Morgan Madar named state champion in WVIA Summer Reading Challenge

Kristen Smith, Grants adminstrator & director of Education, WVIA-TV, addresses the children of Wyoming Area Catholic on the importance of reading. Smith was on hand to award 2nd grade student Morgan Madar on winning WVIA’s K-2nd Grade Level 2018 Summer Reading Challenge. - Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch
Mary Ann Paddock-Kaminski, Wyoming Area Catholic teacher/instructional support, left, stands next to Kristen Smith, WVIA, during the award ceremony recognizing Morgan Madar as the 2018 Summer Reading Challenger winner. - Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch
Second grader Morgan Madar at Wyoming Area Catholic raises her hand in response to Mrs. Paddock-Kaminski, teacher/instructional support, asking were she was in the auditorium. - Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch
Kristen Smith, WVIA Grants administrator & director of Education, presents 7-year-old Morgan Madar, a second-grade student at Wyoming Area Catholic, the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge Award for K - 2nd, for reading the most books. - - Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch
The 2018 WVIA Summer Reading Challenge winner, Wyoming Area Catholic second-grade student Morgan Madar stands with her parents Colleen and John Madar, of West Wyoming. - - Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch

EXETER — Morgan Madar, 7, loves to read, and her passion for it earned her title of State Champion through the WVIA Summer Reading Challenge.

According to Kirsten Smith-Doyle, Grants Administrator & Director of Education with WVIA, Morgan logged close to 1,200 minutes of reading.

“That’s extremely good when you consider that some of the other contestants were only in the 700’s and 800’s,” Smith-Doyle said.

The Wyoming Area Catholic School second grade student was awarded a day at Hershey Park with her family, and she was presented a certificate in front of her classmates.

Colleen Madar, Morgan’s mom, said she challenged her daughter to read three books a day as part of Wyoming Area Catholic School’s Accelerated Reading program.

“Our goal with the reading was to earn points for school, and then we found out about this WVIA program so we were able to use the books read for here for that contest,” Colleen said. “I knew we had a goal of three books per day, and she knew she had to read three per day but she wanted to read more.”

Colleen said her daughter ended up going from reading three books a day to reading anywhere from five to seven books per day.

“She took that goal and she exceeded it all on her own,” Colleen said.

Overall, Morgan read approximately 178 books during the summer.

Out of all the books she read, Morgan said her favorite one was “Cattitude.”

“It’s all about cats on the internet,” Morgan said.

As for why it was her favorite book, her response was “Because it has funny names and funny stuff about it.”

Kristen Smith, Grants adminstrator & director of Education, WVIA-TV, addresses the children of Wyoming Area Catholic on the importance of reading. Smith was on hand to award 2nd grade student Morgan Madar on winning WVIA’s K-2nd Grade Level 2018 Summer Reading Challenge.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_WAC-Reader-Winner-1.jpgKristen Smith, Grants adminstrator & director of Education, WVIA-TV, addresses the children of Wyoming Area Catholic on the importance of reading. Smith was on hand to award 2nd grade student Morgan Madar on winning WVIA’s K-2nd Grade Level 2018 Summer Reading Challenge. Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch

Mary Ann Paddock-Kaminski, Wyoming Area Catholic teacher/instructional support, left, stands next to Kristen Smith, WVIA, during the award ceremony recognizing Morgan Madar as the 2018 Summer Reading Challenger winner.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_WAC-Reader-Winner-2.jpgMary Ann Paddock-Kaminski, Wyoming Area Catholic teacher/instructional support, left, stands next to Kristen Smith, WVIA, during the award ceremony recognizing Morgan Madar as the 2018 Summer Reading Challenger winner. Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch

Second grader Morgan Madar at Wyoming Area Catholic raises her hand in response to Mrs. Paddock-Kaminski, teacher/instructional support, asking were she was in the auditorium.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_WAC-Reader-Winner-3.jpgSecond grader Morgan Madar at Wyoming Area Catholic raises her hand in response to Mrs. Paddock-Kaminski, teacher/instructional support, asking were she was in the auditorium. Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch

Kristen Smith, WVIA Grants administrator & director of Education, presents 7-year-old Morgan Madar, a second-grade student at Wyoming Area Catholic, the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge Award for K – 2nd, for reading the most books.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_WAC-Reader-Winner-4.jpgKristen Smith, WVIA Grants administrator & director of Education, presents 7-year-old Morgan Madar, a second-grade student at Wyoming Area Catholic, the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge Award for K – 2nd, for reading the most books. Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch

The 2018 WVIA Summer Reading Challenge winner, Wyoming Area Catholic second-grade student Morgan Madar stands with her parents Colleen and John Madar, of West Wyoming.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_WAC-Reader-Winner-5.jpgThe 2018 WVIA Summer Reading Challenge winner, Wyoming Area Catholic second-grade student Morgan Madar stands with her parents Colleen and John Madar, of West Wyoming. Tony Callaio | Sunday Dispatch
WAC student logged nearly 1,200 minutes of reading