The South Carolina Department of Education has announced the winners of the 2019 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 Clemson vs. South Carolina game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30th. Two students winners, one reading for Clemson and one for South Carolina, were selected at random. University mascots, Cocky and Tiger, joined education officials at school assemblies to surprise the two lucky student winners with news of their selection.
Tristan Flynn, a third grade student at Brunson-Dargan Elementary School in the Darlington County School District, was named the University of South Carolina Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest Winner!
Neimar Pascual, a fourth grade student at Monaview Elementary School in the Greenville County School District, was named the Clemson University Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest Winner!
Neimar and Tristan will join State Superintendent Molly Spearman on the field prior to Saturday’s game for a special presentation. Both students also received signed letters from Clemson’s Coach Dabo Swinney and South Carolina’s Coach Will Muschamp.
School and Teacher Winners
In addition to the students – teachers, media specialists, and schools that 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.
This year’s school library grant winners are Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School in Florence School District Three and Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg School District Six!
Additionally, five teachers who participated in the Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest have been randomly selected to win $500 for their classrooms.
Congratulations to Megan Bouknight of Green Charter School of the Midlands in the South Carolina Public Charter School District, Kerri Loadholt of Ben Hazel Primary School in Hampton School District One, Cassondra Moore of Seneca Middle School in the School District of Oconee County, Asia Ponds of McBee Elementary School in the Chesterfield County School District, and Bethany Tanner of Pinewood Preparatory School!
The Read Your Way to the Big Game Decoration Contest awards $500 to two teachers and/or media specialists who has the best decorated bulletin board, wall or door, using the contest as a theme.
The winners of the Read Your Way to the Big Game Decoration Contest are:
Beth Minton, a media specialist at Hilton Head Island Elementary School in the Beaufort County School District,
and Martha Garvin, a reading interventionist at Caughman Road Elementary School in Richland County School District One!