Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 8, 2013

Area students participate in annual Tom Colley Reading Bee

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Plenty of high fives and fist bumps were exchanged Tuesday when students received honors during the 13th Annual Tom Colley Reading Bee.

Sixty-four students in 16 teams competed at Bluefield College and demonstrated their reading skills in contests including comprehension, spelling and vocabulary, editing, and impromptu, said Kathleen Osborne of Tazewell County Schools. In the impromptu competition, students had to come up quickly with credible endings when the plot of story suddenly changed.

After lunch at the college’s cafeteria, the judges rendered their decisions. Each of the fourth and fifth grade students received a certificate of participation and a book.

“You’re all already winners. I’m proud of you,” Assistant Superintendent Christine Kinser told the students.

Richlands Elementary School was the overall winner among fourth grade teams. The team included students Gavin Cox, Jacob Maggard, Corbin Singleton and Noah Spencer. Their coach was teacher Lisa Johnson. A lot of work went into preparing for the reading bee.

“Our teacher, Mrs. Johnson, always let us have 30 minutes or more every day to practice for the reading bee,” Corbin stated.

“We would go to the library and practice reading comprehension and play games with the spelling words,” Gavin said.

 Getting the news was exceptionally exciting, one student said.

“I was jumping up and down!” Jacob recalled soon afterwards. “We were really excited.”

“I just know that we did our best,” Noah concluded. “I got up so fast, I almost broke a hip.”

In the fifth grade level, the overall winner was Tazewell Elementary. The team included students Parker Hieatt, Daniel Mullins, Kiera Pugalee and Hadrian Reeves. Their coach was teacher Vivian Saunders.

“We just worked really hard,” Hadrian said when asked about how his team won.

“It was one of those moments that makes you go whoa!” Parker said about hearing the news.

The following fourth grade teams won awards:

• Fourth Grade Vocabulary-Spelling: First place went to Richlands Elementary. Second place was presented to Tazewell Elementary. Third place went to Springville Elementary.

• Fourth Grade Comprehension: first place, Richlands Elementary; second place, North Tazewell Elementary; third place, Tazewell Elementary.

• Fourth Grade Editing: first place, Richlands Elementary; second place, Springville Elementary; third place, North Tazewell Elementary.

• Fourth Grade Impromptu: first place, Graham Intermediate; second place, Cedar Bluff; third place, Tazewell Elementary.

The following fifth grade teams won awards:

• Fifth Grade Vocabulary-Spelling: first place, Graham Intermediate; second place, Springville Elementary; third place, Tazewell Elementary.

• Fifth Grade Comprehension: first place, Graham Intermediate; second place, Tazewell Elementary; third place, Springville Elementary.

• Fifth Grade Editing: first place, Tazewell Elementary; second place, Raven Elementary; third place, Springville Elementary.

• Fifth Grade Impromptu: first place, Abbs Valley; second place, Tazewell Elementary; third place, Richlands Elementary.

Photographs of all the teams that competed in this year’s reading bee will appear in Sunday’s edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

The reading bee competitions in Tazewell County and neighboring Mercer County were created by the late Tom Colley, executive editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

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