Back in the days before Wii and Playstation, and even before Atari and Coleco, children used to play games that had nothing to do with the television.
One of those old classic games was marbles, and last month fifth graders at the Ramtown School held their annual tournament in the classic battle of wits.
The tournament was held after reading a story called "The Marble Champ," and followed in a tradition that started back in 1999 with the work of former teacher Rich McCabe.
With so much history, the students look forward to not only doing their best, but also representing their class for ultimate bragging rights. Each class entered two competitors into the field, with the winner of the first four matches advancing to the next round. In the end, the finals came down to a best two out of three championship battle.
Julia Palmieri and Nicholas Lupo represented Mrs. Crowe's class, while Brandon Downey and Nayomi Santos were selected to compete for Mrs. Donley's class. The field was rounded out by Gloria Abbas-Zadeh and Matt Candiotti from Ms. Rinaldi's class and Nathan Lee and Barbara Podvorchani from Mr. Harvey's room.
In the end it came down to Palmieri and Santos. The pride of Mrs. Crowe's class against the best shooter from Mrs. Donley's class. And by the time the match was over Palmieri brought home the title for her class on a very eventful Friday.