The third grade, Rocky Heights “Book Bombers” Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Team won the 2017 OBOB 3rd-5th Grade Division Region Six Competition on Saturday, March 18, and is traveling to the OBOB State Competition at Chemeketa Community College to battle against teams from all over the state on Saturday, April 8.
The winning teams from each of the five Hermiston elementary schools battled in the 3rd-5th grade Division of the Region Six Oregon Battle of the Books Competition on March 18. There were 21 teams in this division of the competition. After being seeded first in pool play, the Book Bombers battled through a 16-team single-elimination bracket and defeated a well prepared team from Highland Hills with a score of 88 to 55. This is the third time, in the last five years that Rocky Heights has won the Region Six Competition. Rocky Heights is the only school that will represent the Hermiston School District at the state competition.
The Book Bombers Team coached by Rocky Heights 3rd grade teacher, Melissa Doherty, is made up of eight and nine year olds, Eleanor Larsen, Glyn Lystrup, Cate Doherty and Caden Lloyd. “These students have shown an incredible level of dedication in order to prepare for this competition often forgoing recess in order to spend time studying for their matches,” said Kristi Smalley, Hermiston School District elementary librarian.
The original Battle of Books program was started at Highland Hills Elementary in 1983 by Linda Turner, a retired teacher from Highland Hills. In 2006, Jan Nichols, a member of the Oregon Association of School Libraries worked in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant to help create the Oregon Battle of the Books Program. West Park was the first schools to participate in the state-wide OBOB program. In order to bring this opportunity to all elementary schools in Hermiston, this program was extended to Highland Hills, Desert View, Rocky Heights and Sunset over the course of the next three years. Since then battles have carried on and continue to take place every year beginning in mid-January. The winning teams from each school are determined by the end of February and participate in the regional competition.
The Oregon Battle of the Books mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. To learn more about the Oregon Battle of the Books visit http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/.