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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Canby School District schools, above, squared off Jan. 18 in the district competition in the Oregon 2014 Battle of the Books held at Lee Elementary School. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the Unicorn Reading Crushers team from Ninety-One School competed in the Battle of Books.Ninety-One School swept the Canby School District competition in the Oregon 2014 Battle of the Books held Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Lee Elementary School.

Ninety-One teams won first place and runner up in both third- to fifth-grade and fifth- to eighth-grade competitions.

Thirty-four teams in grades three to eight from district schools competed to show their knowledge of books they read for the contest designed to promote reading.

Baker Prairie Middle School and Ninety-One were there. So were Trost, Carus, Knight and Lee elementary schools.

The students had read their assigned sets of 16 books, discussed them and quizzed each other on the contents. They then competed in teams of four, answering quiz show type questions on the books they had read.

They competed first at the school level with winners advancing to the district competition at Lee.

The Ninety-One fifth-grade T.E.A.K.Y. team won for the third to fifth-grade level. The letters stand for the first initial of each child on the team — Emma Birley, Kyler Shearer, Taylor Stocks, Akua Swift and Yakov Zarkoff.

Runnerup was the Ninety-One Awesome Reading KETS — Katie Anderson, Titus Baurer, Samantha Neal and Elsie Rodolph.

It didn’t stop there. Ninety-One teams also placed first and runnerup in the sixth- to eighth-grade level.

First place went to team B3, which stands for beastly, brainiac bulldogs, comprised of — Logan Doman, Natalie Doman, Jordan Spencer and Ben Wing.

Runner up was the 5 Star team comprised of Karly Bierma, Rachel Bigej, Olivia Johnston, Ellie Kromer and Kahleia Rose

“The kids practice really hard,” said Lisa Wing, Ninety-One School Battle of the Books co-coordinator with Krista Miller.

“We had children who started reading as the last year battle ended,” she said. “They’ve been reading for a year.”

“We’ve been doing Battle of the Books at Ninety-One several years,” she said. “The kids have a feel for the program and they do strategizing to make their teams stronger. We do a lot practice battles ahead of time."

Next up, the Canby schools will send teams to the regional Battle of the Books which will be held March 8. The grades 3-5 teams will compete at Stafford Primary School in West Linn. The grades 6-8 competition will be held at Walt Morey Middle School in Troutdale.

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