SEA GIRT, NJ — What’s a little competition among sending districts? For six Belmar Elementary School students, it was a whole lot of fun.

In the first-ever Battle of the Sending Districts on May 28, the Belmar team was up against six other neighboring elementary schools — Sea Girt, which hosted the event, Brielle, H.W. Mountz in Spring Lake, Manasquan, Spring Lake Heights and Avon-by-the Sea.

Each group put their team-building and communication skills to the test in five different activities involving either physical or mental agility, culminating with a showcase of their musical ability.

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BES sixth-graders Emma Preston and Sydnie Chek, seventh-graders Jack Preston and Bradford Ringer and eighth-graders Tyler Lisko and Ethan Miller gave it their all, placing first on the field in a three-legged race and also in a game of Kahoo, answering questions on a wide variety of school subjects.

But when the group took the stage for the final lip sync battle, they came up a bit short with their performance of “Me!” by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, missing an overall third-place finish by a mere couple of points.

“They had fun dancing in the gym (during the lip sync finale) and ended with a bang when they pulled the strings of their confetti poppers,” said Madeline Goldstein, the school’s interim media specialist, who accompanied the group. “All of them did a great job and made me and Belmar Elementary School proud.”

In the inaugural Batle of the Sending Districts, the following schools scored the most points to earn top honors:
First: Sea Girt
Second: Manasquan
Third:  Brielle


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