The Morrisville Intermediate School’s 2021 Reading Olympic Team surpassed COVID challenges and recently earned a blue ribbon, which is indicative of the highest level of success.
Teammates Korina Hummell, Zoe Cook, Kadeyn Rankins, Sophia Diaz, Adwoa Bamfo, Mutary Anderson, Dean Austin, and Miley Rodriguez are the Deli’s Zoomers.
The students never saw each other face-to-face in weekly practices or in the final competition.
They were each a face in a square that discussed book themes and characters.
Each student completed a writing assignment in reflection of each book completed.
With the support of staff, Beth Tusina and Midge Grabowski, students dropped off and picked up books, along with their writing assignment.
Fourth grade teacher, Shirley Mallino supported the team at every meeting and was a tremendous support at the final competition. Coordinator and Reading Specialist Assunta Deliman, and fifth grade teacher, Summer Branche, created “break out rooms” in order to have one-on-one discussions with each student upon completion of one of the 25 Reading Olympic book selections.
On April 16th, it was “go time.” When the KAHOOT button was clicked, it was a series of three sections of literary games. Each game contained 35 questions about 25 books. Students had 60 seconds to listen to the question and to select the correct answer.
What the KAHOOT game could not score was the laughter, and yelling back and forth about who read the particular book, and students yelling “challenge!” when they had a question incorrect.
The Deli Zoomers, won ALL of their 12 challenges. They competed against 125 elementary teams throughout Bucks County and earned the highest level of recognition: a blue ribbon.
Members of the team included Dean Austin, Assunta Deliman, Summer Branche, Miley Rodrieguez, Adwoa Bamfo, Shirley Mallino, Kadeyn Rankins, Zoe Cook, Sophia Diaz, Korina Hummell, Mutary Anderson, and Autumn Jackson.
Take a bow, Deli Zoomers!