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CCSD recognizes champion Book Battle team

Book Battle

RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2024

Since 2019 Charleston County School District (CCSD) has hosted an annual Book Battle competition for elementary school students in fourth and fifth grade. In its first year, nine teams competed and the event has grown with over 20 schools competing. The event also serves as the kick-off for our district’s Read Across America Week each year and highlights the value and excitement of student reading.

This year’s winner of the competition was East Cooper Montessori Charter School who were honored last night at the CCSD Board of Trustees Committee of the Whole meeting. Freddy Harris, Sylvia Lucas, Eliza Shaw, Amelia Walton, and Turner Whitwood made up the five-member team whose passion for reading catapulted them to the top. The team’s coach and teacher librarian, Sherry Day, helped prepare and encourage these students along with support from the school’s principal, Jody Swanigan.

Teams of five students competed first at the school level and then at the district level. The CCSD Book Battle is a quiz-bowl style competition with students answering questions about the current South Carolina Book Awards nominees. The students read the 20 books on the Children’s Book Award list in preparation for the Book Battle.  

In March of 2024, teams of elementary students and their families gathered at Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies for this year’s Book Battle. Through four rounds of bracketed competition, the East Cooper Montessori Eagles advanced to the championship match where they defeated the Buist Book Besties in the finals. The team was awarded the Wendy Taylor Memorial Traveling Trophy and bragging rights for the year.