Wy’east and HR middle schools compete in state Battle of Books

Salem – Wy’east Middle School advanced to the top eight in the state championships at the Oregon Battle of the Books on Saturday. The team includes Douglas Asai, Jake Bromham, Jesse Wiley, Symeon Walker and Ruben Gonzaga, coached by David Sacquety.

Hood River Middle School, including Margaret Totten, Morgan Graves, Samantha Thompson and Lindsey Hegemann, coached by Sue Young, also qualified for the tournament and traveled to Salem to compete.

The schools competed in a pool of 15 middle school state finalists, drawn from a field of 163 participating middle schools across the state.

Held at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on April 13, the sixth-annual state tournament featured top teams from eight regions with 481 participating schools. Each state competitor had already won at their school level and regional competition.

OBOB 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.

First-place winners were Beaverton’s Findley Elementary School, ACCESS Academy’s middle school team and Oregon Episcopal School in the high school division.

OBOB is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in third through 12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.

The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. OBOB is run completely by volunteers.

Last week, OBOB was recognized with the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy award at the Oregon Book Awards in Portland. The award is “presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s young readers.”

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