ALBANY — The Deerfield-Windsor School Literary Team recently finished third in the GISA AAA State Championship at Valdosta State University.
The Deerfield team competed in the state competition after winning the GISA Region 3 AAA championship held at Darton College.
At the state meet, DWS was led by Caroline Davis, who successfully defended her 2011 state championship in dramatic oral interpretation; Trey Flynn who won the personal essay contest; and Emily Stone, humorous oral interpretation, who posted the highest score of any competitor in any category.
Marli Collier was the state runner-up in U.S. extemporaneous speech; the boys quartet of Lindsey Short, Brent Goldsmith, Jarrett Martin, and William Ashley placed third; and Amy Baker placed fourth in girls solo. The literary Knights finished one point out of second place.
In the Region 3 AAA meet, Becca Brown won the rhetorical essay competition, Abby Simmons and Julie Ann Hogan placed second in duo oral interpretation, and Chris Michas was runner-up in the argumentative essay. Flynn won the personal essay contest, Stone was the region champion in humorous oral interpretation, Collier placed first in U.S. extemporaneous speech, and Davis was second in dramatic oral interpretation. Runners-up were Baker in girls solo and the boys quartet.
The team is coached by Lindsey Stewart, Dianne Giddens, and Irmgard Schopen-Davis.
Headmaster Dave Davies commended the students and faculty sponsors, saying, “these students competed against the best academic and musical performers in the state, and Deerfield-Windsor’s name was called frequently in the awards ceremonies. The sponsors had the students well prepared for the competition, and the performers delivered beautifully.
“We are grateful for the recognition that they have brought Deerfield-Windsor on the state level.”