National Champions: Academy at Nola Dunn Students Place 1st in Great Reading Games

Students read 212,091 pages and five students finished in the top 10 nationally

BURLESON, Texas – Academy at Nola Dunn students in Burleson Independent School District (BISD) placed 1st in the Great Reading Games, a national reading competition hosted by Learning Ally.

Students competed against more than 37,000 students from 1,600 schools to be named first in the nation for reading 212,091 pages. Five students also finished in the top 10 nationally for the number of pages read:  

  • Holden Frantz finished 2nd in the nation for reading 18,880 pages.
  • Marley Buck finished 5th in the nation for reading 14,240 pages.
  • Parker Manners finished 6th for reading 12,870 pages.
  • Logan Briggs finished 8th for reading 12,798 pages.
  • Georgia Bobo finished in 9th place nationally for reading 12,788 pages.

This achievement has been three years in the making, as students placed 8th in the nation in 2017 and 3rd in the nation in 2018.

“While earning the title of national champion is a tremendous achievement for our students, I am more proud of students’ hard work and commitment to reading,” said Dr. Bret Jimerson, BISD Superintendent.

Students receive Chromebooks, headphones and national recognition for their achievement. In addition, students who finished in the top ten nationally win gift cards and other prizes.

About Great Reading Games

The Great Reading Games is a reading engagement competition designed to motivate struggling and non-readers to read for more than 20 minutes each day. As students read and learn through human-read audiobooks, they get excited about reading and begin to improve their reading comprehension, fluency, critical thinking and vocabulary skills to become more confident learners.

More about the Great Reading Games from Learning Ally

The annual event coincides with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to empower students with learning differences to read with frequency and build strong reading habits. The goal of the event is to get students reading with frequency, which Learning Ally defines as reading for twenty minutes a day for thirty-three days.

Students who compete in the Great Reading Games are three times more likely to excel in reading frequency and 300% more likely to achieve levels of success that tie directly into their academic achievement, and emotional and social well-being.

About Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a leading education solutions organization dedicated to transforming the lives of struggling learners. Our proven Audiobook Solution includes high quality, human-read audiobooks that align to schools’ curriculum in grades 3-12 and a suite of educator resources to help students who struggle to read due to learning differences succeed in school and beyond. Today, Learning Ally is successfully used in more than 16,000 schools nationwide. To learn more visit

About Burleson ISD

Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,400 students and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.


Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications