Scholastic Author to Visit Lake Nona Middle School On February 11th

Award-winning author Varian Johnson will celebrate a huge achievement for Lake Nona Middle School on February 11th.


By Jacob Engels


The students at Lake Nona won the highly-competitive title as the number one middle school in the country for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Students collectively read over 6,526,662 minutes read this past summer.


The top five states with most minutes read are: Texas (81,347,190 reading minutes), Florida (61,138,858 reading minutes), New York (11,852,419 reading minutes), New Jersey (10,902,902 reading minutes) and North Carolina (9,375,258 reading minutes). ·


Four U.S. Governors and 44 Gubernatorial Spouses pledged to help spread across the nation the important message about children reading over the summer by signing on as Reading Ambassadors. Scholastic donated 500 books to the school of each Reading Ambassador’s choice (for a total of 23,000 books), and many of the Ambassadors are hosting reading events in their respective states.


As part of their grand prize, Varian Johnson, author of titles including The Great Green Heist, will visit the school to congratulate them and meet the students.


Varian Johnson, school officials and Scholastic representative, Frank Loose, are available for interviews and can all talk about the importance of keeping kids reading all year long – and ultimately discover the power and joy of reading according to a release from Scholastic.


The event will take place at 9:45am at Lake Nona Middle School on Narccoossee Road.



Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at