Madeline Wyka, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS]’s library has been busy as many students and teachers have lined up to participate in the Accelerated Reader [AR] reading contest. The contest has already begun, and the results thus far are far from disappointing! As of September 14,the leader board shows Erik Peterson in first place with 345 points, Bianca Gaiter in second with 102 points, and Sunny Springer bringing up third with 89 points. Although these students have worked hard to gain these spots, it’s not too late to join them up in the ranks!
The top twenty students will be eligible to go on a field trip to Barnes & Nobles and they each will receive a free book.
As Claire Malloy, the media specialist stated, “It’s a great way of hanging out with friends who also read, getting a free book and eating some awesome food.”
As far as other perks go, the contest winner will also receive a prize.
“We have an end of the year prize that is to be determined based on the point amount of this year’s winner,” said Malloy.
Sophomore and current first place participant Erik Peterson believed this is an amazing competition for fellow students.
“The things you get, other than the joy of reading, you get to go on a trip to Barnes and Noble which is really just amazing. It is all totally worth it,” said Peterson.
The competition is open not only to students, but teachers as well.
Mary Garrison, english teacher, has also had a very positive experience with the AR contest.
“I think it’s great, especially since there’s one open for teachers and one for students. Anything to get people reading is an excellent addition,” said Garrison.
Erik Peterson summed up the contest nicely, describing it as “a nice friendly competition, lots of books, and a nice trip at the end.”
For more information on the AR contest at LHS, students and teachers may visit Mrs. Malloy in the media center at any time throughout the school day.