Thirteen teams from five high schools in the Edmonds School District went to Meadowdale High School on Thursday to compete in the Third Annual Battle of the Books.
Teams of four sign up weeks in advance of the competition and are then given a list of 17 books to read. Then, on Thursday, they gathered in the Meadowdale High School library to answer questions about the books to compete for points.
All participants received a free new book, donated by the Edmonds Bookshop. The winning team also got their school’s name engraved on a trophy.
Meadowdale High School Librarian Dianne Borchert said more high schools participated this year than in recent years. Teams came from Meadowdale High School, Scriber Lake High School, Edmonds Heights, Edmonds-Woodway High School and Mountlake Terrace High School.
The winning team was No Good Read Goes Unpunished from Meadowdale High School. This is the second year in a row that a team from Meadowdale High School has won the contest. Mountlake Terrace’s #TheTrilogy got second place. There was a tie for third between Terrace’s Fellowship of the Books and TEAM from Edmonds-Woodway High School.
“Even though the competition, snacks and peer collaboration was super fun, I think the highlight of the event was the smile on each student’s face when each one went to the table to select the book of his or her choice, presented for free from Mary Kay Sneeringer, the owner of Edmonds Bookshop,” Borchert said.
–Story and photos by Natalie Covate