Local middle schoolers advance in books battle
Six local teams advanced to state-level competition in the regional Battle of the Books held March 13.
At the elementary level, Walterville School's team, Book of Spells, took first place. Coached by Tiffany Haugen, members are Braxton Haugen, Lauren Veronin, Nicole Hatalla, Emily Coffman and Ballie Hampton.
Lincoln Middle School's fifth-grade team, Oakers R Nuts 4 Books, placed second, with members Beth Patt, Desi Colley, Kayleen Holm, Emma Gibbs and Iza Cowie and coach Jenny Noorlander.
Cal Young Middle School's The Bookworms placed first in the middle school contest, with coaches Sam Arnold-Boyd and Janice Ketsche and members Courtney Carman, Lisa Evanoff, Nellie Jacobson and Hannah Johnson.
Meadowview School's Thunderstruck Geckos - Emma Saislin, Avery Cottle, Emily Ward, Lowden Hansen and Mckenzie McCausland - placed second, with coaches Jenny Sink and Marilyn Bounds.
The high school first-place winner was Elmira High School's Lethean, with Noah Conners, Austin Lanham, Dylan Metzger, Jessica Voyles and Kerrie Kawamura and coach Judy Peterson.
Second place went to Springfield High's The Scribes, with Tori Gatlin, Kenya Crane, Michael Silva, Jared Allison and Heather Polier, and coach Alicia McGraw.
The competition calls on student teams to demonstrate their knowledge of books assigned to their divisions.
The state competition will be April 10 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
Roosevelt takes first in middle school math
Roosevelt Middle School's math students proved themselves yet again the best in the state, taking first place in the team event in the Oregon State Mathcounts Competition.
In individual competition, Roosevelt students Erdong Hu and Elaine Fang placed second and third, respectively, and will compete at the national competition on a four-member team with first- and fourth-place winners from Beaverton.
Roosevelt math teacher Marna Knoer will coach at the competition, to be held May 7 in Orlando, Fla.
Springfield student wins poetry contest
SPRINGFIELD - Mekayla Plummer-Brous, a 10th-grader at the Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics, was the school-level winner in the Poetry Out Loud competition, a collaborative project of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission.
Approximately 5,500 students at 24 high schools participated in Poetry Out Loud this year.