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Elementary Battle of the Books Team Takes Third Place in District Competition
Elementary Battle of the Books Team Takes Third Place in District Competition

Ravenscroft's fourth- and fifth-grade Elementary Battle of the Books team members participated in the District 9 competition on Tuesday, March 27, held at Saint Peter Catholic School in Greenville, coming in third out of six independent schools in the competition.

The season started in September with over 40 Lower School students participating. To qualify for competition, students were required to read 15 books and attend weekly practices. Each month, students had required reading deadlines as they prepared for a written test that was given in January. In accordance with the rules, the "travel teams" that participate in competitions may comprise a maximum of 12 students. Students representing the school in competition this year were fourth-graders Henry Baker, Jack Conway, Addison Diener and Audrey Kalorin and fifth-graders Haley Browne, Lexi Davis, Rachel Mencer, Hannah Morgan, Randi Ogan, Olivia Rivera, Shirley Yang and Henry Zhang.

"We continue to be impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm that our students have brought to our Battle of the Books program," co-coaches Emily Harkey and Jessica Ortolano, Lower School librarians, said of the group earlier this year. "We are so proud of them, and we wanted to thank the families, faculty and staff for the support and encouragement they have provided this year."

Harkey and Ortolano were assisted by Lower School curriculum and instruction specialist Ruth Thomas and volunteer Marianne Stapleton, former assistant head of Lower School.

A program of the North Carolina School Media Association, the Elementary Battle of the Books seeks to encourage reading by all students at the elementary school level. The reading list exposes participants to quality literature that represents a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The competition's game format is designed to create interest and excitement in reading and motivate students to improve their reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.