February 28, 2017
Rennell Elementary School won the Name That Book competition for the second consecutive year on Feb. 27 at the Berry Center. Pictured, from left, are Librarian Joel Palomares and fourth-grade students Megan Nguyen, Addy Nguyen, Emma Qian, Ben Foley, Keira Mai and Jake Foley.
Feb. 28, 2017—Students from Rennell Elementary School successfully defended the school’s Name That Book championship from 2016, winning the 2017 contest on Feb. 27 at the Berry Center.
Coached by Rennell Librarian Joel Palomares, the team was comprised of fourth-grade students Ben Foley, Jake Foley, Keira Mai, Addy Nguyen, Megan Nguyen and Emma Qian.
The competition began with a regional format, featuring 47 teams throughout the district facing a series of questions giving clues about different books and being asked to “Name That Book.” Seven teams moved on to the Name That Book finals: Farney, McFee, Duryea, Birkes, Matzke, Rennell and Swenke elementary schools.
Rennell won the competition by correctly naming the book The Show Must Go On by Kate Klise.
Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, asks questions to Name That Book contestants in the event finals on Feb. 27 in the Berry Center theater.
“All of the Rennell Elementary family is proud to celebrate our 2016-2017 Name That Book District champions,” Palomares said. “They showed that hard work, great reading skills and amazing sportsmanship lead you to victory! We are so proud of each of you! We’d also like to thank the Rennell Redhawk dance team and Cypress Ranch High School ensemble for providing a great spirited support for all our contestants at the event! We truly believe when you read, you win!”
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 with 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.
Students from Duryea Elementary School respond to questions in the 2017 Name That Book contest on Feb. 27 at the Berry Center.
Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, asked the questions to the teams in the finals. Judges included Dianne Meyer, Mackin representative and retired CFISD teacher and librarian; Diane Garland, assistant director of curriculum and instruction; Jackie Mims Hopkins, children’s author; Karen Wetzig, Lee Elementary School librarian and Name That Book committee chairperson; and Pattie Lane, Tipps Elementary School librarian. The microphone specialist was Connie Kelley, Kahla Middle School librarian.
Rennell fourth-grade students show excitement after receiving the first-place trophy in the annual Name That Book contest on Feb. 27 at the Berry Center.