Ryan Ashley, Kenwood Elementary School, Named Finalist in GoDaddy Bowl Reading and Writing Program

Ryan Ashley, a Kenwood 5th grader in Jamie Garea's class, recently entered the GoDaddy Bowl Reading and Writing Program. He was chosen as a top 10 finalist out of almost 10,000 5th graders from Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.

The 13th annual GoDaddy Bowl Reading and Writing Program is meant to stimulate students’ reading and writing skills.  The seven-week contest, which ended in October, was open to all fifth graders in the state of Alabama, as well as the Gulf Coast regions of Florida and Mississippi. Finalists submitted a written book report in 250 words or less. A panel of judges selected 10 finalists to compete for first place.

The 10 finalists who entered the contest were sent Gennifer Choldenko’s book, Al Capone Does my Shirts; A Tale from Alcatraz, to read and write a report to determine the winning place order. The winners were awarded Alabama College Counts 529 funds ranging from $5,000 to $500. They are also invited to attend the events taking place during GoDaddy Bowl Week, including the GoDaddy Bowl Mayor’s Luncheon, the Greers- AL.com/ Press- Register Mardi Gras Parade and the GoDaddy Bowl game.

This year’s $500 winners included Ryan Ashley of Kenwood Elementary School in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Macy Rendell of Beulah Elementary School in Pensacola, FL, Kearlea Smith of Tuskegee Public Elementary School in Tuskegee, AL, and Jo Tiya Richardson-Haynes of Barrett Elementary School in Birmingham, AL.