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These book worms place in Battle of the Books tourney

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

Danielle Perry, Anne Cassett, Lauren Chandler, Makayla Blair and Gabby Whitefield of The HugglePuffs team took first place at the competition. Submitted photo

Danielle Perry, Anne Cassett, Lauren Chandler, Makayla Blair and Gabby Whitefield of The HugglePuffs team took first place at the competition.
Submitted photo

Some students dread when they are given a reading assignment for homework, but there are more than a few who welcome the challenge—and then some.

Louisa County Middle School Librarian Rebecca Baughman coaches four teams of students who happily take on a 20-book reading list in the name of competition.

“They have to do more than read the book,” Baughman said. “They have to know the book inside out.”

The teams competed on Jan. 21 against 23 Northern Virginia middle school teams at the Piedmont Region Battle of the Books open tournament. Held at Marshall Middle School in The Plains, Louisa’s own “Team Hugglepuffs” earned the top spot, while “The Phasmophobes,” also from LCMS, came in fourth.

Students were tested on their knowledge of random facts and quotes from the books and scored on their responses.

“I could not be more proud of each and every one of my Battle of the Books members,” Baughman said. “I can’t wait to see how they perform in April [at the main battle].”

This is Baughman’s third year coaching Battle of the Books, a task she took on two years after joining LCMS at a parent’s suggestion.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 26 edition of The Central Virginian.


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