Young readers win titles in Battle of the Books contests

June 2, 2013 

Apex Middle School’s won the Wake County Battle of the Books competition in March, and then the regional contest in Rocky Mount in April, to earn an invitation to the state competition last month.

For Middle School Battle of the Books, students read from a list of more than two dozen books that this year included “White Fang” by Jack London, “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman and “Flush” by Carl Hiaasen. At the tournaments, team members answer questions about the books in a quiz-bowl format to earn points.

Apex Middle School’s team members, who represent grades 6 through 8, were Anna Bohlmann, Rebecca Daniels, Cameron Jacobsen, Kay Langley, Emma Lynch, Skanda Sastry, Jillian Schaller, Jared Sloan, Ben Travis, Mary Tuman, Max Welch and Joseph Wuori.

At the elementary school level, The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh won first place in its regional competition in April in Greensboro.

Competing for The Ravenscroft School were fifth-graders Jack Alspaugh, Eleanor Campbell, Martina Frederick, Ainsley Paradise, Edward Purrington, Caroline Rutigliano, Elle Schantz, Charlotte Tannenbaum and Leo Wu and fourth-graders Julia Avery, Mark Naslund and Olivia Sturges.

The 17-book list for the elementary-level competition included “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo, “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt and “The Mystery of the Lost Colony” by Carole Marsh.

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