Quinn students top readers in Massachusetts
For the fourth year in a row, the students at the Quinn Elementary School are the best readers in the state.
Students logged a total of 1,369,474 summer reading minutes in 2018 as part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, breaking the one-million minute mark for the first time.
On Dec. 7, the school celebrated both the accomplishment, and the top readers in each grade. Librarian Kate Powers recognized each of the top readers, who were given a citation from Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker.
As each student was recognized, their peers, parents, and teachers cheered and clapped. Powers also gave a shout out to all the students who participated, noting that even those who only read a little helped the school be the top in the state.
“This is all because of the kids and their dedication to the program,” Powers said.
The Bakers also sent a video message to the whole school.
“You guys are amazing, and we are so proud of you,” said Lauren Baker.
Both Bakers emphasized the importance of reading and encouraged the students to keep reading.
“As one of those kids who loved to read when I was young, and have continued to do that through my whole life, I think reading is one of the best ways I can think of to learn, to grow, and to take yourself places and to put yourself in the shoes of people that you’d never get to otherwise,” Governor Baker said.
Brooke Shea of Scholastic Book Fairs visited to congratulate students, and shared fun facts. Students read for the equivalent of 2.5 years, which is the amount of time it would take for someone to walk 70,000 miles. The school ranked 14th in the country of the thousands that participated.
She also shared congratulations from Jeff Kinney, the author behind “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which drew gasps from the crowd.
“Quinn is now inspiring other schools to participate,” Powers said. “You are a role model to them.”
Here is a list of all the top readers:
Jack Williams - 2,040
Zachary Garney - 1,700
Nora McNeil - 1,700
Londyn Edgcomb - 850
Manuel Washburn - 710
Evangeline Simoes - 360
Devin Lam - 8,365
Todd Fredette, Jr. - 2,783
Julian Lazaro - 2,370
Aydan Costa - 2,242
Emma Delgado - 2,285
Logan Fernandes - 1, 825 minutes
Thomas Silveira - 4,340 minutes
Addison Thomas - 1.400 minutes
Greyson Edgcomb - 3,048 minutes
Lihanna Sneed - 1,450 minutes
Cam Gonsalves - 6,515 minutes
Delilah Dellecese - 9,645
Hunter Bradford - 9,086
Lia Cojocaru - 9,380
Melanie Khatib - 5,480
Lucas Rodriguez - 59,664
Vincent Lam - 12,043
Sienna DaSilva - 17,195
Ben Garcia - 14,439
Miley Yu - 8,590
Sophia Cadieux - 25,920
Lily Duval - 17,085
Caitlyn Falcon - 13,920
Rowan Desautels - 16,272
Slade Bertalotto - 12,180