It's been a tradition in the Koval house since Joshua and his younger sister Savana were little.
After lunch, they read books. :Lots of books.
The two Penn Cambria Elementary students, whose parents are Brenda and Rick Koval from Lilly, were among the winners in the 13th annual "Reading is Cool" competition, sponsored by the Cambria County Foster Grandparent Program.
"If yo have a good foundation of reading, it creates a good foundation for school," Brenda Koval said.
"We're very, very proud."
The two read hundreds of books in June and July – even taking a week off for vacation at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Josh said his favorite books are the Spider Wick series.
Each child who participated received a treat bag, cookie from Eat 'n Park, books donated by The Learning Lamp, and a certificate signed by state Sen. John Wozniak.
More than 482 children registered for the contest and read 7,196 books in all.
Winners were selected in three categories: first and second grades, third and fourth grades and fifth and sixth grades.
The child who read the most books in their category received a $50 savings bond.
First and second grades: First place (tie): Savana Koval from Penn Cambria Primary and Tanner Trybus from Cambria Heights Elementary; second place (tie): Ava Monborne from Central Cambria Elementary and Jenna Westrick from Holy Name.
Third and fourth grades: First place: Joshua Koval from Penn Cambria; second place: Rebecca Cree from Central Cambria.
Fifth and sixth grades: First place: Brianna Luciew from Richland Elementary; second place: Lauren Botteicher from Westmont Hilltop.