It was the best finish ever in the Georgia Independent School Association literary competition when Briarwood Academy's competitors took first place in 12 of the 13 events in Region 1AA literary competition last week at Augusta State University.
The entire Briarwood literary team earned the right to compete in the state competition on Wednesday, March 17, at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, giving the Briarwood team a definite edge over other teams in state competition.
How They Finished
• Trio - Brett Walker, Brittney Brown and Alli Wood
• Quartet - T.J. Mimbs, Andrew Brown, Barrett Wills and Joseph Baldwin
• Solo - T.J. Mimbs
• Solo - Wendi Wilson
• Piano - Joseph Baldwin
• Extemporaneous Speaking - Lauren Brown
• Boys Essay - Andrew Brown
• Girls Essay - Bonnie Bounds
• Personal Essay - Ivey Thrift
• Spelling - Andrew Brown
• Girls Oral Interpretation - Ashley Rivers
• Boys Oral Interpretation - Joseph Baldwin
• Boys Extemporaneous Speaking - Davis Griffin
"It is impossible to express in words how excited I am," non-music coach Sheila Wilkes said. "I am so pleased with their performance at last week's literary competition. I am not completely surprised, though. (Music coach Jeanie) Joesbury and I felt, going into the competition, that this is one of the strongest teams that we have ever coached. We really had the cream of the crop participating in every single event. They are just an awesome group of students, and we will keep our fingers crossed and hope that they do as well at state."
The boys quartet -- senior Andrew Brown, senior Barrett Wills, senior T.J. Mimbs, and sophomore Joseph Baldwin -- placed first performing a cappella Ride the Chariot, arranged by Smith, and Till the Stars Fall from the Sky, arranged by Althouse.
The girls trio -- senior first soprano Brett Walker, senior alto Brittney Brown and senior second soprano Alli Wood -- performed Hail, Holy Queen by Shaeman and Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier, arranged by Moore.
Boys soloist senior T.J. Mimbs placed first performing Du bist wie eine Blume by Robert Schumann and Three Poor Mariners, an old English melody.
Girls soloist junior Wendi Wilson placed first, performing Caro mio ben by Giordani and Oh, tis sweet to think, an old Irish melody.
Pianist Joseph Baldwin placed first performing Sursum corda from Annees de Pelerinage by Franz Liszt and Fugue No.9 in E Major from book One by J.S. Bach.
Borrowing a reading from the Washington-Wilkes Little Theater production of The Wind in the Willows in which he played the lead, Joseph also placed first in boys oral interpretation with an excerpt from the stage adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham.
Senior Ashley Rivers placed first in girls oral interpretation with a reading of The Tribunal by R.D. Fahey. The Tribunal is a reconstructed testimony of a French Jewish girl accused of collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.
Students participating in the argumentative essay competition, personal essay competition and extemporaneous speaking competition were given a list of topics and a specific period of time in which to either write their essay or prepare their speech competition.
Andrew, who placed first in three events, won in boys argumentative essay addressing the use of a voucher system for the students in public schools in the state of Georgia. Andrew also placed first in spelling, correctly spelling such words as sesquipedalian, shillelagh, and glockenspiel.
Freshman Bonnie Bounds placed first in girls argumentative essay addressing the steps the government needs to take to halt the spread of mad cow disease while keeping in mind the significance of the cattle industry in the rebounding American economy.
Freshman Ivey Thrift placed first in personal essay writing and essay defining "the relationship between you and your best friend to allow you to call that person your best friend."
Sophomore Lauren Brown placed first in girls extemporaneous speaking addressing the question of the advisability of the new initiative that would return Americans to the moon and whether or not this new interest in space is a good expenditure of American money.
Freshman Davis Griffin, who placed third in boys extemporaneous speaking, was moved to the second place spot when the first place winner was unable to attend state competition, thus qualifying him for state competition as a second place winner. Davis spoke in reference to the Medicare Bill recently passed by Congress, relating to whether or not the government has the right or obligation to mandate adequate medical care for all Americans by legislative action.
Please see the March 25 edition of The McDuffie Mirror for full results from the state competition.