After winning the Region 1AA Literary competition, Briarwood's team distinguished itself at the state level in the Georgia Independent School Association by taking second place and earning several individual honors for students.
"I was very proud of their efforts," said Jeanie Joesbury. Mrs. Joesbury serves as music coach while Sheila Wilkes is coach for speaking and writing.
Briarwood students took second place in Overall Literary Competition at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah March 17, and several students earned standout recognition.
Joseph Baldwin placed first in piano, earning scores of 99 and 100, which are unheard of, Mrs. Joesbury said. The scores traditionally are in the 80s, she said.
"They told us it was the highest score of all in both the AAA and AA competition.
"The judges even wrote artistry level on his sheets. He was awesome."
Bonnie Bounds earned first place in spelling with the highest score of the entire week in both the AA and AAA schools.
"She would have won at any private school in the state," Mrs. Joesbury said.
In addition, the trio of Heather Neal, Anna Harden and Alli Wood earned a first place.
Davis Griffin earned second in state competition for boy's oral interpretation.
Wendi Wilson won third place for girl's solo and Joseph Baldwin placed third in boy's solo.
"We did very well," said Mrs. Joesbury who has served as music director at Briarwood since 1995 and has been coaching literary since 1987.