For many Silverton High School students, competition means more than athletics. For the four students on the SHS Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) team, it means hours of reading and intense study. OBOB is a competition between schools requiring students to read 12 books, then answer difficult questions on their content in only 15 seconds.
“I love that Battle of the Books gives kids who want to be involved in competition, but may not be interested in sports, the opportunity to work as a team and compete with students who share their interests,” said Silverton OBOB advisor Sarah Roth.
This year’s team: Brian Sung, Kjersti McAllister, Imani Galvez, and Carina Leland, competed at the regional competition on March 17.
“I admire the students who commit to Battle of the Books. Many of our students competed in elementary school, but when you combine reading up to 12 books for the competition along with the heavy course load of their classes in high school, it’s truly remarkable that they choose to dedicate their time to Battle of the Books,” said Roth. “My favorite part of the competition was watching our four students, bond and become friends. By March they were a group of young people who not only shared their love of books together, but also had fun together.”
Although they had a strong start in pool play, they did not advance to bracket play. None will graduate this year, leaving room for growth and hopes for even greater success next year.