Congratulations to The Warrior Wolves, reigning champions of this year's Oxford Middle School Battle of the Books competition! This team of avid readers also won the 2012 Battle and, last night, successfully defended their title against five other teams! The Warrior Wolves are: (left to right) Alexis McGuire, Georgia Waters, Isabelle Abraham, Clarissa Keefer, Annastacia Singleyn, and Maggie Hartman. Congrats, ladies!
The 2013 Battle of the Books was held last night, Thursday April 11, at the Oxford High School auditorium. For this annual event, teams of middle school students are given approximately two months to read a selection of books and learn them backwards, forwards, and inside-out. On the night of the Battle, the teams compete against each other by answering trivia questions about the books they've read. A panel of three unbiased judges score the accuracy of their answers. The winning team members each receive a special medal. But no one walks away empty handed. Each participant is given a ribbon and certificate in recognition of their hard work. And, of course, afterward there are cookies for everyone! Battle night is always a festive occasion!
The Battle of the Books takes place each April. It is made possible by continuing collaboration between Oxford Public Library and Oxford Middle School.
Again, congratulations to The Warrior Wolves and to all the middle school students who participated. And thank you to the parents, teachers, and staff who worked behind the scenes. Without your continued encouragement, enthusiasm, and support, the Battle of the Books could not happen. --AJB