FULTON – It took four tie-breaker questions to ultimately determine team Rainbow Readers as the Fulton City School District fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books champion.
The Volney Elementary students edged out Fairgrieve Elementary’s “Wonder Girls” team in the friendly competition.
A total of seven teams representing each of the four FCSD elementary schools competed in the Level 2 event after they were named champions of their individual building battle.
Each competitor studied 10 chapter books throughout a period of several months to prepare for their battles.
In the main FCSD Level 2 event, teams had 30 seconds to answer 16 detailed questions about the books.
For tie-breaker questions, teams only had 15 seconds to provide an answer.
Teams knew information about which book involved a soda that saved a life, 80,000 cheese sandwiches were made and other interesting facts.
“Relax, you’ve got this!” one parent said during a brief intermission.
Rainbow Readers team members Ashley Taplin, Layne Osborn and Grace Olon, coached by Cheryl Natoli, advanced to the Oswego County Battle of the Books, hosted by John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix on March 15.
Also advancing to the county battle is Level 1 third and fourth grade champion team “Red Raider Readers, from Lanigan Elementary School. Students Andrew Becker, Rowan Backenstross and Alexandria Wilcox, coached by Alicia Burrows, achieved 120 points, just eight away from a perfect score.
All battle teams achieved eight points for providing the correct title and author, or five points for the correct title only.
Several district personnel were present to offer encouragement, support and to help the battle run smoothly.
Elizabeth Conners, FCSD executive director of instruction and assessment, said she couldn’t be more proud of all 41 participants.
“Battle of the Books exemplifies your love of reading and we’re excited to know about those exciting adventures those books took you on,” she said.
All participants were awarded certificates and Level 1 and Level 2 winners also received T-shirts to wear to the county battle.