Hazelwood Elementary students win Battle of the Books competition

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Hazelwood Elementary students Abby Madsen, Devonney Helgesen, Ritika Khanal and Audrey Paynich (left to right) won the Edmonds School District’s Battle of the Books competition.

Hazelwood Elementary won the annual Edmonds School District Battle of the Books competition last week at Meadowdale Elementary School.

The competition featured about 120 students from 15 schools in the Edmonds School District. The top two teams from each school had to read 18 books and answer trivia questions.

Hazelwood Elementary team members were Abby Madsen, Devonney Helgesen, Ritika Khanal and Audrey Paynich. Khanal is blind, and Paynich is visually impaired. Khanal did all of the reading using Braille and audio books.

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