And we have a winner ... CHES Elementary Battle of the Books Champs
After advancing to the Northeast Regional Competition against 10 other county finalists on March 30, the Cape Hatteras Elementary School Battle of the Books team took first place - hooray! They had a great time while there, staying in a hotel the night before rather than getting up to leave at 4 am. They were sporting leggings supplied by LuLaRoe so they definitely had the look going on in addition to the knowledge of the books to take first place. It was the third time Dare County Schools had been in the regional Elementary Battle of the Books; all three years represented by Cape Hatteras Elementary. In 2015 they took third place overall, in 2015 they placed second (with a two point differential), and in 2017 with 18 points to spare, they brought home the first place trophy.
The Battle of the Books Competitions are sponsored by the NCSLMA (NC School Library Media Association), school libraries, and media specialists. The successful team was coached by Media Specialist Shauna Leggat, Media Assistant Jenn Augustson, Technology/Literacy Facilitator April Oden, and fifth grade teacher Laurie Parker. Leggat is so proud of this all-girl team, saying, "Those girls had read and re-read! An incredible group in every way!" The winning team is comprised of fifth graders Evela Chandler, Bella Heilig, Destyn Jakob, Alice Oden, Abby O'Neal, Kylie Philips, Lillian Quist, Grace Vernesoni; and fourth graders Kirra Enseñat, Audrey Kramer, Ashlyn Midgett and Cate Parker.
These students read 18 novels in order to prepare for this competition, most reading them multiple times. The team met during lunch, after school twice a week and on several Saturday mornings in order to prepare for the
local and regional
competitions. The girls also participated in a Battle of the Books website study-aid called MyBobTeam.com to further their practice from home.
e Battle of the Books
has created such a buzz about reading at CHES
," said Augustson.
It is amazing to have an entire school so excited about reading. In fact, the 2017-2018 EBob list has just been released, and the titles for next year's program are already flying off our shelves.