OTTUMWA— After three rounds of competition, the Purple People Readers team from Eisenhower Elementary won the district’s 2017 Bulldog Book Bowl on Tuesday. Members of the team included: Brynn Addis, Emma Becker, Maggie Hornfeck, Lydia Roling, Brooke Schrauben and Emily Ward. Coaches for the team were Marisue Blacksmith, Jenny Van Nest and student-managers, Nora Palen and Vada Monaghan.
Competing in the championship round and finishing second were the “Librarians” from Horace Mann Elementary. Team members included: Elli Bishop, Ann Bradford, Reese Bradford, Makayla Golston, Annika Hicks, and Sam McElderry. Coaches for the team were Ann Weilbrenner and Courtney Brown.
Students who earned Master Quizzer status by answering four questions correctly in a quiz round were: Jobani Bahena, Jasmine Luedtke, and Giorgianna Ramos, Liberty; Brynn Addis, Maggie Hornfeck, and Lydia Roling, Eisenhower; Ann Bradford and Annika Hicks, Horace Mann; and Yaeli Carapia, Wilson. Brynn Addis achieved Master Quizzer status twice and Lydia Roling three times during this event.
District media specialists created this quiz-type competition for fifth grade students in 2001 to promote reading. Schools select teams of up to six students to represent their school. Students read and study nine books with a school sponsor. During competition, students use the titles of each book to answer questions. This year, the competition was changed slightly. Each team competed twice against randomly-drawn opponents. Scores from the two rounds are tallied and the two highest scoring teams competed in the final round. Eight teams competed in the event.