St. Margaret’s Team Performs Perfectly at 6th Annual Battle of the Books Tournament

St. Margaret’s teams of grade 4 and grade 5 students had an extraordinary showing at the 6th annual South Orange County Battle of the Books Tournament, with one team answering every question correctly the entire tournament en route to a first place finish.

Battles of the Books, or BOB, is a competition featuring head-to-head matchups with teams answering questions regarding details from books on a 20-title reading list, adding a competitive aspect to reading. Teams received points for answering with the correct title and the correct author.  

St. Margaret’s was represented by 22 Lower School students divided into three teams for the event, which took place at Solano Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. Joining St. Margaret’s were teams from Tarbut v’ Torah, Mission Basilica, St. Edward the Confessor Parish School, St. Anne, St. Junipero Serra Catholic, Mission Viejo Christian and Olivewood.

After preliminary rounds, two of the three St. Margaret’s teams advanced to the eight-team elimination round, where the seven-student team dubbed “Becoming B-O-B” finished the day in first place, having answered every question correctly throughout the entire tournament.  

“A perfect day is a very hard achievement. They did an amazing job,” said Library teacher Darla Magana, who coaches the teams along with Lower School teacher Colleen Beshk and Upper School sophomore Ciara Robertson. “All of our teams had a great showing, and we are so proud of them and all the work they did in preparation for this tournament.”  

Students in grades 4 and 5 have been reading and preparing for the Battle of the Books tournament since last summer, reading all 20 books on the list and reviewing key details from the books at BOB Club meetings throughout the school year.  
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