Winners announced in Third-Annual Read with MEAC/Achieve3000 third-grade reading contest < All News
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
NORFOLK, Va.– The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Norfolk Public Schools teamed up for the third straight year to host the Read with MEac/Achieve3000 third-grade reading contest in conjunction with the annual basketball tournament. Three schools, one third-grade teacher and 20 third-grade students will be recognized for reading excellence during halftime of the 6 p.m. game at the 2015 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, March 11. Read with MEac Through Achieve3000 is a citywide reading contest that encourages third-graders in Norfolk Public Schools to read as much as possible and accumulate comprehension points on the Achieve3000 computer program during a six-week period in December and January. The reading contest was organized by the conference’s Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) and is aimed at encouraging education and promoting the love of reading to students. Winners of the reading program will participate in a celebration banquet, sponsored by TowneBank, in April, on the Spirit of Norfolk, dockside, in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, winners serve as ball boys/girls during tournament games and will be recognized alongside their school principals, teachers and representatives from the school system during the halftime presentation. The winners, announced today, are: First-place school – Willoughby Elementary, $2,000 prize from the MEAC Second-place school – Lindenwood Elementary, $1,500 prize, from the MEAC Third-place school – Suburban Park Elementary, $500 prize, from the MEAC Top third-grade class in NPS – Cynthia Carney’s class at Willoughby Elementary, $1,000 prize, from the MEAC. “We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Norfolk School System to continue to offer the Read with MEac/Achieve3000 reading program to area third graders,” said Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “This program has seen longstanding success in encouraging area youth to appreciate the positive impact of reading and we are elated to achieve greater heights with its success. I commend school superintendent Dr. Samuel King and his leadership team for their excellent work.” Top Achieve3000 boys among NPS Third-Graders: Willoughby Elementary School – Timothy James Lindenwood Elementary School – Frederick Johnson Willoughby Elementary School – Brandon Newsome Willoughby Elementary School – Billy Westra Lindenwood Elementary School – Cedric Logan Willoughby Elementary School – Johnathan Butler Lindenwood Elementary School – Tyree Sessoms Willoughby Elementary School – Keegan Shaw Lindenwood Elementary School – Lachanuj Robert Rucker Lindenwood Elementary School – Troy Bennett Top Achieve3000 girls among NPS Third Graders: Willoughby Elementary School – Anysha Audrey Willoughby Elementary School – Nyshae Robinson Larchmont Elementary School – Ashreya Paudyal Willoughby Elementary School – Ava Rivera Willoughby Elementary School – Meraiah Lewis Donaway Willoughby Elementary School – Nykira Barbour-Reid Willoughby Elementary School – Jasmine Roberts Willoughby Elementary School – Abigail Martinez Gereau Willoughby Elementary School – Jasmine Adamson Willoughby Elementary School – Jhiana Macasinag “One of our top priorities is to provide students with the skills and resources they need to read on or above grade level by third grade,” said Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Samuel T. King, Ed.D. “We strive relentlessly to build young students’ literacy skills and to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Our partnership with MEAC has provided an excellent opportunity for our schools, teachers and students to engage in a friendly competition that advances our literacy efforts.” The 2015 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournament is under way March 9 – 14 at the Norfolk Scope Arena. 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 champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Media Contacts: Patricia Porter, Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations, MEAC, (757) 951-2055, Elizabeth Thiel Mather, Senior Director of Communications, (757) 376-7324,
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