By Molly Seales
On Tuesday, March 1, Riverdale Academy sent 32 students with 20 projects to the District Reading Fair in West Monroe, LA. These students all placed 1st or 2nd at the local reading fair at Riverdale. This year Riverdale had a record 17 projects advance to the Overall Reading Fair in Pearl, Mississippi, on April 7. At overall, our students will compete against all classes of MSAIS schools. The last time we were able to attend the Overall Reading Fair (before Covid) Matthew Seales, Ally Kate Hillman and Summer Rushing brought home first place, making history and putting Riverdale in contention as a force to be reckoned with.
All of the 1st and 2nd place finishers at district move on to overall. Students and their placings for elementary were 1stgrade – PJ Guidry-3rd place in fiction; 3rd grade – Kylie Davis-2nd place in fiction, Caden Spradley-1st place in non-fiction, Milton Guidry and Benton Yount – 1st place in group non-fiction, Dally Bell and Hope Williamson – 1st place in group fiction; 4th grade – Lane Mancil – 3rd place non-fiction, Morgan Moseley – 3rd place fiction, Trevor Bell – 2ndplace fiction, Addisyn Giddings and Ellie Reese Hillman – 1st place group fiction; 5th grade – Ryder Shaver – 1st place non-fiction; 6th grade – Madelyn Chamberlin, Kaleigh Pickett, and Emma Youngblood – 2nd place in group fiction and Hayden Cason, Jackson Hillman, and Kaden McNeely – 1st place in group non-fiction.
In the junior high and high school categories, every Riverdale project advanced to overall. Junior High winners were Harleigh Lefler – 1st fiction, Ben Moseley – 1st non-fiction, Layken Gates – 2nd non-fiction, Alissa Curry and Krista Mancil – 1st group fiction, Abbie Jowers and Allie Murphy – 2nd group fiction, Ally Kate Hillman and Lexi Mancil – 1st place group non-fiction, and Alaina Boyd and Ayla Knotts – 2nd non-fiction. In the high school division, Georgia Carlisle and Emily Nettles placed 1st in group non-fiction.
Reading fair sponsor, Bethany Seales, told me, “I am so very proud of all of the students who competed in the local and district reading far. I am a strong believer that readers are leaders. Reading fair this year was not mandatory for any grades. The students who participated are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to academics. I would like to give a huge thank you to the parents of these students who have provided transportation for them and are instilling in their children the importance of reading. I’m really looking forward to seeing them compete at overall.” Judging will be in Pearl, MS on April 7th.
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