Meet Zayna Padania, a fifth-grader at the Buford Senior Academy. Zayna has six people in her family, including herself, and she also has a dog named Zoey! Zayna loves to play softball, eat tacos and without a doubt, she loves to read. 

Zayna’s teachers are Mrs. Glenn, Mrs. Sullins and Mr. Novales, and this week, Zayna is being honored as the Reader of the Week because of her love and devotion to reading.

Zayna said “The Land of Stories” by Chris Colfer is her favorite book series because they are fantasy novels, her favorite genre to be exact. Also, she loves how all of the fairy tale characters within the novels are so different from how humans perceive them. Besides her favorite book series, Zayna’s favorite author is Erin Hunter.

“She created ‘The Warriors’ and ‘The Survivors’ series, and they are super good books,” Zayna said. 

Mrs. Sara Blankenship, Buford’s Senior Academy’s media specialist, speaks on Zayna Padania’s love for reading. She said, “Zayna is a fantastic reader. She is always up for a new challenge and she’s already read almost two million words this year!”

Congratulations on being named Reader of the Week, Zayna! 

— Emily Hammond

The media specialists at the Buford Senior Academy and Buford Academy select the Buford City Schools Reader of the Week.  Buford students grades first through fifth have a chance at being named the Reader of the Week. In addition to appearing online and in print, the Reader of the Week receives a voucher to Stars and Strikes for all of their hard work.

The Buford City Schools Reader of the Week spotlight is made possible by the generosity of Peoples Bank & Trust, 1899 Buford Highway, Buford GA 30518, (770) 932-1900.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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