To the Editor:
The 2012 Canton Free Library Battle of the Books was a fantastic success thanks to every person who played a part. I’d like to recognize the teams, coaches, families and the valuable volunteers for all they did to make this event special.
We had 15 teams compete in our exciting and biggest-ever double-elimination tournament.
The following teams participated:
Those Chicks with Ticia Yerdon, Bri Larrabee, Olivia Craig, Isabel Dashnaw and coach Greg Kiah;
Reading Rockstars with Jennifer Haycook, Grace Franklin, Sydney Lorenc, Aryn Rivers and coach Janet Haycook;
The Name of this Team is Secret with Cooper Stuntz, Cherina Cheng, Brianna Perham, Abigail Todd and coaches Ryan Davis, Daneé Rollins and Kim Holmes;
The Genius Frogs with Joe Mastro, Abbi Dent, Sarah Sieminski, Rorie Newman and coaches Kelli Newman and MaryBeth Sieminski;
The Know Names with Maya Goldie, Daysia Wagner, Riley O’Shea, Erin Grandaw and coach Carol Goldie;
The Thundering Thinkers with Morgan Hopper, Delaney Hayes, Elizabeth Bascom, Noah Longshore and coach Rebecca Bascom;
That Team with Brandon Lorenc, Noah Goldie, Nick Wentworth, Hunter Dean and coach Susan Lorenc;
The Giggle Girls with Nikki Husinec, Kelsea Whittier, Abby Kerrigan, Emma Kerrigan and coaches Darlene Kerrigan and Kristen Whittier;
Flower Power with Olivia Sisk, Bella Jaskowski, Elizabeth Davis, Molly Finnerty and coach Kristen Jaskowski; Super-tastic Squad Force Four with Drew Caruso, Cole Caruso, Preston Santimaw, Greg Mastro and coaches Mary Caruso and Jeremy Caruso; Return of the Tedi with Jackson Cowser, Quin Currie, Max Monroe, Danny Monroe and coaches Fran Monroe and Cathy Crosby-Currie;
The Unnormalz with Alberta Nash, Amanda Kendrick, Lexi Bessette, Xiomara Oey-Langen and coach Christine Nash;
The Peace Monkeys with Emma Bortnick, Ireland Martin, Caitlin Ward, Baily McIntosh and coaches Amy Bortnick and Paula Jones;
SMS Speed Readers with Catherine Roller, Mary Elizabeth Lobdell, Olivia McCambly, Matthew Mikolay and coaches Ginger Thomas and Amy Thorbahn;
The Fictional Fishies with Miranda Smith, Kendall DeSantis, Maggie Passamonte, Zach Hamilton and coach Jodee Cotey.
We were graciously hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, prizes were donated by the St. Lawrence University Bookstore and lunch was donated by the Friends of the Canton Free Library and Price Chopper Supermarket.
I’d like to give special thanks to volunteers Nancy Palmateer, Krista Briggs, Emily Owen, Kelly Wilson, Marlene Clark, Cindy Cubley, Cassie Griffin, Morgan Hastings, Jon Stahl and Joseph White for their help.
I am so proud of all the children, especially for the good spirit and hard work which they demonstrated in the competition! I’m already looking forward to next year!
Valerie White, Canton Free Library