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High School Honors Ceremony
Georgia Military College recently recognized its high school students for academic, JROTC, and community achievement, and honored them with a special ceremony. Below is a list of awards and scholarships, which were presented during Honors Night on May 14, 2015.
United States Military Academy Appointment
United States Coast Guard Scholars Program
Military Officers Association of America Scholarship
Mercer University ROTC Scholarship
Mercer University Scholarship
James Cole Harbor
Duke University Scholarship
Horatio Alger Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Association seeks to recognize students who show evidence of integrity and perseverance in the face of adversity. Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. has awarded over $100 million in college scholarships to deserving young people. Analese Bridges is the recipient of a $7,000 scholarship for her college career.
Debbie Amason Scholarship to GMC
The Debbie Amason scholarship was created to honor Ms. Debbie Amason, a long time teacher in Baldwin County who taught hundreds of children including many who now attend GMC. She worked tirelessly as an officer in the Bulldog Club for over five years and was instrumental in starting the Teacher Appreciation Week at GMC. This $500 scholarship is awarded annually to one senior who plans to attend GMC Junior College. This year the recipient is Conner Deen.
Distinguished Young Women Scholarship
The Distinguished Young Women’s Program is a scholarship program that is designed to help young women achieve their academic and career goals. The program promotes being your best self, which includes being ambitious, studious, involved, responsible, and healthy. This year Calli McMullen competed in the Milledgeville At-Large DYW program which consists of an interview, a fitness routine, a talent routine, and a self-expression portion. Calli is this year’s Baldwin County Distinguished Young Woman and she will compete at the state level in July.
Delta Sigma Sorority Award
Civilian Marksmanship Program Scholarship
Nancy Hart Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship
DAR Good Citizen Scholarship
Oliver Morton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award
Sons of Confederate Veterans H. L. Hunley Award
Active Minerals Scholarship
The Georgia Mining Foundation awards scholarships to seniors for outstanding academic achievements and overall character. Taylore Brooks received this scholarship in the amount of $500.
Taylore Brooks also received the MidSouth Credit Union Scholarship of $4,000 and the Exchange Bank Scholarship.
National Achievement Scholarship Program
The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor promising Black American high school students. Trevor Tyus has been named an outstanding participant in this program, having scored in the top 3% of over 160,000 Black Americans who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.
The GEO Group Foundation's mission is to support the community and charitable involvement of employees and facilities of The GEO Group. The foundation is committed to supporting, growing and developing communities where The GEO Group, Inc., its subsidiaries or affiliated companies operate facilities. The Foundation pursues this goal by making charitable grants to local charitable nonprofit organizations, schools, and public entities to help them meet their philanthropic goals and public purposes. The foundation seeks to help deserving children realize the dream of higher education. To this end, the Foundation grants scholarships to help children pursue educational opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
The following students each received a scholarship of $1,000 payable to the college they plan to attend.
Atlanta Touchdown Club Scholarship
Each year in conjunction with the Georgia High School Association, Senior Student Athletes and Student Managers are nominated by Head Football Coaches across the State of Georgia. Applications are reviewed by the Region Secretary and semi-finalists are forwarded to the Touchdown Club of Atlanta/National Football Chapter. This year Parker Williams received the George Morris Student/Athlete Scholarship in the amount of $1000 and Gracyn Walker received the Whitey Zimmerman Student/Manager Scholarship, also in the amount of $1000. These two young people are the latest in a long line of GMC Prep School players and managers to be honored by the NFF.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
This award is given to students, faculty, and staff who volunteer their time to an organization for at least 100 hours. Those individuals who have volunteered 100 or more hours receive a bronze pin; those who have volunteered 175-249 hours receive a silver pin, and those who have volunteered over 250 hours receive a gold pin.
Maddie Allen – Bronze
Annie Benson – Gold
Taylore Brooks – Silver
Anna Crump - Bronze
Hannah Goforth – Bronze
Davis Isley – Gold
Molly Jones – Bronze
Kristin Kuehn – Gold
Megan Leben – Gold
Patrick Lewis – Silver
Mark McCabe – Silver
Calli McMullen – Gold
Hunter Newell – Silver
Chase Sheffield – Bronze
Laughlin Smith – Bronze
Mandi Smith – Silver
Drew Thigpen – Gold
Meia Warren – Bronze
Roy Wood – Gold
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
• Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
• Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
• Encourage leadership of youth by youth
• Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
This year’s recipient of the RYLA is Calli McMullen.
