Seward Bookworms Rule

By Heidi Zemach for SCN

Third and Fourth grade winners take 1st place in district contest: Max Pfeiffenberger, Kylie Mullaly, Lucy Hankins, Sam Koster (Seward El photo credit)

Third and Fourth grade winners take 1st place in district contest: Max Pfeiffenberger, Kylie Mullaly, Lucy Hankins, Sam Koster (Seward El photo credit)

We’ve got some enthusiastic young bookworms in Seward. Although some may prefer to sit in a corner reading to running around the gym to the applause of adoring fans, they’re getting some recognition for their passion.

A team of Seward Elementary School third and fourth graders placed first in the district in the Battle of the Books competition Feb 1st and 6th. Team members were Max Pfeiffenberger, Kylie Mullaly, Lucy Hankins and Sam Koster.  A fifth and sixth grade team of school winners place third in the district competition. They were Ian Beals, Karl Pfeiffenberger and Meghan Mullaly. Their coach was Susan Pfeiffenberger.

The third and fourth grade team will go on to compete in the state competition Feb 28th.



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A team of Seward High School students took second place in the district in their own Battle of The Books competition. Incidentally, some of those team members also took part in the Drama Debate and Forensics team competition and the Alaska Tsunami National Ocean Science Bowl team competition.

 5-6-grade-school-team winners, who took 3rd-place-in-the district-competion: Ian-Beals-Karl-Pfeiffenberger-Meghan-Mullaly.jpg


5-6-grade-school-team winners, who took 3rd-place-in-the district-competion: Ian-Beals-Karl-Pfeiffenberger-Meghan-Mullaly.(Seward El photo credit)

The contest is a statewide Alaskan reading motivation and comprehension program, sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. Its goals are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden their reading interests, increase comprehension, and promote academic excellence.

Lists of books are chosen for each grade level, and questions are written about the contents of those books. The students are quizzed in teams of three on a variety of things including the author’s name, the character’s names, the pets they may have, the storyline, or contents of the room in which things various events place.

At Seward El, the students read all the books during the first half of the school year. Then they form teams in December and practice at school during January, Pfeiffenberger said. There’s a school wide battle for each grade at the end of January, and the winners of the school matches comete in a quiz show format via teleconference with other schools in the district. Seward’s district battles were on Feb 1st and 6th.
The 3-4th grade team will compete in the state contest Feb 28th via teleconference. We wish them the best of luck. Thanks to everybody who participated and enjoyed reading some great books.

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One Comment

  1. Congratulations to both teams!