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Community Spotlight
Posted 04/10/2017 11:39AM

Featuring Jennifer Handford

Battle of the Books

By General John Fairfield

Wakefield Lower School Team ties for 1st place in Fauquier County

On April 5th, all 13 Fauquier County elementary school teams assembled at Liberty High School for the final showdown. The combined teams had read more than 1,600 books over the past year to get to this stage! The preparation had been intense for our Wakefield team, including weekly meetings and a one book per week schedule. Six fourth graders and one fifth grader had read and been quizzed on the 20 books to prepare for this final event. After 90 minutes of intense questioning, our Wakefield Owls and Claude Thompson elementary school had PERFECT scores at the end of regulation. The judges called for a three question shoot out and both teams again tied during this overtime round. The judges declared both to be winners. Congratulations to Natalie Handford, Neima Kalley, Darcy Marcoux, Amanda Wilhelm, Emily Kim, Maclain Conlin and Brandon Rutherford for their enthusiasm, love of books, and demonstrated manners. Our team was the first to offer a handshake to the other winning team – Wakefield courtesies in action!

None of this would have been possible without volunteer engagement. This is the third year that Wakefield parent, Jennifer Handford, has coached our BOB teams. Her middle school teams won first place in 2015 and 2016 and now her lower school team has repeated this winning tradition. Thank you Jennifer, ably assisted by Wakefield teacher Meg Reedy, and third grade parent Lorraine Kennedy, for instilling the passion for literature that is a Wakefield hallmark. Fauquier County schools have been participating in Battle of the Books for 40 years. Additional parent volunteers are always welcome and appreciated as we hope to inspire many others to compete in future years and continue the legacy that Jennifer's teams have achieved.


There are many ways that people in our community volunteer at Wakefield and we want to recognize each one of them! Please send us your recommendation for the Community Spotlight, including what they are doing as a volunteer, a quote concerning their efforts and accomplishments, and a photograph of that person in action to We look forward to highlighting as many of these remarkable members of our community as possible!

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