Hundreds of students from across the district gathered on Saturday's sunny afternoon for a reading competition like no other. Similar to the classic board game style, the district's annual "Name That Book" competition, featured 59 teams all vying for the first place trophy.
Sponsored by the Pasadena ISD Libraries and Textbooks department, the event is part of a district-wide initiative to keep students engaged in learning and reading.
Earlier during the semester, campuses prepared for the spring competition by reading all 20 books on the lists given to them by the school's librarian.
For the competition, groups of seven students were divided into four levels: elementary, middle, intermediate and high school freshmen.
"We are integrating technology with reading," said Kay McBride, director of libraries and textbooks for the district. "During the competition, the students will read the questions off the screen, and cast their vote by using an ActiVote device."
McBride said that the results are automatically tallied and students can see whether or not they chose the correct answers.
Pasadena High student Daisy Martinez- who competed last year as an eighth grader with the Jackson Intermediate team-said she would encourage other students who enjoy reading to get into the reading race.
"Last year was so much fun, it's great that I get to do this again this year because I just think reading is fun," Martinez said.
After a few rounds of preliminaries, the Bondy Intermediate team took home the first place trophy in the intermediate division, with Southmore and Beverly Hills following in second and third place respectively.
A complete list of winners follows:
High School Division
Pasadena High - First
South Houston HS - Second
Rayburn HS - Third
Middle School Division
L.F. Smith - First
Milstead - Second
Parkview - Third
Moore - First
Stuchbery - Second
Garfield - Third
Emcee and host Tricia Moore from Jensen Elementary kicks off the competition.
South Belt Elementary team sponsor Sarah Smith gives her team a prep talk after the first round.
Bailey Elementary team members Maia Thornton and Henning Duarte cast their answer using an ActiVote device.
Jessup Elementary's team captain Veronica Reyes anticipates her next move.
Sparks Elementary team members celebrate as they advance to the semifinals.
Members of the Morales Elementary team glow with excitement after another successful answer.
Burnett Elementary's team members Daniel Garza, Quang Do, Naomi Rodriguez and Julian Cavillo await the day's results.
Representing Pasadena High are Angel Salazar, Ana Villarreal, Alejandra Zamara and Daisy Martinez with Jackson Intermediate Assistant Principal Edgar Lopez.
The Bondy Intermediate team, along with sponsor Jennifer Olmedo take home a first place trophy and gold medals.
Second place winners from Southmore Intermediate pose with team sponsor Laura Rahman.
Third place winners from Beverly Hills Intermediate gather for a group photo with sponsor Susan Jennings and Principal Alyta Harrell.