Pottstown's elemetary students earn Olympic Reading honors

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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

About the Author

Matthew Reichl writes for The Community Connection, where he has worked since 2010. He has worked for Berks-Mont Newspapers since the fall of 2007. A native to Allentown, he recently bought his first house in Laureldale, Pa., on the outskirts of Reading. Before beginning his career in community journalism, he studied at the University of Kutztown. Reach the author at mreichl@berksmontnews.com or follow Matthew on Twitter: @commconnection.