Aiken County, SC (WJBF) – With 76,000 entries and nearly half a million books read, South Carolina public schools participated in the SC Education Oversight Committee’s (EOC) reading contest in a big way and an Aiken County student is one of two student winners.
“I would like to commend the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee for promoting literacy across the state,” commented Aiken County Public School District Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford. “They made reading fun and our students were excited about participating.”
This fall, students who met a six-book challenge and entered the EOC’s Read Your Way To The Big Game Reading Contest were eligible for a raffle for tickets to the Palmetto Bowl, the “big game” between huge rivals the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson University Tigers.
Two student winners, one designating him or herself as a Gamecock and the other a Tiger-fan, were chosen at random to win tickets for the Saturday, November 28th game.
On Tuesday, November 24, Greendale Elementary School second grade student Lilliana Trejo was surprised at school to learn that she read her way to the big game. Lilliana’s teacher Ms. Angela Blair was thrilled to see such a deserving student win the contest. “She just loves to read,” Ms. Blair said. “Her favorite right now is Junie B. Jones’ chapter books. Lilliana is a sweet young lady and such a delight to teach.”
EOC Executive Director Melanie Barton thanked students for participating and encouraged them to keep reading. “Just keep reading and you can go to Clemson or Carolina one day,” Barton said to the class as she presented Lilliana with a Clemson Jersey and tickets to watch their matchup against Carolina.
On Saturday, Lilliana and her family will join a fellow student, a self-proclaimed Gamecock fan, from Laurens 55 School District for pre-game activities, special recognition on the jumbotron and other surprises.
Lilliana was almost speechless with all of the celebration and congratulations. But her Grandmother Frankie Rogers wasn’t; “she reads all of the time, we’re just excited and proud!”
Left to right: Reading Coach Joy Mosca, Assistant Principal Renae Enlow, Board Vice-Chair Mr. Levi Green, EOC Executive Director Melanie Barton, Grandmother Frankie Rogers, Student Winner Lilliana Trejo, Teacher Angela Blair, Aunt Tishauna Epperson, Principal Sonya Colvin, Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster celebrate a District student winning EOC’s Reading Contest.