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Fairley students advance to countywide book battle

With an eye on advancing to the Oswego County Battle of the Books competition, four teams from Fairley Elementary School put their knowledge to the test Tuesday as third- and fourth-graders squared off in the schoolwide event.

Fairley Elementary School students (from left) Nathan Parkhurst, Zachary Ingersoll and Alex Misener celebrate after learning they won the school’s Battle of the Books competition Tuesday morning.
Fairley Elementary School students (from left) Nathan Parkhurst, Zachary Ingersoll and Alex Misener celebrate after learning they won the school’s Battle of the Books competition Tuesday morning.

The four teams, Reading is a Hoot, Dragon Keepers, Purple Warriors and Reading Warriors, answered a barrage of questions pertaining to the 13 books they read as part of the competition.

Using their knowledge of plots, characters and story themes, the three-person Dragon Keepers team of Nathan Parkhurst, Zachary Ingersoll and Alex Misener rallied in the late stages of the battle to edge out their opponents.

They will advance to the countywide battle, which takes place at 6 p.m. March 20 at Mexico High School.

“I’m incredibly proud of them, they’ve worked incredibly hard and they earned it,” said kindergarten teaching assistant and Dragon Keepers team coach, Elizabeth Mooney.

All participants showed tremendous commitment to the competition, according to school librarian and event coordinator Marie Stroup. The students had to sign a contract and pass a test to participate.

Fairley Elementary School students participate in their schoolwide Battle of the Books competition Tuesday morning. The winners will square off with students from other districts during the county competition at 6 p.m. March 20 at Mexico High School.
Fairley Elementary School students participate in their schoolwide Battle of the Books competition Tuesday morning. The winners will square off with students from other districts during the county competition at 6 p.m. March 20 at Mexico High School.

“This is a commitment to themselves and their teammates,” Stroup said, noting that initial team meetings were held in October. “You’ve done a lot of reading and you’ve done a really great job.”

Other participants from Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School included Kendall Cuyler, Emma Gombas, Lillian Hein, Theresa Przepiora, Kiley Emmons, Brianna Auchmoody, Dylan Ritchie, Ronald Collins and Jacob Remillard.

Coordinated through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System, the Battle of the Books competition moves from the school level and culminates in a battle between the school champions from districts throughout the county.

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  1. This shows me that there are still teachers out there who really care about their children, thank you. Keep up the good work. Good job children , keep reaching for more.

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