The Midway Middle School “Quarkbeasts” defeated 42 other middle schools in Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12’s 2015 Battle of the Books. They earned more than 50 points, and as champions, were awarded medals, gift cards to Barnes & Noble and one complete set of the next year’s Lone Star books for their school’s library.
Troy ISD’s Raymond Mays Middle School came in second place with 48 points, and China Spring Intermediate came in a close third with 47 points.
Students competed by complete book and quote identification along with short answer, multiple choice and true/false questions to test their knowledge and comprehension of the 20 books on the 2014 Lone Star Reading List.
“The children were incredible,” said Gina Pasisis, Director of General Education Services at ESC Region 12. “Reading 20 books is a huge commitment, but they were so heavily invested in it. There was 100 percent engagement in that room.”
Tables around the gym were decorated with signs designed by the teams. Killeen ISD’s Charles E. Patterson Middle School “Princesses” won the poster contest for their imaginative blue and gold dragon illustration.
The key to winning, according to Pasisis, was working collaboratively and thinking critically.
“They challenged the answers,” she said. “We actually had to change a few because they brought up some good challenges. The children were appropriate, professional, and they demonstrated great sportsmanship.”