2017 Battle of the Books Participants
The staff of The Novi Public Library would like to acknowledge and congratulate the 71 5th and 6th grade Novi children who participated in our fourteenth Annual Battle of the Books at the Novi Civic Center on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Twelve teams participated, reading the same six books and coming together in a competition to answer questions about those books. We also celebrate the commitment of their parents and coaches who spent so many hours reading and preparing these youngsters for the competition. To us, every single one of these young students is a winner for participating in our event.
The names of the teams and their members are as follows:
1st Place: Books Opps: Vaishnavi Akella, Krithika Muthuraman,
Advika Raichur, Meghana Sethi, Ritvik Reddy Sudi, Vidit Tiwari
Team Coach: Sunitha Dida
2nd Place: Guardians of the Books
Aditi Earla, Eric Ma, Tanisha Parikh, Sanjith Udupa, Sid Unniyampath
Team Coaches: Pankaj Parikh & Anu Udupa
3rd Place: Book Battalion
George Elengikal, Ethan Liu, Priyadharshini Moorthy, Shounak Pallav, Nipun Sanagapalli, Racheet Shah
Team Coaches: Moorthy Narayanan & Kamalesh Shah
Participating Teams in Alphabetical Order:
Nate Curtiss, Leo Das, Jason Dominic, Shua Hahm, Monet Hall, Zane Qaqish
Team Coaches: Bob Curtiss, Lynette Curtiss & Ghaida Qaqish
Hooked on Books
Shreyansh Agiwal, Eesha Atluri, Johan George, Manish Kota, Ishya Morasa, Yug Shah
Team Coach: Varsha Agiwal
L.O.L Leaders of Literature
Ria Bramhane, Oviya Loganathan, Parin Raizada, Anika Ranjan, Ashmit Swarnkar, Angela Zuo
Team Coach: Bhairavi Ranjan
Nishit Reddy Akkulugari, Abhishta Hebbar, Samyuktha Jeevananthan, Aarav Reddy Raju, Rithi Ramamurthy, Meghana Shankar
Team Coaches: Ashwini Balasubramanian, Chitra Jeevananthan & Prathibha Prashanth
Read & Lead
Alice Dsouza, Prashanthini Nanda Kumar, Irawati Lele, Aastha Murdande, Anagha Nagaraja, Snikitha Periketi
Team Coaches: Lavanya Nanda Kumar & Ulka Lele
The Reading Machine
Andy Li, David Niu, Ruichen Pan, Grace Wou, Caleb Xiang, Olivia Zhang
Team Coach: Huiping Chen
Shrikha Atchutuni, Sanvika Nandimandalam, Rashmita Raghunathan, Meghna Reddy, Nikita Talwar, Aditi Vishnubhatla
Team Coaches: Ranjani Shankar & Shweta Talwar
Titans of Text
Mia Blaszkiewicz , Jennifer Choe, Rena Hwang, Lena Karshis, Jahnavi Nadig, Sriya Tangutur
Team Coaches: Matt Karshis & Kim McKnight
The Unusual Stinging Goldfish
Kendall Baumbick, Swara Chindhade, Sarah Cromwell, Tessa Long, Sehaj Marok, Krisha Ramani
Team Coaches: Lisa Baumbick & Lisa Erickson
We thank the Friends of the Novi Public Library for their generosity in supporting this program, the City of Novi’s Parks and Recreation for the space, as well as, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza, which was kind enough to donate coupons for a free pizza to each of our participants.
Activities like Battle of the Books, we believe, foster a love of reading in an entertaining manner, enriching not just the participants and their families, but the entire community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Battle of the Books?
This is a program designed to encourage reading and to recognize young people who like to read.
Who may participate?
All 5th and 6th grade students who live or attend school in Novi are eligible to participate by organizing their own teams of 3-6 students, plus an adult coach.
What happens during the Battle?
Students read from a list of 6 books and then participate in a contest where each team answers questions about those books as a team. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place teams.
How do we enter the Battle?
An online registration form will be available late fall of 2017. The first 12 teams to complete their entry form will be eligible to participate in the Battle.
What does the adult coach do?
Any parent, teacher, or other interested adult over 18 may be a coach. All coaches must attend a kick-off meeting at the Novi Public Library. The list of books to be read will be announced and a set of books for each team distributed. Coaches keep their teams motivated and make sure members are reading their books.
Check out our Battle Video.