For the first time ever, TSD students and staff were able to watch the Troy Middle School Media Center's annual Troybery ceremony live via YouTube on April 27, 2018. The 18th Annual ceremony boasted two author Skypes as well as lunch afterwards with a local Troybery author.
Teachers nominated their best readers to attend the ceremony on April 27, and thirty lucky students from each middle school were chosen from this list. Students who created original artwork or music inspired by Troybery books were also showcased at the hour-long ceremony. An emcee representing each middle school took a turn announcing the Troybery winners, following Deputy Superintendent Mark Dziatczak's opening speech.
To get down to the final Troybery winner, students cast 2,261 votes over 4 rounds of Troybery Madness voting. Overall, Troybery books were checked out close to 10,000 times this year. Troybery checkouts made up around 13% of all books checked out at each school.
Troy School District middle school students certainly are avid readers, and the Troybery reading program continually motivates them, year after year. To nominate a book for Troybery 2019, visit this submission form.
Want to watch the recorded ceremony? click here.
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Many thanks to the middle school teachers and administrators who have been so supportive of this reading program for the past 18 years. We are also grateful to the PTO of each middle school, the Troy Women's Association, and the Board of Education for their support. The Troy Public Library has been instrumental in getting Troyberys into the hands of our students when the media center's shelves were empty. Many parent volunteers were invaluable during Troybery voting and the ceremony. We appreciate all of the authors who made videos for our students, who donated autographed books and prizes, and who visited our students in person or via Skype. Finally, we thank the students and staff who participated in the program!
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.