Dalton Public Schools celebrated the rich history of writing that has been passed down in the district through the years at the annual Young Georgia Authors Celebration on March 27. The event, titled "Cat Tales: A Lasting Imprint," featured speakers that encouraged the audience to inspire someone else to write by passing on their stories.
The celebration kicked off with a gallery walk through the Wink Theater with students' writing on display for attendees to read and leave encouraging notes. It also featured pieces of writing by current staff members from their school days, old writing artifacts like a typewriter, and a table of the Dalton Middle School Success Academy's 18-Word Writing publication.
The program began with a welcome from event host and District Literacy Coordinator Alice Ensley and the Pledge, led by Dalton Middle School student Caddarius Jackson. Don Amonett, Minnie Marsh, Brian Suits, Laura Orr, Meleia Bridenstine, Courtenay Cholovich, Edith Nava, Abby Gleaton, Andrea Najera and Jennifer Phinney each shared a brief testimony about their relationship and history with writing. The line of speakers, from old to young, was a great demonstration of how we all experience writing in a different way and can use those experiences to inspire others and pass down our writing tools.
The audience also enjoyed performances of "Sadly in Love" by Dalton High School senior Abby Gleaton and "This is Me" by the Dalton Middle School choir. Dalton Middle School teacher Amanda Triplett and Success Academy student Maritza Pasillas spoke about the Success Academy and how it impacts students' lives. Triplett read a poem by student Alex Rodriguez titled "They Say I'm Not From Here." She then accepted the Jim Hawkins Innovative Writing Award on behalf of the Success Academy, recognized for the innovative idea to host the 18 words writing event.
Watch the district's digital feature "How do you make an Imprint?" here, filmed by the Dalton Middle School journalism students and directed by DPS communications.
View photos from the event and a list of school, district and RESA winners below.
Elementary school winners were:
Charles Whittle Jr.
Ariana Guzman Lopez
DMS 6th Grade
Michael Rivera Tobar
DMS 7th Grade
DMS 8th Grade
Morris Innovative High School
DHS 9th Grade
DHS 10th Grade
DHS 11th Grade
Karina Rodriguez Segura
DHS 12th Grade
District winners were:
Kindergarten - Ariana Guzman Lopez, Roan School
1st grade - Cate Norwood, Westwood
2nd grade - Abby Lopez, Park Creek
3rd grade - Jasmin Meza-Moreno, Roan School
4th grade - Andrea Najera, City Park
5th grade - Victoria Amaro, Roan School
6th grade - Michael Rivera Tobar, Dalton Middle School
7th grade - Priyanshi Chaudhari, Dalton Middle School
8th grade - Bella Salaices, Dalton Middle School
9th grade - Alina Neely, Dalton High School
10th grade - Tamia Garner, Dalton High School
11th grade - Cynthia Castillo, Dalton High School
12th grade - Yuritzy Ramos, Dalton High School
Three students were recognized as RESA winners:
Runner Up - Ariana Guzman Lopez, kindergarten, Roan School
1st Place - Cate Norwood, 1st grade, Westwood
1st Place - Alina Neely, 9th grade, Dalton High School
1st place RESA entries will be sent to compete at the state level.