Skip to main content

Gwinnett County Public Schools

GCPS students advance to Young Georgia Authors state writing contest

GCPS students advance to Young Georgia Authors state writing contest

Promise of Gwinnett logo

2016-17 Young Georgia Authors Essay WinnersA celebration of “promising” writing here in Gwinnett will send 13 entries to the state’s Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing contest this spring. In the district’s YGA competition this fall, grade-level winners were selected from among nearly 300 submitted entries from 83 schools across the county. Previously, the submissions had been selected as winners in local-school contests. The theme of “The Promise of Gwinnett” drew entries that explained how students show their potential, how their families encourage their dreams, why people strive to fulfill their promise, what promises public schools make to their students, and what they hope to do with their education. Student winners attend Harbins ES, Harris ES, Level Creek ES, Parsons ES, Partee ES, Rosebud ES, Jordan MS, Pinckneyville MS, Richards MS, Collins Hill HS, Discovery HS, and Lanier HS. A student from Cooper ES earned an honorable mention. The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund provided prizes to the district winners. Learn more about the winning students in this news release, and click on a student's name to read excerpts of the writer's work.


Avery Thornton

Avery Thornton

1st Grade, K-2 Level Winner
Partee Elementary School
Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson

5th Grade, 3-5 Level Winner
Level Creek Elementary School
Derek Dubon-Ortega

Derek Dubon-Ortega

8th Grade, 6-8 Level Winner
Pinckneyville Middle School
Fateha Zannath

Fateha Zannath

10th Grade, 9-12 Level Winner
Discovery High School

Ashlyn Brown

3rd Grade
Rosebud Elementary School

Avery Britt

5th Grade
Cooper Elementary School

Brooklyn Knight

7th Grade
Jordan Middle School

Lauren A. Bridges

2nd Grade
Harbins Elementary School

Molly Thomas

9th Grade
Collins Hill High School

Noreen Ocampo

11th Grade
Collins Hill High School

Skyler Arianto

Harris Elementary School

Solomon Cho

4th Grade
Parsons Elementary School

Zora Tucker

6th Grade
Richards Middle School

GCPS Foundation logo
Prizes provided by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund


Complementary Content