Honor Council Recognitions
The following students participated in the region and state literary competition.
Girls Solo – Rebekah Veatch –1st Place Region, 1st Place State
Boys Solo – Wyatt Spivey –1st Place Region
Girls’ Trio-Annaleah Phillips, Reagan Thornton, Rebekah Veatch – 1st Place Region, 3rd Place State
Boys Quartet – James Cole Harbor, Maxwell Hopkins, Wyatt Spivey, Nick Weldon – 1st Place Region, 2nd Place State
Girls Dramatic Interpretation – Peyton Mims –1st Place Region, 2nd Place State
Boys Dramatic Interpretation – Nick Weldon –2nd Place Region
Boys Extemporaneous Speaking – Roy Wood –1st Place Region, 1st Place State
Girls Extemporaneous Speaking – Analese Bridges –1st Place Region, 1st Place State
Boys Essay – Andy Watkins –2nd Place Region
Girls Essay – Melanie Beadles –4th Place Region
American Legion Oratorical Contest
American Legion Girls State
American Legion Americanism Essay Contest
First place: Mary Elizabeth Jones – 9th Grade
Calli McMullen – 11th Grade
Second Place: Tyler Gray – 9th Grade
Audrey Harris – 11th Grade
Junior American Legion Auxiliary (JALA) Graduates
American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award
Gold – Katie Nelson
Silver – Kristin Kuehn
Bronze – Emma Sovereign
American Legion Military Excellence Award
Gold – Trey Bridges
Silver – Maddie Allen
Bronze – Caitlin Settle
The Nancy Kennedy Reading Achievement Award
Named in honor of long time GMC English teacher, Nancy Kennedy, this award is presented to the cadet in each grade who accumulates the highest total of AR points for their grade. This award’s recipients are:
9th Grade – Cecilia Ruiz
10th Grade – Andy Watkins
11th Grade – Shelby Somers
12th Grade – Maddie Bloodworth
UDC Essay Awards
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the oldest patriotic organization in our country. The UDC was founded in September, 1894 with its objectives being historical in preserving material for truthful history of the War Between the States and its historic places, educational by providing exposure to history through essay contests and scholarships, benevolence by assisting those who defended our country, memorial in honoring those who fell in service to our country, and patriotic in recognizing the part women have played in the War Between the States and all other wars with American involvement.
The Milledgeville chapter of the Georgia Division is Robert E. Lee 115, and each year we sponsor an essay contest for all schools in the county. This year’s topic was Appomattox 1865.
GMC had the winning essays in 7-10th grades and the first place essays have been sent to the division. Each winner receives a small monetary award from out chapter.
9th Grade 1st Place – Colum Lowery
10th Grade 1st Place – Nathan Alford
10th Grade 2nd Place – Will Caldwell
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award
Presented to one sophomore who has demonstrated leadership potential. This student is invited to attend a 3-day Leadership Seminar at Berry College in Rome.
Governor’s Honors Program
The Georgia Governor's Honors Program is a four-week, summer residential program at Valdosta State, designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. High School sophomores and juniors are eligible for nomination.
GMC’s nominee in the area of Dance was Megan Leben. The nominee in the area of Music was Jack Watkins, and Patrick Lewis was nominated in the area of Math.
Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award
Presented to the junior class cadet with the highest academic average in science through the first three years of high school:
University of Georgia Certificate of Merit
Presented by the University of Georgia to identify superior scholastic endeavors through outstanding achievement in the first three years of high school. Nominees must rank in the top 5% of the Junior class.
STAR Student/ STAR Teacher Award
The STAR Student program is sponsored by PAGE and the Chamber of Commerce. The STAR program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. The student nominee must have the highest SAT score from one sitting through the November test date and rank in the top ten percent of their class. The STAR Teacher is selected by the STAR Student. Please stand for recognition.
Star Student: Katie Nelson
Star Teacher: Major Emily Fairbrass
GMC Academic Discipline Awards
Presented to a senior with the highest cumulative grade point average in each subject area taken from ninth-twelfth grade.
