ton, Kay­larose Lind­sey, Am­ber Myles, Chelsea Pil­grim and Caro­line Sink.

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