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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LHS students rewarded for hitting the books

  • Local resident Rich Vick said he learned the value of "good, solid reading skills" from teachers he had in school. And, he wants to encourage today's high school students to read outside the classroom.
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    • And the winners are ...

      Below are the top finishers for this year's L&M PAGES program at Leavenworth High School:


      Freshman class:


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      And the winners are ...

      Below are the top finishers for this year's L&M PAGES program at Leavenworth High School:



      Freshman class:



      • First place, Jaqueline Graham



      • Second place, Jared Stark



      • Third place, Colt Metzger



      Sophomore class:



      • First place, Sam Dunn



      • Second place, Lisa Dunn



      • Third place, Willie Hill



      Junior class:



      • First place, Ethan Unsworth



      • Second place, Myrdin Joslin



      • Third place, Steven Anders

  • Local resident Rich Vick said he learned the value of "good, solid reading skills" from teachers he had in school. And, he wants to encourage today's high school students to read outside the classroom.
    For the second straight year, Vick and his wife, Christyne, have presented the L&M PAGES awards at Leavenworth High School to recognize students for reading.
    The award program is named after Vick's son, Logan, and daughter, Marissa, both of whom are Leavenworth High School graduates. PAGES stands for Pioneers Actively Growing, Educating and Succeeding.
    "We believe reading for pleasure contributes to your intellectual growth, to your education, and most certainly to your success," he told students Thursday at LHS.
    He said reading strengthens vocabulary, improves writing skills and opens minds to new ideas.
    Prizes were awarded to students in grades nine through 11 based on the number of pages they have read for the program during the school year. The top prize for each grade level was a Kindle Paperwhite, a device that can be used to read books in digital format.
    Debit cards were awarded for second- and third-place prizes in each grade level.
    Vick said the prizes gave students something to shoot for instead of simply being told reading will benefit them later in life.
    Prizes were furnished by Vick, his wife, and Tink Glenn. School officials, including librarian Laurie Hunt, assisted with the program.
    Student participation in the program was voluntary.
    "The program has grown 50 percent from what it was last year," Vick said.
    After completing a book, a student had to brief a language arts teacher or librarian about aspects such as their favorite characters, the role the setting played in the story, and a life lesson from the book.
    Vick said the briefing makes students "think a little deeper" than if they simply had to report on what happens in the books they read.
    This year's first-place winner for the freshman class was Jaqueline Graham. She read 7,321 pages.
    The first-place winner for sophomores was Sam Dunn, who read 7,643 pages.
    The junior first-place winner was Ethan Unsworth. He read 11,084 pages, which Vick said is a record for the two-year-old program.
    Vick said the program is not open for seniors because students tend to be busy with a lot of activities their senior year of high school.
    The name of the first-place winners are displayed on a plaque that hangs in the main hallway at the high school.
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