Student Bookworms Test Knowledge of Literacy at Annual Name That Book Competition

Student Bookworms Test Knowledge of Literacy at Annual Name That Book Competition
Posted on 05/19/2014
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Student bookworms across the district put their knowledge of classic and award-winning contemporary books to the test at the Fourth Annual Name That Book competition Saturday, May 17.

During the event, an announcer read a passage from each book. Teams of students from each participating campus had about 30 seconds to talk amongst each other and reach a consensus about the book from which it derived. Team captains hurriedly submitted answers using the keypad on an automated device, similarly shaped like a cellphone. Scores appeared on a screen notifying students and audience members which teams answered correctly.

The preliminary competition consisted of two rounds of 15 questions. Teams with the highest number of points advanced to the bonus round for a chance to be named winner of the Name that Book contest.

The competition was divided into elementary, middle, intermediate and high school divisions. Nearly 500 students, consisting of 35 elementary, 13 middle, 11 intermediate and 16 high school teams competed this year. There were a total of seven students on teams, except for high schools which consisted of 12 members.

The following schools gained bragging rights for being named this year's Champions of the Name That Book competition: Young Elementary, Morris Middle, Beverly Hills and Dobie High School.

Runner-up goes to Stuchbery Elementary, Kelley Middle, South Houston Intermediate and Pasadena Memorial High School.

L.F. Smith Elementary, Milstead Middle, Southmore Intermediate and South Houston High School took home third place medals.  

Hosted by the Librarians and Instructional Materials Department, the event promotes literacy and is intended to get students excited about reading.

“This event really gives students a chance to showcase their ability to read, compete and have fun," Christine Van Hamersveld, director of media and library services said.

Each year, librarians at participating campuses select a team of about seven to 12 students interested in competing. Teams prepare for the event as soon as they receive their summer reading list for a shot at being named the next winner of the Name That Book competition.

“Name That Book helps students develop a life-long love of reading,” Van Hamersveld said. “Not only is it thought provoking and challenging for astudents of all grade levels but it motivates them to become avid readers and teaches them the value of hard work and teamwork.”

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Name That Book Champions
Young elementary

Morris Middle

Beverly Hills Intermediate

Dobie High