Okefenokee Regional Educational Services Agency (OKRESA) supports local school systems in building capacity for effective school improvement initiatives that lead to increased student achievement and college and career ready graduates. It serves nine school districts in South Georgia and sponsors the annual Young Georgia Authors Competition. 

Grace Jones, third grade author from Folkston Elementary School, submitted the Okefenokee RESA-winning publication of “Ernie the Ostrich.” She is the daughter of Drew and Laura Jones.

Charlton County High School award-winning author Emilee Zetmeir, was the tenth grade OKRESA winner for her piece titled “November 3rd.” She is the daughter of Brady and Nancy Zetmier.

All system (county) level winners move on to compete against the eight surrounding counties’ winners within the Okefenokee RESA area. These winners then move on to the state level contest. 

This is an exceptional accomplishment for Grace and Emilee as they have been named the grade level winners for the entire nine-county area, which includes Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware Counties.