|Members of the Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Bookworms before winning the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge on March 30 at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Photo gallery|
|Watch interviews and highlights from the 2017 Reading Challenge Finals|
The Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School Bookworms are champions of the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge.
Think of it as March madness, except for third-graders and they’ve got books instead of basketballs.
More than 1,300 students on 194 teams from 50 schools across two counties read the same six book titles. Starting in early March, the teams began facing off in book knowledge quiz bowls, first at their schools and then school districts.
The top seven teams met March 30 on stage at Rosehill Community Center. After three, six-question rounds, two teams were left standing with perfect scores, the Bookworms from Mt. Pilchuck in the Lake Stevens School District and the Diamond Dolphins from Discovery Elementary in the Mukilteo School District.
One overtime question later, the champions were crowned.
“This is fun for the students, but there is more to this event,” Sno-Isle Libraries Deputy Director Kendra Trachta told the crowd of more than 250 parents, family members, teachers and other supporters. “We know that reading proficiency at the third-grade level is a strong indicator of success throughout their school careers.”
The reading challenge program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills, she added.
Judges for the finals included Mukilteo School District Superintendent Marci Larsen and Trudy Rosemarin from the Northwest Literacy Foundation. Four members of the Kamiak High School cheerleading squad also greeted the teams as they arrived.
Guest judges at semifinal events included:
The six books used for this year’s challenge were:
Joining Mt. Pilchuck and Discovery elementary schools in the finals were the Reading Rock Stars from Cedarhome Elementary, Stanwood-Camano School District; the Reading Raccoons from South Whidbey Elementary, South Whidbey School District; the Super Eight from Beverly Elementary, Edmonds School District; the Book-Reading Dragons from Spruce Elementary, Edmonds School district, and the Book Bashers from Seattle Hill Elementary, Snohomish School District.
All participating schools for 2017 were:
Arlington School District
Coupeville School District
Darrington School District
Edmonds School District
Everett School District
Marysville School District
Monroe School District
Mukilteo School District
Oak Harbor School District
Snohomish School District
South Whidbey School District
Stanwood-Camano School District