Students in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District put their literary knowledge to the test for a chance to be crowned a champion, a Battle of the Books champion.
Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System and at APW through district coordinator and high school librarian Adam Wall.
The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.
Students from the elementary school and junior/senior high school volunteered to participate in this program by committing to read 12 to 15 books from a predetermined list.
The students, working in teams of one to three members along with a coach, discussed the books and quizzed each other on their content in preparation for the district-wide competition.
The district-level competition brought together the top teams from the elementary school for a level three/four competition, and a level five/six competition, along with teams from the junior high school for a level seven/eight competition, and from the senior high school for a nine through twelve competition.
During each level of competition, teams were asked 16 questions about the books on their book list and were given 30 seconds to provide an answer.
Points were awarded for each correct title and author provided. Teams could challenge answers and were given the book and two minutes in which to find evidence to support their answer.
Clinching first place honors from the grade level three/four competition was the team of Aida Causevic, Jadyn Allen and Isabelle Hallock.
Second place was the team of Emma Derby, Caralyn Benedetto, and Evelyn Butterworth.
Third place was the team of Michael Kinney, Kaden King and Kaitlyn Egolf.
Taking home gold in the grade level five/six competition was the team of Jessica Wiggins, Timothy Trumble and Carlton Alder.
In second place was the team of Katie Trumble, Amelia Auringer and Brooke Wood; and in third was the team of Juliann Bresha, Zoey Ware and David Koloziejczyk.
The team of Peyton Nadeau and Marisa Barber, earned first place in the grade 7-8 competition with the solo team of Kaitlin Bartell in second place.
Rounding out the competition and earning first place honors in the grade level nine through twelve competition was the team of Diana LaRock and Rose Wilson. Finishing in second place was the team of Rachael Thormann, Jeri Barber and Kylee Bartlett.
The first place teams at each level have earned the honor to represent APW in the upcoming county-wide competition slated to take place on March 20 at Mexico High School.
Grade level champions from school districts across Oswego County will participate in this upcoming competition, vying for the chance to earn the distinction of Oswego County Battle of the Books Champion.