Regional winners were recently announced for the tenth annual Student Achievement Month (SAM) contest.  Competing in the four categories of written expression, public speaking, creative expression and computer technology, a total of 28 students (grades K-12) from local affiliates throughout Georgia advanced to the state level portion of the contest.

State winners will be chosen by a group of judges comprised of business leaders and media from the metro Atlanta area.  Winners will receive grand prizes value up to $1,000 each, with seniors opting to receive a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. State level winners will be recognized at a luncheon at The Georgian Terrace on Tuesday, May 7.

The SAM event boosts the confidence of students who are struggling in school and recognizes them for their achievements.  The contest helps students achieve new goals and gain a better understanding of the importance of academic achievement and staying in school.  Dedicated staff members and volunteers encourage students and ensure they complete SAM entries, which helps them assume responsibility for self-improvement and self-discipline.  “Our local affiliates and their volunteers work hard to assist students and establish relationships with local service agencies, businesses, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations, said Carol Lewis, Chief Operating Officer for Communities In Schools of Georgia.  “We know that bringing these types of services into the schools help children and their families succeed.”

The 2013 Student Achievement Month Regional Winners are:

First Name Last Name CIS Site Category School Level
Jodi Mattair Ben Hill Creative Expression Elementary
Iesha Horne Bleckley Creative Expression Elementary
DeAsia Roundtree Burke Creative Expression Elementary
Laken Cone Ben Hill Public Speaking Elementary
Destiny Hightower Baldwin Written Expression Elementary
Ansley Hernandez Ben Hill Written Expression Elementary
Armondo Perez Ben Hill Computer Technology Middle
Amanda Horne Bleckley Computer Technology Middle
Janiyah Roberts Burke Computer Technology Middle
Deasia Mosley Central Georgia Computer Technology Middle
Aldonna Griffin Ben Hill Creative Expression Middle
Malik Fowler Bleckley Creative Expression Middle
Breanna Alviter Central Georgia Creative Expression Middle
Fallon Williams Ben Hill Public Speaking Middle
Jennifer Pardo Ben Hill Written Expression Middle
Shakayla Hughes Burke Written Expression Middle
Brittney Smith Central Georgia Written Expression Middle
Mathtew Ogletree Troup Written Expression Middle
Mitch Thompson Ben Hill Computer Technology High
Karlos Birt Burke Computer Technology High
Bo Shi Shi Atlanta Creative Expression High
Dwayne Guthrie Marietta/Cobb – Cobb PLC Creative Expression High
Larnell Burton Marietta/Cobb – Marietta PLC Creative Expression High
Lafavia Ford Ben Hill Written Expression High
Amber Johnson Burke Written Expression High
Ana Costa Marietta/Cobb – Cobb PLC Written Expression High
Heartleigh Botts Marietta/Cobb – Marietta PLC Written Expression High
Rachel Lord Turner Written Expression High