Battle of the Books, 2018

In February, several students throughout the district participated in a reading incentive program, called Battle of the Books. Earlier this fall, teams of three to four students in 4th thru 12th grade began reading 20 books and then in February demonstrated their knowledge of the books in school and statewide competitions.

The following teams won their school competitions, which earned them a spot in the February 19 statewide contest in their respective division.

 Senior (High School) Division:

by Margi Wachowiak

Competing together for the first time, this team represented our high school in the state battle quite well…and had a lot of fun along the way.  While losing one member due to graduation will definitely break their stride, the two junior members have already begun actively recruiting for next year.

Three high school students holding books
Abby Miller,
Anna Pilecky,
Lizzy Horner




Middle School Division, grades 7 & 8
by Laura Shucha

This team of seventh graders battled through two in-school rounds to earn the right to represent DAMS in the State Battle for the Middle Division. Although they did not place, they enjoyed the reading and camaraderie throughout the months of preparation.

Four students with books
Middle Division L to R: Brooklyn Bright, Christian Alton, Timothy Schmitt, Olivia Kaminsky

Elementary School Division, grades 5 & 6:
by Laura Shucha

As this DAMS team completed the State Battle, their hard work gave them confidence that they had done well. These fifth graders were confident enough to ask the state organizers to please review one of the questions, providing evidence from the book that their answer should be considered correct. After review, their answer was accepted and their score was finalized. Earning 345/375 points plus 15/15 on tie breaker questions, they garnered a 3rd place finish alongside two other teams. A plaque with their names will be awarded to DeForest Area Middle School at the annual conference for WEMTA, the sponsoring organization.

BotB students
Elementary Division L to R: Miles Kuluvar, Caleb Brandl, Maya Peeders, Jacob Tutaj

Elementary School Division, K-4

Eagle Point Elementary School:
by Jason Anderson

Five teams, consisting of 19 students, competed in the Eagle Point Battle of the Books competition this year.  The winning team of  “I Read Past my Bedtime” represented the school in the state competition.

Three students looking at a laptop screen
Eagle Point team of Clara Bauer, Mary June Nelson, and Ava Chestnut

Windsor Elementary School:
by Sherri Rogalla

Congratulations to The AWESOME Readers of Windsor Elementary.  Team members Sam Ceszyk, Molly Hayden, Miles Meinen and Isla Thorkildson earned 10th place this year out of the 237 WI teams that participated!  They are already looking forward to next year. We are proud of you AWESOME Readers and anticipate you’ll have another great Battle season next year.  For now, they look forward to enjoying an ice cream party with the other hard working 4th graders who also participated in Battle of the Books.   ​

Yahara Elementary School:
by Kathy Williams

Thirty-six, 4th grade YES students in 10 teams participated in the school’s Battle of the Books on February 13. The teams had been working hard since the fall reading and reflecting on 20 selected titles.
“This is one of my favorite activities all year! I especially enjoy watching the students who initially join simply because of the the word ‘battle’ that eventually discover authors, characters, book series and genres that they are interested in that they otherwise might not have found.”
Third place: Emoji Readers – Brynn, Addie, Wren, Delaney
 Second place: Dynamic Rubber Duckers – Evan, Sawyer, Vaira, Mokaya
 First place: Rockin’ Readers – Abby, Raegan, Brianna, Natalie
The Rockin’ Readers represented Yahara in the State Battle of the Books competition.

The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of b​​​​​​ooks 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 the intermediate 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.

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