Price Middle School celebrated some of its top readers with its Millionaires Luncheon May 27.
For the fourth year in a row, Media Specialist Faith Church invited students who read one million words or more according to the school’s Accelerated Reader program to a luncheon complete with mock champagne (ginger ale and frozen apple juice). Millionaires and their families and guests were treated to spaghetti, salad, rolls and cupcakes.
In describing the millionaires, Church said “These students are the ones you see with a book in their hands all time, reading whenever they have any free time at all.”
Church also recognized teachers Nancy Turner and Jan Plym as millionaires, with Turner reading 2,131,764 words and Plym reading 1,346,055.
Breana Santos, right, the top millionaire reader with 5,389,246 words, enjoyed the luncheon with her parents, Kelli Smith and Ray Santos, and her brother, Tyler Santos, also a millionaire with 1,237, 017 words.
Sixth-grader Breanna Santos, seventh-grader Ethan Dennis and eighth-grader Dakota Linkous were the top AR point earners for each grade level. They received a book-buying trip to Books-A-Million in Gainesville and $50 each to spend on books, followed by a lunch at a Chinese buffet restaurant.
Earlier this year, students who read all 15 Sunshine State Young Reader Award books were invited to a sleepover in the school’s media center.
Front row from left: Zachary Bott, Ethan Dennis and Tyler Santos. Back row, from left: Janae Green, Kaitlyn Clemens, Spring Williams and Serena Newton.
Millionaires and their word counts:
Breana Santos 5,389,246
Serena Newton 4,237,043
Ethan Dennis 3,936,704
Dakota Linkous 2,690,542
Makayla Frasier 2,381,520
Spring Williams 1,911,404
Victoria Golden 1,883,809
Amanda Crumley 1,550,224
Jasmine Chavez-Villazenor 1,548,711
Sierra Mellette 1,475,578
Kimberly McNeil 1,448,660
McKinzee Holloman 1,390,554
Janae Green 1,339,900
Tyler Santos 1,237,017
Dar’Vonica Floyd 1,229,068
James Fletcher 1,143,867
Ryan Taylor 1,108,190
Ashley Linkous 1,102,095
Zachary Bott 1,062,727
Olivia Brown 1,055,037