Scappoose bookworms battle with regional schools
Four teams of Scappoose students fare well in Oregon Battle of the Books
Students from three Scappoose schools competed among 74 other schools in a regional Oregon Battle of the Books competition in Beaverton last Saturday, March 15. While none of the teams advanced to the statewide level, teachers said the students preformed exceptionally in their battles.
Of the Scappoose teams that advanced to regionals, Scappoose Middle School students under the instruction of Kristie Freeman, language arts teacher at Scappoose Middle made it the furthest.
It was terrific. We did really, really well, Freeman said. Our team placed in the top eight. Thats the furthest weve ever gone.
At Oregon Battle of the Books competitions, students are asked to answer questions about select books and are judged by accuracy.
Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries and is partially funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant. The program is run completely by volunteers.
Freeman said the Middle School team scored enough points in its initial round to advance to the Sweet 16, and, once there, did well enough to move on to the Elite Eight.
There, Scappoose Middle students lost by only three points to the team that would continue to be the number one seed, Freeman said.
It was an intense battle and it was really cool, she said, adding that the team also successfully challenged the events judges twice, an apparently rare occasion at Oregon Battle of the Books competitions.
Freeman expressed excitement over the teams dedication to reading, noting that in middle school, students interest in books tends to drop.
Its very promising as a teacher to see kids enthusiasm for reading increase, she said.
Scappoose Middles Battle of the Books team read a total 16 books and was made up of eighth-graders Nate Maller, John Kavulich and Linnaea Kavulich, as well as seventh-graders Audrey Demeaux and Carissa Pixley.
Julia Edge, English teacher and coach for Scappoose High Schools Battle of the Books Team, said Scappoose High students also preformed better at the competition than in previous years.
It went very well, she said, adding the team made it successfully through two battles at the event. We were only five points away from going to the state championship. We did better than in the last three years.
Scappoose Highs Battle of the Books Team was assigned 12 books over the summer and was composed of junior Katelyn Mitts, junior Chase Pixley, junior Patricia Brady and freshman Laurel Evans.
Two teams of Otto Petersen Elementary School students competed in Beaverton Saturday. Kristy Larson, fourth-grade teacher at Otto Petersen Elementary and coach of the schools Battle of the Books teams, said making it to the Saturday event alone was a big deal.
Both teams represented the school very well and had great sportsmanship, Larson said.
The sixth-grade team that advanced to regionals consisted of Emma Jones, Taryn Verzino, Corbin Ulibarri and Matt Wallen. A team of fourth-graders, competing in the third to fifth-grade division, was composed of Isabella Amaro, Elena Winkel, Madison Mobley, Molly Hagen and Jax Ekstrom.
Larson said the schools fourth-grade team won its first battle at the event, but didnt have enough points to advance to a second round. The sixth-grade team did well too, she said, but didnt advance to the second round either.
Larson said Otto Petersen students were given 16 books to read at the beginning of the school year and had been reading through them since.
Battle of the Books teams had to win several battles within their respective schools, including a finals competition, before advancing to the regional competition.
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