Lanigan school crowns Battle of the Books champions

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.

The Reading Ninjas clinched a first place win in the level three/four competition of the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition. Team members Eli Reynolds (left), Michael Brown (middle), and Nicolas Schremp (right) are pictured above with Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and third grade teacher Becca Wicks, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Students at Lanigan Elementary School competed recently for the crowning achievement of being named a Battle of the Books champion and the opportunity to represent their school and the Fulton City School District in a county-wide books battle May 1.

Battle of the Books is a nationally recognized literacy program coordinated in Oswego County through the Oswego County BOCES School Library System and at Lanigan Elementary School through Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers.

The program encourages students to read, enhances reading comprehension and promotes teamwork as well as academic excellence.

Students from the elementary school volunteered to participate in this program by committing to read 15 books from a predetermined list.

Somers said, “Our students took on the Battle of the Books challenge on top of their other school work and extracurricular activities.”

Earning top honors in the grade level five/six competition was the team Servants of the Forsaken Orb or SFO consisting of sixth grade students Destiny Schneider, Ryan Barry, and Raiden Hansen.

In second place was team The Book Bros with members Seth Grimshaw, Mark Tallents, and Hayden Sachel.

In third place was The Nerdy Chicks with members Madison Kreinheder, Vita Dean, and Kelly Swatkowski.

The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.

The team of Destiny Schneider (left), Ryan Barry (middle) and Raiden Hansen (right) won first place in the Lanigan Elementary School Battle of the Books Level Five/Six Competition. Pictured with the team is Library Media Specialist Jessica Somers (far left), team coach and sixth-grade teacher Maggie Catanzaro, and Principal Robert Briggs.

Capturing first place in a field of team teams in the level three/four competition was the Reading Ninjas team consisting of third grade students Nicolas Schremp, Michael Brown, and Eli Reynolds.

Earning second place honors was the Tales of the 4th Grade Readers team consisting of students Ian Summerville, Cuinn Burlingham, and Emily Stacey.

Capturing third place in the level was the The Ready Readers team with team members Jacob Greene, Mary Jane Mullaney, and Samantha Cooper.

First place teams at both levels will travel to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District on today, May 1 to compete against top teams from across the county and the opportunity to be crowned an Oswego County Battle of the Books champion.

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