In February, several students throughout the district participated in a reading incentive program, called Battle of the Books. Teams of four students in 4th thru 12th grade read 20 books and then demonstrated their knowledge of the books they read in school and statewide competitions.
The following teams won their school competitions, which then earned them a spot in the statewide contest in their respective division.
Senior (High School) Division: Audrey Williams, Anna Pilecky, Julia Hodkiewicz, and Kylie Rogers.The team came in 8th in the state competition. They also achieved Honors Club status for being in the top 20% and having a score of over 300.
Middle School Division, grades 7 & 8
The Rising Readers team of Jenna Voegeli, Amarii Muhammad, Maria Olvera Fonseca. Voegeli and Olvera Fonseca were part of the team that was ranked second in the Elementary Division last year. Returning again as The Rising Readers, but with a new teammate this year, they didn’t make it into the top three. However, they still achieved Honors Club status by being one of only eighteen out of 142 teams to earn 300 points or more.
Elementary school division, grades 5 & 6:
“The Nerd Herd,” comprised of sixth grade students Natalie Hensen, Karley King, Meta Fischer, and Grace O’Brion. Although they didn’t place in the top three, The Nerd Herd was recognized as Honors Club members based on their score and ranking. More than two hundred teams participated statewide in the Elementary Division.
Elementary school division, K-4:
Yahara Elementary School: The “Swag Unicorn Readers” of Anya Carrillo, Olivia Griepentrog, Daelyn Midlikowski, and Addi Ostmoe.
Eagle Point Elementary School: Sixteen fourth graders from Eagle Point participated in Battle of the Books. Three of the four teams scored higher than the previous school record! Congratulations to the winning team: Kayla Camarato, Carley O’Connor, Madison Rhodes, and Alexandra Larson.
Team Norksi Readers included Miles Kuluvar, Maya Peeders, and Caleb Brandl, They were also given special recognition as part of the Honors Club for scoring at least 300 points, and they also placed 6th out of 217 schools!
The statewide Battle of the Books program 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. Every question asked in a battle is answered by the title and author of the book and takes the form of: Name the book in which a horse and a boy are stranded on an island. It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state in encouraging students to read.
WEMTA sponsors three divisions. The elementary division is fourth through sixth grade. The sixth through eighth grade division is the middle level, and a senior high division exists for grades 8 and up. The elementary division reads the nominated Golden Archer winners for the primary and intermediate levels plus a variety of other award winning titles. The middle level participants read the nominated titles for theintermediate and junior high level plus ten other titles which are determined by media specialists throughout the state. The senior division reading list aims to expose students to current award winning literature. The list incorporates awards such as: Golden Archer, Newbery, Printz, Siebert and others.