Ventnor Elementary School congratulated the third- and fourth-grade winners in the annual Battle of the Books reading comprehension contests.
Ms. Henrich’s and Mr. Garbutt’s Goats won the third-grade contest with a perfect score. The group members included: Reese Kurtz, Ariana Presta, Kevin Leon-Cruz, Bellamia Smith-Puglisi and Landon Peddicord. Mr. Evinski’s Alpaca Pack won the fourth-grade contest. The group members included: Valentina Olarte, T.J. Nicholson, Leilany Figueroa, Zoha Shah and Akira Gordon. Both teams received bookstore gift cards
The second Battle of the Books contest rewarded the third- and fourth-grade homerooms completing the most book reports with pizza parties. Mrs. Lombardi’s third-grade class won the contest with 154 book reports. Mr. Evinski’s fourth-grade class won the book report contest with 143 reports. In both grades, a total of 921 book reports were handed in for the contest over a 12-week period.
According to school librarian Renee Woerner, “We never know which groups or homerooms will win the Battle of the Books contests. It’s more about motivation than being the best readers. Hard work and perseverance drive the contests, and everyone has fun in the process!”