Literary team boasts success at region, planned to take home state wins

Published 3:04 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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Piper Loeffler, Bethany Rentz and Rosie Rentz  were rapidly preparing for the state literary competition when school was canceled for the remainder of the year. However, literary sponsor Leigh Powell was sure they would bring home an award.

According to Powell, the State Literary Competition is the only state art competition in Georgia that features music, dramatic arts, public speaking and essay writing.

Since the competition covers such a variety of artistic interpretations, students prepare individually for the meet.

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Loeffler had been training with a vocal coach in Tallahassee to compete in the musical portion of the meet.

“She really had a great shot at state,” Powell said.

Loeffler sang an Italian song and “I Could’ve Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady at the Region competition.

“Seeing her compared to other region competitors made me realize how much of a frontrunner Piper would be at state,” Powell said.

Bethany was planning to compete in the argumentative essay division, where Powell said she had been gathering facts on common debates in America right now and researching the pros and cons of the debates.

Sister, Rosie planned to compete in the personal essay, where Powell had high hopes for her.

“She received a perfect score from one judge on her personal essay at region,” Powell said.

Powell explained that Rosie had several prompts to choose from during region and she chose to write about the first time she saw her parents cry and used vivid imagery, making the essay compelling.

Powell was disappointed the ladies don’t have the chance to compete, but she wants them to all know how truly proud she is of their work ethic and individual practice, because she knows this meet is so different from anything else they’ve ever competed in.