Thomasville City Scholars Academy middle school students won top honors in the regional and state Junior American Citizens’ “Our National Parks: 100 Years of Service to America” art and creative expression contest. Some state winners were also Southeast United States winners who will advance to the national level of competition.
In the Junior American Citizens contest, students can choose if they want to do art which includes: posters, stamp design, photo essay, or banner. Also they can do creative expression, which is a poem or short story, or community service.
Scholars Academy had the following regional contest winners: 6th grade Group 1 - (Stamp) Gus Novak, 1st place and Abbey Bennett, 2nd place; (Poem) Ella Grace Williams, 1st place; (Short Story) Jaidyn Wood, 1st place; and (Poster) Brantley Taylor, Honorable Mention. 6th grade Group 2 - (Poster) Jayden Singletary, 1st place; (Stamp) Carter Grace Crocker, 1st place and Leah Brady, 2nd place; (Poem) Benjamin Bundrick, 3rd place. 7th grade Group 1 - (Poster) Jocelyn Watson,1st place. 7th Grade Group 2 - (Banner) Ben Yentzer/Walt Moore, 1st place; (Poster) Skyy Stanley, 1st place and Arlisha Madison, 2nd place; (Stamp) Nicholas Hall, 1st place and Ethan Oberding, 2nd place; and (Poem) Emma Butler, 2nd place. 8th grade Group 1 - (Poster) Julianne Watson, 1st place; (Stamp) David Lee Jordan, 1st place; (Short Story) Karli Icard, 1st place and Lawson Brinkley, 2nd place; and (Poem) Clara Clifton, 1st place. 8th grade Group 2 - (Stamp) Maggie May, 1st place and Max Nicholson, 2nd place and Malorie Turnbull, 3rd place; (Poem) Caroline Hiers, 1st place and Jordan Bonar, 2nd place; (Short Story) Faith Ridley, 1st place; and (Short Story) Thomas Wilson, 2nd place.
First place regional winners went on to compete at the state level which resulted in the following state-level winners: (Banner) Ben Yentzer and Walt Moore; (Poster) Jayden Singletary, Jocelyn Watson, and Julianne Watson; (Stamp) Joseph Novak, Carter Grace Crocker, Nicholas Hall, David Lee Jordan, and Maggie May; (Poetry) Ella Grace Williams, Timothy Cordista, Clara Clifton, and Caroline Hiers; and (Short Story) Jaidyn Wood, Karli Icard, and Faith Ridley.
Five of these state winners were Southeastern United States winners who will advance to the National Junior American Citizen DAR Contest: (Banner) Ben Yentzer and Walt Moore, (Poster) Jayden Singletary and Jocelyn Watson, and (Poetry) Timothy Cordista and Caroline Hiers.
Compared to previous years when the JAC contest with divisions like poems, short stories, posters, stamps, and banners was only open to elementary students, Thomasville City Schools middle school students had the chance to win many awards.
“Since the students weren’t limited to only the essay contest, the amount of winners has increased a lot,” said social studies teacher Djuana Rinehart.
The teachers of these students are excited and proud of their winners.
“I’m very pleased with all my middle school students that won this contest,” said Rinehart.