Student Wins Prize After Continuing Sequoyah Book List Challenge

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Local government and library leaders gathered at Wayland Bonds Elementary School in Moore Schools to celebrate a youngster for his years-long commitment to a reading goal.

Brixton lemons, 12, was challenged by his third-grade teacher to read all of Sequoyah’s children’s books on that year’s list, and the habit stuck. Now in sixth grade, Brixton continues to read all the books on the children’s list – also venturing into the middle list from time to time – and recently completed her 70th Sequoyah title.

After hearing about Brixton’s accomplishment, local officials and Pioneer Library System staff coordinated to honor Brixton for his dedication to reading, which led to a surprise rally in January at the library of the Brixton school.

Attendees included State Representative Chris Kannady and State Senator Darrell Weaver, who presented an official congratulatory citation; Cherity Pennington, president of the Oklahoma Library Association; Lisa Wells, executive director of the Pioneer Library System; Kristen Lassiter, Media Specialist at Wayland Bonds; Kirsten Walker, President of Sequoyah; and the Brixton family.

When asked if there was a time when he considered quitting the challenge, Brixton praised the Sequoyah program: “Not really. I have always loved to read and my biggest problem is that I never find books, but during this challenge I chose the books for me. The Sequoyah List has never failed.

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