Aaron Coleman claimed top honors
Aaron Coleman earned first place while Prince Green claimed runner-up honors in the recent campus wide Read To Lead contest. From an assigned reading list, students had the opportunity to choose a book and report on it to the audience and judges.
Students worked closely with their counselor/teacher unit “coach” for weeks before presenting an oral book report to the audience. Some students also included a Powerpoint presentation as part of their submission and then fielded questions from the judges.
The event is part of the Character and Leadership Development Program at the Glen Mills Schools.
Coleman, coached by Ryan Mara, read and reported on “Triumph: The Untold story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics” by Jeremy Schaap. Green, coached by Mike Bower, presented on “Make Your Mark” by Coyte Cooper.
“This was a great experience,” Coleman said. “I got a chance to discover a hidden talent which I never knew I had- which is public speaking. I also learned a lot from the book and related Jesse Owens’ struggles to my own in the sense of overcoming obstacles.”
Coleman was excited about a special surprise when he looked into the audience.
“I didn’t think they were going to be able to make it, but my grandmother and my sister came and supported me,” Coleman said. “That really meant a lot.”
All of the books were selected for their focus on character and leadership.
“As in the past, we were very pleased with the preparation, effort, and participation from the students and their coaches,” event host and coordinator Jeff Hill said. “This was our best Read to Lead thus far.”
Jmarr Pierce, Ryan Iacopelli, Tajah Boyd, Eric, Wright, Ian Jones, Jerry Bustamante, Deondre Allen, Ray Lopez Vera, Christian Martin, and Matthew Salisbury also participated in the event and drew high praise.
“All of the presenters did a fantastic job,” Hill said. “They really did.”
Mary McNeal, John Scargall, Kareem Williams, Ruth Leach, and Pete Forjohn served as judges.
PHOTO: Read To Lead contest winner Aaron Coleman is flanked by proud grandmother Robyn Irving and sister Imani Coleman.