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Genoa Middle School takes first in WCSD sixth-grade Battle of the Books competition

Genoa Middle School takes first in WCSD sixth-grade Battle of the Books competition

Genoa Middle School’s sixth-grade team earned top honors at a district-wide Battle of the Books competition on Wednesday at Westerville North High School’s auditorium.

Heritage came in second, Blendon followed in third, Minerva Park placed fourth and Walnut Springs came in fifth in the competition, which celebrates reading a wide variety of book genres. 

Classrooms of students at each of the district’s five middle schools competed at the building level to determine the four- or five-member team that would represent each school. Students were given 10 books to read before facing off in a question/answer competition against the other teams.

Genoa’s team included students Torri Lee, Emerson McEwan, Grace Phelps, Natalie Shipman and Divya Trivedi with coach Tracy Jados.

Heritage’s team included students Sterling Bhatti, Bennett Calland, Matthew Flory, Collin Gledhill and Molly Young with coach Kellie Sheely.

Blendon’s team included students Henry Borth, Linus Smallwood, Asher Walk, Charlie Westlake and Josh White with coach Kelsie Seders

Minerva Park’s team included Jaia Bryant, Harley Egbert, Scarlett Pauze, Miles Rex and Evany Samartino with coach Nicole Hatcher.

Walnut Springs’s team included students JJ Abiola, Ava Coleman, Melanie Moore and Leah Neading with coach Tammy Saltzmann.
Gifted Education coordinator Valerie Jasinski and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Scott Reeves volunteered to judge the event while Drew Farrell, an instruction and technology specialist, served as moderator. Gifted Education facilitators Debbie Pellington and Sarah Combs served as the Battle of the Books coordinators.

  • All Middle Schools
  • Westerville City Schools

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