Traditionally a strong competitor in GISA AA state literary competition, the Briarwood Academy literary team qualified to send competitors to compete in nine of the 13 literary categories in state competition, which was held Tuesday, March 14, at Valdosta University in Valdosta.
"We've got good numbers, which puts us in an outstanding position to place high in state (literary) competition again," said music coach Mrs. Jeanie Joesbury. "Our literary team is going into the state meet having placed in the top three overall for the past five years. We hope to make Briarwood proud!"
Briarwood Academy literary team members who placed first overall in the GISA Region 1AA literary last week at Augusta State University include (from left, first row) non-music coach Bob Warren, Heather Neal, Amy McGee, Whitney McTier, Ivey Thrift, Bonnie Bounds, music coach Jeanie Joesbury, (second row) Carl Chapman, Jason Dunham, Ethan DeMore, David Russell, Davis Griffin, Jennifer Morey and (not pictured) Seth Williford.
The literary team captured first place in Region 1AA literary competition for the sixth year at Augusta State University in Augusta on Tuesday, March 7.
Briarwood captured seven first places and two second places in region competition. Additionally, team members took one third place and two fourth places. Only first and second places advance to state competition, third and fourth places earn points towards the overall region title.
"We've got a fresh new team, and they did an outstanding job," said Mrs. Joesbury. "I'm very proud."
Three Briarwood students - junior Bonnie Bounds, junior Davis Griffin, and sophomore Jennifer Morey took two first places each at Region.
Bonnie, who captured the AA state title in Spelling last year, again placed first in Spelling in Region as well as taking first in Girls Argumentative Essay.
Davis took first place in Boys Oral Interpretation, performing a selection from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain, and first place in Boys Solo, performing Vittoria, Vittoria by Carissimi and Seligkeit by Schubert.
Jennifer took first place in Girls Solo, performing Vergin tutto amor by Durante and Zueignung by Strauss, and is a member of the Region winning Trio.
The Trio, composed of Jennifer, Heather Neal and Courtney Price, placed first, performing Shenandoah and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
In her first literary competition, sophomore Whitney McTier placed first in Piano, performing Solfgietto by CPE Bach and Waltz in A Minor by Chopin.
Junior Ivey Thrift placed second in girls oral interpretation with a reading of The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling. She placed third in Personal Essay.
The Quartet, composed of Davis, Jason Dunham, Seth Williford and Ethan DeMore, placed second, performing Jamaica Farewell as arranged by House and the spiritual, River in Judea as arranged by Leavitt.
Briarwood had two fourth place finishes.
Senior Amy McGee placed fourth in Girls Extemporaneous Speaking, while junior David Russell placed fourth in Boys Extemporaneous.