It was a nail biting finish. Trinity Lutheran School and Riverside Elementary fought for second place in the Newport News Public Library 2017 Battle of the Books City Finals tonight. Previously, TLS advanced to the city finals by placing in the top three out of six schools in the preliminary competition last week.
On 7 March 2017, Trinity Lutheran School, Riverside Elementary, and Saint Andrews Episcopal School faced each other for the second time in two weeks. They battled it out for the rights to represent Newport News in the Regional Competition. Battle of the Books is a reading program for 4th and 5th grade students where competitors read 12 books and answer questions in a quiz-show format. Students earn one point for each correct answer provided. At the end of the competition, points are totaled and the school with the most points advances to represent Newport News in the regional competition. Trinity had a strong showing at the City final competition with 5 of their 6 members. One teammate could not make the finals.
The evening opened with the reading of the rules and the choosing of the letters to see who would sit where! Trinity drew “A” out of the cup and earned the left-hand seat. Over the next 45 minutes, 12 students battled it out to answer over 60 questions about the 12 books they spent last summer reading. Each round consisted of about 12 questions with the fastest buzzer answering the question first. Having a good buzzer game certainly gave an advantage and Trinity students jumped in often to attempt an answer.
After the last round, the totals showed that Trinity Lutheran Students had placed second!
Mrs. Margie Stinson led her team to an excellent end result and it was clear from the final photo that everyone had a great time. If you see the students or Mrs. Stinson around the school, give them a high five for a job well done!