On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, students from five junior high schools in Nebo School District competed in the “Battle of the Books” at Payson Junior High School: Diamond Fork Junior High, Mapleton Junior High, Mt. Nebo Junior High, Payson Junior High, and Salem Junior High.
The Champion Team was from Diamond Fork Junior High consisted of Cassie Farnsworth, Aidan Dorrough, Liesel Hansen, Natalie Nelson, and Joy Coxson. The second-place team was from Mapleton Junior High. All first-place winners received a $30 gift certificate and all second place winners received a $15 gift certificate, all from Pioneer Book in Provo.
Thank you to Payson Junior High librarian, Allison Mower, for hosting the 2020 district-wide “Battle of the Books” competition. The competition is a knowledge bowl style competition with questions focused around 20 books from a reading list given to the students a few months prior to the competition. All students of the four- to five-person teams were responsible for reading and knowing the books. Then, during the competition, the students were asked questions about the books. The students would answer those questions as a team.
The top two teams from each junior high competed. Competition was fierce and the majority of the teams knew their books really well.
One of the organizers, Mt. Nebo Junior High librarian, Ellen-Anita Olson, said, “We all had a great time. And a special note that four of our students from Mt. Nebo Junior High read all 20 books on the “Battle of the Books” list.
Thank you to all our junior high librarians that helped make this district-wide competition possible: Salem Junior High librarian, Alece Tomadakis; Mt. Nebo Junior High librarian, Ellen-Anita Olson; Mapleton Junior High librarian, Lori Marett; Diamond Fork Junior librarian, Nicole Draper; and Payson Junior High librarian, Allison Mower.
Following is the book list if anyone is interested:
Firegirl - Tony Abbott
Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko
Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos
Nory Ryan's Song - Patricia R. Giff
Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Breaking Through - Francisco Jimenez
The Tail of Emily Windsnap - Liz Kessler
Hattie Big Sky - Kirby Larson
Call of the Wild - Jack London
Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
Black Star, Bright Dawn - Scott O'Dell
Project Mulberry - Linda Sue Park
The Teacher's Funeral - Richard Peck
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Missing May - Cynthia Rylant
Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar
Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt
Bomb - Steve Sheikin
Uglies - Scott Westerfield
Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen
Congratulations to Mindy Sumens for answering this week’s “Where are we Wednesday?” challenge sponsored by Wiggy Wash.
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