St. Joe’s 5th Graders make summer reading competitive

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry St. Joseph School’s top summer readers are (from left): Emily Grosch, Noel Alexander, Adon Maier, grand champion Lexi Paris, Lucille Harrison, Sarah Harvey, and Jayden Wilson.

Most fifth graders’ summertime activity lists do not include 168 hours of reading.

But that is what Lexi Paris, now a sixth grader at St. Joseph School, did. Teacher Pam Nasman said each fourth and fifth grader was encouraged at the end of the last school year to keep a record of their reading.

“They were given a challenge to log how many minutes of reading they did over the summer,”

Paris’ 10,114 minutes — 168.56 hours — was the clear champion.

She likes to read. Reading is her favorite subject. “I enjoy fiction, but I’ll read anything,” she said.

That 10,000 minutes represents 12 books. “I re-read the Harry Potter series and I finished up the Percy Jackson series,” Paris said. “I like the feeling when you’re reading that it takes you to another world, but when you’re done, you close the book and it’s over.”

She won “a whole batch of (homemade, chocolate chip) cookies,” Nasman said. All of the next three most prolific readers were fifth graders, with Sarah Harvey reading for 69.17 hours; Adon Maier with 52.15; and Lucille Harrison at 29.68. The top three readers in the sixth grade class — minus Paris — were: Jayden Wilson –20.5 hours; Noel Alexander — 10.45 hours; and Emily Grosch — 6 hours.

Each of those readers received an oversized chocolate chip cookie.