Borough President James Oddo recognized this year’s “Readers Are Leaders” participants with a virtual ceremony last night featuring a magic show performed by Staten Island Author and Magician Mike Lane, and words of encouragement from Jocko Willink, author of the “Way of the Warrior Kid” series and former Navy SEAL. This ceremony was exclusive to the students who read for the 2021 challenge which took another form this year due to COVID-19. Fourth graders were able to participate apart from their school by using the Sora app, which is a free book-lending program with access to hundreds of books. For this program, a curated collection of books for the 4th grade reading level and below were picked by the office along with representatives from Sora.
“It’s so encouraging to know that these fourth graders have a love of reading that goes beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Borough President James Oddo. “While this ceremony looks different than in years past, it is important to recognize the hard work of these students who took it upon themselves to read more in addition to their school’s standard curriculum. We want to congratulate all of this year’s participants and hope you all continue to read and enjoy learning.”
This year’s “Readers are Leaders” program challenged all 4th grade students in Staten Island’s public, parochial, and private schools to participate through their school, or individually. Students were tasked with reading a minimum of 6 books in five weeks available to them on the app. Book reports were then submitted to the office through our website.
The challenge was started 25 years ago by then-Councilman Vito Fossella before being taken over by the Borough President’s Office. Since its inception in 1996, 4th graders have read more than 690,000 books for the annual challenge.
Students that participated in the challenge are listed below:
Anthony Abreu; Matthew Abreu; Chloe Alatsas; Saja Anan; Elan Adler; Ihotu Adoyi; Jason Ajello; Eshaal Ahmed; Argentina Alaimo; Addison Ameneiros; Julia Antinoro; Lilly Arroyo; Gabriella Avitto; Muhammad Ayyan; Chole Ballaro; Christopher Pavia Ballesteros; Rebecca Baxter; Stella Berdichevskiy; Alban Boljevic; Salvatore Bonura; Reagan Burke; Liliana Byron; Christopher Calabro; Liana Calabro; Alexis Caragliano; Jordyn Carmelengo; Jenna Carrescia; John Carrescia; Sabrina Casale; Abigail Casatelli; Derek Caserta; Erin Celebre; Gianna Cavaliere; Juliette Cermeli; Kaylan Chen; Matthew Cheng; Jamielyn Chin; Madison Connors; Megan Coppola; Canon Costa; Francesca Costabile; Joseph Costanza; Nicholas Costanza; Alexandra Coyle; John Coyle; Chace Curro; John Cutillo; Liza Dalis; Caroline D'Amelio; Emily Dean; Vince DelGuidice; Katherine Delaney; William Delin; Marcello DeNardo; Giulianna Desiderato; Michael D'Esposito; Luca DiFilippo; Gabriella Dimassa; Francesco DiPaola; Brendan Doda; Mia Donohue; Aldin Djencic; Nora Dragovic; Maya Draszawka; Michael Duta; Coriell Eagle; Gabriella Eidelstein; Nour Elsafty; Haniya Emaan; Megan Enriguez; Ava Famulari; Daria Fedonenko; Michael Ferdico; Alejandra Fernandez; Carley Ferrera; Gianna Fiduccia; Peter Fiduccia; Olivia Fischette; Sergio Flores; Angelina Focca; Gianna Fox; Jason Foxman; Adam Gaied; Lucia Galante; Gianna Gallart; John Garofalo; Sabrina Garcia; Grace Gargano; Julianna Geraldi; Justin Gerlach; Alexis Gilligan; Isabella Gindin; Connor Gioia; Philopateer Girgis; Benjamin Gleyzer; Patrick Golden; Ava Goldstein; Dominick Graziano; Isabella Graziano; Arthur Gumiela; Vinudi Gunasekera; Frederick Gunsch; Leah Gunther; Trofeem Gusev; Anna Harvey; Maeve Heck; Story Hope; Haoying Huang; Ariella Iospa; Isabella Iospa; Daniel Ivanov; Malachi Jacobs; Janelle Jarrett; Andrew Jichetti; Lucas Juno; Roy Kang; Jonah Kelner; Olivia Keyes; Mera Khalil; Shay Kissoondath; Emma Knight; Joshua Knutsen; Karl Kocian; Thomas Kostenbader; Michael Kritikos; Ethan Kubasak; Michael Kusack; Angelina Iorio; Nicolette Laino; Casey Landron; Alexis Lapre; Giulianna LaRosa; Dylan Lavas; Vito Lavignani; Rebekah Leung; Samuel Leung; Benson Lin; Juliette Liss; Julianna LoGiudice; Joseph Logozzo; Charlotte Lopardo; Julian Losurdo; Adrianna Maglione; Faeza Mahbub; Savanna Mahoney; Andrew Manetta; Aaron Maisel; Dandre Martin; Francesco Martino; Joseph Masella; Brendan Massa; Daniella Massaro; Billy Mastro; Kathy Matajy; Adrianna Matrone; Deborah McCoy; Shannon McGlyn; Juliet McKenna; Isabella McVeigh; Hassan Mirza; Christian Misseri; Joseph Memoly ; Arely Montalbo; Luke Monte; Riley Moreno; Sophia Morse; Joseph Mosiello; Olivia Muccigrosso; Julia Nicotra; Crystal Noby; Christian Noonan; Dean Odrechowski; Excellence Ogunsola; Shi Oquendo; Samuel Paolucci; Luke Paone; Odin Peng; Jill Perazzo; Ava Perlman; Anthony Petruzzelli; Christian Pisapia; Julia Pisicolo; Alyssa Powierski; Lily Poyerd; Joseph Procida; Nicolas Profeta; Connor Portis; Alessia Puccini; Luca Puccini; Jason Pukhov; Steven Ragucci; Fatima Ramirez; Maira Rashid; Mariam Rashed; Claire Reed; Julia Remorca; Matthew Reno; Christian Rivera; Jose Rivera; Mariandrea Romero Ramos; Ryan Robinson; Abigail Robisky; Sarah Rodriguez; Taina Rodriguez; Alyssa Rogan; Vincent Ruggiero; Anthony Ruiz; Hailey Ruiz ; Julia Ryan; Joseph Sanger Jr.; Victoria Scamardella; Domenick Scibilia; Dominic Sciortino; Rudy Seddio; Aidan Shultz; James Shultz; Vincent Sereno; Gavin Silva; Mushtaq Shahid; James Sofia; Emma Sparacio; Luciana Spezio; Ryan Spinelli; Salvatore Stuto; Anthony Stefanopoulos; Alexander Suponitskiy; Vanessa Tapia; Emily Tarantino; Matthew Tarantola; Farrah Tedeschi ; Daniel Tichie; Christina Timoshkov; Michael Tisi; Elena Tola; Haley Torija; Noelle Totino; Victoria Traina; Tyler Tran; Aiden Tsybulevskiy; Christopher Vaccaro; Daniel Vataksi; Marcus Velasquez; Medha Venkatraj; Giuliana Vitale; Deanna Volpicella; Kieran Walsh; Chloris Wan; Brandon Wang; Max Cuautle Weinstein; Russell Wong; Kenneth Wonsowicz; Olson Woo; Julian Wright; Imani Yakatally; Wendy Yan; Eavan Yang; Olivia Yang; Alice Yankelevich; Eva Yaroslavskiy; Linna Yee; Anna Elizabeth Zhezha; Luka Zic