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Literary team wins region in a landslide

Literarily the best!

Front row: Maribeth Burke, David Pollock, Zaravion Calloway, Jobeth Kelley, Miranda Brannon, Macy Batchelor and Maria Wallace; back row: Jad Deal, Jayvione King, Will Pace, Caden Kearns, Moses James and Rudra Patel. 

Seminole County has done it again, winning first place in nine of the twelve Literary events in Region 1A’s Literary Competition last Thursday, April 15. Seminole County Middle High School’s literary team, along with teams from Miller County, Baconton Charter, Pataula Charter and Calhoun County, traveled to Bainbridge College to compete for the titl;e.

In the music categories: Jayvione King and Macy Batchelor won first in Solo. Macy, Jobeth Kelley and Miranda Brannon won first in Trio; and Jayvione, Zaravion Calloway, David Pollock and Caden Kearns won first place in Quartet. 

In the oral interpretation categories: David Pollock won first place in Humorous, as well as Duo interpretation, and Caden Kearns won first place in Dramatic, as well as Duo interpretation. In the Extemporaneous Speaking events:  Will Pace won first in International speaking, and Moses James won first place in Domestic speaking.  In the Essay categories:  Jad Deal placed fifth in Argumentative Essay, while Rudra Patel and Will Pace placed third in personal and rhetorical essay. 

 “We have all witnessed the changes created by a world fighting a pandemic. Region Literary Competition wasn’t exempt from these alterations.  Due to schools’ quarantines and cases, only five schools were able to participate this year. At State, we will be following COVID-19 guidelines, whereas last year, the competition was cancelled due to virus concerns. The dedication and work ethic of our kids astound me. Our students sacrificed countless hours of rehearsal, even missing out on other engagements in order to stay well and vocally healthy. They showed up to win, and that is exactly what they did,” says Literary Coach and Chorus/Drama teacher, Maribeth Burke.

The team will travel to Milledgeville, Georgia to compete with other schools for the State Championship, this Saturday, at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

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