Briarwood's literary team has once again demonstrated its talent by winning the Georgia Independent School Association Region 1AA Championship the second year in a row, taking seven first place honors, two second places and a third in competition at Augusta State University last week.
The first and second place teams are competing today in Savannah for state honors.
The Briarwood Academy Literary Team is in Savannah to defend its AA State Crown after capturing the Region Championship in Augusta. From left, front row, are music coach Jeanie Joesbury, Bonnie Bounds, Lauren Brown and non-music coach Sheila Wilkes, second row Ivey Thrift, Anna Harden, Heather Neal, Alli Wood, Wendi Wilson, third row, Carl Chapman, Seth Williford, Joseph Baldwin, Jason Dunham and Davis Griffin.
Every music event took first place in regional competition: girl's solo -- Wendi Wilson; boy's solo -- Joseph Baldwin; trio -- Heather Neal, Anna Harden and Alli Wood; quartet -- Seth Williford, Davis Griffin, Joseph Baldwin and Jason Dunham; piano -- Joseph Baldwin.
Bonnie Bounds took a first for spelling, and Davis Griffin earned first place in boy's extemporaneous speaking.
Ivey Thrift earned two second place wins -- girl's personal essay and girl's oral interpretation, and Lauren Brown won third for girls extemporaneous speaking.
"I was very proud of them. We have some outstanding talent and a very strong team," said, Jeanie Joesbury who has been Music Director at Briarwood since 1995 and has been coaching literary since 1987.
Competition is even stiffer this year than last year after the make up of the region changed, making the Briarwood students' accomplishments even more impressive, Mrs. Joesbury noted.
Briarwood also did well last year in regional competition, placing first in 12 of the 13 events.
The team last year went on to capture the title of AA State Champion in Overall Literary Competition at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.