RA’s Reading Olympics Teams Achieve Highest Honors

RA’s Reading Olympics Teams Achieve Highest Honors
Posted on 04/11/2014
Knight Readers

West Chester, PA – Last night at the West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA, the Renaissance Academy “Knight Readers” faced off against over 592 students from 54 different schools in a Chester County Reading Olympics Meet.  Both the Knight Reader Red and Blue teams won all three rounds of their completion which earned them the highest honors of the night.  Mrs. Lindsey Engler, School Library Media Specialist and coordinator of the Knight Readers give credits team captains Jeffery Cocci, Daniel So, Houston Jarvis, and Siddarth Srinivasan were key in helping to lead their teams to the blue ribbons.

Reading Olympics is a trivia competition among schools in Chester County that requires teams of 12 or less students to read 45-50 book throughout the school year.  The competition is meant to be a celebration of reading and to promote teamwork and collaboration.  At the final competition, teams square off and answer questions about each book, with the opportunity to “steal” if the opposing team gets it wrong.  Mrs. Engler said, “Our students work hard all year to read the books and train for the event.  Renaissance Academy staff and parents even read the books in advance over the summer to help compose “practice trivia” questions to help the teams prepare.”

Mrs. Engler went on to say, “Reading Olympics is always a fantastic experience for everyone involved, and I am so thankful for the students, staff and parents who participate and help to make this event a success for the teams.   Both our teams showed that they have the ability to work hard together to achieve their goals.”

Featured in the picture above - the Knight Readers (left to right) First Row:  Pavithra Vinnakota, Luke Poltorak - Second Row:  Natalie Dekok, AJ Bragoli, AbuBakr Sangare, Siddarth Srinivasan, Makena Lurie, Houston Jarvis, Rose Newmiller, Jeffery Cocci, Lindsey O'Donnell, Kiley Henderson - Third Row:  David Li, Daniel So, Aiden Bailey, Lauren Mull, Alicia Garcia, Max Olstad, Ben Rabizadeh, Rebecca Brown