Westminster Christian Academy walked away as the GICAA Regional Literary Competition champions following 13 students’ impressive performances at last week’s regional competition held at Grace Fellowship Church in Greensboro, Ga.
Westminster’s students competed in 11 of the 14 events, and received 1st or 2nd place in seven of the events advancing eight students to the state competition in Macon, Ga. Thursday, March 12.
This is Westminster’s fourth consecutive year participating in Literary Competition. Four short years ago Daniel Lanclos, who is now a senior, was the only student who competed. The four-year veteran, competed in two events yesterday, and brought home 2nd place in the solo piano competition, as well as 2nd place for U.S. extemporaneous speaking. He will compete at state in both of these events.
Winning 1st place in the rhetorical analysis essay event was junior Liz Autry who is now the three-time consecutive regional champion. Autry was named state runner-up for this event two years ago.
Westminster’s girls trio also advances to state after receiving 1st place for the second year in a row. The trio is comprised of juniors Sarah Cole and Madi Mcullough, and sophomore Ellie Campbell.
Junior Henry Roberts competed in the spelling category for the second year and replaced last year’s 2nd place finish with a 1st place win and a second chance at the state level.
Newcomers to the Literary team, freshman Christina Boothe and junior Emma Atchley received 2nd place in their respective categories girl’s solo and dramatic interpretation. Boothe and Atchley will attend the state competition for the first time.
Reigning regional champion for boy’s solo, junior Josh Russell was unable to defend his title and walked away from the category this year with a 3rd place finish and does not qualify to compete at state. Russell also placed 3rd in the boys quartet category which he competed in along with sophomores Nic Zehna, Connor Loveless, and eighth grader Jeremiah Smith. Russell competed also in the argumentative essay category and received 4th place.
This was Zehna’s, Loveless’s and Smith’s first time participating in the Literary Competition.
Moving forward, Westminster sends the following students to compete at the state competition in the respective event(s):
Lanclos – solo piano and U.S. extemporaneous speaking
Autry – rhetorical analysis essay
Cole, McCullough and Campbell – girls’ trio
Roberts – spelling
Boothe – girl’s solo
Atchley – dramatic interpretation
The group is led by faculty advisor Amy Lanclos, and receives assistance and accompaniment from former professional musician and current Westminster parent and former board member John Autry.