Students from all over Jefferson County came to Fairbury to test their knowledge of roughly 75 books with the Reading Classic Tournament, to officially determine who will represent the county at the state competition.
Students in third and fourth grades competed Monday morning, vying to become the division one champions in Jefferson County. The team from Meridian, consisting of Kyan Sones, Luke Seeman, Taelyn Filipi, McKenzie Hofstetter and Olivia Schafer, were declared the winners after five rounds, with a team from Jefferson Intermediate, consisting of Korey Nippert, Chloe Tracy, Natalie Heidemann, Heide Ramos and Aiden Novotny, were declared the runners up. The team from Meridian will advance to compete at the state competition.
It was Jefferson County’s own March Madness with the Reading Classic Division Two competition, as two teams battled it out for second place in three tiebreaker rounds. Casidy Sipek, Ellie Tucker, Cora Tatro Eliza Kroeker and Aldo Ramos clenched the championship for Jefferson Intermediate. After three tie breaker rounds featuring a team from Tri County, consisting of Breanna Chapman, Jazmin Dike, Taylor Koch, Emily Woosley and Jackson McNiff, and a team from Meridian, made up by Kolton Kumpf, Evely Wolletoviz, Kymber Schwisow and Kailyn Paul, the team from Tri County took second place. The students from Jefferson will represent Jefferson County in the State Reading Classic Competition for division two.
Things ran smoothly in the division three competition, as students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades tested their knowledge. A team from Tri County, consisting of Ella Crawford, Paige Bartels, Veronica Reynolds and Nick Loxtercamp, took the championship, with Briannah Stromer, Melissa Kramer, Emilee Aldrich and Nick Kramer taking second place.