Congratulations to Horton Middle School of Pittsboro and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy of Rutherford County, our 2020 The Quill State Champions!

The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities presented the eleventh State Finals of the state writing competition, The Quill, on Monday, November 16 at participating schools statewide. This year's event was presented in a modified fashion due to the pandemic. Eighteen schools qualified from Regionals to compete in the State Finals. 

Four students from each team wrote from four different text type prompts. Submissions were scored and all results were presented via Facebook Live on November 23. The state champions were Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (High School - second consecutive year) of Rutherford County and Horton Middle School of Pittsboro. Thomas Jefferson students were Jennie Connor, Laurie Griffith, Katrina Shauf, and Maylan Maxwell. Horton students were Kyle Stinson, Jack Trigliano, Elizabeth Hall, and Lillian McFall.

Complete rankings are shown below:
High School:
1 - Thomas Jefferson Classical - 91.1
2 - Simon G Atkins - 91.0 (pictured above)
3 - The Early College at Guilford - 80.5
4 - Northwest Cabarrus
5 - High Point Central
6 - Northwest Guilford
7 - Forsyth Country Day
8 - Gray Stone Day
9 - Discovery
10 - Myers Park
State Champion in Problem / Solution: Julia Kincaid of Forsyth Country Day
State Champion in Literary Analysis: May Cheron of Simon G Atkins HS
State Champion in Argumentation: Erin Morton of Simon G Atkins HS
State Champion in Creative Writing: Trisha Santanam of The Early College at Guilford
Middle School:
1 - Horton MS - 85.3
2 - JN Fries - 80.8
3 - Valley Springs - 78.8
4 - Brown Summit MS
5 - Mount Airy MS
6 - Gray Stone Day
7 - Ascend Leadership Academy
State Champion in Argument: Sabine Langer of Brown Summit MS
State Champion in Narrative: Ruby Hoerter of Mount Airy MS
State Champion in Informational: Sahasra Anumolu of JN Fries MS
State Champion in Problem / Solution: Michelle Kpeli of JN Fries MS