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NRHS students on pace to read 5,000 books this year

After setting a goal of reading 3,465 books over the school year for the 2014-2015 Tiger Reading Challenge, the New Richmond High School is currently on pace to read nearly 5,000 books, according to principal Tom Wissink.

“Due to the efforts of our students, teachers and staff, we are on track to demolish our old record of 3,465 books read in a year,” Wissink said. “Special congratulations to our ninth-graders who are leading the entire school with 874 books read. That's awesome! It shows we all understand how important reading is to learning, happiness and success in both school and life.”

The results from the first semester of school have the freshmen leading, having read 874 books, followed by the juniors (562 books), sophomores (521) and seniors (439). The first semester total stands at 2,396 books read.

“We know if our students are solid readers and thinkers they will do well in whatever path they choose and impact others by passing on their own love of reading and learning,” Wissink said. “It has a huge ripple effect. Read on!”

The grade that reads the most books will receive an ice cream social at the end of the year.

Leading the way in the fourth-period class SSR Top Five after the first semester were Mr. Kannel’s class, followed by Mrs. Haasch, Mr. Malpert, Mr. Fletch and Mrs. Scharfenberg. The winning fourth hour class will receive a class party with a choice of pizza, dilly bars or scotcheroos and puppy chow.

“The Tiger Reading Challenge is a fun way to promote reading in our school and recognize some outstanding individuals and groups of students that are not only reading a lot of books but reading some high-level books with complex writing styles,” Wissink said. “It’s very impressive how many books they have already read this year after just one semester. It's always fun to get and give a reward for outstanding effort as we highlight the importance of reading.”

The Tiger Reading Challenge also has an individual level where students can win Amazon gift cards, Tiger gear and movie passes for being among the top five finishers in each grade. Leading after one semester in the freshman class is Elizabeth Offerosky, with Caleb Medchill leading the sophomore class, Brandon Larson leading the junior class and Luke Luger currently in first in the senior class.

“Special thanks to Teri Alwes for keeping this data and leading our Tiger Reading Challenge,” Wissink said.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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