Newton Public Schools Announce 2015's 'Enthusiastic Readers'

Absent from the picture: Leah Cotton Grade 10, Bailee Welsh Grade 11 and Ameah Adjobi Grade 12. Credits: Danielle Francisco
Gabriella Leak won the award for kindergarten Credits: Danielle Francisco
Cheyanne Harding  won the award for first grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Ione Smith won the award for second grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Edreede Sharafi  won the award for third grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
 Chloe Medunick won the award for fourth grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
 Kaylee Oquendo won the award for fifth grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Morgan Witt won the award for sixth grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Joshua Tierney won the award for seventh grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Brianna Bello won the award for eighth grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Elenora Vega won the award for nineth grade Credits: Danielle Francisco
Absent from the picture: Leah Cotton (tenth grade), Bailee Welsh (eleventh grade) and Ameah Adjobi (twelfth grade) Credits: Danielle Francisco

NEWTON, NJ - The 2015 Enthusiastic Reader awards were presented to the grade level representatives during the Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, March 24 in the Newton High School Library.

The Enthusiastic Reader contest is used to “recognize students from our area who exhibit an enthusiasm for reading and sharing books. Teachers from each of the three schools nominated enthusiastic readers and we are here to honor them this evening,” said Newton High School librarian Wendy Whipple.

Each grade level from kindergarten to Grade 12 had a representative who won the award. There were a total of 63 names submitted by teachers into the statewide portion of the contest. However, “Newton did not have any winners in the statewide contest but we were please to send along such worthy candidates,” said Whipple.

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The teacher who nominated the student said a few words about them and why they believed they deserved to win this award. The winners of the enthusiastic reader award are as follows:

Kindergarten- Gabriella Leak nominated by Mrs. Feldman

Grade 1- Cheyanne Harding nominated by Ms. Koenigsberg

Grade 2- Ione Smith nominated by Mrs. Vogler

Grade 3- Edreece Sharafi nominated by Mrs. McGrath

Grade 4- Chloe Medunick nominated by Ms. Guillorn

Grade 5- Kaylee Oquendo nominated by Ms. Ochs

Grade 6- Morgan Witt nominated by Mrs. Nieman

Grade 7- Joshua Tierney nominated by Ms. O’Mara

Grade 8- Brianna Bello nominated by Ms. Perrier

Grade 9- Elenora Vega nominated by Mrs. Whipple

Grade 10- Leah Cotton nominated by Mrs. Whipple

Grade 11- Bailee Welsh nominated by Mrs. Whipple

Grade 12- Ameah Adjobi nominated by Mrs. Whipple

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