If you look up the word “bookworm” in the dictionary, you might just find a picture of Olivia L., the Maggie Cordova Elementary student who won this year’s UNM/RRPS “Read Like a Lobo” contest.
Olivia logged an astonishing 8,220 minutes of reading during the month of October – that’s 137 hours! – to capture first place in the annual contest. She’s one of 60 students who was honored at the (rain-delayed and soaked) UNM Lobo game against Nevada on Saturday night, November 5 – which also turned out to be a victory for the home team as UNM captured the win (and achieved bowl eligibility) by a score of 35-26.
However, despite Olivia’s best efforts, Maggie Cordova didn’t capture the $2,000 prize for most minutes read by the students in an RRPS school. That honor, for the second straight year, went to Vista Grande Elementary, whose 637 students buried their noses in the books for an average of 727 minutes each (a solid 12+ hours of reading per student!). Their hard work means Principal Trent Heffner – a former Lobo basketball center with the stature to match – will have to make a return appearance before the student body in a (female) Lobo cheerleader outfit. (That's Mr. Heffner towering over everyone else in the 2015 photo at right.)
The second place award of $1,500 went to Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, whose students averaged 424 minutes (7.4 hours) of reading apiece. Students at the third-place school, Ernest Stapleton Elementary, averaged 334 minutes (5.5+ hours) of reading per student, earning the school $1,000. Schools can use the cash awards to purchase books for their libraries.
Six students from every school (one per grade level) earned free Lobo game tickets and were able to participate in a variety of special activities, including tours of the stadium, participating in the pre-game Fan Tunnel, Walk the Prowl, or getting to go out on the field during half-time of the game.