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JPS Celebrates Top Readers at Summer Reading Celebration

September 13, 2018

Jackson Public Schools celebrated top student readers at its annual Summer Reading Celebration held September 6 at the Mississippi Children's Museum. The event included a recognition program to honor the District's high-volume student readers. Top Schools, Top Readers and Outstanding Readers received awards. Elementary students who read 20 or more books received free admission to the museum during the celebration. In addition, those who read over 30 books received medals, and the top readers overall received e-readers.

Top Readers

Elementary Readers
Elementary Top Readers (front, from left) Timya Woodruff and De'Niylah Parker. Administrators are (back, from left) Stephanie Clark, JPS Subject Area Supervisor, ELA; Dr. Shaletha Wilson-Fisher, JPS Subject Area Supervisor, ELA; JPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray; Shawnte' T. Butler, JPS Subject Area Supervisor, ELA; and Sharon Turner, Elementary.
Photo Gallery: 2018 Summer Reading Celebration

Students who read the most books for their grade level over an established minimum were named Top Readers. Each of these students received an e-reader for their accomplishment. The 2018 Top Readers are:

  • De'Niylah Parker of Obama Magnet–Elementary K–2
  • Timya Woodruff of Walton–Elementary 3–5
  • Amber Wheat of Forest Hill–High School

Amber Wheat of Forest Hill was the High School Top Reader for the second year in a row.

Top Schools

Schools with the highest percentage of readers and completed reading logs achieved recognition as Top Schools. These schools are:

  • Lake Elementary (3,369 books)
  • Northwest Jackson Middle (1,428 books)
  • Murrah High (377 books)

Outstanding Readers

The Outstanding Readers are students who read the most books over 20 during the summer months. They are listed by division in the tables below.

Elementary Division

 Student School Grade No. of Books
De’Niylah Parker Obama K 300
Timya Woodruff Walton 5 230
Abigail Glenn McWillie 1 200
Maybelle McGuffey McWillie 1 135
Jada Davis Galloway 2 112
Jamondre Oatis Obama 2 103
Aili Clincy Obama 4 100
Marlon Roper Oak Forest 2 100
Christian Ward Bates 4 96
Rayjohn Oatis Obama 1 91
Ashunti Kency Lake 4 86
Curtis Lee Obama K 86
James Turner Obama 2 82
Jakalah McDowell Casey 3 67
Kylon Graves Obama 2 64
Conner Van Slyke Casey 2 61
Mahalia Calvert North Jackson 4 60
Bruce Berry Casey 1 51
Carson Kern McWillie 3 51
Kyle Johnson Casey 1 51

Middle School Division

 Student School Grade No. of Books
Asia Brown Bailey 6 25
Erin Wynn Northwest 6 22
Derek Byrd Northwest 7 20
Deron Smith Northwest 7 20
Gabriella Ellis Hardy 7 20
Kaleb Moses Chastain 8 20
Khadarius Johnson Northwest 6 20
Sabrea Jordan Northwest 6 20

High School Division

 Student School Grade No. of Books
Amber Wheat Forest Hill 11 50
Erica Washington Murrah 12 27
Jailyn Woods Jim Hill 12 20
Lakeyci Booker Jim Hill 11 20

About Read On Jackson

Jackson Public Schools and its partners in the Read On Jackson initiative are on a mission to create a culture of reading among students and adults throughout the city. Read On Jackson seeks to increase the number of books read to 100,000 by at least 30,000 participants, including both children and adults. The program kicks off each year in the spring. The minimum requirement for all JPS students is to read three books and complete a log for each. However, students are encouraged to read as much as they can as often as they can.

JPS appreciates its many partners and supporters of the Summer Reading Program. Special thanks go to Summer Reading Celebration sponsors, the LeFleur's Bluff Chapter of the Links, Inc., the Mississippi Children's Museum, and the Jackson Zoo.

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