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Pottstown's elemetary students earn Olympic Reading honors

By Matthew Reichl, The Community Connection

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Over 150 elementary students in the Pottstown School District recently competed in the 13th annual school district Reading Olympics competition. The Reading Olympics requires teams of students to read 45 books in preparation for the event. Each round of competition sees two opposing teams attempt to answer 20 questions given in rapid-fire fashion from moderators. After a question is asked about a book, teams huddle to determine the correct answer. One point is awarded for each correct answer and Olympic ribbons are awarded for overall performance. District teams qualify to compete in the annual Montgomery County Intermediate Unit competition which annually attracts over 500 teams and 7,000 participants.
The Pottstown School District program is organized by Reading Specialist Mrs. Karen Neitz. The goals of the Reading Olympics are to increase students’ reading for enjoyment and promote reading skills that increase achievement and academic success. “I am always so excited to see our youngsters actively engage in reading. This event is an opportunity for students to experience teamwork and the satisfaction that comes from hard work,” explained Mrs. Neitz.
For the eighth consecutive year the Pottstown School District’s Reading Olympics program has received financial support from the local Diamond Credit Union. John Foust, President of Diamond Credit Union said, “We are proud to partner with the Pottstown School District in their efforts to promote the skill of reading so that students may learn to read so that they can read to learn. It is extremely rewarding to see the glow in students’ eyes when they correctly answer one of the questions. As an organization, Diamond Credit Union is committed to being a contributing member of our community.”
Ribbon award winning teams included:
Lincoln Lightening Readers - GOLD
Kylie Boughter
Kaile Butterfield
Melissa Coleman
Seth Jones
William Maddox
Cristine Martinez
Dylan Murphy
Megan Robie
Alixander Stewart
Somaiya Tate
Donovan Towson
MiKayla Viers
Winni Weng
Emme Wolfel
Rupert Reading Racers - GOLD
Zachary Beekley
Tyler Bruton
Kamrin Gatlin
Kameryn Herpich
David Hicks
Isaiah Lamar
Courtney Maulseed
Alexandria Olvera
Amana Douglas-Quill
Destri RoyeEmily Russo
Arianna Rumley
U’Kari Taylor
Kito Thompson
Julius Vargas
Hannah Wilson
Franklin’s Rockin’ Readers - SILVER
Dezmyre Aiken
Tajime Brown
Christina Butler
Brooklyn Colegrove
Devin Dolla
Hannah Feist
Erin Glass
Avery Heverly
Kaylin Lascik
Julian Paskel
Esteban Pineda
Bryce Redd
Tanner Scott
Phillip Shiffler
Franklin’s Ballistic Bookworms - SILVER
Shelby Clayton
Elijah Davis
Jacob Eames
Andrew Green
Paige Jones
Tahkeim Lowe
Cayla McNair
Riley Mead
Jonae Oister
Payton Reid
Isabel Sharp
Marisa Walker
Emily Weber
Harmony Wood
Edgewood Elites - SILVER
Beyonce’ Brown
Rasherra Jackson
Kishan Patel
Nathan Lang
Alexis Taylor
Isabelle Dupon
Joseph McLoughlin
Amari Folly
Edgewood Reading Stars - BRONZE
Nathalie Baten
Jacob Stiefel
Hannah Lewiski
Marcos Maldonado
Anthony Lowe
Raquel Villegas
Diego Magana-Jaime
Cheyenne Dickinson
Barth Read Big or Go Home - BRONZE
Topanga Brooks
Heaven Charriez
NiYell Clifford
Sylvahna Craft
Nancy Deschamps-Ocampo
Kaelyn Draucker
Zoe Earle
Haley Haas
Alexa Howard
Justice Mayes
Pearce Raegler
Robbie Raegler
Mason Saltzer
Cheyenne Shirley
Jaleinda Thompson
Taina Virola
Barth Reading Warriors - BRONZE
Haile Clayton
Aiden Crowder
Kristin DiPietro
Jena Epright
Anyae Germany
Nathan Harper
Sherese Marshall
Jamair McCalpine-Thomas
Wesley McCalpine
Jada Oliver
Briana Quarles
Gabriela Reyes
Faith Roach