Mercer County Schools Announces Reading Bee Honorees


PRINCETON, WV, October 25, 2017:  The annual Reading Bee was held today in the Basic Science Center at Bluefield State College.  Students, parents, teachers, and supervisors all assisted with the competitions. The Mercer County Reading Bee is an annual event originated with the late Tom Colley during his tenure as Executive Editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and Chairman of the Literacy Committee of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce.    

For the event, each county elementary school sent a team of their top readers.   Teams won points by using a variety of reading skills, by demonstrating strong comprehension, by showing knowledge of a hefty vocabulary, and by being able to interpret literature through readers’ theatre.

Dr. Krotseng, President of Bluefield State, welcomed the students to the campus prior to the start of the event.  Additionally, the students attended orientation and team meetings prior to kickoff.

Event sponsors included Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield State College Lady Blues Basketball Team, Bluefield College, Bluefield State College, Bluefield WV Rotary Club, Charles and Dafney Peters, Craft Memorial Library, Community Foundation of the Virginias (Jeffrey Edward Shott Memorial Fund, Charles A. and Marjorie M. Peters Fund, Bluefield Daily Telegraph Literacy Fund), First Century Bank, First Community Bank, Frank Smoot Charitable Trust, George M. Cruise Foundation, Princeton Rotary Club, WVVA, and the Mercer County Board of Education. 

Rick Ball, Assistant Superintendent of Mercer Coutny Schools said, “Events such as the Reading Bee give our students an opportunity to showcase what they have learned in the classroom.  We are very appreciative of our partners [listed above] for making this event happen.”

The following team awards were presented by Todd Browning - Mercer County Assistant Superintendent of Schools,  Jacinda Santon-Smith – Mercer County BOE Member, and Literacy Committee members Kim Bowman Smith, Ron Robinson, and Michael Johnson.

Overall Winner –  Athens (First),  Lashmeet/Matoaka (Runner-up);   Readers’ Theatre –  Montcalm Elementary (First),  Bluewell Elementary (Runner-up);  Skills – Athens (First), Ceres (Runner-up); Vocabulary – Athens (First); Lashmeet/Matoaka (Runner-up); Comprehension:  Lashmeet/Matoaka (First);  Spanishburg (Runner-up).

Dr. Deborah Akers, Superintendent, would like to thank everyone who participated and helped support the Reading Bee.  She said, “Without the help and support of our community and business partners, many of our competitions and events would not be possible.  We, at Mercer County Schools, sincerely appreciate their help.”