Baysox poster win­ner rec­og­nized

Record Observer - - Community - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

STEVENSVILLE — Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bowie Baysox base­ball team were at Bay­side El­e­men­tary School on Thurs­day, Feb. 2, and hosted an as­sem­bly to honor fourth-grader Taylor Himes, the lo­cal win­ner of the team’s read­ing pro­gram poster con­test.

Stu­dents around the state sub­mit­ted poster de­signs as part of the Baysox Read and Hit a Home Run Read­ing Pro­gram. For the win­ning the con­test, Taylor will have her poster re­pro­duced and placed in ev­ery par­tic­i­pat­ing school in the county.

Dur­ing the as­sem­bly, Taylor was an­nounced the win­ner in front of her class­mates and teach­ers, who cheered her on. A Baysox rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the team’s gi­ant furry mas­cot, named Louie, pre­sented Taylor with a framed copy of her poster and in­vited her to throw out a cer­e­mo­nial first pitch dur­ing the Queen Anne’s County Read­ing Night on Satur­day, May 20.

Also on hand at the as­sem­bly was Vic­to­ria Sa­muels from the Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems Fed­eral Credit Union, which spon­sors the read­ing pro­gram. Sa­muels pre­sented Taylor, who lives in Cen­tre­ville, with a $50 Visa gift card and a large cer­tifi­cate with her name on it.

The poster con­test kicks off the Read and Hit a Home Run Read­ing Pro­gram where the stu­dents get a free ticket to a Baysox game if they read four books. This is the 21st year the mi­nor league base­ball team has hosted the read­ing pro­gram and, dur­ing that time, kids from Queen Anne’s County and across the state have read mil­lions of books as they worked to­ward earn­ing free Baysox tick­ets.

Af­ter the as­sem­bly, Taylor said, “I liked draw­ing it. It’s re­ally fun. I like to read a lot and I love base­ball.”

Her mother reads to her ,and some­times Taylor reads to her mother.

Karen Hipps, a teacher at Bay­side, com­pli­mented Himes for win­ning. “I think it’s amaz­ing. She’s a great artist and loves to draw.”

Dur­ing the as­sem­bly, Matt Wil­son, Baysox com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, read a poem out loud to very at­ten­tive stu­dents and he an­nounced Taylor as the win­ner. The stu­dents de­signed their posters to show how much they like to read, “but one in par­tic­u­lar took a lot of skill to be made. It was a stu­dent from Bay­side El­e­men­tary that’s in the 4th grade.”

Wil­son read, “Time to stand up, ap­plaud, and maybe even buy her a din­ner

Be­cause that’s right guys, her name is Taylor, and she’s our win­ner!”

There were more than a 100 poster en­tries from sev­eral dif­fer­ent schools in Queen Anne’s County and more than 1,000 to­tal en­tries from eight coun­ties, Wil­son said.

The Baysox mar­ket­ing staff de­ter­mined the win­ner. “We were look­ing for a poster [that] in­cluded a draw­ing of a book and in­cluded the phrase ‘Read & Hit a Home Run.’ We se­lected Taylor’s poster from all the oth­ers be­cause we liked her rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Louie and it was a very clean draw­ing of a fam­ily ex­cited to read and ready to play base­ball,” Wil­son said.

The read­ing pro­gram where stu­dents read four books for a free Baysox ticket runs from Oc­to­ber to May. Pub­lic schools, pri­vate schools and home schools are in­vited and en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate.

Be­sides schools in Queen Anne’s County, the fol­low­ing coun­ties par­tic­i­pated in the read­ing pro­gram: Prince Ge­orge’s, Mont­gomery, Anne Arun­del, Howard, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s. Schools. Schools in Washington, D.C., can also par­tic­i­pate.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter a school, con­tact Matt Wil­son at 301464-4851, or visit the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site Baysox.com. The Bowie Baysox team is an AA af­fil­i­ate of the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

Taylor Himes, fourth-grader at Bay­side El­e­men­tary School, is the poster win­ner for Queen Anne’s County as part of Baysox’s Read and Hit a Home Run Read­ing Pro­gram. Here Baysox mas­cot Louie con­grat­u­lates Taylor dur­ing an as­sem­bly at the school on Thurs­day, Feb. 2.

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