English – Katie Nelson
Mathematics – Ashley Vinson
Science – Ashley Vinson
Social Studies – Ashley Vinson
Spanish – Andrew Kirkland
Principal’s Awards and Academic Achievement Ribbons
Presented to students in the ninth through twelfth grades who have attained the Principal’s List and have not accumulated any bullring, discipline hours, or suspensions during the first three 9-week grading periods. Students also receive the Achievement Ribbon from the JROTC Department.
9th Grade: Cory Bivins – 3rd Award
Tyler Gray – 4th Award
Mary Elizabeth Jones – 3rd Award
Allie Kauzlarich – 1st Award
Dean Kelleher – 1st Award
Colum Lowery – 3rd Award
Tyler Rion – 3rd Award
Cecilia Ruiz – 1st Award
Kaylee Wysong – 4th Award
10th Grade: Annie Benson – 3rd Award
Megan Leben – 5th Award
William Peacock – 3rd Award
Chase Sheffield – 2nd Award
Zach Spiler – 5th Award
Reagan Thornton – 3rd Award
Nick Trussell – 5th Award
Andy Watkins – 1st Award
Jack Watkins – 1st Award
11th Grade: Audrey Harris – 4th Award
Patrick Lewis – 6th Award
Calli McMullen – 5th Award
12th Grade: Maddie Allen – 6th Award
Melanie Beadles – 5th Award
Analese Bridges – 4th Award
Taylore Brooks – 7th Award
Liam Fairbrass – 6th Award
Andrew Kirkland – 4th Award
Kristin Kuehn – 7th Award
Lila Mitchell – 5th Award
Regan Mullis – 2nd Award
Katie Nelson – 1st Award
Niki Thomas – 7th Award
Gage Vanlandingham – 4th Award
Ashley Vinson – 7th Award
Macy Watkins – 6th Award
Academic Excellence Awards and Academic Excellence Ribbon
Awarded annually to one cadet in the ninth through twelfth grade for maintaining the highest academic average for all subjects taken in the current 2013-2014 school year. Students who have achieved this award also receive the Academic Excellence Ribbon from the JROTC Department.
9th Grade: Tyler Gray
10th Grade: Megan Leben
11th Grade: Calli McMullen
12th Grade: Liam Fairbrass
Perfect Attendance Award – presenter COL Thornton
The following students have been present all day, every day of the 2014-2015 school year.
9th Grade: Cory Bivins
Mary Elizabeth Jones
11th Grade: Sarai Mapp
Two students in the twelfth grade were present every day of each school year from 9th grade through 12th grade.
Principal’s Leadership Award – presenter COL Thornton
Presented to a senior who has demonstrated the ability to combine academic excellence and leadership.
View photos of the ceremony here: http://gmcpr.smugmug.com/20142015/HS-Honors-Night-51415/.
In a world where J.K. Rowling’s manuscript of “Harry Potter” was rejected 12 times and Kathryn Stockett’s manuscript of “The Help” was rejected 60 times, it can be easy to become despondent about publishing your fiction, even more so for teenage writers aching to voice their thoughts to the world.
However, there’s an abundance of writing competitions year round for teens and writing contests for high school students — you just need to know where to look.
Here, I compiled a list of 33 writing contests for teens. Genres include: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenplays, and plays.
Some of these contests may sound like the competition is too stiff, especially if the organization receives thousands of submissions every year. But speaking from personal experience, you never know unless you try. Rejections will pile up for young authors, but so will acceptances accompanied by whoops and fist pumps.
Additionally, the experiences offered by certain teen contests such as working with professionals, revisiting your work, and perhaps even seeing it come to life either in a publication or on stage is indescribably rewarding and gratifying.
So, young writers, submit on!
1. Ocean Awareness Student Contest
The theme is “Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution,” and it challenges you to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans. Prizes range from $100-$1,500.
Grades: Middle school – High school
2. Rattle Young Poets Anthology
This is an anthology to look back on the past and view your younger work with pride. The author of the poem must have been age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted.
Ages: 18 or younger
Number of submissions: “Thousands” are submitted, 50 are chosen.
3. Inkitt Novel Contest
If you have a novel over 20,000 words, submit it to this contest where a community of readers will read your story. The more they love it, the better chance you have of winning a publishing deal.
