Springhill High declared world champions

Christopher Gooding
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Junior high students sweep literacy competition

SPRINGHILL – Let it be known, Springhill High is home to world-class champions of literacy.

RCMP Const. John Kennedy (back) declared Springhill High’s junior students international champions of the Wow! Reading Challenge this week, with (from left) Kyle Scott, Matthew Rector, Veronica Richards, Jesse Richards, school librarian Eve Trainer, Becky Plamadon, (front) Jessica Maddison and A.J. Crowe accepting the trophies and banners the school accumulated during challenge.

During a special presentation to its junior high students Tuesday, RCMP Const. John Kennedy, founder of the Wow! Reading Challenge presented not just the county banner and trophy, or the provincial banner and trophy to a group of junior high students who participated in the challenge to read as much as they could and log the number of pages they accomplished. He handed out the national banner and trophy, too, before awarding Springhill High with the international trophy and banner for the junior high division.

“You read the most in the county, Canada and the world,” Kennedy said. “What that means is when applying for college you can put down you were the world literacy champion in 2014.”

Over 88 international schools participated in the Wow! Reading Challenge, including schools in Ireland and England. The grassroots program was founded in New Glasgow by Kennedy and his family in 1997 when they identified a high illiteracy rate in the province, and the program was later adopted by the RCMP. Through sponsorships, the Wow! Reading Challenge has awarded $1.5 million in books to participating schools and the junior high students in Springhill devoured the content.

“We read 96,688 pages, for an average of 726.97 pages per student,” school librarian Eve Trainer said. “All I asked was that they do their best and they delivered.”

Student Veronica Richards lead the pack, logging over 10,000 pages on her own, followed by Kyle Scott and Jesse Richards.

For mentoring the international champions during the challenge, Trainer will visit one of the Wow! Reading Challenge’s 11 warehouses of books and bring back new material for the students to read.

“Anything she can fit in her car, she gets free of charge for the school,” Kennedy said.

Online, more information on the Wow! Reading Challenge can be found at http://www.fightingcrime.ca.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Canada, Ireland, England New Glasgow Springhill

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  • Elizabeth Gillis
    May 08, 2014 - 16:32

    Great Job! Go Springhill!

  • closetgenius
    May 08, 2014 - 01:18

    A nice story and a great job by the Springhill kids! way to go!