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Regional Reading Olympians Winners

ASHLAND, Va. – Hanover County Public Schools competed in the Regional Reading Olympians competition on March 3 at Goochland Middle School. A total of 88 students on eight teams representing six middle schools competed for the gold. The winner of the competition, for the second consecutive year, was team “Bookologists” from Liberty Middle School.

The winner of the competition, for the second consecutive year, was team “Bookologists” from Liberty Middle School.

The remaining teams placed as follows:

  • Second Place—“Han Solo is NOT Dead” from Hamilton-Holmes Middle School
  • Third Place—“Enigma” from Chickahominy Middle School
  • Fourth Place—“Word” from Chickahominy Middle School
  • Fifth Place—“Bookinators” from Oak Knoll Middle School
  • Sixth Place—“Poseidon’s Page Surfers” from Stonewall Jackson Middle School
  • Seventh Place—“The GMS Eagles” from Goochland Middle School
  • Eighth Place—“The Library Squad” from Hamilton-Holmes Middle School

Reading Olympians is an academic competition that requires teams to read and be able to recall facts from 36 different books.

Each team is made up of no more than 12 members. The book list is comprised of titles chosen by school librarians as well as six books called “Champions Choice” titles selected by the previous year’s winning teams. The book list is distributed to team coaches prior to summer break. Participants read and re-read the selections for six to ten months to prepare for the competitions.

The Hanover Education Foundation (HEF) sponsors the event and provides Hanover County middle schools with copies of each book for the teams. The HEF also sponsors Reading Olympians teams at the elementary level.

The goal of the competition is to help students showcase their comprehension skills and to celebrate their love of reading.