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Battle of the Books

3/15/2017, 11:56 a.m.
St. Andrew Nativity School students’ hard work paid off at the regional Battle of the Books competition this past week. ...
St. Andrew Nativity School qualifies to compete in the state finals for Battle of the Books, a statewide voluntary reading program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries.

St. Andrew Nativity School students’ hard work paid off at the regional Battle of the Books competition this past week. The team placed third out of 48 competitors and qualified to compete at the state level on April 8.

The students were asked to read and familiarize themselves with the details of 16 books. It was the fourth year participating in the Battle of the Books for Portland’s only tuition-free private school for low-income students. The team, made up of 6th grade boys and 8th grade girls, was competing against schools with much larger student bodies and resources.

“Regardless of how we did throughout the ups and downs of the competition, we were really supportive of each other, and I think that made us successful as a team,” 8th grader Elizabeth Ramero said, describing the team’s strength.