On Saturday, March 25, the Columbus High School literary team competed in the GHSA state competition at Bremen High School. CHS placed second in the state championship, with a total of 30 points scored.
Several Columbus High students placed in their respective areas of competition. Michael Marola, a senior, placed first in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, and Aiman Sharma, junior, came in fourth place for International Extemporaneous Speaking. Tanay Pathakamuri, junior, placed second in the Argumentative Essay; Grace Johnson, junior, and Anika Sidhar, senior, both placed fourth in the Personal and Literary Analysis Essays, respectively. For the chorus events, Carson Thomlinson, junior, came in third for Boys Solo, and Mekayla Daniel, sophomore, placed first for Girls Solo. Lastly, Mekayla Daniel, Tiffany Le, and Bella Valentine came in second place for the Chorus Trio event.
Before the state championship, the CHS literary team placed first in the regional competition in Thomasville, Georgia. During the regional competition, every member of the literary team placed in their respective categories.
The team is pleased with their season standings, and looks forward to next year’s competition.
Of the state meet, Tanay Pathakamuri states that, “I have always enjoyed participating in Lit Meet and representing my school. I look forward to coming back to the team for my senior year.”