POPLAR SPRINGS — It was no surprise to her parents when fourth-grader Kayleigh Rose Bass of Poplar Springs School received the Florida Scholar Award for scoring the highest-level scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in Reading.


POPLAR SPRINGS — It was no surprise to her parents when fourth-grader Kayleigh Rose Bass of Poplar Springs School received the Florida Scholar Award for scoring the highest-level scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in Reading.



Kayleigh is the daughter of David Bass and Jennifer Gavin and the granddaughter of Bill Tom and Elizabeth Gavin and Dave and Frances Bass.



Her father, David, said that her high scores in Reading wasn’t a surprise because Kayleigh is an avid reader.



“She is now and always has been interested in reading,” said her father, David. “From the time she learned how to read she’s constantly reading a book or writing her on stories.”



Kayleigh also received a letter from Senator Don Gaetz.



“On behalf of the Senate and State of Florida, I’m pleased to inform you that your outstanding scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test have earned you recognition as one of the highest performing students in the state,” wrote Gaetz. “Your achievement in Reading is among the best of all students in all schools in all counties in the state. Your scores stood out brilliantly not only in Holmes County but helped set the standard of academic excellence in Florida.



“As your Senator, I’m so proud of you. You bring honor to your family, your teachers at Poplar Springs School and your community.”



For fun, Kayleigh loves sports, swimming and playing with her dog, Rosabell.



“She has a great relationship with and loves all of her teachers,” said her father. “Her favorite subjects are Reading, Language Arts and Art. When she grows up she wants to be a dolphin trainer or possibly a paleontologist.”