April 12, 2021
Rennell Elementary School won its third Name That Book competition during the March 30 virtual contest. Pictured, from left, are Librarian Joel Palomares and third grade students Jillian McKnight, Kaitlyn Fry, Cameron Westhaver, Ogo Otteh, Chloe Nguyen and Olivia Truong.
April 12, 2021—Students from Rennell Elementary School won the school’s third Name That Book title during the March 30 virtual contest.
The team, coached by Rennell Librarian Joel Palomares and comprised of students Kaitlyn Fry, Jillian McKnight, Chloe Nguyen, Ogo Otteh, Olivia Truong and Cameron Westhaver, is the first team comprised of third grade students from Rennell to win a CFISD and region title.
The competition began with a regional format, featuring 17 teams throughout the district facing a series of questions giving clues about different books and being asked to “Name That Book.” Six teams moved on to the Name That Book finals: Gleason, A. Robison, Millsap, Birkes, Black and Rennell elementary schools.
Rennell won the competition by correctly naming the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Birkes and Black elementary schools tied for second place.
“I am so proud of our soaring young Redhawk readers,” Palomares said. “They have proven that if you work hard, read often and listen to each other respectfully with love, you can achieve your goals and make history! What a team!”
Roy Garcia, associate superintendent of school administration and leadership development, asked the questions to the teams in the district round. Judges included Elizabeth Budnek, Keith Elementary School librarian; Terrie Schexnaider, Cypress Woods High School librarian; Megan Casas, Lamkin Elementary School librarian; Sally Low, Walker Elementary School librarian; Jennifer Lucas, Hamilton Elementary School librarian; and Paula Baiamonte, M. Robinson Elementary School librarian.
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. The program culminates with a series of contests to celebrate the students’ knowledge of the books.