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Walnut Springs wins Battle of the Books

For the fourth year in a row, a Westerville City Schools middle school has won the Central Ohio Sixth and Seventh Grade Battle of the Books competition.

The contest took place May 14 at the Whitehall Community Center. Student representatives from each of Westerville's four middle schools competed, along with other Central Ohio teams from Bexley, Canal Winchester, Groveport-Madison, Hamilton, New Albany-Plain Local, Olentangy, St. Brigid of Kildare and Whitehall.

Teams buzzed in with correct answers about titles from the 20-book list in a Jeopardy!-style contest. An on-site creative writing workshop was also available to teams. The event was sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and the National Football League Alumni Group of Central Ohio (NFLAGCO), with district support from each middle school and the Language Arts and Gifted Education departments.

Of 19 teams, Walnut Springs won first place; Genoa was third, Blendon fifth and Heritage seventh. Special medals were awarded to students who read all 20 competition books -- Gabby Freshly and Tasha Carr of Blendon; Kathryn Shaffer of Genoa; and Cassady Doel, Marin Kalista, Nya Olmsted, and Amanda Hurt of Walnut Springs.