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January 28, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Third/Fourth Grades' Battle of the Books was a "nail biter" to the very end - with a three-way tie at the end of 16 questions. Point Higgins, Tongass School of Arts & Sciences, and Fawn Mountain Elementary teams each had 96 points.

jpg Battle of the Books Teams

Battle of the Books Teams
Photograph by Kathy Paulson

During the "sudden death", teams only had 15 SECONDS to discuss, decide and write an answer. Point Higgins was eliminated at the third tie-breaker question. Tongass School of Arts & Sciences and Fawn Mountain went to the 4th tie-breaker question, Tongass School team won! It was tense. It was exciting. There were extremely good challenges!!! CONGRATULATIONS to Tongass School!

FIRST PLACE: Tongass School of Arts and Sciences
SECOND PLACE: Fawn Mountain
THIRD PLACE: Point Higgins
FOURTH PLACE: Houghtaling

Another exciting battle with great challenges was the Fifth/Sixth Grades' Battle of the Books. Scores were close at half-time with Fawn Mountain and Houghtaling "neck to neck" - one question difference in scores which is 8 points. Fawn Mountain's team surged forward getting all eight questions correct in the second half. Houghtaling and Tongass School of Arts & Science team showed great thinking and determination and were awarded points for challenges in the second half - but it wasn't enough to take the lead.

FIRST PLACE: Fawn Mountain
SECOND PLACE: Houghtaling and Tongass School
THIRD PLACE: Point Higgins

The City Battle of the Books was scheduled for Tuesday night at Ketchikan High School.


Roxanne Abajian serves as the Ketchikan Gateway
Borough School District's Battle of Books Coordinator


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