Students Read, Write, and Win During Teen Read Week

November 19, 2013

Academics, English, Hyde Library

The Hyde Library staff hosted contests, cookie receptions, and nationally known author Mr. T.A. Barron to celebrate Teen Read Week, a yearly national observance in October to promote reading.

Barron spoke at chapel November 1, signed his books, and met with about 30 students interested in writing. (See story here.) For the annual Reading Contest, which was held in an online format, students entered the title, author, and number of pages for each complete book they had read since the school year began. The first-place Upper School winner, sophomore Ethan Schaffer, had read 65 books; the first-place Lower School winner, seventh grader Clay Harrison, had read 22 books. In second place were junior Zack Whicker and seventh grader Jacobi Rice. Contest winners received iTunes gift cards.

In the Battle of the Books contest, students answered questions based on summer reading books. For the first few rounds, each contestant answered a question on the book of his choice, but as the competition continued, the host – Mrs. Elizabeth Crosby, chair of the English Department – began to select questions from all the reading list books for the student’s grade. The winners were junior Ahmed Latif, first place; and eighth grader Omkar Hosad, second place.

In connection with Barron’s visit, the library held a Create Magic contest, in which students submitted creations in any medium they chose. Junior Andrew Elsakr was the first-place winner with his short story submission.


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  1. Scribe to Scribes: T.A. Barron Meets with Aspiring Owl Writers | InsideMUS - November 19, 2013

    […] The author, who also delivered a chapel presentation, was on campus in celebration of national Teen Read Week (see story here). […]

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