Youngsville freshman named finalist for 180 Student Awards

In the race for a national reading award, a Warren County School District student is making great strides.

Alex Logren, a freshman at Youngsville High School, is a nationwide finalist in the Read 180 portion of the 180 Student Awards program.

“Read 180 Universal, a program of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) program, is a blended learning reading program which allows students to build reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary skills,” Read 180 Stage C (high school) Teacher Grace King said.

At a recent school board meeting, King introduced Logren to the board and talked about his efforts.

“He is reading books he had once shied away from,” she said. “With a little change of his mindset, Alex was able to succeed.”

Asked about his favorite books, Logren said, “I like to read the Choose Your Own Adventure books.”

Because of the strides he has made, King nominated Logren for awards.

“The annual 180 Student Awards recognize the achievements of Read 180, Math 180, and System 44 students who have overcome challenges to accomplish their goals in school,” King said.

“I nominated Alex in January for his positive attitude, outstanding growth in reading, and his willingness to always do his best,” King said. “We received notification in March that he was a finalist for the contest.”

“Judges select 50 nominated students to be finalists in this contest,” King said. “Thirty of the students are Read 180 students, 10 are Math 180 students, and 10 are System 44 students.”

Logren had to make it through a qualifying round before becoming a finalist.

In the final round, the judges are looking at the students in three categories: determination to sustain and improve achievement levels; exceptional nature and academic performance in the programs; and growth outside of academics related to the programs.

“We sent in his submission for the finalist round and are awaiting the results,” King said. “The twelve highest-scoring finalists will receive a Grand Prize of $500 each and a set of classroom books.”

She said she hopes to hear the results in early May.