March Madness was not the only bracket in play last month. In early March, four Evergreen Elementary students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades battled it out regionally with over 45 teams in the Oregon Battle of the Books tournament. They went on to take 2nd place overall in Region 2 East, finishing only 7 points behind the winners.
“It was really fun, and it made me so happy when we got 2nd place!” said 5th grader Lily Prough.
“I felt amazing and very proud of my teammates,” said 3rd grader Levi Mandish.
With the help of Evergreen 4th and 5th grade teacher Theress Stadeli, these students prepared for OBOB for five months.
“Every book we read, every practice round we did, led to this moment.” says 4th grader Shane Johnston. “Every step we take in OBOB opens up an opportunity, and we go knocking on its door.”
In order to reach the success that they have, many of these books and practices were completed while their peers played at recess or during their free time.
“These students are hardworking, true readers, knew the books inside and out, and studied hard,” Stadeli states, “They were very motivated to get this far on their own. They decided they were going to do well and put their minds to it!”
The competition is only beginning for the Evergreen OBOB team, as they look forward to the State Tournament on April 7th at Chemeketa Community College.