2017-03-15 / News

County schools square off in Battle of the Books

BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Marlette fifth-graders (back row from left to right) Emily Newland, Adilyn Ruggles, Emma Heussner. (Front row from left to right) Brooke Hilts, Olivia Findlay. Marlette fifth-graders (back row from left to right) Emily Newland, Adilyn Ruggles, Emma Heussner. (Front row from left to right) Brooke Hilts, Olivia Findlay. BROWN CITY — The annual countywide Battle of the Books competition was held March 7 at the elementary school with three schools coming away with top honors.

Teams consisting of up to 10 students from the fourth through the sixth grade of each competing school were tasked earlier in the year with reading a number of assigned books. The students then gathered at the competition and were asked a series of questions about what they had read.

Brown City’s fourth-graders won first place, while the fifth and sixth-grade came in second.

Marlette’s fifth-graders won first place, and for the fourth consecutive year Deckerville’s sixth-graders took first place.

Brown City Elementary principal Sean Hagey said his students had a “wonderful showing.”


Brown City’s first place fourth-graders (front row from left to right) Nathan Lupa, Marley Wiegert, Kendal White, Winter Muxlow. (Second row from left to right) Rylee Johnston, Quinn Ostrander, Charlie Childers. (Back) Coach Rick Jones. Not pictured - Coach Sharron Takacs. Brown City’s first place fourth-graders (front row from left to right) Nathan Lupa, Marley Wiegert, Kendal White, Winter Muxlow. (Second row from left to right) Rylee Johnston, Quinn Ostrander, Charlie Childers. (Back) Coach Rick Jones. Not pictured - Coach Sharron Takacs. Hagey went on to say, “The students dedicated themselves to reading their assigned books. They also did a great job answering questions, especially in front of a large audience.”

Marlette Elementary principal Jason Vislosky was equally pleased.

“We are very proud of our participants and coaches,” said Vislosky. “Our teachers have high expectations when it comes to literacy and it shows when we compete in events such as this. I am proud to be a part of something great here in Sanilac County.”


Deckerville sixth-graders (front row left to right) Naythan Gough, Peter Lapp, Colton Gibbs, Jessie Bragg. (Second row from left to right) Sophia Sanford, Shelby Flanagan, Alyssa Johnson, Logan Kneffel, Mya Morden. (Back) Coach Kim Zurawski. Deckerville sixth-graders (front row left to right) Naythan Gough, Peter Lapp, Colton Gibbs, Jessie Bragg. (Second row from left to right) Sophia Sanford, Shelby Flanagan, Alyssa Johnson, Logan Kneffel, Mya Morden. (Back) Coach Kim Zurawski. Deckerville Elementary principal Yvonne O’Connor expressed pride in her little “Eagles,” saying, “This is the fourth straight year that our sixth grade has won the Battle of the Books. Students have been reading and practicing since January. They have met two days a week as well as sacrificing their lunch recess to practice and read. We are very proud of their effort and accomplishments.”

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