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The Plot Twisters, in blue, won first place in their division. The Lightning Books, in red, ended up in third place.

St. Stan's Team Wins Battle of the Books

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ADAMS, Mass. — St. Stanislaus Kostka School students once again were ready to battle in the Springfield Diocese's annual Battle of the Books.

Held on May 9 at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke, the grade five-six team, The Plot Twisters, won first place in their division. Going head to head with St. Mary's Academy from Longmeadow, the win marked the second year in a row this group had a first place finish.

The grade three-four team, Lightning Books, competing against a field of 17, narrowly missed the final battle by 1 point, ending up in third place.

Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program held annually for grades three through eight. Students read books over the course of the school year with a competition in the spring. Held in a "Family Feud" and "Whiz Kid"-type format, students answer detailed questions about the book. To receive full credit for an answer, they must give a correct response, along with the book title and author's name.

At St. Stanislaus, students begin preparing for this competition in the fall. As soon as the book titles are released, students, working with an adult coach, begin reading and practicing with supplied practice questions.  This year, each grade category received a list of 20 books.  

This year's grade five-six team was coached by parent volunteer Kellie Burns.  Linda Reardon, principal of St. Stan's, coached the grade three-four team.

Members of the grade five-six team were Rachael Barrows, Samara Maxwell, C.J. Diesz, Jacob Touponce, Noah DeBenedetto, Jonathan Lewis, Keira Lennon, Brenna Wojcik and Ty Barrett.  Students on the grade three-four  team were Colin Daly, Keira Jzyk, Mary Haight, Andrew Meaney and Aidan Trembley.


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