The sixteenth annual Battle of the Books competition took place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Longfellow Elementary School. This literacy competition is designed to motivate students to read and have fun doing so! In addition, the Battle of the Books encourages book discussions, while promoting responsibility and cooperative behavior.
Teams of students were formed with children representing different schools. Each team member was responsible for reading nine books from a list of twenty-seven assigned books. The books covered a variety of levels, genres and interests. The Battle of the Books is organized by Holly Hansen-Grotbeck from Longfellow School and Lori Roelse from Jefferson/Pigeon River Schools.
There were fifty-two teams of fifth graders competing. Participating schools included Cleveland, Cooper, Grant, Jackson, James Madison, Lincoln-Erdman, Longfellow, Pigeon River and Sheridan Elementary Schools. The top twenty teams were recognized with individual ribbons, medals or trophies. All of the students are to be commended for their effort and participation. The top five teams and their members include:1st Place - Team 42
Alex Pape, James Madison; Katie Kober, Cooper; Felix Avina, Longfellow; Ella Yang, Lincoln-Erdman and Autumn Wilkens, Pigeon River2nd Place - Team 14
Olivia Theune, Cooper; Nathan Banko, Jackson; Sage Brown, Lincoln-Erdman; Ben Thao, Sheridan; Cameron Nelson-Brooks, Cooper and Isabella Gamez, James Madison3rd Place - Team 43
Paige Mikkelson, Pigeon River; Maddie Ognacevic, Jackson; Trever Rupp, James Madison; Alex Matelko, Cooper; Kirsten Pope, Lincoln-Erdman and Luecy Xiong, Lincoln-Erdman4th Place - Team 18
Jonah Albsmeier, Lincoln-Erdman; Alanna Hang, Cooper; Logan Severns, Cooper; Lily Stanisch, Jackson and Ashika Rai, Longfellow
5th Place - Team 52
Destiny Swita, James Madison; Raena Becker, Cooper; Mason Knocke, Lincoln-Erdman; Haley Williams, Lincoln-Erdman; Zach Gmach, Jackson and Joseph Dreps, Sheridan
Cleveland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Randy Sohn reads questions to a team at the Battle of the Books.
Cleveland Elementary School fifth grade students show off their ribbons from Battle of the Books. From left, Dorian Gebert (7th place), Janet Oropeza (16th place), Abigail Olivas (18th place), Bennett Warren (17th place) and Kimberly Allen (12th place).