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 desi Indian English
indigenous or local
informal a person considered to be of South Asian origin [Hindi] 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 Car´man
n. 1. A man whose employment is to drive, or to convey goods in, a car or car. , Lisa Evanoff, Nellie Jacobson and Hannah Johnson.
Meadowview School's Thunderstruck thun·der·struck
Affected with sudden astonishment or amazement.
amazed or shocked
Adj. 1. 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 le·the
1. Lethe Greek Mythology The river of forgetfulness, one of the five rivers in Hades.
2. A condition of forgetfulness; oblivion. , 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 Chemeketa Community College is a community college located in Salem, Oregon, with smaller campuses in McMinnville, Dallas, Stayton, and Woodburn. Chemeketa serves more than 50,000 students each year in a district that covers 2,600 square miles in Marion, Polk, most of Yamhill, and 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.