Monday, August 10, 2015 05:00 PM


A Westwood School rising second-grader is one of 13 students across the state who won the 2014-15 Young Georgia Authors writing competition, an annual competition sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. Charlie Beckler won in the first-grade category with her original work “Animals.”

“We are so proud of all of our Young Georgia Authors, especially Charlie,” said Alice Ensley, district literacy trainer for Dalton Public Schools. “To win at the state level is quite an honor.”

Ensley described Beckler’s piece as a well-organized, informational story that engaged the reader with interesting facts and a quiz at the end of the story.

The district also had eight Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) winners: Seiry Cervantes, rising third-grader; Isabel Mireles, rising fifth-grader; Nathan Haynes, rising sixth-grader; Reagan Brady, rising seventh-grader; Hillary Dong, rising ninth-grader; Emma Jones, rising eleventh-grader; and Chandler Kinser, rising twelfth-grader.

“The fact that the district had one state winner and eight RESA winners speaks to the commitment of our students, teachers and literacy coaches,” said Ensley. “Our students are fortunate to have time dedicated each day during class to practice and refine their craft as writers.”

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