Blackwater out-read competition in to snag victory
THERE were no pom-poms or touchdowns at this school tournament but there was a victory and a shiny trophy.
Blackwater State High School students out-read their competition in the recent 2015 Regional Readers Cup Challenge, taking home first prize and a spot in the state finals.
The annual Regional Readers Cup Challenge was held at St Ursula's College on Thursday where eight schools from across the Capricornia region competed in teams of four in a quiz about a number of books the students had recently read.
Out of the 12 teams, Blackwater students Sarah Timothy, Mali Glasson Green, Sierra Willmott and Jayden Sims received the highest score of 55 points after memorising details of the five books they read in the months leading up to the competition.
Sierra, 12, said the team all specialised in studying a specific novel.
"We practised quizzing each other a lot and making sure each person knew a lot about the novel they read," she said.
Jayden, 12, said it was a hard challenge but a really fun competition.
"The books we read were all really different and it was good to try and remember certain things about the characters and stories."
Readers Cup Challenge co-ordinator and host Karen Galea from Emerald State High School said the event was a great way to get children involved in reading.
"This challenge to the students who have a passion for reading is like a football match to a player, it's their passion and interest," she said. "The winning team will go to Brisbane in August to compete in the state round."
TOP FIVE READERS
First: Blackwater State High School
Second: Gladstone State High School
Third: Emerald State High School
Fourth: St Ursula's College
Fifth: Biloela State High School