Pavlov announces summer reading contest winners

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Thursday announced the winners of his 2015 “Be a Senator For a Day” summer reading contest.

Sixteen students from Huron, Macomb, Sanilac and St. Clair counties will travel to Lansing on September 24 with their parents to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony and committee hearing and a guided Capitol tour.

“It is critical to the development of well-rounded, thoughtful members of society that we foster good reading skills at an early age,” Pavlov said. “The reading contest helps do this, and I want to thank our libraries for the great work they do with these programs. I congratulate this year’s winners, and look forward to welcoming them to the Capitol later this month.”

The contest was held throughout the summer and was open to all first- through fifth-grade students who completed their local public library’s summer reading program in Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and the communities of Richmond, Armada and New Baltimore in Macomb County.

Pavlov’s office received nearly 300 entries for the competition and randomly selected winners from each participating library.

The 2015 contest winners are:
•    Jillian Bussone, fourth grade, home school
•    Avery Cutcher, fifth grade, Brown City Elementary
•    Jack Davis, fourth grade, Krause Elementary
•    Nathan Flanagan, fourth grade, Sandusky Elementary
•    Troy Livingston, fifth grade, Croswell-Lexington Schools
•    Evan Martin, fourth grade, Palms Elementary
•    Lane Morris, fourth grade, Yale Elementary
•    Gabrielle Nelson, fifth grade, Kimball
•    Ava Norman, fifth grade, home school
•    Raven Peplinski, third grade, Bad Axe Elementary
•    Isaac Powell, fifth grade, home school
•    Hallie Smith, fifth grade, home school
•    Kya Uetraino, fifth grade, Palms Elementary
•    Kyle Wetter, fifth grade, Capac Elementary
•    Austin Wilson, fourth grade, Belle River Elementary
•    Maria Zyjewski, fifth grade, Eddy Academy