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KRS students compete in Battle of the Books

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March 30, 2016 —
Could you answer an intricate plot question about any of ten books in fewer than 20 seconds? These Kensington students probably have you beat! William Wilson, Natalia Steves, and Mason MacDougall showed their strength in the WSWHE Battle of the Books on March 14th at Skidmore College.

“Over the past five months the students read ten books selected by the Battle of the Books committee,” says Library Media Specialist Greg Camelo. “All fourth graders read the same books, and questions were developed from these books.”

“The teams have tested themselves on every kind of detail imaginable, from the plot to the dedication,” explains the WSWHE BOCES organizers. “During the competition, they have 20 seconds to answer a recall question, responding in the form of author and title. There are 32 questions per round.”

Mr. Camelo—who coached the KRS team of enrichment students with Library Technology Assistant Lydia Aitcheson—reported that in Round 1 of the competition, the KRS team came out ahead, winning against Queensbury in sudden death. In Round 2, the team lost to St. Mary's/St. Alphonsus in sudden death, but would have moved on to the finals with a win.

“William, Natalia, and Mason did an excellent job,” said Mr. Camelo. “They were good sports and worked as a team! We are very proud of them here at KRS!”.