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    TOPS Students Qualify for Battle of the Books National Championship
    Posted on 02/05/2020
    Students and teachers in this photo: Thad Brown-Chaperone, Jiali Maschhoff, Celeste Lane-Cummings, Priyna Chohan, Annie Guo, Hope Murapa, Olivia Leitich, Kimora Trevigne, Peter Quint-Chaperone.

    TOPS Students Qualify for Battle of the Books National Championship

    Seattle Public Schools TOPS middle school Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) program is pleased to announce that they have qualified for the national Battle of the Books (BOTB) competition, which will take place at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the first weekend of April 2020.

    BOTB is a reading competition involving DHH schools and programs from across the nation. It involves teams of three to four students each reading a set of books and preparing for the preliminary and playoff competitions, which occur during the fall.

    During the preliminary competition, teams compete via a videophone connection and work together as a group to answer questions related to the books they read. The playoff competition has teams facing a panel of Gallaudet judges who ask questions of the group, as well as individuals. Also included within the playoffs is a chance for each participant to respond, presentation style, to a book-related question.

    Out of over 30 teams nationally, the top eight from the preliminaries and playoffs qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to Gallaudet and a chance to compete for the national BOTB championships. Out of the top teams going to the finals in Washington D.C., two are from TOPS K-8!

    This is an enormous accomplishment for TOPS K-8 students, educators, and community. It shows the strong instruction, guidance, diligence, and hard work of the middle school and DHH teachers, and the participating students of TOPS K-8. The benefits of participating in this competition has even deeper positive impacts on students.

    “I have seen how this Battle of the Books competition has not only increased the literacy skills of the competitors themselves, but also has increased the interest of other DHH students in reading books themselves,” Peter Quint, teacher of the deaf at TOPS, said. “One of my 5th graders who has been a reluctant reader is now motivated to read some of the books that she sees her older DHH peers diving into.”

    The TOPS BOTB participants are now tasked with reading four books each and will meet several times a week to prepare for the national competition. All involved with the TOPS DHH program and school are very proud of these students for their accomplishment and are supporting them along the path towards this exciting opportunity. Keep an eye out for updates regarding the national BOTB experience of these wonderful students!

    In the photo above from left to right: Thad Brown-Chaperone, Jiali Maschhoff, Celeste Lane-Cummings, Priyna Chohan, Annie Guo, Hope Murapa, Olivia Leitich, Kimora Trevigne, Peter Quint-Chaperone.

    By Peter Quint-Chaperone, Seattle Public Schools Educator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher

    Read more about Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHH) at Seattle Public Schools.

    Read more about TOP K-8 school.