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Miss Las Cruces Chelsea Tillman and student participants at the Battle of the Books.

LAS CRUCES – It was double gold and double silver, as two teams tied for first place and two tied for second at the annual LCPS District Battle of the Books Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Highland Elementary School, said Oñate High School librarian and 2014 Battle of the Books Coordinator Tina Glatz.

A total of 16 teams comprised of students from elementary schools throughout Las Cruces competed. The students answered questions about characters and details in 20 books from a pre-approved reading list compiled by school librarians from around the state. Students from each participating school are assigned at random to numbered teams that include students from other schools. That way, the children get to interact, work together and make new friends.

“Students have been reading these books since school started in preparation for the Battle,” said Glatz.

“A special thank-you to all of the students, teachers, parents and school librarians who helped to make this year’s Battle successful,” said Glatz. “In addition, we would like to thank all the volunteers from the community who were involved in this year’s Battle.  Volunteers from New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College libraries, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and Miss Las Cruces Chelsea Tillman donated their Saturday morning to help support this year’s competition,” she said.

Students are now preparing for the New Mexico State Battle of the Books competition, which will be held Saturday, April 5in Silver City.

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Team 3 was co-first place winner in the LCPS 2014 Battle of the Books.

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Team 7 was the other first-place winning team in the Battle of the Books.

Here is a list of 2014 LCPS District Battle of the Books winners:

First place (tie): Team 3: Brian Knapp Monte Vista Elementary; Jacob Rydecki, Sonoma Elementary; Hayden Menges, East Picacho Elementary; and Alan Gomez, Sunrise Elementary; and Team 7: Elias Borchert, J. Paul Taylor Academy; Jonathon Wood, Highland Elementary;
and Carly Hamilton Lilly Bagwell, both East Picacho Elementary;

Second place (tie): Team 5: Aidan Boreri, Highland Elementary; Eden Parnes-Akins, East Picacho Elementary; Maiya Munoz, Highland Elementary; and Kinam Sarellano, Mesilla Park Elementary;  Team 2: Mateo Garcia-Bryce, Hillrise Elementary; Naisana Wachi, Sonoma Elementary; Elias Render, J. Paul Taylor Academy; and Calliope Whitty, Highland Elementary; and Team 1: Chris Meraz, Monte Vista Elementary; Jessi Gutierrez, East Picacho Elementary; Grant Benson, Sonoma Elementary; and Sara Melendez, Highland Elementary;

Third place: Team 15: Esai Medina, East Picacho Elementary; Joshua C De Baca, Monte Vista Elementary; Andrew Mosier, Highland Elementary; and Nyssa Urtaza, Mesilla Park Elementary.

This year’s Battle of the Books coordinators were Jackie Dean, Mesa Middle School; Karen Cheatham and Loree Downing, Highland Elementary School; and Susan Hernandez, Monte Vista Elementary.

For more information, contact Glatz at 575.527.9430 or tglatz@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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Tied for second place in the Battle of the Books was Team 5.

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Team 2 tied for second place in the Battle of the Books.

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Team One tied for second place in the Battle of the Books.

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Team 15 won third place in the Battle of the Books.