Fox Chapel Area students compete in book battle
This year's Battle of the Books included 64 teams of fourth- and fifth-graders.
The Fox Chapel Area students took to O'Hara Elementary's stage and parents and team sponsors filled the auditorium.
The elementary students from Hartwood, Fairview, Kerr and O'Hara signed up in September by choosing groups and getting the extracurricular work.
The youngsters earned their battle stripes by completing a 12-book reading list. The books included many genres.
“Who is Ben Franklin” was the biography chosen. “Aliens are Coming” was the nonfiction; it tells the story of Orson Welles' radio broadcast.
The elementary librarians chose a graphic novel this year, also.
Team sponsors wrote the questions used during the face off. Teams were awarded points for correct answers.
The group that supplied the most correct answers was the Ink Spots, The Sequel, a team from O'Hara Elementary consisting of Emma Shiner, Maddie Miske, Alexa Correnti, Vivian Shao and Alex Morton. This was the Ink Spots second year — hence “the Sequel.”
The annual scholastic contest goes back at least 18 years. It has become popular with 168 students from O'Hara, about 65 percent of the older classes, and similar percentages from the other three elementary schools participating.
Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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