Erie County Legislator Ed Rath congratulates the Clarence Library for an outstanding showing at the 15th annual Battle of the Books competition held Aug. 3 at Erie Community College’s South Campus. Entering a total of three teams, Clarence was most impressive, finishing in first and second place.
“To finish one, two is remarkable. This year’s competition was intense with 29 teams entered. Congratulations to the team members and coaches. The Clarence Library truly offers outstanding programming, including great Battle of the Books training, proven by this year’s results. On behalf of the Erie County Legislature, I am honored to extend certificates of merit, recognizing Clarence Library as the 2013 Battle of the Books champions,” said Legislator Rath.
The following members of the first place team were honored for capturing the Gold Medal: Abby Buckley, Emma Cremean, Anna Jafarjian, Landon Law, Amanda McCann, Simone Viola and Jarod Yap.
Legislator Rath hosted a celebration at the Clarence Library on Aug. 19 to recognize the team members, coaches and library staff and volunteers. Pizza Inn graciously made a donation to the party, offering their congratulations as well.
Legislator Rath also honored the second place team: Maggie Durwald, Annie Erbacher, Erin Gregoire, Emma Kleinmann, Melanie Pawlak, Elisabeth Rott and Bernadette Woodbury, as well as Clarence’s additional team, which also competed extremely well. Those team members are: Russel Bassarath, Sarah Cahlstadt, Anna Geiger, Grant Giangrasso, John Hudi, Sarah Hudi and Megha Pratapwar.
“Battle of the Books is an outstanding program that centers from start to finish on reading and it serves an age group that is often difficult to reach. We’ve also been fortunate recruiting many former team members each year as assistant coaches. That brings together a group of teens from middle school through high school, the older mentoring the younger in a competitive environment where we relentlessly stress cooperation, support, and encouragement,” said David Fairlie, Battle of the Books Coach and Clarence Librarian.
The Battle of the Books team is also assisted by Donna Fairlie, and the Clarence Library Director of Monica Mooney.