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Spratley Gifted Center teams win both elementary and middle levels of Battle of the Books competition

Spratley Gifted Center is the winner of both the elementary and middle levels of the Battle of the Books competition.

Members of the winning elementary team are:  Haley Carver, Caleb Drake, Chandler Lilley, and Hannah Presgraves.  Melissa Phillips serves as the coach.

Members of the winning middle team are:  Lauren Allen, Danyel Alston, Jasmyne Bradley, and Danayjah Padilla.  Jeannette Warrington serves as the coach.

Six teams competed in the elementary level of the competition.  They are Armstrong School for the Arts, Asbury Elementary School, Barron Elementary School, Forrest Elementary School, Phenix PreK-8 School, and Spratley Gifted Center.  Armstrong, Asbury and Spratley scored highest in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the final competition.  Armstrong placed second and Asbury placed third.

In the middle school level, Jones Magnet Middle School and Spratley competed.

Both Spratley teams will compete in the regional competition in Williamsburg on Saturday, March 18.  They will compete against teams from Newport News, York County, Poquoson, and Williamsburg.  The elementary battle will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the middle school battle will begin at 1 p.m.

Battle of the Books is a reading competition sponsored by the Hampton Public Library.  Students are asked to read 20 books from a list that they are provided in the spring.  After reading the books over the summer, students meet at the library to practice answering questions based on the books they have read.  Competition is held first on the city level and then regionally against other school districts.

Battle of the Books provides an alternative to athletic competition, exposes students to quality literature, fosters school spirit, and is a lot of fun.

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