GISA 2019 Literary Competition

It was a lovely (if cold) day in Carrollton, GA as we arrived at University of West Georgia for TCS’s second ever GISA Literary Competition. Seven of our students competed in eight separate events, with the support of Matthew Miramontes as alternate competitor for the speech events. Our Drama teachers Lydia Dené & Ryan Lafitte, and our Public Speech & Debate teacher Lyle Cutchin were along for the ride to coordinate everyone between the 4 different buildings around campus, with steadfast parent support all day from Krista Yager. Thanks also to Jeff Baumohl and Denise Betts for swinging by!

Jeffrey Betts wrote an excellent essay lauding the wonders of technology, topping our scores from last year in the Argumentative Essay event.

Can you spell haberdasher, impresario, or luminarist? Julia Baumohl can. She represented us in our first-ever attempt at the Spelling competition.

Brett Boyles tried out another new event for TCS: Impromptu Speaking. He had the judges laughing while giving his take on the prompt of “Honesty” and snagged the school a 4th place recognition.

Julia and Natalie Yager were our first pair to ever attempt the Duo Interpretation, and won 3rd place for their performance of a dewy eyed actress auditioning for a role in Anton Chekhov’s newest play, from Neil Simon’s “The Audition”.

Our own Macey Slovin impressed the judges in the Dramatic Interpretation event with her impassioned rendition of Erin Brockovich’s famous courtroom speech, and was also awarded a 3rd place recognition.

Nick Rice took home another TCS 3rd place recognition (that makes 3 for 3rd!) for his efforts in the Personal Essay competition; yet another first-time event for our school.

Zev Fine scooped up a 2nd place win for his performance of the opening monologue of “The Play That Goes Wrong,” in the Humorous Interpretation event.

Finally, let’s all congratulate Natalie Yager for making TCS history. She is our first GISA Literary competitor to take home a 1st place plaque, for her Extemporaneous Speech on the Civil War in Afghanistan!

She and Zev will go on to represent us at GISA AA State Literary in Barnesville, GA next Tuesday, March 12th.

Thanks again to all who participated and put this event together, and again to Krista for being there all day with and keeping the group organized (and fed!) Our participation and achievements at Literary have grown tremendously over only 2 years, and this group his firmly set the stage for TCS’s ongoing presence at this GISA event in the future!