Think of it as American Idol for your novel.
Plus, all published authors with Inkitt receive these great perks:
- $6,000+ invested into your book launch
- 25% royalties on every copy sold
- Cover design and professional editing
- Publicity on Amazon (over 90% of their books become bestsellers right after launching)
This is a fantastic contest that can get you a ton of exposure and even result in a book deal. Read the reviews on their website and submit today. It’s free and easy to upload your manuscript and have readers start reading your work immediately.
4. Hypernova Lit
Any and all types of writing are welcome. Long short stories, short short stories, prose poetry, traditional poetry, blackout poetry, creative accounts of your life and experiences, essays about yourself, essays about what you love, plays, scripts, letters, lists, rants, lyrics, journal writing.
Deadline: Open Year-round
5. Princeton University Poetry Contest for High School Students
The Princeton University Poetry Contest recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade. Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100.
6. The Bennington Young Writers Awards
Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades enter in one of the following categories: poetry (a group of three poems), fiction (a short story or one-act play), or nonfiction (a personal or academic essay). First-place winners in each category are awarded a prize of $500; second-place winners receive $250.
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7. Canvas Literary Journal
Teen literary magazine published quarterly.
Seeking writers ages 13-18 to submit fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, plays, nonfiction, new media, and cross-genre.
8. The New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights
Submit your best one-act play (one per playwright!) to the New Voices competition and you can potentially win cash, software from fabulous sponsors Final Draft and Great Dialogue, and even publication!
Ages: 19 or younger
Submission period: Fall
9. Princeton University 10 Minute Play Contest
Eligibility for this annual playwriting contest is limited to students in the eleventh grade. Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100. The jury consists of members of the Princeton University Program in Theater faculty.
10. Jet Fuel Review
Through Lewis University, Jet Fuel Review is run entirely by students under the supervision of faculty advisers Dr. Simone Muench and Dr. Jackie White.
Jet Fuel Review is looking for quality in writing, whether it be in poetry, prose, non-fiction, or artwork.
Submission periods: August to October; January to March
11. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.
Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works during our 2016 program year across 29 different categories of art and writing.
Submissions period: September to December
In this handbook for young writers, “Spilling Ink,” professional authors give advice to teens who want to become authors.
By mixing personal anecdotes with practical advice, this book offers everything a young author will need to create incredible stories.
12. One Teen Story
One Teen Story is an award-winning literary magazine for readers and writers of young adult literature. Subscribers receive one curated and edited work of short fiction each month in the mail or on their digital devices.
Submission period: September to May
13. The Claremont Review
The editors of the Claremont Review publish the best poetry, short stories, short plays, visual art, and photography by young adults. We publish work in many styles that range from traditional to modern.
We prefer pieces that explore real characters and reveal authentic emotion.
Submission period: September to April
14. Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
Sponsored by Hollins University, the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is in its fifty-second year. The contest awards prizes for the best poems submitted by young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school. Prizes up to $5,000 are awarded to winners. Winners are chosen by students and faculty members in the creative writing program at Hollins.
15.VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
Each year, young writers with and without disabilities, in U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are asked to explore the disability experience through the art of script writing for stage or screen.
Writers may craft scripts from their own experiences and observations, create fictional characters and settings, or choose to write metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience. Winners in these divisions will receive $500 for arts programs at their schools.
Grades: 6-12 OR Ages: 11-18
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development.
Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.
Ages: 15-18 OR Grades: 10-12
17. The Critical Junior Poet’s Award Contest
The Critical Pass Review is now accepting submissions online for its Critical Junior Poet’s Award Contest, an editor’s choice award for exceptional promise in the art of poetry. Applicants between the ages of 13 and 18 can enter for free. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize, a $20 iTunes card, a CD of master poets reading their poetry, publication of his/her winning work in The Critical Pass Review‘s Summer 2016 issue, and more.
Submissions period:November to March
“Leap Write In!” is from acclaimed author Karen Benke, who does a fantastic job helping teen writers to generate ideas for their next story.
This book has an amazing spread of writing prompts, all designed to get your heart on the page and the reader’s heart in their throat.
