Oak Harbor reading team wins Whidbey Island title

The Fantastics were fantastic at the Sno-Isle Reading Challenge’s Final Challenge on Wednesday.

After winning a challenge to be the top-ranked team from Oak Harbor Elementary School, the third-graders who make up The Fantastics went on to the semi-finals against Coupeville Elementary to win with a perfect score, making them the winning team from Whidbey Island.

For the challenge, the reading prodigies answered three rounds of questions about the assigned reading material; each round consisted of eight questions.

The Fantastics answered every question correctly.

The team traveled to Mukilteo’s Rosehill Community Center Wednesday evening for the championship, and ended the challenge with a perfect score of 120 points, officially becoming the Reading Challenge Champions of 2014.

There were four other teams that competed in the final challenge. The Wood Owl Readers from Discovery Elementary and the Briar Bobcats from Briar Elementary tied for second place with 115 points.

The Reading Rebels from Eagle Creek Elementary came in third with 110 points, and the Reader Leaders from Mount Pilchuck Elementary came in fourth with 100 points.

Each team member received an Amazon Kindle and Amazon gift cards as a prize. The prizes are “to encourage future reading and technology literacy,” according to the Sno-Isle Library’s press release.

The prizes were funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson will visit The Fantastics at Oak Harbor Elementary to congratulate them in person.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge is an event that celebrates the beginnings of what is hopefully a “lifelong passion for reading,” according to the press release.

Glenda Jackson, a third-grade teacher at OHE and part of the coaching team,  said she was proud.

“This is a memory that will last them for a lifetime.”


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