Students in Oswego County put their literary knowledge to the test as they faced district champions from across the county in the County-wide Battle of the Books contest on March 20 at Mexico High School.
Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System.
The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.
Competing students volunteered to participate in Battle of the Books by committing to read 12 to 15 books from a predetermined list.
The students, working in teams of two to three members along with a coach, discussed the books and quizzed each other on the contents in preparation for the competition.
Results from the county-wide competition were very close with several contests ending in a tie.
The final scores for grades 3-4 resulted in a tie for third place with the teams from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown with members Jadyn Allen, Aida Causevic and Isabelle Hallock; and Central Square, with members Ashley Concolino, Lauren Foland and Ashlyn fuller.
Second place went to the team from Mexico with members Mackenzie Craig, Loralei Deasy and Carolyn Zedack.
In first place was the team from Oswego with members Anna Cloonan, Gavin Mills and Harrison Zuber.
For grades 5-6, again a tie for third place with the teams from Phoenix with members Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon and Lily Roberts; and Hannibal, with members Mason Garbus, Jordan Kilgore and Daniel Lathrop.
Second place was Oswego with Ava Cloonan, Gretchen Dowd and Kyle Familo.
First place was the team from Central Square with Kathryn DePasquale, Luke Dischiave and Ethan Wells.
In the grades 7-8 competition, third place went to the team from Oswego with members Shae Carter, Dakota Contryman and Tessa Smith; with second place determined by a tie breaker question with the final results of second place to the team from Central Square with members Connor Dempsey, Morgan Foland and Zachary Varrenti; and first place to the team from Phoenix with members Emilie Hilliard, Ashley Margrey and Kristine Rowe.
The 9-12 high school level competition continued the close run with Altmar-Parish-Williamstown with members Diana LaRock, Rachael Thormann and Rose Wilson; and Sandy Creek with members Molly Horth, Elizabeth Sedore and Clarice Thibault; finishing tied for third place.
Second place went to Phoenix with members Mackenzie Berube, Alexis Bowering and Derick White.
Central Square with members Constance Childs, Cougar Moberg and Parker Wells wound up at the top spot.
The Battle of the Books began as a statewide reading motivation in Alaska in the early 1980s to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence and broaden reading interests.