Winners announced in Read with MEAC/Achieve3000 Reading Contest < All News
Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Norfolk Public Schools was looking to spark enthusiasm among students and teachers for a new computerized reading and writing program. Meanwhile, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the City of Norfolk were looking to continue their outreach to Norfolk students in a meaningful way, and build excitement for the upcoming MEAC men’s and women’s basketball tournament in Norfolk.

BAM! A partnership was born.

The Read with MEac Through Achieve3000 citywide reading contest offers monetary donations for the schools where Achieve3000 was most effectively and frequently used in third grade during the month of February.

The winners are:

First-place school – Coleman Place Elementary, $2,000 prize from the MEAC

Second-place school – Larchmont Elementary, $1,500 prize from the MEAC

Third-place school – Willard Model Elementary, $500 prize from the MEAC

Top third-grade class in NPS – Noel Dixon’s class at Poplar Halls Elementary, $1,000 prize from the MEAC

Top Achieve3000 Boys Among NPS Third-Graders:

Arnett Finley – Poplar Halls

Malcom Brown – Richard Bowling

Maurice Baker – Coleman Place

Samuel Wiggins – Poplar Halls

Jamari Thompson – Coleman Place

Paul Landers – Sewells Point

Larry Diggs – Poplar Halls

Benjamin Forchas - Larchmont

Rayshawn Normandavis – P.B. Young, Sr.

Christopher Bamacaceron – Larrymore

Top Achieve3000 Girls Among NPS Third-Graders:

Ayana Askew – Poplar Halls

Janine Foreman – Ingleside

Imani Andrews – Campostella

Natalie Maldonado – Poplar Halls

Daiva Viney – Suburban Park

Jada Lindsey – Camp Allen

Nivale Baxendell – Willard Model

Destiny Askew – Richard Bowling

Alishia Nelson – Willard Model

Christine Taisipic – Poplar Halls

"We are elated at the partnerships with the Norfolk school system," said Commissioner Dennis Thomas. "We have had a history of success with our Read with MEac program, and we are overjoyed with the achievements of the third-grade students through Achieve3000. We look forward to achieving greater heights next year. I must commend Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Samuel T. King and his staff for their excellent work."

Winners will be celebrated at a reception and recognized in a half-time presentation during the 8 p.m. game on March 13 at the Norfolk Scope.

"We are thrilled that this contest helped Achieve3000 participation soar in Norfolk Public Schools’ third-grade classrooms, because third grade is such an important year for strengthening reading and comprehension skills," said Dr. Sandra Witcher, Norfolk’s Executive Director for Elementary Schools.

NPS partnered with Achieve3000 this school year in order to help elementary and secondary students with reading and writing.

"The vision of Norfolk leadership is the driving force behind the success of this contest," said Saki Dodelson, Achieve3000’s CEO. "The contest supported our mutual goal of ensuring that every child graduates college and career ready. I'm so excited about the contest outcome. Increased student participation results in increased reading gains.

"I extend my congratulations and admiration to all the contest participants."

"We are very grateful to our MEAC partners for providing us the opportunity and the generous prizes for our contest winners," said Dr. Denise Charbonnet, Norfolk’s Executive Director for Secondary Schools. Dr. Charbonnet is NPS’ liaison with the City of Norfolk and the MEAC organization for the tournament, which is beginning a three-year rotation in Norfolk. As part of its Education Day, the MEAC also will provide a wonderful opportunity for NPS high school students to attend a college fair on March 13, featuring the MEAC’s 13 Division I historically black colleges and universities located across the Atlantic coastline, including Hampton University and Norfolk State University.

This year’s tournament games are scheduled for March 11-16 at the Norfolk Scope. For more information about the tournament, visit

About the MEAC Basketball Tournament:

The MEAC Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination championship playoff that involves Division I historically black colleges and universities located across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, and South Carolina State.

The tournament is played at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Virginia. Both the men’s and women’s champions will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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