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Students on the Lone Tree Elementary Battle of the Books team had been reading and studying for months leading up to the recent round of competition, held at the Lone Tree library Feb.1. Their efforts paid off when they not only answered every question correctly in the bowl-style competition, but also scored extra points for “stealing” three questions from the other team, when they answered them incorrectly.
“They worked really hard, and they answered every question correctly, plus points for steals,” said Tina Jewell, who works in the library at the school, and whose son Luke competed on the team.
The team of five students said they came prepared, with both team and individual strategies. Team members Luke Jewell, Jadon Crawford, Isabelle Moss and Jordan Iseri said they read all of the 10 books on the reading list, and paid close attention to as many details as they could.
Student Zachary Lazarus took a different approach to studying for the challenge, which poses trivia questions to the teams about the 10 books on the reading list. Questions can be as trivial as what color a character's room is.
“I read two books eight times,” said Zachary. “I read `I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871' and `Brixton Brothers The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity.' ”
Miles Isinger said he focused on several books, paying extra attention, but also relied on his teammates for support.
“I really paid attention to some of the books,” Miles said about his strategy. “And having my teammates help me too.”
The Battle of the books is sponsored by Douglas County Libraries, and includes 46 schools within the district. Third- and fourth-graders are assigned a list of 10 books, and fifth- and sixth-graders are assigned a separate list. Schools begin assembling teams in the fall, and began battling it out with other schools last month, narrowing the number of teams down to compete in the district-wide battle March 14 at the PACE center.
Kerri Morgan, department head, special events for Douglas County Libraries, said the event offers students who are not athletic or physically competitive a chance to be part of a team and excel.
“We try really hard to make sure the book list is representative of different reading levels. You don't necessarily have to be a super reader to participate,” said Morgan. “The titles are available in various formats, so you can listen to books on CD if you're not a strong reader.”
Lone Tree's victory bolstered the team's confidence, but they still have to advance to the district-wide battle in March.
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