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Fifth graders across the Pikes Peak Region compete in the Battle of the Books

Posted at 4:52 PM, Apr 27, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Fifth graders competed in the Pikes Peak Annual Battle of the Books competition Thursday morning.

76 schools had teams of 5 students who collectively read 40 books.

Students then competed in 3 rounds of competition where they were asked questions about the books they read. This year, they had over 600 students participate. It was more than a competition for some students and a way to have fun while learning.

"A lot of the books I really enjoyed and had a really good meaning. And, also because, so that, it can help me with my reading," said Olivia Frei a student participating in the competition.

Below are the results of the competition:

  • 1st place: Douglas Valley Elementary School - 270 points
  • 2nd place: two-way tie: Discovery Canyon Campus Elementary School Team 1 and Broadmoor Elementary School Team 2 - 260 points
  • 3rd place: two-way tie: Explorer Elementary School Team 1 and Mountain View Elementary School Team 1 - 250 points.

The total points possible was 300 points because. Each team was asked 10 questions per round, each question was worth 10 points.
Each team bore a different colored shirt with a hand-drawn design submitted by a student for the competition.

"If one kid reads one more book than they otherwise would have read, we consider we've been a success," says Jane Broeckelman, Battle of the Books executive committee member.

The organization says this competition is meant to foster a love for reading and an appreciation for different genres.
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