MONTCLAIR, NJ — Heritage Middle School’s (HMS) Alex Simon brought home the first-place trophy, Anna Weiner earned third place and the Livingston team as a whole took second when the Livingston GT/Schoolwide Enrichment department recently hosted the Essex County tournament for Forensics Interpretive Reading.

Helping the HMS team win the second-place team trophy were Sydney Leigh, Nidhi Gosalia, Zoe Parrott and Tripta Dhaliwal.

Students from Livingston, Millburn, Bloomfield, Nutley, Caldwell/West Caldwell, West Essex participated in this event, which was held at Montclair State University.

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Students were exposed to literature from Jon Scieszka to Edgar Allan Poe. All readers walked onto campus ready to interpret their text selections.

They presented their pieces and were scored on their interpretation. In the tabulation room, the top five scorers at each level—junior varsity (grade six), and varsity (grades seven and eight)—were calculated, and these readers moved on to the finals. At the end of the tournament, all students were able to watch the finalists and take part in the trophy ceremony.

Livingston Public Schools said the tournament was rewarding for all involved.