WAFF 48 Star Student - Deseree' Larcart of West Mastin Lake Elementary School

Published: Jan. 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - It's not unusual to find 10-year-old Deseree' Larcart in her own world, and a good book is the only passport she needs to get there.

"I think I was about three when I first started," said Larcart.

Her love of reading only grew from there.

"For me, the more pages, the better," said Larcart.
Students at West Mastin Lake Elementary are encouraged to read as many books as they can. After reading their books, they take online comprehension exams, and try to gain as many points as they can by the end of the school year. No student has ever gained more than 100 points, but that was before Deseree' accepted the challenge.

"She is already at 264 points with a 94 percent comprehension average," said librarian Mary Beth Duncan.

And that was just within the first nine weeks.

"I never thought I could actually do it at first, but once I saw that I could get over the mark, I felt more confident in myself," said Larcart.

She has so much confidence that she's set another goal for herself  to reach by the end of May.

"My goal is 450," said Larcart.

"Any free time that she has, she likes to read. I think it's great because I like to read, but I don't like to read all the time like she does," said friend Jascelyn Merriweather.

Not only is Deseree' an avid reader. She's a great writer, creating scripts for various school podcasts, and she recently received an award for her excellent math skills as well.

But when she adds it all up, Deseree' believes a good book will take you further than you ever dreamed.

"The more you read, the more you learn. It doesn't matter what kind of book you read. It just matters about what you learn from the book," said Larcart.
That's why Deseree' Larcart is this week's WAFF 48 Star Student.

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