Several area students were on winning teams at the 2014 Battle of the Books last Saturday. About 350 students and 62 teams registered for the event.

The annual New Mexico Battle of the Books competition is designed for elementary- and middle school-aged students who enjoy reading, having fun and demonstrating their knowledge of books.

Photos Courtesy of Karen Murphy


1st place-Team 16E (399 points)
Hayden Menges-East Picacho Elementary
Kayla Ayala-Tularosa Intermediate School
Marcia Herrero Bayard Elementary
Trayden Allred-Harrison Scmitt Elementary
Alannah Trujillo-Amy Biehl Community School
Valeria Parras-Riverside Elementary
Autumn Castaneda-Amy Biehl Community School
Emma Greenwood-Peralta Elementary

2nd place-Team 1E (364 points)
Joshua Martinez-Vado Elementary
Kylie Murdock-J. Paul Taylor Academy
Julie Mason-J. Paul Taylor Academy
Mariah Grimm-Dexter Elementary School Library
Dexter Elementary School Library
Sean Roach-Tularosa Intermediate School

3rd place-Team 28E (358)
Andrew Watson-Aspen Elementary
Jacob Rydecki-Sonoma Elementary
Della Olberding-Sonoma Elementary
Alyssa Morales-Santa Teresa Elementary
Jessica Cordero-Santa Teresa Elementary
Hannah Leugers-Amy Biehl Community School
Guinnevere Phelps-Amy Biehl Community School

Middle School

1st place-Team 13M (322 points)
Evanie Foster-Mountain View Middle School
Raquel Trevizo-Dexter Middle School Library
Gavin Wakefield-New Mexico Virtual Academy
Detroit Kallunki-Sieerra Middle School
Jordyn Woodburn-Pensaco School

2nd Place-Team 12M (308 points)
Marie Genar-Penasaco School
Nehemiah Martinez-DeVargas Middle School
Bryana Munoz-Dexter Middle School Library
Jordan Patterson-New Mexico Virtual Academy

3rd Place (a tie) 299 points
Team 19
Connie Pacheco-Sierra Middle School
Fernanda Marquez-DeVargas Middle School
Shelby Emmons-Mountainair Middle School
Allison Barnes-La Plata Middle School

Team 5
Cypress Zellers-New Mexico Virtual Academy
Richard Meeks-Dexter Town Library
Milton Garica-Chaparral Middle School
Gideon Kuykendall-C.C.Snell Middle School


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