(KMTR) -- Competition day on Saturday for hundreds of elementary school kids from across Lane County
, battling for supremacy in the world of book knowledge.
North Eugene High School played host to the Region 3 “Battle of the Books” tournament on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012, for third, fourth and fifth graders.
The tournament tests kids knowledge and comprehension of 16 books they’ve read over… and over… and over again, over the last year.
Kids who win in the regional tournaments, which are held throughout Oregon, have the chance to compete in a statewide tournament.
Territorial Elementary in the Cheshire area, northwest of Eugene, was one of the teams competing in the competition Saturday.
One of Territorial’s teammates, Melanie Hanby says the competition is tough and nerve racking, but also a lot of fun.
“If you're not a good reader, you have a bunch of other kids to help you with it. And like some of the best readers in your group can read the big books, you can read the little books,” says Melanie.
“If you're like worried about getting up in front of everybody, you've always have to face your fears, so don't really worry about it, but if you do, it really rocks!!!” says Melanie.
Veneta Elementary School from the Fern Ridge School District was crowned as Saturday’s regional champs.
Yolanda Elementary out of Springfield Public Schools took second place.
Books for next year’s competition are already on sale.
2012’s state championships happen in April in Salem.