WMS student Afaga wins TeenBiz top reader

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WMS student Roland Afaga, TeenBiz3000’s National Weekly Top Reading Scorer, is surrounded by his classmates and Leesa Robertson, eighth grade language arts teacher, as he opens his digital dictionary prize. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WMS FOR NHN)

Waimea Middle School eighth grader Roland Afaga was more than a little surprised to be notified recently that he was TeenBiz3000’s National Weekly Top Reading Scorer, having earned more points in one week for reading than any other student in the entire country using TeenBiz. This program is a nationally recognized online reading program used by schools all over the country, including WMS, to offer an interesting array of reading choices to nurture a love of reading in students.

Afaga won the Waimea Middle School spelling bee as a sixth grader, then was the first runner-up for the Hawaii Island District Spelling Bee Finals, which earned him a spot in the statewide competition. He took second place in the statewide Scripps-Honolulu Advertiser-KHET Hawaii Public Television Spelling Bee that year, which was televised statewide.