March 27, 2019
Farney Elementary School won the Name That Book competition on March 26 at the Berry Center. Pictured are librarian Allison Sykes (left) and fifth-grade students Emily Nguyen, James Dai, Jorja Mackey, Katherine Tiangco, Samantha Cazini and Selina Zhang. Joining them in celebration is Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, who served as cue caller for the competition.
March 27, 2019—Farney Elementary School won the annual Name That Book competition, held March 26 at the Berry Center.
Coached by Farney Librarian Allison Sykes, the team was comprised of fifth-grade students Emily Nguyen, James Dai, Jorja Mackey, Katherine Tiangco, Samantha Cazini and Selina Zhang.
The win was Farney’s second in competition history. The school also won in 2015 to go with regional titles in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Parents and supporters watch the Name That Book final district competition March 26 at the Berry Center auditorium. The competition began with teams from 46 elementary schools divided into seven regions. The regional winners competed then advance to the district contest with Farney Elementary School winning the competition.
The competition began with a regional format, with 46 teams throughout the district facing a series of questions giving clues about different books and being asked to “Name That Book.” Seven teams were crowned regional champions and moved on to the Name That Book finals: Bang, Birkes, Farney, Horne, Keith, Swenke and Rennell elementary schools.
“I am so proud of these students and their hard work paid off,” Sykes said. “Many of the team members have been a part of Name That Book since third grade. This was absolutely a team effort with each student reading many of the books on the list all year long. Their determination and dedication is very impressive. It was a joy to help grow them as a team by practicing the clues with them.”
The mission of the Name That Book program is to foster lifelong reading by all third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. The students are provided a list of books and encouraged to read as many as possible, and the program culminates with a series of contests to celebrate the students’ knowledge of the books.
Tonya Stanton, Kirk Elementary School librarian, emceed the Name That Book final District competition March 26 at the Berry Center, a role designated for the librarian from the previous year’s winning team.
“Name That Book is an incredible competition that fosters a deep love of reading,” Sykes said. “It exposes students to a wide variety of genres they may never pick up otherwise. CFISD librarians work very hard to select the highest quality books for the list, and the books end up being the students’ favorite from the year."
Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, asked questions to the teams in the finals. Judges included Dianne Meyer, Mackin representative and retired CFISD teacher and librarian; Phil Bildner, award-winning author; Ruth Wiesmann, retired CFISD librarian; and Julie Lenk, Black Elementary School librarian. The timekeeper was Diane Garland, assistant director of curriculum and instruction. The microphone specialist was Debbie Hall, Hoover Elementary School librarian.
Ault Elementary School fifth-grade student Kate Walters gives her team’s answer during the Name That Book regional competition. The contest began with 46 elementary schools divided into seven regions, with those competitions spread throughout the Berry Center.
Farney Elementary School students celebrate the school’s win at the Name That Book competition March 26 at the Berry Center.