Riley students advance to OCSD Battle of the Books

Charles E. Riley Elementary School students, from left, Addison Britt, Caitlyn Colasurdo and Gabriella Warner show off first-place medals they received upon being named the Battle of the Books champions.The school’s annual Battle of the Books competition for third- and fourth-grade students drew a large crowd of classmates, teachers, family members and other supporters. Each team, comprised of three students, read the 10 Battle of the Books titles in addition to their regular school work and extracurricular activities.
Substitute librarian Amanda Johnson said the work alone to remember finite details from each book was worth a gold medal, but only one team came out on top and that was the ACE Readers of Addisson Britt, Caitlyn Colasurdo and Gabriella Warner. The team earned 77 points. After each question was read to all teams, students had 30 seconds to quietly discuss the answer before they wrote down a key word from the author and title. The team’s oratory response had to include the full title and author. Eight points were awarded if both the title and author were correct and five points were awarded for the correct title only.
Johnson randomly selected each question, all of which began with “In which book…” before a specific detail was provided. Few questions stumped all four teams, but each team persevered through the challenges. For their efforts, each participating students received a certificate of completion and the first-place winners walked away with honorary medals. The ACE Readers have also advanced to the Oswego City School District Battle of the Books event, which will take place Feb. 27.
At battle’s end, they Riley students enjoyed cookies, cupcakes and juice in celebration of their dedication to literacy. Also advancing to the district-wide battle are the “Rockin’ Riley Readers” sixth-grade students of Somora Torello and Emily Haynes who earned a total of 40 points in the fifth- and sixth-grade competition.