Three teams of book loving students competed for the honor of representing Lovell Middle School in a multi-school reading competition called the “Challenge of the Books” during a competition held at the school on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The winning team will go on to compete against other schools in the county at a challenge to be held in Burlington on Jan. 27.
Students competing on teams led by a captain selected books from a special list of 12 books that were drawn from two lists recommended by the Wyoming Library Association. Each student read two or three books and then the team was challenged to identify a book and to name its author after a quote was read to them by library paraprofessional DeAnna Calvin. Library paraprofessional Gwen Walker kept score and district librarian Carissa Camp was the official timer.
Team members collaborated on their answers in a format similar to a game show.
“Challenge of the Books is a contest for Wyoming Middle School students who love to read,” explained Walker. “The list of 12 books used for this competition is derived from the WLA 2015-2016, Soaring Eagle and the Indian Paintbrush nominee lists. The intent of this program is to encourage students to read from these specific book lists and to engage in a fun competition.”
The “Book Worms” led by captain Kaycee Twitchell prevailed over the “Page Turners” led by Nati Woodford and “Hooked on Books” led by Emma Edwards.
Twitchell’s teammates included Ben and Hannah Hawley, Katelyn Bischoff and Sariah Hendershot.
Woodford’s team, consisting of Sam Cornia, Jastin Joy, Chance Abraham, Quinn Lindsay and Shaylee Bowers, took second place.
Jordan Woodford, Colette Sanders, Bethany O’Tremba, Krystalyn Palmer and Lauren Mitchell joined Edwards to place third.
Challenge of the books was started by now retired Greybull librarian Michelle King. According to Walker, King is still the main person that gets the contest off the ground each year.
By Patti Carpenter