Students earn honors for readingHere’s a question for you: Do you think you could read 20 books chosen by someone else and memorize specific details about the plot, setting and characters? Superior fourth and fifth graders were put to that challenge called the Battle of the Books.
By: Molly Warring/Lake Superior Elementary, Superior Telegram
Here’s a question for you: Do you think you could read 20 books chosen by someone else and memorize specific details about the plot, setting and characters? Superior fourth and fifth graders were put to that challenge called the Battle of the Books.
Each elementary school put together teams of three students with an alternate for each team. These students dedicated themselves to this voluntary activity over the past year by reading and re-reading books, then quizzing each other on the specifics until memorized.
On April 25, the Battle was on. It took place at Superior Middle School; each elementary school represented with their confident teams. Ten- and 11-year-old students were asked miniscule detailed questions that they answered at the tips of their tongues.
The atmosphere was tense, but the teams brilliantly answered one question after another. After many rounds, three teams prevailed: Northern Lights Elementary, Great Lakes Elementary and Lake Superior Elementary. These three teams moved on to the regional competition in Ashland on May 8.
A total of 18 teams from northern Wisconsin participated in the CESA 12 Battle of the Books competition in Ashland. All three Superior teams moved on to the second round. Lake Superior Elementary advanced to the third round. After a couple of tough rounds, Lake Superior Elementary was able secure first place.
Congratulations all Battle of the Books readers. It was a testament to the love of reading that is extremely commendable. Superior’s honorable contestants include the following:
Bryant: Captain Carissa Mudrak, Carter Fonger and Brennan Morrissey, Captain Hannah Craker, Jazmine Bonneville and Noah Lear and alternate Ailey Rude.
Cooper: Captain Tyler Ngo, Kaitlyn Kratsch and Rebecca Barnes and alternate Adam Young, Captain Ki-Lin Baribeau, Trinity Shaw and Jake Edwards and alternate Jason Samarziya.
Four Corners: Captain Janae Widiker, Autumn LeMone and Lauren Krob and Alternate: Thomas Chicka.
Great Lakes: Captain Marin Peterson, Mehla Starry and Molly Lemark and alternate Lauren Gustafsen, Captain Margaret Howard, Abby Willmore and Clara Lundholm and alternate Mac Hartley.
Lake Superior: Captain Seth Smetak, Suzy Warring and Tyler Moen and alternate Braylee Wall.
Northern Lights: Captain Niya Wilson, Wesley Engebretson and Sam Peterson, Captain Jarrett Gronski, Jaxson Vo and Harrison Keller and alternate Alyssa Kobie.
Books included on this year’s list included the Newbery-Medal winning “Shiloh” by Phillis Reynolds Naylor, “Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale, “Sidkicks” by Jack Ferraiolo, “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick and books from series such as the Spiderwick Chronicles and the 39 Clues.