Rye Neck Middle School students in Cathy Toolan’s eighth-grade English classes held their annual Literary March Madness. Each student nominated his or her favorite book and defended it against other books in class.

Once in the Final Four, students’ written defenses were presented to the teachers for final votes. This year’s winner was eighth-grader Sophia Gennusa, who defended author R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder,” outperforming 63 other students and their books.

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