Sunshine State Young Readers "Battle of the Books"

Congratulations to sixth graders Ua Nguyen, Kate D'Alessandro, Dash Posteraro, Emilia Gomez, and Gaby Umpierre, who at the beginning of the school year responded to the opportunity to create an inaugural "Battle of the Books" sixth-grade team. Among them, they read the 15 Sunshine State Young Readers Association Grades 6-8 books, and in January, met weekly with Upper School Librarian, Cindy Wray, and parent volunteer, Debbie Freeland, to prepare for their "battle" against the LHP Middle School team. Teams had to know details about all the books as well as book authors, and the sixth-grade team's preparation paid off when they beat the Middle School in April! On May 4, 2022, the team traveled to Berkeley Preparatory in Tampa to compete against other independent schools. The only team comprised solely of sixth graders, they answered all their title questions correctly and narrowly missed third place. We are so proud of this dedicated group of readers and competitors and anticipate a trophy in the 2023 competition!

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