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2017 Yes I Can Award

​Standing out as a champion of reading was 8th grader Kevin Kearney. At Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Kevin was one of 23 students from across the United States to receive a 2017 Yes I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Kevin wowed his teachers last year by making incredible gains in his reading achievement. Meeting with Ms. Celeste Johnson, Reading Coach, for weeks at a time, he was able to improve to the point where he graduated from a double-block reading class to single intensive reading course, leaving room in his schedule to enroll in Honors Algebra, Advanced Science, and Advanced US History. 

The Literacy Warriors, sponsored by Ms. Kelli Casey and Ms. Connie Schroyer, were named Battle of the Books Champions for the second time in three years after a fierce battle against Creekside Middle School during the Battle of the Books competition. Between the months of September and April, the seven students in the club read nine novels from the Sunshine State Young Readers list and answered/studied 150 text-dependent questions written by students from middle schools across the district.
Kevin Kearney, winner of Yes I Can Award.

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