18. The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop.
19. Santa Fe University of Arts & Design High School Creative Writing Competition
The Glazner Creative Writing Contest is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to compete for a chance at publication in Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s online journal, Jackalope Magazine. To enter, students must submit up to 10 pages of work in any genre to our contest email address (ude.y1520742628tisre1520742628vinue1520742628fatna1520742628s@tse1520742628tnoc1520742628).
Deadline: November to December
20. Young Authors Writing Competition (Columbia College Chicago)
The Young Authors Writing Competition is a national competition for high school writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. It began as a local contest in 1995, and since then has expanded into a national competition that has received tens of thousands of submissions from students across the country. 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $150, and 3rd Place: $50.
Submission period: November to January
21. Odyssey Con
The OddContest is an annual competition for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems no longer than 500 words. Prizes: $50 to first place; Odyssey Con membership and free books to top 3.
Ages: 18 or younger
22. Young Playwrights INC.
Selected writers will be invited to New York, expenses paid, for our Young Playwrights Conference to work with some of this country’s most exciting professional theater artists, and to hear their plays read in our Off-Broadway Readings Series.
Ages: 18 or younger
23. University of Iowa – Hemingway Festival High School Writing Contest
Accepting Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Essays.
Winners and Finalists will be recognized at the 7th Annual University of Idaho Hemingway Festival, and cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Winners will also be considered for publication in an online University of Idaho publication. There will be one winner and one Finalist in each category with one Overall Grand Prize Winner. Cash prizes up to $500.
24. Interlochen Review
Interlochen Arts Academy is a high school boarding school and summer camp. It online literary journal accepts submissions from high school students in five categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Screen/Stageplay and Hybrid form. Up to 6 pieces total.
Submissions Period: February to March
25. Aerie International Journal
Aerie International was born of a desire to offer outstanding young writers and artists an opportunity to share, edit, and publish their work internationally. What makes this journal unique is that it is designed, edited and published entirely by high school students. Students whose work is selected received $100 in addition to a copy of the magazine.
26. Chapman Art and Writing Holocaust Contest
Focusing on themes central both to the Holocaust and to ethical decision making in our world today, the contest gives students from public, private and parochial schools the opportunity to share their creative works in response to survivors’ oral testimonies.
Participating schools may submit a total of three entries from three individual students in the following categories: art, film, prose, and/or poetry.
“Writing Magic” is for every young author who wants to create a world that magically transports the reader.
She focuses on the core advice every writer needs: how to write beginnings and endings, how to create unforgettable characters, and how to write snappy dialogue that keeps readers laughing and crying.
27. Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival
The festival includes plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world from playwrights in 1st through 12th grade (ages 6 to 18). Plays are professionally produced in New York.
Grades: 1-12 OR Ages: 6-18
28. The Blank Theater’s Young Playwrights’ Festival
Since 1993, 12 plays are chosen by a panel of theatre professionals from submissions across America. Winning playwrights are provided careful mentoring and direction from industry professionals to help prepare their work for public performance and hone their skills, talent and confidence. Nowhere else in the nation can young playwrights receive the prize of seeing their vision come to life on stage in a professional production featuring known actors from film, television and theatre. The plays are crafted by seasoned professional directors and each is given several public performances in a month-long Festival.
29. Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF)
Each year the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) recognizes youth poets by publishing their work together in a truly diverse anthology. We welcome international poets from kindergarten through high school grade level or age to submit up to three poems.
30. Winter Tangerine
Winter Tangerine is a literary journal dedicated to the electric. To the salt. The sugar. We want bitter honey, expired sweets. We want catalysts. Accepting submissions of poetry, prose, drama, visual art, and short film.
Submission period: April to October
31. The Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose
The Adroit Journal, published at the University of Pennsylvania is open to all writers. The Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status whose written work “inspires the masses to believe beyond feeling the work.” In other words, we strive to receive the absolute best work from emerging young writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will receive these two lovely awards.
Submission Period: To be announced
32. Hanging LooseMagazine
Hanging Loose Magazine is a professional magazine that welcomes high school submissions. Payment plus 2 copies. Send 3 to 6 poems, or 1 to 3 short stories, or an equivalent combination of poetry and prose to High School Editor, Hanging Loose, 231 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Identify yourself as a high school age writer.
Deadline: Open Year-round
An online publishing opportunity for young writers.
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