Battle of the Books winners announced

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Glacier Creek and Kromrey held Battle of the Books events this past week and four teams advanced to the state competition.

Battle of the Books is open to all middle school students – grades 5-8 and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among students, middle schools advanced learning specialist Ruth Frawley said. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the 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. MCPASD students in grades 5-7 compete at the middle level, while eighth-graders read the senior level books. The middle level participants read the Golden Archer nominated titles for the intermediate and junior high level plus 10 other titles that are determined by media specialists throughout the state, Frawley said. 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.  

Leona Frinzi, Sydney Yosick, Rose Giefer and Vashima Ahuja took first place in the senior division at Glacier Creek and qualified for state. After the grade level rounds, there was a run-off among the three grade-level winnters to determine the middle division state qualifying team. Seventh-graders Olivia Bote, Sadie Symonds, Annabelle Reppen & Rachel Yoo captured the honors.

Rachel Yard, Lexi Spevacek, Priya Nandagopal, and Althea Wincek took first place in the senior division at Kromrey and qualified for state. After the grade level rounds, there was a run-off among the three grade-level winners to determine the middle division state qualifying team. Seventh-graders Taylor Nordeng, Evelyn Anderson, Claire McLellan and Annie Leffel prevailed.

To see photos of the winning grade level teams at both schools, please visit the District's Facebook page. To learn more about Battle of the Books, please visit the WEMTA website.

Special thanks to staffers Kim Stieber-White, Amy Weber, Marissa Freber, Nanci Marshall, Scott Lenoble, Wendy Koran, Jerry Moen and Kathy Hiteman for helping with this event, Frawley said.

The top teams at Glacier Creek were:

5th Grade
1st place: Milla Agarwal, Bella Parker and Gabi Tabone
2nd place: Nathan Kwon, Joseph Lee, John Steinmentz and Jay Gavin
3rd place (tie): Ruth Nelson, Kate Greller, Brett Gilge and Juliette Mandelbrot;  Tait Haag, Ellie Ikeda, Nora Svendsen and Marisa Gorwitz

6th Grade
1st place:
Jahnvi Datta, Sarah Ann Huber, Annie Sonju and Elizabeth Schwartz
2nd place: Jackson Rademacher, Alex Heuer, John Chafe and Caden Wizinski
3rd place: Olivia LaCour, Amy Li, Aleide Achenbach and Jayln Meinhotz

7th Grade
1st place:
Olivia Bote, Sadie Symonds, Annabelle Reppen and Rachel Yoo
2nd place: Sydney Bookstaff, Krista Lederer, Abby Gessler and Elle Bernier
3rd place: Addy Ystenes, Molly Keebler, Laney Seffrood and Clara Landucci

8th Grade
1st place:
Leona Frinzi, Sydney Yosick, Rose Giefer and Vashima Ahuja
2nd place: Calvin Gassen, Aria Djamali, Lauren Poehling and Michael Go

The top teams at Kromrey were:

5th Grade
1st place:
Alexa Garber, Emily Dawson, Grace Wu and Claudia VanBendengom
2nd place: Miles Wagener, Carter Kadow and Oliver Mayer
3rd place: Roddy McLellan, Koen Reiter, Thea Rohlwing and Anna Dorman

6th Grade
1st place:
Dheeraj Pasikanti, Ariya Shah, Varsha Gouraram and Krish Parikh
2nd place: Amanda Beckman, Sophia Mormino, Kaia Mormino and Gretchen Gustafson
3rd place: Gavyn Hurley, Ben Bremer, Maddie Bremer and Jacqueline Drape

7th Grade
1st place
: Taylor Nordeng, Evelyn Anderson, Claire McLellan and Annie Leffel
2nd place: Ethan Chau, Ryan Inman, Hansen Jin and Mia LaRico
3rd place: Rohan Kommuri, Aarush Jain, Sanjay Suresh and Krishna Repalle

8th Grade:
1st place:
Rachel Yard, Lexi Spevacek, Priya Nandagopal, and Althea Wincek
2nd place: Ashley Tung, Melia Zeaman, Nikki Yu and Sylvie Bishop