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Fantastic Four team heads to Battle of the Books state reading competition in April

PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMA FISHER - From left to right, Molly Heimbuck, Cate Kinsman, Quinton Olson, Maverick Heimbuck and Kade Fisher are fifth-graders on the Otto Petersen Elementary School Oregon Battle of the Books team, the Fantastic Four. A team of fifth-grade students from Otto Petersen Elementary School will compete at the state level of the Oregon Battle of the Books competition next month.

The team, called the Fantastic Four, took first place at the regional competition in mid-March, earning the team members the right to compete against other teams from across the state April 7.

The team is the first from Otto Petersen to make it through to the regional round of competition and qualify for state.

Across the state, OBOB divides teams into seven regions, with various divisions for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Teams are each required to read 16 assigned books and answer questions about the books. Questions include key details about characters, plot points and authors, and require specific answers for the team to score points.

The Fantastic Four, which is made up of five students — Cate Kinsman, Molly Heimbuck, Maverick Heimbuck, Kade Fisher and Quinton Olson — have been holding OBOB practices once a week on Fridays.

Students from the team were excited to qualify for state and to represent their team and school district.

"I'm just so excited we have made it this far," Molly Heimbuck said. "And I'm looking forward to seeing how far we make it at state."

Others on the team said they were also excited to continue competing at the state level and said they hope to return home as winners. But even if they don't, the students are excited for the opportunity.

"I feel like going to state is a big deal, but if we lose, Scappoose should be happy we got to state and tried our best," Kinsman said.

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