FAME (The Florida Association for Media in Education) is the annual sponsor of the SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award). The competition centers on fifteen books selected each spring to be read for the following school year. During the school year, students are encouraged to read all fifteen titles. MVA Lower School students were recently honored with certificates for the progress they made in this year’s reading challenge.
At the Montverde Academy Lower School Library, Mrs. Pat Hines, Media Specialist, directed a MVA SSYRA program with her fifth graders. She challenged them to read as many of the books as possible. The program ran from the beginning of the school year until the first week in April. Those who read three books meet the state criteria to vote on their favorite book.
Mrs. Hines had nineteen students vote this year, and the title these students liked the best was Nerd Camp by Eilssa Weissman. The state-wide winner will be announced in the next few weeks. The students honored at a recent Morning Academy Assembly who read at least seven books or more. Those students were honored at a Sunshine Ice Cream Party following school April 12th. Of the eleven students, six received trophies for completing the challenge and reading all fifteen books. Those students are: Trevor Turnquist, Ryan LeBreux, Sienna Pompeo, Allyson Sweeney, Srishti Tandon, and Reagan Triolo.
In the picture, the students are as follows, from left to right: Nicholas Cecchi, Lincoln Baptiste, Ryan LeBreux, Aryan Patel, Sienna Pompeo, Shaylan Ramlall, Mazin Sadek, Allyson Sweeney, Srishti Tandon, and Trevor Turnquist. Reagan Triolo was absent the morning the photo was taken). Mrs. Hines is in back.