Pacers Honor Winners of Making the Grade Program

April 1, 2011

On Friday, April 1 when the Indiana Pacers face the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pacers will recognize the top essay winners of the 2010-11 Making the Grade Program, sponsored by the Indiana Pacers and in partnership with The Indianapolis Star.

                Each day, thousands of newspapers are delivered to area schools through The Star's Partnership for Young Readers program (PYR). The PYR staff works with schools, teachers and area businesses to bring community awareness and literacy to students.  In addition, teachers use the newspapers to teach reading, science, social studies, economics and other lessons.

                 As part of the PYR program, Making the Grade is an educational feature designed to encourage students to read, reflect and respond.  Students were encouraged to respond to Boomer’s thought-provoking question of the week and submit their essay to be eligible for tickets to a Pacers game. Each week the Making the Grade feature consisted of health and fitness tips from the Get Pacers Fit program presented by Kroger, a Pacers player feature, and the All-Star Essay of the Week.

                 This year’s winners are:


Julie Barnes                                                         Home School
Mason Birkey                                                       Van Buren Elementary
Nehemiah Burnett                                               Fishers Jr. High School
Tony Davis                                                            St. Mark Catholic School
Dru Garland                                                          Pittsboro Primary School
Jalen Hendricks                                                   Chapel Glen Elementary
Adam King                                                            Home School
MaKayla Melton                                                   Chapel Glen Elementary
Evan Rhode                                                          Hinkle Creek Elementary
Brittany Rhude                                                     Home School
Ty-Jay Robey                                                       Chapel Glen Elementary
Haley Robinson                                                   North Salem Elementary
Jarrett Roseboom                                                North Salem Elementary
Erika Wujek                                                          Pleasant View Elementary

Each winner received two tickets to the Pacers game against the Bucks, a commemorative photo and an achievement certificate.