Glacier Creek and Kromrey both held Battle of the Books events in February. Battle of the Books is open to all middle school students - grades 5-8 and is sponsored by WEMTA - the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association. 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 books and helps to expose students to different authors and genres. 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 division - elementary, middle and senior. In our district, middle level includes students in grades 5 - 7, and 8th graders read the senior level books. The middle level participants read the Golden Archer 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.
At Glacier Creek, the following teams placed 1st- 3rd at their grade levels.
1st Place - Milla Agarwal, Bella Parker & Gabi Tabone
2nd Place - Nathan Kwon, Joseph Lee, John Steinmentz & Jay Gavin
3rd Place tie - Ruth Nelson, Kate Greller, Brett Gilge & Juliette Mandelbrot
3rd Place tie - Tait Haag, Ellie Ikeda, Nora Svendsen & Marisa Gorwitz
1st Place - Jahnvi Datta, Sarah Ann Huber, Annie Sonju & Elizabeth Schwartz
2nd Place - Jackson Rademacher, Alex Heuer, John Chafe & Caden Wizinski
3rd Place - Olivia LaCour, Amy Li, Aleide Achenbach & Jayln Meinhotz
1st Place - Olivia Bote, Sadie Symonds, Annabelle Reppen & Rachel Yoo
2nd Place - Sydney Bookstaff, Krista Lederer, Abby Gessler & Elle Bernier
3rd Place - Addy Ystenes, Molly Keebler, Laney Seffrood & Clara Landucci
1st Place - Leona Frinzi, Sydney Yosick, Rose Giefer & Vashima Ahuja - this team has qualified for State in the Senior Division!
2nd Place - Calvin Gassen, Aria Djamali, Lauren Poehling & Michael Go
After the grade level rounds, we had a run off between the 5th, 6th and 7th grade teams to determine the Middle Division State Qualifying Team - that is the 7th grade team - Olivia Bote, Sadie Symonds, Annabelle Reppen & Rachel Yoo
At Kromrey, these teams placed 1st - 3rd at their grade levels:
1st Place - Alexa Garber, Emily Dawson, Grace Wu & Claudia VanBendengom
2nd Place - Miles Wagener, Carter Kadow & Oliver Mayer
3rd Place - Roddy McLellan, Koen Reiter, Thea Rohlwing & Anna Dorman
1st Place - Dheeraj Pasikanti, Ariya Shah, Varsha Gouraram & Krish Parikh
2nd Place - Amanda Beckman, Sophia Mormino, Kaia Mormino & Gretchen Gustafson
3rd Place - Gavyn Hurley, Ben Bremer, Maddie Bremer & Jacqueline Drape
1st Place - Taylor Nordeng, Evelyn Anderson, Claire McLellan & Annie Leffel
2nd Place - Ethan Chau, Ryan Inman, Hansen Jin & Mia LaRico
3rd Place - Rohan Kommuri, Aarush Jain, Sanjay Suresh & Krishna Repalle
1st Place - Rachel Yard, Lexi Spevacek, Priya Nandagopal, & Althea Wincek - this team has qualified for the State Senior Division!
2nd Place - Ashley Tung, Melia Zeaman, Nikki Yu & Sylvie Bishop
In the Kromrey run off between the 5th, 6th and 7th grade 1st place teams, Taylor Nordeng, Evelyn Anderson, Claire McLellan and Annie Leffel prevailed and will represent Kromrey in the Middle Division State Tournament.
Special thanks to staff people, Kim Stieber-White, Amy Weber, Marissa Freber, Nanci Marshall, Scott Lenoble, Wendy Koran, Jerry Moen and Kathy Hiteman for helping with this event!