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September 20, 2018

Lanigan Crowns Battle of the Books Champions


Students at Lanigan Elementary School competed recently for the crowning achievement of being named a Battle of the Books Champion and the opportunity to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in a county-wide books battle on May 1.

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds, left, Michael Brown, middle, and Nicolas Schremp, right, are pictured with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers, far left, Team Coach and Third Grade Teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs. The team will represent their school and the Fulton City School District in grade level three/four of the upcoming Oswego County Battle of the Books competition on May 1.

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds, left, Michael Brown, middle, and Nicolas Schremp, right, are pictured with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers, far left, Team Coach and Third Grade Teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs. The team will represent their school and the Fulton City School District in grade level three/four of the upcoming Oswego County Battle of the Books competition on May 1.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System and at Lanigan Elementary School through Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers.

The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.

Students from the elementary school volunteered to participate in this program by committing to read 15 books from a predetermined list.

Most importantly, Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers said, “Our students took on the Battle of the Books challenge on top of their other school work and extracurricular activities.”

The team of Destiny Schneider, left, Ryan Barry, middle, and Raiden Hansen, right, won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with them is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers, far left, Team Coach and Six Grade Teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs. The team will be advancing to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in the Oswego County Battle of the Books Competition on May 1.

The team of Destiny Schneider, left, Ryan Barry, middle, and Raiden Hansen, right, won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with them is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers, far left, Team Coach and Six Grade Teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs. The team will be advancing to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in the Oswego County Battle of the Books Competition on May 1.

Earning top honors in the grade level five/six competition was the team Servants of the Forsaken Orb or SFO consisting of sixth grade students Destiny Schneider, Ryan Barry, and Raiden Hansen. In second place was team The Book Bros with members Seth Grimshaw, Mark Tallents, and Hayden Sachel. In third place was The Nerdy Chicks with members Madison Kreinheder, Vita Dean, and Kelly Swatkowski.

Capturing first place in a field of team teams in the level three/four competition was the Reading Ninjas team consisting of third grade students Nicolas Schremp, Michael Brown, and Eli Reynolds. Earning second place honors was the Tales of the 4th Grade Readers team consisting of students Ian Summerville, Cuinn Burlingham, and Emily Stacey. Capturing third place in the level was the The Ready Readers team with team members Jacob Greene, Mary Jane Mullaney, and Samantha Cooper.

First place teams at both levels will travel to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District on May 1 to compete against top teams from across the county and the opportunity to be crowned an Oswego County Battle of the Books Champion.

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