Read Hawks swoop in, take reading challenge finals

The “Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sock-em Third Grade Reading Challenge” finals is always a close battle.

The Hillcrest Elementary Read Hawks from Lake Stevens are all smiles after posting a perfect score in the 2019 Sno-Isle Libraries reading challenge finals on March 25 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Photo gallery

So close that it took a perfect score to take home the trophy in 2019.

The Read Hawks team from Hillcrest Elementary in the Lake Stevens School District was the top scoring group in the field of seven teams in the March 25 finals event at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). The reading challenge, literary trivia contest, includes three rounds of eight questions each and the Read Hawks got all 24 questions right.

The runner-up team, the Reading Racers from Brier Elementary in the Edmonds School District, were correct on 23 questions.

“The focus is on reading, but there are other important lessons that come with the reading challenge,” said Joy Feldman, Lead Librarian for Early Literacy at Sno-Isle Libraries. “These third-graders really have to work together as a team.”

At the finals, Feldman told the audience before the event started that all the team members on the ECA stage that night should be proud of their accomplishments.

“These students are here out of 1,334 third-graders on 193 teams from 51 schools across Snohomish and Island counties,” Feldman said. “These teams here tonight are the ‘spectacular seven.’”

The seven finalist teams were:

  • Brier Elementary (Brier) – Reading Racers
  • Hillcrest Elementary (Lake Stevens) – Read Hawks
  • Riverview Elementary (Snohomish) – Mustache Readers
  • Seaview Elementary (Edmonds) – Reading Lightning Pups
  • Silver Firs Elementary (Mill Creek) – Star Readers
  • South Whidbey Elementary (Langley) – Rocket Readers
  • Twin City Elementary (Stanwood) – Royal Readers

Judges for the finals were Edmonds City Council member Mike Nelson, Evelyn McEwen from the Northwest Literacy Foundation and Karin Thomsen with Sno-Isle Libraries.

The reading challenge starts in the fall with students reading six books chosen by Sno-Isle Libraries staff members for the challenge. The teams then test their knowledge in a quiz-bowl style game. The challenges started with in-school events and top scoring teams from each school go on to one of seven regional semifinal events. The top scorers from regionals move on to the finals.

The books for the 2019 challenge were:

Third-graders are the focus of the challenge because research shows that reading ability in third grade can be a tipping point for later academic and life success. Students not reading at grade level are less likely to finish high school which may have consequences later in life.

The reading challenge is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and the Northwest Literacy Foundation.