Students compete in Pasadena ISD Name that Book Competition

Students compete in Pasadena ISD Name that Book Competition
Posted on 03/28/2017
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The Lewis CTHS Name that Book team discusses their answer before making a final decision at the competition.


The Lomax team display poses during the practice round at Name that Book, the team tied for third place in their division. Back row rom left to right back row: Landry Bowlin, Bella Montes, Alexa Cavasos, Amy Nguyen and librarian Shannon Black. Front row from left to right: Alexander Bengochert and Emily Hoang.

Hundreds of Pasadena ISD students gathered at Park View and Phillips Gym to test their knowledge of literature and award winning contemporary books during the 2017 Name that Book competition, Saturday, March 25.  

Golden Acres, Melillo, Southmore and Dobie took home first place in their divisions.

“This competition is bigger than fostering a love of reading,” said Dr. Rhonda Parmer, associate superintendent of campus development. “It is about connecting with other students with similar interests in reading and learning from and with one another. I know how diligently they worked to read all of the books and soak up information about characters, plots, and lessons learned.” 

Name that Book is divided into elementary, middle, intermediate and high school divisions. Teams of students – each with a minimum of five players – compete against each other to claim top honors.

The competition is hosted annually by Libraries and Instructional Materials. Students in grade three and up begin preparing for the competition with their campus librarian after they receive the summer reading list.

To earn points, each team must identify the names of books based on quotes provided by the moderator. The preliminary competition consists of two rounds of 15 questions. After the second round if there is a tie, bonus rounds are played until a clear winner emerges for first, second or third place.

The goal of the Name that Book is to get students excited about reading and strengthen students’ reading skills.

“I love Name that Book and the enthusiasm it develops in our young readers,” said Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of academic achievement. “It teaches students the importance of team work, allows students to showcase their knowledge of books and it is an opportunity for everyone involved to celebrate reading.”

Golden Acres
Golden Acres took first place in the elementary division for the Pasadena ISD Name that Book competition. Front row: Sayuri Guadarrama, Nicole Tran, Rachel Tran, Gabriel Mendoza and Noe Rocha. Back row: Donna Huemme, Golden Acres Librarian; Juan Rocha; Maritza Perez and Lisa Davis, Golden Acres Principal.

Melillo took first place in the middle school division for the Pasadena ISD Name that Book competition. Front row: Jasmine Tran; Connor King; Joshua Lopez, team coach and Victoria Couchman. Back row: Debra Yocum, Melillo Librarian; Jacqueline Oba; Marcus Gomez; Noah Garcia; Chelsea Akinloye and Diane Wheeler, Melillo Principal.

SouthmoreSouthmore took first place in the Pasadena ISD Name that Book competition. From left to right: Laura Rahman, Southmore Librarian; Alejandro Lopez; Emily Ozuna; Ricardo Garcia; Alexander Valles; Sebastian Martinez; Haydee Montemayor and Edwin Cantu, center with trophy.

DobieDobie took first place in the high school division for the Pasadena ISD Name that Book competition. Front row: Keara McHugh, Jade Nanez, Jordan Perez, Sophia Hernandez and Angela Macedo. Back row: Bryanna Garcia; Alexander Tran; Benjamin Tran and Nancy Schwab, Dobie Librarian.