Battle of the Books decided
For the second year running, Columbus and Park City faced off in a Battle of the Books in the Park City School’s multipurpose room and gym on April 27.
Featuring several Young Reader’s Choice, ALA Top Ten and Newbery winners of past and present, teams from Columbus and Park City waged literary warfare in several quizzing styles, following that of the California-based America’s Battle of the Books.
The two Park City teams consisted of Hattie’s Big Sky Readers (Bailey Hedges, Jaden Jackson, Myra Tonn and Alexis Tryan) and Snap, Crackle and Pop (Elaine Allen, Abby Hoffman and Serena Mohr).
The three Columbus teams included the Amazing Reading Squad (Jessica Calovis, Dominic Fitch and Brianna Getz), the Book Slayers (Nicolas Hampton, Lily Peterson and Guy Williams) and To Kill a Mockingbook (Cady Ekle, Maxine Winkler and Trevor Westervelt).
After nine rounds, Snap, Crackle and Pop pulled ahead by two points over To Kill a Mockingbook to take top honors by 327 to 325.
The contestants and organizers express their thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to make the book tournament possible.
For the second time this year, Mandie O’Connor and Gayle Hoffman served as judges and readers (they also manned the tables during the fifth-grade Battle of the Books in March), and Paden Mendenhall and Jordan DeKlyen served as the event’s timers.
Gloria Winkler, Jenny Calovis and Cary Frank of Columbus rounded out the cadre of judge readers, and Park City eighth-graders Hayley Story and Caleb Van Doren handled the calculators as tabulators.