Close reading and excellent retention earned the team from Banks Elementary School a first-place finish in the annual LCPS Elementary Battle of the Books on Wednesday.
Banks outpointed nine other teams by a wide margin in what otherwise was one of the closest local Battle of the Books ever, according to Charles White, who organizes the event as LCPS’s media center and technology coordinator.
Among the top five teams were two two-way ties. The team from Northeast Elementary finished second and Southwood Elementary, third. Both teams scored 115 points, but Northeast placed a notch higher because it had beaten Southwood in their head-to-head match.
Contentnea-Savannah finished fourth and La Grange Elementary, fifth. Both scored 112 points.
Banks ruled by averaging six correct answers during each of the eight two-team matches and finished with 133 points.
In the Battle of the Books, teams of students field questions drawn from the content of 14 works of fiction. The contest is held to motivate students to read, monitor their own comprehension and participate in book discussions.
The Banks team was comprised of Christian M., Auston D., Layla C., Shane S., Vraj S., Jamir G. and Kimberly M. with coaches Candice Beamon and Ashley Hood.
On the Northeast team were Jakyra S., Makhi H., Juleah W., La’Mir M., Marquita W. and Hayley P., with coach Melanie McCoy.
Making up the Southwood team were Isabelle V., Emily H., Lauren H. and Kalista C., with coaches Ann Whitfield, Susan McKinney and Lisa Jones.