Ute Wilkinson from Westwwod High School-Senior Campus took some videos from the final battle. Check out the tie-breaker portion of the evening!
The Final Battle is over – now get set for the Ultimate Battle.
Just like the Canadiens have been going into break-the-tie shootouts during the battle against the Ottawa Senators, the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s 2015 Final Battle of the Books ended its regular run in a 102-to-102 tie between Macdonald and St. Thomas High Schools.
And in an exciting and tension-filled overtime finish in front of a crowd of parents and friends – at which CBC Homerun host Sue Smith was the special guest moderator – the St. Thomas team took away the title of winners of the Final Battle of the Books.
But now comes the Ultimate Battle. On Thursday (April 23), the team from St. Thomas will go up against the winning Final Battle teams from the Trafalgar School for Girls of the Quebec Association of Independent Schools and – for the first time, the English Montreal School Board which will send in a team from Lauren Hill Academy.
CJAD’s Trudie Mason and author Monique Polak – whose book, Straight Punch, is one of the 14 books read for this year’s competition – will be special guest moderators at the April 23 Ultimate Battle of the Books which takes place at the school board..
Battle of the Books is a competition at which teams from different high schools compete against each other to see who knows their books best. Students reply to questions in both regular and lightning rounds from 14 books selected earlier in the school year.
This year’s Final Battle saw teams from four high schools – St. Thomas, Macdonald, Westwood Jr. and last year’s winners in the Final and Ultimate Final, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School – vying to take the title.
Caroline Pye, St. Thomas librarian and team coach, said the team’s victory was the result of a lot of practice sessions. “Our hard work paid off,” she said.
William Pugsley, a grade 9 student on the St. Thomas team, said he joined the team at the urging of his friends. “It’s been very interesting,” he said as his fellow teammates – Angela Engson, Fatma ElGeneidy, Kiara Lancing, Madeline Mugridge and Emilia Silvestre – chatted excitedly about the game.
Angela Engson, a grade 9 student on the St. Thomas team, said the April 16 event was her second try in the Final Battle of the Books.
“We’re all nervous at first, but once it starts, we all get into it,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
The Ulimate Battle of the Books takes place at 7 p.m. on April 23 at the LBPSB, 1925 Brookdale in Dorval.
Submitted by Alycia Ambroziak from LBPSB Communications