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NEWS                                                                                       Walnut Valley Unified School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       880 S. Lemon Avenue

March 16, 2016                                                                         Walnut, CA 91789



Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204


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Castle Rock hosts Oscar ceremony for favorite books

DIAMOND BAR, CA--Castle Rock Elementary students walked the red carpet at their very own Academy Awards.

Fifth graders hosted a Hollywood-style awards show for their favorite books, authors, series, illustrators, and more during the annual Oscars for Books, coined the “B’Oscars.”

Parents lined the walkway like proud paparazzi clapping and snapping photos as honorees entered the Diamond Bar High School theatre.

Classmates costumed as the winning characters and bookish peeps took to the stage to accept the tiny gold statues in twelve categories.

“The B’Oscars is such a fantastic way to excite not only our 5th grade students but our entire school with the love of reading.  They can’t wait to hear who the winners are!” said Principal Dr. Resma Byrne.

Each class nominated five books in each category in preparation for the celebration of reading.

Teacher Jorge Arauz combined all the submissions and organized the student voting.

During the March 3 event, four students wearing black suits and sunglasses focused on keeping security tight as they delivered top-secret winning names on stage. 

“Reading at Castle Rock means a lot to all students. It is a passport to distant lands!” said 5th grader Rachel Yang.

All students in the show auditioned for their roles as presenters and book characters and wrote clever descriptions and comments to deliver on stage.

Costumed nominees, including the 3 Little Pigs and Dumb Bunnies in Best Fairytale and Picture Book categories, sat in the first rows of the audience hoping to hear their name announced.  

“And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for - drum role please!” the presenters said.

The eager readers took the cue to pound hands on their thighs in anticipation.

“What I love about the B’Oscars is how it transforms reading for every single student!” said teacher Julie McClain.  “Even if they weren’t up on stage, students were all rooting for their favorite book to win. This event encourages the whole grade level to read the books and authors that were nominated.”

Characters Pippi Longstocking, Annabeth Chase, Amy Cahill, Hermione Granger, and Ramona were nominated in the Best Female Protagonist category,

“Ramona Quimby is anxious, curious, and tends to annoy people. You’ve got to love the little pest!” said Charlene Hsu.

Students costumed as famed wizards Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Lord Voldemort, and author J.K. Rowling thanked the audience for voting them the winners in the Best Series category.  Detailed book summaries were shown during commercial breaks.

In the Male Protagonist category, the Castle Rock students voted for their favorite “good guy” characters including heroes Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Leo Valdez.

“I’d like to thank my author for inventing my exciting character!” said winning character Percy Jackson, played by Jeffrey Wang.

The thrilling quests detailed in Rick Riordan’s books sealed the award for Best Author.

“The sense of adventure really kept the stories going! When I was a teacher, I never thought all of this would be possible!” said student Nathan Tok posing as the author.

The audience screamed in delight when Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief was named Best Book.

“I want to eat some enchiladas!” announced Hagen White playing the part of Percy Jackson’s quirky vegetarian best friend, Grover Underwood. “You never know when you’ll need food!”

The B’Oscars is the action plan for the IB School program of inquiry “How we express ourselves” with the central idea “Tales that have been with us since the beginning of mankind.”

Students now hope to stock the school library with their favorite titles.

“Our book drive is important because we need new books so children can have more imagination,” said 5th grader Charleen Chen.


And the winner is…! Castle Rock 5th graders name Harry Potter as their favorite series during the B’Oscars. Shown: Dana Yang, Alex Wei, Hogan Park, Kaitlyn Michaud, Madailein Daza, Kaitlyn Michaud, Shawn Kim

Castle Rock Elementary 5th  graders presented awards for their favorite books at the B’Oscars. Shown: Julienne Uy and Dana Yang announce nominees in Best Series category. 

The character Medusa won in the Best Female Antagonist category, played by Janice Sim. 

The Dumb Bunnies, portrayed by Tayla Maggelet and Giselle Yeh, won for Best Picture Book

Adventures in Wonderland won for Best Classic Book during Castle Rock Elementary’s B’Oscars. Shown: Students Natalie Schaffer and Jolie Escalante accept the gold award