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Two Eastchester Teams Take On Other Schools In Battle Of The Books

The Eastchester Battle of the Books team.
The Eastchester Battle of the Books team. Photo Credit: Contributed
Eastchester's Battle of the Books team practicing.
Eastchester's Battle of the Books team practicing. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester competed at the second annual Westchester Library System Battle of the Books on Saturday, Oct 17, at Ossining High School.

Eastchester’s teams were the Eggheads (grades 4-6) and the Peculiar Children, after the Ransom Riggs series, (grades 6-9).

The Battle of the Books is a fast-paced trivia game, with an emphasis on teamwork. Once a team-member rings in to answer a question, the competitor has 10 seconds to confer with team-mates about the answer.

The Eggheads performed well, winning all six of their regular matches and earning more points than any other team in the South bracket before losing a tough semifinal match to Pelham. Returning players learned from last year’s losses and focused more on speed and teamwork in this year’s practices.

Bedford was the winning team in this age group.

The Peculiar Children was the first team Eastchester had sent in the older category.

Briarcliff won this age group.

The following were members of the Eggheads:

  • Cecilia Murray, team captain (Grade 5)
  • Maxim Dragomanov (Grade 5)
  • Julia Higgins (Grade 5)
  • Theodore Jeliazkov (Grade 5)
  • Sofia Kolndreu, (Grade 5)
  • Sofia Renzo (Grade 5)
  • Alexander Sabelja (Grade 5)
  • Chloe Son (Grade 5)
  • Patrick Murray (Grade 4)
  • Ava Renzo (Grade 4)
  • Koichiro Saito (Grade 4)
  • Caterina Stoica (Grade 4)
  • Ben Wien (Grade 4)

Children’s librarian Jonathan Heifetz coached The Eggheads.

The following were members of the Peculiar Children:

  • Elias Dube (Grade 8)
  • Alya Campbell (Grade 8)
  • Katie Nello (Grade 8)
  • Nicholas Dragomanov (Grade 7)
  • Kyoko Saito (Grade 7)
  • Saliha Pepic (Grade 7)
  • Sophia Sabelja (Grade 7)
  • Julia Moser (Grade 7)

Young Adult Librarian Elizabeth Portillo coached the Peculiar Children

For pictures and quotes, see the library’s Facebook page .

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