Gilson Middle School held its first district Battle of the Books competition in over a decade on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Twelve readers made up the 3 competing teams, and the competition was fierce. The Battle of the Books is a statewide Alaskan reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence.
Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of not more than three students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a “quiz show” format. Questions begin with the words “In which book…” so that the answer will always be a title and author.
GMS students Caleb Macpherson, Blake Morrison, Kyle Henderson, Cameron Bowden, Kylie Arland, Layla McAtee, Marshall Lewis, Catherine Porritt, Ashlee Schaeffer, Chloe Miller , Alexander Britton and Blue Dunsworth competed.
Our winning team was the Koala Bear Exterminators: Blake Morrison, Caleb MacPherson, Cameron Bowden and Kyle Henderson. They will be heading to the State Battle in February.