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Gwinnett students to compete in state writing contest

GCPS student writers head to state competition

Gwinnett students to compete in state writing contest

November 17, 2017

Group photo of Believe in the Promise of Gwinnett student writers     Thirteen Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) students representing kindergarten through 12th grade will compete in the state’s Young Georgia Authors competition after winning GCPS’ Believe in the Promise of Gwinnett Writing Contest. The winning students received a framed certificate and a gift card from Barnes and Noble. The GCPS Foundation also provided $250 for each of the four division winners; grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The four division winners are: 

  • 1st grader Simon Cho from Parsons Elementary School
  • 3rd  grader Brianna Nicole Ungur from Puckett's Mill Elementary School
  • 8th grader Kayla Park from Jones Middle School
  • 12th grader Hunter Pores from GIVE Center West


Simon Cho and his family and Ms. Coleman

Simon Cho of Parsons ES


Brianna Ungur and her family

Brianna Ungur of Puckett's Mill ES


Kayla Park and her family

Kayla Park of Jones MS


Hunter Pores and his family and principal

Hunter Pores of GIVE Center West







Nailah Goggins

I Believe Rosebud Elementary School

1st Grade*

Simon Cho

A Little Seed Parsons Elementary School

2nd Grade

Adrian Urquilla

My Promise Benefield Elementary School

3rd Grade*

Brianna Nicole Ungur

Believe in Yourself Puckett's Mill Elementary School
4th Grade Alexis Eichenberger Believe in Yourself Puckett's Mill Elementary School
5th Grade Emmaline Louise Garrison Camilla's Garden Puckett's Mill Elementary School
6th Grade Anna Ale Courage to Climb Dacula Middle School
7th Grade Ciera Butler Belief in the Promise of Gwinnett Couch Middle School
8th Grade* Kayla Park The Promise Within Jones Middle School
9th Grade Emily M. Cano Personal Essay Archer High School
10th Grade Christina Nguyen Path From Adversity to Prosperity Meadowcreek High School
11th Grade Savannah Hollins Personal Essay Meadowcreek High School
12th Grade* Hunter Pores The Story of Hunter Pores GIVE Center West


     This year’s competition at the local level once again focused on our districtwide theme The Promise of Gwinnett and how we Believe in the Promise. For example, some students wrote about what they believe in and why it is important to believe in others. Others wrote about their dreams and why people should strive to fulfill their promise, as well as the important role public education plays in doing so. 

     A panel of 25 judges representing all areas of the school district evaluated the entries. The highest scoring essay for each grade level was selected as the district grade-level winners and have been submitted to the state for the Young Georgia Authors competition. Those winners were honored at a reception at Discovery High School. 

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