Riverdale Readers Excel at Overall Reading Fair

By Molly Seales

On Thursday, March 30, eighteen Riverdale Academy students traveled to the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl, Mississippi, for the MAIS Overall Reading Fair. Students from grades one through twelve are invited to participate in the fair, which is similar to science fair but reading and analyzing books instead. Students compete first at the school level, then at the district level, and finally at the overall fair.

This year’s overall participants were Jillian Shaver, Alexis Young, P.J. Guidry, Annelise Cason, Dally Bell, Avery Longino, Benton Yount, Milton Guidry, Adisyn Coe, Jentry Bounds, Hope Williamson, Sam Murray, Ryder Shaver, Hayden Cason, Kaden McNeely, Ally Kate Hillman, Kynnedi Taylor, and Alaina Boyd.

Students were judged in their respective categories, with some groups having fifteen to twenty entries, so the competition was fierce. Students who placed at overall were the following: 1st grade group fiction – Jillian Shaver and Alexis Yount, 2nd place in Best Character Portrayal; 2nd grade group non-fiction – Annelise Cason and P.J. Guidry 2nd place in Best Character Portrayal and 2nd place in Project Entry; 6th grade individual non-fiction – Ryder Shaver – 3rd place in Project Entry; 7th grade group non-fiction – Hayden Cason and Kaden McNeely – 3rd place in Project Entry; and 9th grade individual non-fiction – Alaina Boyd – 2nd place in Best Character Portrayal and 3rd place in Project Entry.

All of the students represented Riverdale and the community very well. They received many compliments on their manners and behaviors. Reading fair sponsor Bethany Seales said, “I’m so proud of these students and all of the students who participated at the school and district levels. I want all of these students to know that a ribbon or medal does not determine your success in life. Readers are winning in life, and young readers will see the results of their love of reading pay off in the future. None of these students who participated were required to do so; they chose to do so. I’d like to thank their parents and teachers for supporting them in their education.”

Congratulations to all of these students on a job well done!

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