Students at the high school, middle school, and Yahara Elementary School completed in their first ever WEMTA Battle of the Books competition. Nearly 70 students from the three schools formed teams and each team read about 20 books. The age-appropriate books were Golden Archer Award nominees and other books nominated by library media specialists from around the state.
The statewide Battle of the Books program, sponsored by WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) is designed to promote a love of reading among students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books.
According to Kathy Williams, reading teacher at Yahara Elementary School, 23 4th grade students participated at YES and had been reading since November in preparation for the school battle in February. During the competition, students were asked questions, each beginning with: “In which book….” Students had to answer with both the book’s title and author.
Seven teams at Yahara competed the week of February 11 and the top two teams ended in a tie. A tiebreaker was held the next day and a team of four girls emerged as the winners, by a single question!
According to librarian Laura Shuca, 27 students formed eight teams at DeForest Area Middle School. The winning team, consisting of Trinity Lerum, Lizzy Horner, and Sarah Langdon, also emerged by a margin of one question! And librarian Margi Wachowak reported that the high school had 4 teams (19 students). A freshman team of Rachel Williams, Rosie Hess, and Emily Weisensel won the high school competition.
This was the first year for DASD to participate.
All of the winning DeForest teams competed in the statewide Battle of the Books during the week of February 25. They competed online against the top teams from other schools around the state.