LEBANON — Lebanon High School's Oregon Battle of the Books team came away with second place in the state competition Saturday, April 6, at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
The Lebanon team won last year's state championship and missed a repeat by just a few points, coach Deanna Chambers said.
"This was to my players a bit heartbreaking, but I couldn’t be more proud of them as people as well as be in awe of their intellect," she said.
Team members this year were Svea Bruslind, Kelton Bruslind, Carrie Cleveland, Samuel Long and alternate Chloe Lewis.
The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide competition that pits four-person teams against each another to answer questions about the content of books they read. All OBOB teams read the same books. Elementary and middle school teams read 16 books and high school teams read 12.
This year's high school selections included "Ink and Bone," by Rachel Caine, "Uncaged," by John Sandford and Michele Cook, and "When I Was the Greatest," by Jason Reynolds.
Teams usually advance to state by participating first in school, then district, then regional competitions.