Pictured is winning team from Logan Elm H.S.: (left to right) Kaitlynn Esquibel, Emma Baldinger, Tiffany Smolinski, Elizabeth Paul and Brittany Irwin.

Area Students Compete in Reading Quiz Contest at OCU

Ohio Christian University was honored to host the seventh annual Pickaway County High School and Middle School Battle Over Books competitions on March 18th and May 9th, respectively.

A quiz-show style competition, where teams earn points by providing correct titles to questions about books, provide a fun and challenging way to recognize students for their love of reading.

All four Pickaway County high schools —Circleville, Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall —plus Logan Hocking High School competed in this year’s high school event. The middle school challenge included Canal Winchester, Circleville, Groveport Madison, Hilliard Heritage, Logan Hocking, Upper Arlington, and Westfall schools.

Questions for the high school teams were drawn from twelve titles, such as The Shift, a non-fiction work by registered nurse Theresa Brown; Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman; The Heir by Kiera Cass; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; Mary Shelly’s classic Frankenstein; and Gone Too Far by guest author Natalie Richards.

Natalie Richards’s presence was one of the highlights of the day. Unlike the secret-keeping protagonist of her novel, Richards candidly shared the ups and downs of her writing career in an in-depth discussion about the book and her creative processes.   

Slightly longer and equally challenging, the middle school list of sixteen titles included El Deafo by Cece Bell, Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Amelia Lost by Candance Fleming, and Scott Westerfeld’s popular and critically acclaimed Uglies.

Logan Elm reclaimed the championship trophy at the high school level. Pictured is their winning team (left to right) Kaitlynn Esquibel, Emma Baldinger, Tiffany Smolinski, Elizabeth Paul and Brittany Irwin.

The middle school winner was Hilliard Memorial’s seventh grade team, which defeated Hilliard Weaver’s eighth grade team by just 3 points. Circleville and Westfall teams competed in the semi-finals.

Kudos goes to all participating students for their love of reading and competitive, yet friendly, spirit! Many thanks are deserved to the numerous teachers, librarians, team coaches, and Friends of the Pickaway County District Public Library volunteers whose own love of reading made this event possible.

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