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Weekly Update – October 23, 2017
In case you missed it on Facebook or Twitter, we had a blast the past few days celebrating our Tristar Reads winners. Joining with Arch, Sarah, and Madison’s families, teachers, and friends, we awarded three $1,000 college scholarships and encouraged a continued love of reading. It was great to be in these three schools and see a culture of literacy and student success.

Go ahead and mark your 2018 calendars. We’ll be launching another Tristar Reads summer of imagination and reading on May 1st. We hope you’ll be a part of our third year of inviting Tennessee’s students to pick up a book, read 20 minutes each day, and help stop the summer slide.

While you’re looking at your calendar, we wanted to invite you to a press conference tomorrow. At 10:30 Central tomorrow morning, on the steps of Legislative Plaza, we’ll be launching the TNSuccessCard.

This scorecard will be a one-stop-shop providing information, voting records, and legislation filed relating to student success. As we continue the work to support our four policy priorities, rigorous academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more public school choice, and accountability for everyone involved in the classroom, we know our TNSuccessCard website will be a helpful tool. Informing Tennessee’s constituents how their elected officials support student success, showcasing legislation that affects policy priorities, and highlighting the work to move those priorities forward is a key part of our work.


If you can’t make the Legislative Plaza press conference tomorrow in Nashville, we hope you’ll tune into our Facebook page for the replay and more information on this exciting tool for student success.

Tennesseans for Student Success Announces Scholarship Winners
NASHVILLE – Tennesseans for Student Success today announced the winners of Tristar Reads, an annual contest to encourage students across the Volunteer State to read for at least 20 minutes a day during the summer break.

A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one elementary school (K – 5th grade) student, one middle school student (6th – 8th grade), and one high school student (9th – 12th grade) who participated in the Tristar Reads program, read, and logged the most hours over the course of the summer.

“From Bristol to Memphis, Clarksville to Chattanooga, we are excited so many of Tennessee’s kids found their adventure in books this summer,” said Tennesseans for Student Success President and CEO Adam Lister. “Reading 20 minutes a day introduces kids to 1.8 million words a year. This year’s readers logged more than 140,000 minutes of reading and helped keep their literacy, reading, and comprehension skills sharp for the school year.”

The three winners for 2017 are:

  • K – 5th Grade Winner: Sarah Collier, a 5th grade student at Harpeth Middle School in Kingsport Springs, TN, is the K – 5th grade winner. Sarah read more than 211 hours over the summer. A few of the books Sarah enjoyed include the Warriors book series by Erin Hunter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, the Spirit Animals book series, and the Bible.
  • 6th – 8th Grade Winner: Arch Herring, an 8th grade student at Ocoee Middle School in Cleveland, TN, is the 6th – 8th grade winner. Arch read more than 338 hours over the summer. Arch enjoyed reading the Five Kingdoms series by Brandon Mull, Quidditch through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, The Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone, and the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini.
  • 9th – 12th Grade Winner: Madison Brewer, a 12th grade student at Hancock County High School in Sneedville, TN, is the 9th – 12th grade winner. Madison read 296 hours over the summer. A few of the books Madison read over the summer include the Selection series by Kiera Cass, the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, First Love by James Patterson, and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

Lister continued: “Tennesseans for Student Success launched this initiative in 2016 to encourage summer reading. We are proud of all our summer readers and look forward to celebrating their continued success.”

For more information on the Tristar Reads program, visit