Fifth-grade teams from Cassingham, Maryland and Montrose elementary schools all had top scores in their respective regular rounds of play at the Feb. 25 Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Fifth-grade teams from Cassingham, Maryland and Montrose elementary schools all had top scores in their respective regular rounds of play at the Feb. 25 Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

The Maryland and Cassingham teams advanced to face off against a Canal Winchester team in the championship round. Cassingham took first place, with Maryland in a close second, according to team coach and gifted education specialist Chris Amspaugh. Medals were presented to the top three teams, in addition to those students who read all 14 books on this year's list.

Battle of the Books challenges students to read books on a prescribed annual list and respond in an academic-quiz-type setting to questions about characters, plot, setting and other aspects. Area districts participating in theBattle of the Books at the Educational Service Center in Canal Winchester were Bexley, Canal Winchester, Columbus City, Groveport Madison, Hamilton Local and Olentangy Local.

Competition rules limit the number of team members who can travel to the competition and represent each school: only five appear on stage, with two team alternates. Bexley's three teams included a number of students who did not travel to Canal Winchester but participated in team meetings and book discussions throughout the season.

The Cassingham team received a trophy for its accomplishment, marking the sixth time a Cassingham team has won aBattle of the Books competition since Bexley teams started participating 10 years ago.

Gifted education specialists Susan Marantz (Maryland) and Carrie Corlew (Montrose) also serve as coaches.