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

Student Bookworms Test Knowledge of Literacy at Annual Name That Book Competition; Winners Announced
Posted on 05/28/2015
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Over 460 students across the district came together and put their knowledge of classic literature and award-winning contemporary books to the test at the Fifth Annual Pasadena ISD Name That Book competition Saturday, May 16.

Name That Book is considered the Super Bowl of reading competitions. Instead of scoring points on the field, participants earn points by using their knowledge of books. Teams from each campus identify the name of a book based on clues. The preliminary competition consists of two rounds of 15 questions. Teams with the highest number of points advance to the bonus round for a chance to be named champion of the competition.

The competition is divided into elementary, middle, intermediate and high school divisions. Each team consists of seven students on teams, excluding high schools which consist of 12 members.

The following schools won bragging rights for being named champion of the 2015 Name That Book competition: Stuchbery Elementary, Morris Middle, Beverly Hills, and Dobie High Schools. 

Runner-up goes to Fisher Elementary, Milstead Middle, Southmore Intermediate and South Houston High School.

The following campuses took home third place medals: Pomeroy Elementary, Shaw Middle, Queens Intermediate and Pasadena Memorial High School. 

Name That Book is hosted by the Libraries and Instructional Materials department and aims to get students excited about reading.

“This event promotes life-long reading for pleasure and allows students to experience and enjoy quality children’s and young adult literature,” Christine Van Hamersveld, director of Libraries and Instructional Materials said. “In addition, Name That Book 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.”

Librarians at participating campuses select teams of students for the competition. Students begin prepping for the event as soon as they receive their summer reading list. Later in the school year, teams meet frequently with the librarian to practice for the event. But win or lose, each students walks away from the competition with something to gain.

“Not only is this competition thought provoking and challenging for all grade levels but it motivates students to become avid readers,” Van Hamersveld said.

See photos from the event in the Gallery

Elementary Winners

Champions: Stuchbery

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Pictured: Abdallah Helal, Kimberly Mai, Sophia Posey, Marcus Gomez, Jasmine Tran, Janelle Barreiro, Alize Alvarez

Second Place: Fisher
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Pictured: Mikey Reyes, Noah Zavala, Kaleb Molina, Mia Gallardo, Lilly Munoz, Ana Faulk, Edgar Guzman

Third Place: Pomeroy
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Pictured: Jasmine Barrera, Saidy Hernandez, Juliet Garza, Leslie Pomposo, Daniella Soto, Armando Jimenez, Moriah Freeman

Middle School Winners

Champions: Morris
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Pictured: (back row) Cheryl Patrick, librarian, Andrew Huynh, Anthony Ho, Gloria Gonzales, Ms. Jiminez, Lauren Robinson; (front) Elias Montez, Maya Scott, Cadie Masterso