The South Carolina Department of Education has announced the winners of the 2018 Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest – a reading competition that promotes literacy in schools through the Gamecock and Tiger athletic programs.
The start of college football season marked the beginning of the annual Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest. All pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students who read six books qualified to win four tickets and sideline passes to the November 24 South Carolina vs. Clemson game in Death Valley. Two students winners, one reading for Clemson and one for South Carolina, were selected at random from over 50,000 entries. University mascots, Cocky and Tiger, joined education officials at school assemblies to surprise the two lucky student winners with news of their selection.
Davonte Frasier, a fifth grade student at Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School in the Charleston County School District, was named the University of South Carolina Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest Winner. Kayla Kiser, a sixth grade student at Ten Oaks Middle School in the Horry County School District, was named the Clemson University Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest Winner.
Devonte and Kayla joined State Superintendent Molly Spearman on the field prior to the Clemson vs USC game for a special presentation. Both students also received signed letters from Clemson’s Coach Dabo Swinney and South Carolina’s Coach Will Muschamp.
In addition to the students – teachers, media specialists, and schools who participated were eligible for monetary prizes ranging from $500 to $2000. Schools with at least 70% student participation were entered to win $2,000 school library grants.