Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Forget S. Korea, Olympics Are Here in Pottstown

Pottstown readers discuss their team answer before providing it at the recent Reading Olympics competition at Pottstown Middle School.

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottstown School District
More than 100 elementary students in the Pottstown School District took part in the Olympics. 

Unlike the athletes representing the United States, they did not have to travel to South Korea. Their competition took place in the Pottstown Middle School Auditorium.

Students participated in the 18th annual Pottstown School District’s Reading Olympics Competition. 

Diamond Credit Union has devoted 13 years and more than $30,000 
to supporting the Reading Olympics Program in Pottstown Schools.
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 the 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.

The 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 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 excited to see our youngsters actively engaged in reading. This event is an opportunity for students to experience teamwork and the satisfaction that comes from hard work,” said Neitz.

For the 13th consecutive year, the Pottstown School District’s Reading Olympics program has received financial support from the local Diamond Credit Union.

Branch Manager Andrea Sawchuk-Moyer said, “we are proud to partner with the Pottstown School District in their efforts to promote the skills of reading so that students may learn to read and then 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 to our community.”

John Armato, Director of Community Relations, noted, “Diamond Credit Union has been a longstanding partner of the Pottstown School District. Their financial support for the Reading Olympics Program throughout the years has totaled more than a $30,000 investment on their part in the development of educational opportunities for our students. Their programming for students also includes Diamond Credit Union representatives presenting financial literacy lessons to high school business classes. Diamond Credit Union’s continued support of the Pottstown School District is one of the reasons we say Proud to be from Pottstown.”

Ribbon award winning teams included:
Franklin Elementary
Reading Rebels
Lincoln Elementary
Reading Lions
Barth Elementary
Reading Rockets
Rupert Elementary
Rocking Readers
Olivia Ash
Alivia Boyer
Mairelys Concepcion
Erika Heller
Megan McGinn
Justina Nhim
Lindsay Quintero
Brighton Scott
Natalie Shope
Emely Villegas
Gemma Wise-Macchioni
Leah Blackwell
Emily Careme
Lily Garber
Gaige Harsh
Lauryn Kutsch
Amelia Lepage
Joey Levengood
Nevaeh Peaco
Carice Peart
Jaylen Quarles
Mason Sims
Ethan Ung
Donovan Williams
Ava Alessi
Jahliyah Allen
Aubrey Andrews-Watkins
Ayanna Cox
Janylah Etienne
Savante Johnson
Rachel Kauffman
Kendyll King
Isiah Perez
Sajjadah Pew-Phillips
Zaila Redden
Rowan Stauffer
Tymir Wallace
Syncere Whitehurst
Andrew Alessi
Patience Cole
Hugo Costa
Evan Egleston
Wesam Elgendy
Andrew Fulmer
Arianna Gatlin
Jayanna Hill
Colin Plank
Kanijah Turlington
Cianne Wells
Desiyah Wilson

Pottstown Middle School
Pottstown Middle School
Pottstown Middle School
Reading Radicals
Madison Beard
Olivia Chin
Macyahna Dalton
Lunna Davilla
MaiJheda Ellison
Taylor Maguire
Fatima Mohamed-Eck
Nyel Thompson
Emma Tidball
Aniyah Wells
Jadon Wiszumerski
Zarreea Brown
Daniela Castillo
Aniyah Crump
Shyloh Dugan
Lili Freese
Gabriella Horne
Gianni Mahario
Avallina Orfield
Josh Sargent
Adam Alaoui
Kaitlyn Alessi
Layla Bearden
Zhon Bell
Peyton Benfield
Tyler Broughton
Emily Castillo
Makenna Franey
Daisy Hilbert
Mehki Jenkins-Glover
Alyssa Pearson
Najae Perez
Katerine Reina
Sophia Russo
Angelica Shifflette
Devon Smith
Makayla Smith
Austin Sundstrom
Chloe Weiss
Rosalee Wilson

JJA\PR\PSD Reading Olympics 3-8-18

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