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The Freedom Middle School Reading Bowl team celebrates winning the statewide competition. From left to right, front row: George Colley, Logan Johnson, Madison Burnet, Genevieve Robinson, Cheyenne Buffkin, Chris Akers; back row: Coaches Amanda Struchtemeyer and Amber Effner; Rahne Tallent, Jacob Duncan, Leia Lankford, Dillon Dailey, Jazmyne Cheek and Coach Allison Cook.

The Cherokee County School District celebrated several wins at a recent statewide literary competition, including a state championship for the Freedom Middle School reading bowl and a Teasley Middle School student’s first place win in a Tome contest.

Sixth-grader Grace Brake at Teasley, earned an individual first place Tome finish in the Current Events Portfolio section.

The Freedom reading bowl team consists of Christopher Akers, Cheyenne Buffkin, Madison Burnett, Jazmyne Cheek, George Colley, Dillon Dailey, Jacob Duncan, Logan Johnson, Leia Lankford, Genevieve Robinson and Sydney Tallent. Coaches are teachers Allison Cook and Amber Effner and media specialist Amanda Struchtemeyer.

The reading bowl and Tome competitions promote literacy among fourth through 12th-grade students across the United States. Students work all year on projects and papers to submit for the Tome competition based on books read from a list of 20 books called the “It List.”

Sixth-grader Emma Wilson won second place in Book Print Video, and Wilson also placed third in library video commercial alongside Miley Lenzen. Cheyenne Buffkin, Freedom Middle School eighth-grader, earned second place in It List Poetry.

Another team accolade went to Creekview High School, which placed third in the statewide High School Reading Bowl Competition. The team consists of captain Abigail Gallagher, Sydney Howard, and Elena Kubit. Media specialist Nan Lanford serves as coach.

The students and coaches will be honored by the Cherokee County School Board and superintendent of schools with a virtual recognition at the April 15 school board meeting.

“We want every student to graduate from CCSD with exceptional literacy skills, and we hope that they also develop a love of reading and literature along the way,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “Congratulations to our outstanding reading bowl teams for your statewide triumphs and to our students who earned individual state honors. We’re so proud of your hard work and success, and we’re thankful to the teachers and media specialists who coach and support you.”

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