by: Submitted photo Westview's Battle of the Books team, from left, Sarah Cook, Nate Abelaye, Anna Nguyen and Olivia Preston took this picture just before they won the semi-finals.

Beaverton's Westview High School took first place in the state championships for the Oregon Battle of the Books, held last weekend at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

The fifth annual state tournament featured top teams from eight regions with 443 participating schools and an estimated 35,440 readers. Each state competitor had already won at his or her school level and regional competition.

Coached by Tom Puterbaugh, the Westview team includes Sarah Cook, Anna Nguyen, Nate Abelaye and Olivia Preston. The school competed in a field of 12 high school state finalists, drawn from a field of 48 participating high schools across the state. Other Beaverton schools that qualified for the state tournament included Rock Creek Elementary School, Whitford Middle School and Five Oaks Middle School.

Coached by Rachel Schatz, Rock Creek team members Max Bricken, Anna Crump, Anda Gherghe, and Quinna Sypher finished in fourth place in the elementary division. The schools competed against 18 elementary school state finalists, drawn from a field of 236 elementary schools across the state.

Five Oaks, coached by Alicia Robb with team members Franciso Covarrubias, Jared Edberg, Sullivan Cohen-Pope and Kelvin Anderson, finished in the top eight in the middle school division.

Whitford, the other local qualifying school, competed with team members Katie Fo, Madelaine Parry, Isaac Cui, Pranav Mathur and Esther Whang, and was coached by Diana Deland.

The schools competed in a field of 15 middle school state finalists, drawn from a field of 159 participating middle schools across the state.

Other first place winners were Oregon Episcopal School in Portland (elementary) and Monroe Middle School in Eugene.

Battle of the Books features a 16-book reading list for the elementary and middle school divisions, and 12-book list for the high school division. Teams of four battle against other teams in a quiz-show format. Points are awarded for correct answers to questions taken from the books on the reading list.

The Oregon Association of School Libraries sponsors the statewide reading motivation and comprehension program in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant.

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