Students compete in statewide Battle of the Books

Update, 3/7/16:  Results of the state competition have been announced — The high school team of John McCloskey, Rosie Hess, Rachel Williams, and Audrey Williams took third place in the State!  Over 60 teams competed at the state level.

Congratulations to DASD Battle of the Books teams who participated in the state competition at the end of February.  Each school held preliminary competitions where teams of three to four students spent almost six months memorizing book titles, authors, and key events in 20 books!  One team from each school earned the honor of representing their school at the state competition.

The statewide Battle of the Books program, sponsored by Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA), 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.

Teams of students representing DeForest Area School District during the state competition were:

High School Division:  

DSC01830John McCloskey, Rosie Hess, Rachel Williams, and Audrey Williams. The team, calling themselves “John McCloskey and the Supremes,” won for the fourth year in a row.  Hess and Williams have been together on the team all four years of high school.  Freshman Audrey Williams joined the team this year and will recruit new team members to continue the winning tradition.

Middle School Division:

IMG_20160222_125702368_HDRDeForest Area Middle School middle division winners read voraciously throughout the entire season and enjoyed the spirit of competition.  They are seventh graders Mallory Taylor, Isadora Grothaus, Cerys Ridd, Ferris Wolf.


Elementary School Division:

DeForest Area Middle School 5th & 6th graders

DSC01776DeForest Area Middle School division winners won second place as a part of a three-way tiebreaker round.  They are sixth graders Amber Minard, Maria Olvera, and Jenna Voegeli.




Yahara Elementary School
2016-01-15_12-18-59_IMG_1574Yahara Elementary School’s 4th grade championship Battle of the Books team, The Book Busters, Clara Neubert, Arianna Arendt, Quinn Aulik, Kyla Nielsen. All of the participating teams did a great job and they also discovered new series and genres to continue exploring.






Eagle Point Elementary School
photoSeven teams (left) took a practice battle to see who would represent Eagle Point in the final state battle.  Cassidy Kern, Cassandra Curtis, Shauna Lauritzen, and Cailin Waddell won the practice battle and competed in the final state battle.




Windsor Elementary School
IMG_0245Book pages were turning as participating students in Battle of the Books at WES raced to finish all 20 books. Congratulations to all of these superstars; Kathryn Baumgart, Ali Hefley, Olivia Titel, and Gabby Pertzborn who represented Windsor in the State Battle.

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