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James Idol wins The Herald-Mail reading contest

August 28, 2000

James Idol wins The Herald-Mail reading contest



By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

James Idol"Sweet," was James Idol's reponse when he learned he won $50 in The Herald-Mail's middle school reading contest.

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James, 13, was one of three students who correctly identified the titles and authors of passages from six books that were published in Lifestyle Tuesday, Aug. 15. Karey Toms of Waynesboro, Pa., and Matt Reeder of Hagerstown also got all six right.

As promised, the names of the potential winners were put in a hat - actually it was a box - and James' name was drawn.

Kenzie Bowen of Smithsburg was close. She missed only one of the titles.

James has read all but one of the books - "The Diary of A Young Girl" by Anne Frank. He's always been a reader, finding out about many of the books he reads when his mom, Lisa Idol, brings them home from Paramount Elementary School, where she teaches.

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James, an eighth-grader at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, became acquainted with "The Cay" when he was in fifth grade. His St. Mary's School teacher, Wanda Gerstner, read the book to the class, and the students talked about it.

"I thought that was a really good book," James said of Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time." He liked the fantasy and read other books by the author.

But James does more than read. He's been playing soccer with the Hotspur traveling team since he was about 8 and he also likes music. His band, 99 Chanelz, consists of James, on drums, friends Matt Stowell and Miles Chan. They play music together in the Idols' basement with James' dad, Chuck Idol. They performed at an open mic night at Ralph & Maria's Restaurant in Hagerstown last week.

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