Winners Announced in Annual Read with MEac/Achieve3000 Reading Contest < All News
Monday, January 4, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. —The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Norfolk Public Schools teamed up for the fourth straight year to host the Read with MEac/Achieve3000 elementary and middle school reading contest sponsored by TowneBank.

Three schools, one fourth grade teacher and 20 elementary and middle school students will be recognized for reading excellence during halftime of the Education Night game at the 2016 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, March 9.  The MEAC will be going to the first place winning school, Academy of International Studies Middle School to celebrate their achievement during the tournament week.

The Read with MEac Through Achieve3000 contest encourages students in the Norfolk Public Schools to use Achieve3000 solutions as much as possible during a six-week period in December and January, since there is a strong correlation between Achieve3000 usage and literacy gains. Students using the solution steadily increase their ability to read, comprehend, apply and communicate information, boosting their performance on high-stakes tests and preparing them for college and career—and beyond. The extra motivation provided by the contest leads to accelerated student progress.

“Achieve3000 is honored to partner with the MEAC in this exciting initiative,” said Achieve3000 CEO Saki Dodelson. “Motivating students to reach higher with our differentiated literacy solutions leads to accelerated achievement, increased self-confidence and ultimately to greater levels of college and career readiness. Kudos to the MEAC for giving students this unprecedented opportunity, and the outstanding educators at Norfolk Public Schools for driving student success through the use of our solutions."

The reading contest, organized by MEAC Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator Sonja Stills along with the member institutions’ senior woman administrators, is aimed at encouraging education and promoting the love of reading to students.

“I’m elated that the MEAC was able to partner with the Norfolk Public School system to continue this worthwhile program,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. “Read with MEac has been one of the best programs that we’ve ever implemented since I’ve been commissioner. We always want to recognize the athletic achievement of students, but we don’t recognize the academic achievement of students enough. I commend the students, teachers, principals and parents.”

The winners, announced today, are:
First-place school
Academy of International Studies Middle School, $2,000 prize
Second-place school
Larchmont Elementary School, $1,500 prize
Third-place school
Azalea Gardens Middle School, $500 prize
Top third-grade class in NPS
Donna Wagnon’s 4th grade class at Larchmont Elementary School, $1,000 prize


Top Achieve3000 boys among NPS
Joshua White- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Jacob White- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Sterling White- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Taryiel Jones- Azalea Gardens Middle School
Kirkland Butler- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Max Daniel Bell- Ghent Elementary School
Yosif Ahmed Rowell- Larchmont Elementary School
Eli Kesser- W H Taylor Elementary School
Tyler English- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Marshall Howell- Larchmont Elementary School


Top Achieve3000 girls among NPS
Maya Mallory- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Shreya Paudyal- Larchmont Elementary School
Jahviyah West- Academy of International Studies Middle School
Athena Alette Ash- Ghent Elementary School
Imani Andrews- Azalea Gardens Middle School
Evelyn Troy- Larchmont Elementary School
Liviana Strambeanu- Azalea Gardens Middle School
Hope Pearl Quin Mcghee- Ghent Elementary School
Victoria Caiwei Yu- Larchmont Elementary School
Tyanna Bryant- Azalea Gardens Middle School

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