George Fox seventh-grade top readers ride in style

NEIGHBORS

May 19, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE MUST be something in the air, other than smelly gym socks, at George Fox Middle School.

Seventh-graders are reading novels and loving it.

In fact, 88 seventh-graders were reading novels for fun, taking quizzes and earning points in hopes of winning a place in the school's Word Up! reading contest's grand-prize payoff: an afternoon limo excursion to Annapolis with an ice cream pit stop.

The winners - who received their prizes this week - also received a pupil-designed Word Up! Millennium T-shirt to wear on the trip.

This year's shirts were designed by Katie Hudson (the back artist) and Paul Dumsha (the front). Both are pupils in Vicki Gunter's art classes, and joined the top readers on the two-hour outing.

Meg Kauder, school media specialist and contest coordinator, said that more than a third of George Fox's seventh-graders took part in this year's contest. "It is nice to see what young adults will do given a little fun motivation," she noted.

To enter, pupils had to read a book, then pass a five-question computer-generated quiz about it. Pupils passing the first quiz had their picture added to the contest bulletin board in the media center, received a small prize and began to amass points toward the trip.

To maintain momentum, other prizes were awarded after a pupil achieved certain reading milestones. In addition, each successful quiz gave a pupil a chance in a lottery drawing for a seat in the limo.

On Wednesday, a group of nine pupils and their chaperones were whisked away from school in a 30-foot stretch Lincoln Town Car, provided at the discounted price of $25 an hour by AnExtraordinarLimousine Service Inc. (The owner, Jack Rains, has been providing deluxe transportation for the contest for nearly a decade, since a grandson was enrolled at George Fox, Kauder noted.)

Top Word Up! readers were: Ben Allen (21 books), Matt Della (20), Chrisman McSpadden (16), Brittany Gonzalez (15), Heather Morris (13), Bryan Bosworth (13), Jennifer Otto (12), and Destiny Palmer (8). The lottery winner was Randi Pomycala.

Congratulations to all the seventh-grade participants. And for the winners, it was school day that will be long remembered.

Class of 2000 celebration

As the school year winds down, celebrations to honor the accomplishments of the Class of 2000 at local high schools will be the focus of activities over the next few weeks.

Northeast High School Athletic Boosters will have its sports awards banquet to honor senior athletes Monday.

In past years, the celebration took place at the high school cafeteria. But this year, the boosters wanted to add some pizzazz and moved the event to Kurtz's Beach, 2070 Kurtz Ave.

A banquet featuring hors d'oeuvres, dinner entrees, vegetables, salads, desserts and beverages will be open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12, available only in advance. Senior Northeast athletes will be admitted free.

Information: Shirl Ragolio, 410-255-8695.

Church subs

Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Drive, invites the community to a sub sale. A 6-inch cold cut is $4, and should be ordered today. They will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow.

The church is also sponsoring an adult coffeehouse from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow. Sub platters, including dessert and a beverage, will be on sale, starting at 6 p.m.

Information: 410-636-0394or 410-255-3819.

Democratic bingo

Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, will hold its monthly dinner bingo Sunday.

Doors will open at noon and early-bird bingo games begin at 1 p.m., followed by 20 regular games.

The cost is $20, including food and the regular games. Specials are extra. And you don't have to be a Democrat to play.

Information: 410-255-4611or 410-636-2622.

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