Battle of the Books 2019

This year’s Battle of the Book Tournament Champions, team “You’re Killin’ Me Smalls.” Team members, left to right: Olivia Gelhar, Jasmine Saiyed, Ryder Mullen, Clair Kollat, Sabur Machiros, Delaney Ruedinger, Claire Trofka, Emma Dillenberg, Isabelle Dietzler, and Braeden Ridenour.

For the past several weeks, 57 middle school students on 6 teams have been busy reading books and preparing for the Annual Lourdes Academy Middle School Battle of the Books Tournament.

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading program with a simple purpose of encouraging students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. Six teams consisting of 6th, 7th and 8th graders were formed the first week of October and given a list of 30 books to read. Team members choose books to read and during the following weeks, parent coaches met with their teams weekly to check in and quiz students in preparation for the upcoming “battle.”

The culmination of the program was a week-long “battle,” consisting of a double-elimination tournament, played out in mid-November during the students’ lunch periods. Teams were asked questions about the books on the reading list, and teachers volunteered to judge the battles.

“The kids really love Battle of the Books! The excitement during the battles shows it. Most students come back and participate each year of middle school.”

Nancy Ralofsky, 2019’s Battle of the Books lead parent coordinator

Congratulations to all this year’s Battle of the Books students – they did an incredible job!

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