Story last updated at 2/20/2013 - 2:02 pm
In three days of hard fought battles, well-read students in the Southeast Island School District (SISD) competed in the annual Battle of the Books competition sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians.
Beginning Feb. 4, each grade division from seven schools - Coffman Cove, Edna Bay, Hollis, Kasaan, Naukati, Thorne Bay and Whale Pass - simultaneously answered questions through an audio conference program, based on selected books the children had all read, in a "quiz show" format contest.
Thorne Bay fifth-grader David Vasquez had read at least a dozen books while in school and at home to take part in the contest.
"I liked reading the books and the battle was fun," Vasquez said, adding that his team had won first place but with challenging competition.
With the exception of first and second graders, first place winners will go on to compete statewide, beginning on Feb. 25, in a similar audio conference. At the end of the battles, a pool and pizza party is planned for all SISD BOB participants.
Results for SISD Battle of the Books:
1st/2nd Grade Division
1st Place - Team Awesome Readers (152 pts): Sammie Hughes, Emily Duffield, Jordan McCormick - Thorne Bay - Coach Kathy Shirley
2nd Place (3-way tie) - Team Mighty Kittens (136 pts): Avery Nelson, Belle Nelson, Julia Nelson, Kaylei Trussell - Kasaan - Coach Ryan Nelson;
Team Astro (136 pts): Edna Bay students;
Team Mystery Girls (136 pts): Sophia Martin, Monica Seubert, Kyleigh McCoy - Thorne Bay - Coach Kathy Shirley
3rd Place - Team Angry Bird Brains (112 pts): Johnny McCormick, Tryston Quigley, Quintin McCormick - Thorne Bay - Coach Kathy Shirley
4th Place - Team Dynamite Bulls (84 pts): Harley Deniger-Loud, Haden Nelson - Thorne Bay - Coach Kathy Shirley
3rd/4th Grade Division
1st Place - Team Ice Dragons (104 pts): Dylan Nelson, Cathryn McCormick, Jakob Nelson - Thorne Bay - Coach Joel Jenson
2nd Place (2-way tie) - Team Mighty Midgets (80 pts): Lyric Davenport-Adkison, Myles, Kimejoe Lambeth - Hollis - Coach Julie Vasquez;
Team Blue Puppies (80 pts): Keelie Vaughn, Jonathan Duffield, Grace Lacour -Thorne Bay - Coach Joel Jenson
3rd Place - Team Red (72 pts): Kaden Hoover - Naukati - Coach Kim Hoover
4th Place - Team Chuckles (66 pts): Oaklee Hughes, Charlie King - Howard Valentine - Coach Chrissy Hull
5th Place - Team Snow Huskies (64 pts): Josh Hayes, Emily Lane, Hailey McCormick - Thorne Bay - Joel Jenson
6th Place - Team Whale Pass Princesses (40 pts): Addie Gunkel, Brodie Gardner, Alana Parsley - Whale Pass - Coach Christine Cook
5th/6th Grade Division
1st Place - Team Unknowns (88 pts): Liz Hughes, David Vazquez, Sasha Searle, Ethan Brigham - Thorne Bay - Coach Elgin Cook
2nd Place - Team Northern Knights (80 pts): Jacob Fisher, Payton Cottrell, Donny Savage, Ian Nelson - Kasaan - Coach Ryan Nelson
3rd Place - Team Lorax (77 pts): Edna Bay Students - Coach Mack McDaniel
4th Place - Team Bazinga (24 pts): Hunter Hughes, Kali Hedges, Nevon Yockey - Howard Valentine - Coach Chrissy Hull
7th/8th Grade Division
1st Place - Team Wolf Pack (112 pts): Sheila Carter, Ivan Carter, Devon Rusher, Brittany Hughes - Howard Valentine - Coach Chrissy Hull
2nd Place - Team Ga'Hoole (104 pts): Edna Bay students - Coach Mack McDaniel
3rd Place (2-way tie) - Team The Beast (64 pts): Warren Schafer - Hollis - Coach Julie Vasquez;
Team Rainbow Gummy Bears (64 pts): Emma Hammond, Jessie Brookins - Naukati - Coach Kim Hoover