The 8th annual Central Ohio 8th Grade Battle of the Books Competition, hosted by Heritage Middle School, took place at Westerville North High School on Tuesday, March 22. Each of Westerville’s four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Olentangy, Gahanna, and Teays Valley. Teams buzzed in with correct answers about titles from the 18-book list in a Jeopardy-style contest.
The competition celebrates reading a wide genre of great books. Westerville readers earned high honors with Blendon Middle School winning first place (coach Keona Walker), followed by Genoa in second place (coach Deanna McDaniel), Walnut Springs placed third (coach Jean Trimble), and the Heritage team took fourth place (coached by Kris Konik and Debbie Pellington). All competitors enjoyed a pizza party following the award ceremony.