Oaks Take Some Top Honors at 2019 Friends of Norfolk Public Library Book Review

For several years running, Norfolk Collegiate students received top honors in the Friends of Norfolk Public Library (FNPL) 2019 Book Review Contest, and this year was no different.

The FNPL's goal is to organize, strengthen and encourage public support for the Norfolk Public Library and enrich the total resources and facilities of the library, including raising money for new books and funding special events like the Summer Reading Program.

Each year, the contest receives submissions from students in Grades 4 through 12 in public and private school and those who are homeschooled. Last year, the contest saw more than 1,700 book reviews.

Michael Polsinelli ’23 was among the award winners (see below), but his award came as a surprise.

“I thought I was just turning in a book review for a class assignment, so it was a pleasant surprise when I won an award!” he said. “I did my review on ‘The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy’ because it had all the elements I love: dark humor, science fiction and satire.”

Collegiate’s 2019 winners include:

Grade 5

  • Atharv Deshpande - First Place

Grade 8

  • Evan Lewellyn - First Place

  • Logan Reed - Second Place

  • Michael Polsinelli - Third Place

Grade 9

  • Aria Lawrence - Third Place