Top: The Freedom Middle School Reading Bowl team celebrates winning the statewide competition. From left to right, front row: George “Mac” Colley, Logan Johnson, Madison Burnet, Genevieve Robinson, Cheyenne Buffkin, Chris Akers; back row: Coaches Amanda Struchtemeyer and Amber Effner; Rahne Tallent, Jacob Duncan, Leia Lankford, Dillon Dailey, Jazmyne Cheek, and Coach Allison Cook.
Cherokee County School District students earned accolades at the annual statewide literary competition – including a State championship for the Freedom Middle School Reading Bowl team!
Tome is a National organization dedicated to promoting “multiple literacies among fourth- through 12th-grade students across the United States through service; collaboration; competition-based club activities; and clean, entertaining, encouraging literature. All activities promote self-esteem, leadership skills, strong values, and nurture critical thinking, creativity, and imagination in the digital age.”
Students work all year on projects and papers to submit for the Tome competition based on books read from a list of 20 books called the “It List.” Some competitions, such as Reading Bowl and Book Talk, are held during the State conference called TomeCom, with other projects submitted digitally in advance.
Freedom Middle School won the statewide Middle School Reading Bowl! Team members are: Christopher Akers, Cheyenne Buffkin, Madison Burnett, Jazmyne Cheek, George “Mac” Colley, Dillon Dailey, Jacob Duncan, Logan Johnson, Leia Lankford, Genevieve Robinson and Sydney Tallent. Coaches are teachers Allison Cook and Amber Effner and media specialist Amanda Struchtemeyer.
Creekview High School placed third in the statewide High School Reading Bowl Competition. Team members Captain Abigail L. Gallagher, Sydney Howard and Elena Kubit are coached by media specialist Nan Lanford.
CCSD students also earned individual recognitions for placing in Tome statewide competitions. Teasley MS sixth-grader Grace Brake won first place in Current Events Portfolio; sixth-grader Emma Wilson won second place in Book Print Video; and Emma and sixth-grader Miley Lenzen won third place in Library Video Commercial. Freedom MS eighth-grader Cheyenne Buffkin won second place in It List Poetry.
The students and coaches will be honored by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools with a virtual recognition at the April School Board meeting.
“We want every student to graduate from CCSD with exceptional literacy skills, and we hope that they also develop a love of reading and literature along the way,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Congratulations to our outstanding reading bowl teams for your statewide triumphs and to our students who earned individual State honors. We’re so proud of your hard work and success, and we’re thankful to the teachers and media specialists who coach and support you.”