Sign-ups being held for Stark Reading Contest

Sign-ups being held for Stark Reading Contest

Alex Bridges, Writer

The Stark Reading Contest has been held every year since 1904. Over the years, the contest grew and evolved. Individuals placing in first and second in the countywide final of the contest receive scholarships. The ten finalists receive gold watches in continuing a long-held tradition from the early years of the contest.

In order to be eligible, students must maintain a 70 or above average in all classes, not previously received either first or second place in the same category of the contest,  never been convicted of criminal activity, and have no significant disciplinary action taken against them.

“It is a great scholarship opportunity for students to compete in,” librarian Melanie Claybar said. “It is sponsored by a local foundation, making it a great way to be involved in school and the community.”

The reading selections are 5-8 minutes in length and students may choose from the selection lists or request an alternative selection. However, the alternative selection must be approved by Claybar and the Stark Foundation representative. The chosen story cannot be a winning selection from the previous two years. Any student who has previously participated in the contest may not repeat or reuse a previous selection.

Students may pick up an application from Claybar in the high school library.