Northside takes first place in state literary meet

March 27, 2013 

Northside High School has added to its trophy case by winning first place in the state literary meet held March 16.

Class AAAAAA, AAAAA and A competitions were held at Northside High, while Class AAAA, AAA and AA were held at Veterans High School.

The competition had a tiered point system with points being awarded to the team for individual finishes. Students compete in speaking, solo, quartet, essay writing and dramatic interpretations. Students are divided boys and girls for competitions. Northside finished with 21 total points, seven points ahead of the second-place school.

“The secret is the students do so much on their own,’’ said Brian Barnett, drama director at Northside High. “They take what we give them and practice on their own. They have that drive and that passion. They went and did their best.”

Barnett said at the beginning of the year, he sees which students will be interested in competing. If more than one student signs up for a particular category, auditions are held. Throughout the fall and winter, students work on their craft.

Students from Houston County schools receiving individual awards at the state literary meet were:

AAAAA Boys Dramatic Interpretation: first place -- Ben Stroman, Northside

AAAAA Boys Essay: first place -- Kevin Long, Northside

AAAAA Girls Extemporaneous Speaking: first place -- Cecilia Cerja, Warner Robins

AAAAA Boys Solo: second place -- Justin Harris, Houston County

AAAAA Girls Solo: first place -- Olivia McMillan, Northside

AAAAA Trio: third place -- Catherine Greene, Taylor Faulkner, Delane Crutchfield, Houston County

AAAA Girls Dramatic Interpretation: second place -- Madeline Dannenberg, Perry

AAAA Girls Extemporaneous Speaking: third place -- Bethany Brown, Perry

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