Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Odell Wy’east Middle School took second place in Saturday’s state championships for Oregon Battle of the Books. The team includes Doug Asai, Ruben Gonzaga, Tanner Wells, Symeon Walker and Jake Bromham, coached by David Sacquety.
The school competed in a field of 15 middle school state finalists, drawn from a field of 159 participating middle schools across the state.
Held at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on April 14, 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 their school level and regional competition.
First-place winners were Oregon Episcopal School in Portland (elementary), Monroe Middle School in Eugene and Westview High School in Beaverton.
Oregon 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 statewide reading motivation and comprehension program is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant.
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