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CCSD Students Excel at State Literary Competition Championships

CCSD Students Excel at State Literary Competition Championships

From left, Teagan Durham, Taryn Mareau, Wyatt Darnell and Lily Richard.

Cherokee County School District high school students triumphed at the statewide literary competition!

The students achieved numerous individual top honors at the Georgia High Schools Association event, which includes writing, public speaking, acting and singing competitions.  

“Bravo to our award-winning students and their dedicated teacher coaches for an amazing performance at the state level,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re so proud of your commitment to the fine arts, public speaking and writing -- the areas of knowledge mastery and talent that this event tests.  You have represented your school, district and community with excellence.”

Sequoyah High School’s team, coached by choral director Josh Markham, won the 6-6A Regions championship and earned second place overall in the 6A State competition.  Team members are: Leah Brown, Tyler Cook, Joey Dagostino, Teagan Durham, Alex Gilliam, Maggie Haggerty, Parker Ingram, Emma Jira, Taryn Mareau, Jephrey Oliver, Anna Louise Panhorst, Julia Sick, Lauren Volk, El Weir-Heib and Dakota Youngblood.

Sequoyah’s team also earned first place in the 6A State contests for Girls Solo by Teagan Durham and International Extemporaneous Speaking by Taryn Mareau; second in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking by Maggie Haggerty; and third for Literary Interpretation Duo by Emma Jira and Dakota Youngblood; and Trio by Leah Brown and Emma and Taryn.  They all previously earned first-place honors in their respective events at the Region 6-6A competition.  Additionally at regions, the team earned first place for Argumentative Essay by Anna Louise Panhorst and Boys Solo by Alex Gilliam. 

Cherokee High School’s team, coached by theatre program director Dr. Jodi Burn, won the 5-7A Regions championship and earned third place overall in the 7A State competition.  Team members are: Thaddaeus Brake, Caleb Christian, Rhiannon Crisante, Wyatt Darnell, Sola Hulbert, Brooke Kelly, Leila Iovino, Caidyn McCoy, Emmanuel Mwangi, Lily Richard, Abigail Scott, Andrew Solano, Rachel Tew, Colton Tunget, Matthew Thomas and Ruby Womack.

Cherokee’s team also earned first place at State in Duo Interpretation for a performance by Wyatt Darnell and Lily Richard; second in Essay Personal by Rachel Tew and Essay Literary Analysis by Rhiannon Crisante; and third in Literary Interpretation Solo Dramatic by Emmanuel Mwangi.  They all previously earned first-place honors in their respective events at the Region 5-7A competition.  

Creekview High School’s team, coached by choral director Scott Martin, earned first-place Region 6-6A honors and fourth place State 6A honors for Quartet by Kota Freeborn, Logan Nalley, Trey Stannard and Connor Vitak.

Woodstock High School’s team, coached by drama program director Nicole Korch, earned first place Region 6-6A and fourth place State 6A honors in Dramatic Literary Interpretation by Lydia Lord and Humorous Literary Interpretation by Abigail McWethy.

The Cherokee County School Board and Dr. Hightower will recognize the state champions and coaches at this month’s school board meeting.

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