Giselle Prieto, pictured at right, excitedly shows her reading buddy, Mileena Cazares, the dedication page at the beginning of a book starring the first-grader. —Johnson Publications

Personal connections excite local readers in grades 1, 8

    “Superheroes and princesses seem to be the common theme,” said Holyoke eighth-grade English teacher Amber Schroetlin over the excited chatter of reading in the Holyoke Elementary cafeteria.

Holyoke’s top-20 finishers in the Sumdog math competition are pictured from left, front row, Esteban Rojas, Angel Gonzalez Salazar, Jacob Quintana and Mason Sprague; middle row, Rorey Schneller, Ricardo Goytia Juarez, Nevaeh Speicher, Lucy Hayes and Angie Zeniga Fedan; and back row, Fatima Nuñez, Abigail Dille, Jeylin Dominguez, Ellie Kleve and Tayla Martin. Not pictured are Jessey Zuniga, Patrick Moreno and Brody Smith.

Holyoke represents in Sumdog contest

    Over the span of a seven-day competition, 543 area elementary students from 35 classes voluntarily answered 187,063 math questions — for fun.


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