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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


Summer Update – August 14, 2017

It’s one of our favorite times of the year. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of back-to-school pictures and we’re certain your shopping list is full of back-to-school supplies. Whether you are sending a student to school, leading a classroom, or engaging in education from outside our schools, we are thankful for you. Here’s to a great and successful year!

We wanted to share a few things this week you might have missed. We’d love for you to share them with your networks. While we’re mentioning sharing, you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter, right?

1) Tristar Reads – There’s still time to sign your K-12 (incoming or outgoing) student up for Tristar Reads. Head to the Tristar Reads website and log their reading hours for the summer. Yes! You can log their hours for the whole summer at once! We’re giving away three $1,000 college scholarships and there’s still time to win.

Teachers – any reading time that occurs in your classroom before September 1st can be logged! Encourage your students to sign up at TristarReads.Com today.

2) Back to School – Starting a new school, a new job, or a new year can be stressful and scary. We asked one of our Tennesseans for Student Success teachers to give some tips on how to make sure this school year is the best one yet. You can find those on our Facebook page. Feel free to share!

3) Eclipse – Next week, Tennessee will have prime viewing for our nation-wide solar eclipse. We wanted to share this great NASA website full of science lessons, activities, tips for viewing, and fun eclipse facts. You can even become a citizen scientist and help NASA collect data! We’ll be posting facts and safety tips on our social media networks as we all get ready for the big event.

We hope this new school year has started with a bang. We’re cheering you on and can’t wait to see all the success that comes from this year.