Riverdale Readers Did Outstanding at Overall Reading Fair

By Molly Seales

On Thursday, April 7, 29 of Riverdale’s top students represented their school at the MAIS Overall Reading Fair in Pearl, Mississippi. At overall, students compete against all classes of schools. Riverdale is a Class A school, which means we are one of the smallest in the MAIS. We competed against, and placed against, 5A schools. This is an accomplishment to truly be proud of!

This year we had more students place than ever before as our readers continue to pave the way to put Riverdale at the top at overall one day really soon! We had two groups that won 1st place on their projects at overall. They were the 3rd grade group non-fiction team of Milton Guidry and Benton Yount. They also won 1st place in best portrayal of character. The other 1st place team, composed of sophomores Georgia Carlisle and Emily Nettles, won in the high school group non-fiction category. They also won 1st place in best portrayal of character. Our other 1st place award went to 3rd graders Dally Bell and Hope Williamson, who did a group fiction project. Dally and Hope had 12 entrants in their category, so 1st place was a huge accomplishment!

We had several other students place 2nd or 3rd. Third grader Kylie Davis placed 2nd in individual fiction, while 8th grader Ben Moseley placed 2nd in junior high individual non-fiction. 6th graders Hayden Cason, Jackson Hillman, and Kaden McNeely placed 3rd in group non-fiction, while 8th graders Alaina Boyd and Ayla Knotts placed 3rd in group non-fiction for junior high. 7th grader Layken Gates took 3rd place in junior high non=fiction best portrayal of character.

My mom, Bethany Seales, teaches junior high ELA and is the school reading fair sponsor. She had an opportunity to judge at the overall reading fair. I asked her what her thoughts were on the experience. She said, “That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Every project that we judged was so good and worthy of placing. Unfortunately, you can only pick three. I’m not sure if I want to judge again next year. It’s a lot of pressure.” She also said, “I am so proud of all of our reading fair participants, from the school level all the way to overall. It does my heart good to see that there are some children left who love reading. Reading has become somewhat of a lost art since the evolution of more and more technology. I would like to give a huge thank you to the parents who helped make this experience possible for their children. I appreciate you and the support you gave your children during this fun and educational venture.”

Congratulations to all of our overall reading fair winners!


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