Photo by Paul Beller
The following 2011-2012 Paonia Elementary students read at least one million words from books within the Accelerated Reader program. In order for words to be added to their count, students must pass comprehension tests on the books they read. Especially impressive is the fact that three students read over two million, one read over three million, and one who actually read over four million words. Pictured from left to right in the back row are (word count is in parenthesis) Alexis Beller (4,128,152), Jonas Johnson (1,501,864), Elliana Kuhl (1,153,592), Brooke Hillman (1,220,247), Kassidy Rapke (1,233,221), Randi Rapke (1,231,260), Wesley Morgan (1,342,436), Clayton Campbell (2,163, 808), Caden Meilner (1,818,141) and Katrina Johnson (1,522,063); (middle row) Abby Reedy (1,035,789), Kai Sorensen (1,054,053), Destiny Nehring (1,101,644), Darien Norris (1,097,051), Katya Schwieterman (2,027,923), Sackett Chesnik(1,188,201), Teagan Figenser (1,004,338) and Tess Gore (1,083,669); (front row) Leo Chapman (1,603,815), Harley Ewert (1,809,778), Corbin Beck (1,216,786), Chance Bills (1,025,747), Richey Rubinoff (1,653,014), Nicole Jefferis (1,516,773), Seraya Talbott-Carey (2,483,531) and Cy Coutee (1,582,611). Not pictured are Tearna North (1,061,377), Ashton Brady (1,110, 311) and Seth Brinton (3,335,793).