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Georgia Tech To Recognize Jacket 2 Jacket Reading Program Participants

Dec. 13, 2012

THE FLATS –The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will recognize the participants in its sixth annual “Jacket 2 Jacket” reading program at Sunday’s contest against Alcorn State that tips off at 2 p.m.

The reading program, which involves elementary and middle school students in the State of Georgia, is an effort by Tech women’s basketball to promote and encourage children to read and learn.

Students recorded the number of pages read from Oct. 1 – Nov. 2 and prizes will be awarded for the highest school total, the highest class total, the highest individual total and the highest individual from each grade.

In total, 19 elementary and middle schools participated with nearly 2,000 children reading a total of 1,872,442 pages in the one-month time period. The individual winners from grades K-8 totaled 153,253 pages read while the winning classes from grades K-8 read 423,881 pages.

Ariel Gallardo, a fifth-grader from Kanoheda, was the highest individual reader with 42,202 pages read while Sahana Parker, a sixth-grader from Inman, was runner-up with 21,350 pages read.

Hollydale Elementary tallied the highest total for an elementary school with 487,953 pages read while Inman Middle won the middle school contest with 569,966 pages read.

The complete list of winners is below:

Highest Individual Totals:

Student Total Pages Read Grade School
Megan Blaisdell 2,081 K Hembree Springs
Brayden Carter 2,512 1 Browns Mill
Christian Charles 8,093 2 Hollydale
Andres Cano 20,571 3 Hollydale
Cynthia Eugene 37,651 4 Hollydale
Ariel Gallardo 42,202 5 Kanoheda
Sahana Parker 21,350 6 Inman
Jessica Pham 9,876 7 Berkmar
Genevieve Saunders Furtsch 18,668 8 Inman










Highest Class Totals:

Teacher Total Pages Read Grade School
Debbie Palen 12,514 K Hollydale
Chelsea Baker 10,233 1 Browns Mill
Janet Brewer 50,144 2 Hollydale
Samantha Brown 26,748 3 Hollydale
Eileen Cater 68,131 4 Hollydale
Michael Clyne 146,600 5 Kanoheda
Wendy Baker 31,148 6 Inman
Francine Peterson(Period 4) 45,834 7 Henderson
Marquise Delaney 32,529 8 Inman

Fans are encouraged to follow Georgia Tech women’s basketball on Twitter, @GTWBB, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensBasketball, for an inside look at the program. ––


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