The Briarwood Academy literary team placed second in the GISA Region 1AA Literary meet last week at Georgia College and State University in Macon, earning six first place and three second place finishes, which will advance to GISA AA state competition next Wednesday, March 14, at Valdosta State University in Valdosta.
"Once again, our students represented Briarwood very well, as evidenced by their many first and second place finishes," said non-music coach Bob Warren. "No one knows how many hours were dedicated to that day. My congratulations to all of them."
Always a strong presence in state competition, the Briarwood team will again take competitors to state in nine of the 13 categories.
"Our literary team is going into state competition with high numbers, which gives us a definite advantage in placing high in state competition again," said music coach Jeanie Joesbury. "We hope to make Briarwood proud."
Senior Ivey Thrift led the Briarwood literary team with two first place finishes in her fourth and final year as a competitor. She placed first in both Personal Essay and Dramatic Oral Interpretation with a reading of The Tribunal by R. D. Fahey.
"I was very, very pleased with our music results," Mrs. Joesbury said.
The girls trio, composed of senior Heather Neal, senior Courtney Price and junior Jennifer Morey, repeated as region winners, performing Homeward Bound by Marta Keen and a jazz arrangement of Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Mervyn Warren, based on the Beethoven chorale tune.
"They were awesome. It's the most difficult piece we've ever done," Mrs. Joesbury said of the "very sophisticated, soulful jazz arrangement" of Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee performed by the trio. "Not only was it the most difficult piece the girls have ever done, it was the most difficult piece I've ever had to play at literary."
The quartet, composed of senior Davis Griffin, senior Seth Williford, junior Ethan DeMore and junior Ben Raburn, also placed first in the competition with their renditions of "a beautiful new version" of Amazing Grace and "the old '60s song," In the Still of the Night, arranged by Ed Lojeski.
Junior Whitney McTier repeated last year's region first place win in piano, performing a piece by J. S. Bach and an impromptu by Franz Schubert.
In his first year as a literary competitor, senior Chase Wilson took first place in spelling.
Senior Davis Griffin placed second in boys solo, as did Jennifer Morey in girls solo much to Mrs. Joesbury's dismay.
"I don't know how," she said. "I think they'll do better at state."
Griffin performed Per la Gloria by Bononcini and Three Poor Manners, an old English tune, while Morey performed O cessate di piagarmi by Scarlatti and You'll Never Walk Alone from the Richard Rogers musical, Carousel.
All of Briarwood's competitors placed high enough in the competition to earn points towards the second place win.
Third place winners were Griffin in humorous oral interpretation and Wilson in argumentative essay.
Fourth place winners were Ali Dyson in girls argumentative essay and Andy Bean in international extemporaneous speaking.