Fifth grader Ashlyn Knox was the first Buford Senior Academy student to become a reading Challenge Champion this school year. 

“She has been working hard completing Media Center challenges,” said Emily Stewart, media specialist at BSA, who described Ashlyn as an avid reader.  

To earn the title of Challenge Champion, students are required to read a certain number of books based on length of text and then write a response to a reflection question for each book. Students who complete 10 challenges become Challenge Champions.

“Ashlyn was our first Challenge Champion this year, so she got a shoutout on Wolf TV, a Challenge Champion wrist lanyard for her library tag, and lunch with our principal, Ms. Pulley,” Stewart said. “She has been working hard to read the Harry Potter series!”

Ashlyn’s favorite book is “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by British author J. K. Rowling. It’s the third fantasy novel in the children’s book series following young wizard Harry Potter and his adventures with his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

“It was my favorite book because it had so many unexpected events,” Ashlyn said. “It kept getting more exciting and I was eager to read more. It was overall an amazing book!”

Ashlyn’s hobbies include swimming, art, reading and soccer. 

“I want to be a professional soccer player because I love to play the sport or I want to be a doctor because I want to help people in need,” she said. 

Ashlyn is the daughter of Ashley Knox and Dwilyn Braswell.

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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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