Belmont Academy Wins Statewide Recognition for Spreading Literacy


Belmont Academy took a second place finish in the Florida Department of Education’s, literacy video contest, winning statewide recognition and $600 in prize money.

The Florida Department of Education announced the winners of the Literacy Week, Florida! Spreading Literacy One Week at a Time, video contest, on February 8, 2019. Belmont Academy Charter School placed second in the high school division. The goal of the annual week-long celebration was to promote literacy and encourage Florida students to develop positive reading habits.

To compete in the contest, schools from all over Florida created YouTube videos that communicated the importance of reading. Submissions were judged by the number of YouTube views each video received. The top three submissions in each grade level grouping, earned a cash prize to purchase books for their school library.

Belmont Academy’s high school journalism teacher, Amon Rolerson, is proud of his hard working and talented students. Every week the student journalism team produces a campus news YouTube video, writes an article for the school website, designs and builds the school yearbook and photographs all schools events.

“Every day these students impress me as they continue to take their skills and professionalism to a higher level. They are outstanding students and perfect examples of the character, work ethic and talent that students strive for here at Belmont Academy Charter School,” said Rolerson.

The top notch students who created this winning video are as follows: Ashlyn Kampmeyer, Adrian Lacey, Michelle Handy, Tyleke Jernigan, Emma Boone and Madison Blanton.

The Florida Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, is impressed with all of the students who helped make literacy week a success.

“Strong reading skills are necessary for students to succeed in all aspects of life, and I am extremely proud of all of the students who took the time to share their love of reading,” said Corcoran.

Belmont’s student journalism team would like to thank the FLDOE for considering their entry for the contest. They would also like to recognize all of the students, staff, teachers, administrators, families and community members who came together to promote literacy and this video. Those who would like to watch the video are welcome to visit The Belmont Weekly News YouTube channel.