Clinton Middle School participates in first Battle of the Books


Members of the Clinton Central School sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed in Richfield Springs for Battle of The Books on March 27.

The sixth grade team consisted of Georgia Deep and Eva Gaetano; seventh grade Isla McCullough, Oliver Walters, Isidor Marcus and Landon Stilz; and eighth grade Karina Davis.

Battle of The Books is a literary competition where students are quizzed on the content of selected books. Although teams can have more than four members, only four can compete at a time. Each member has read the same 20 assigned books. 

At the competition, two teams at a time go up and judges read quotes from the books. If one of the contestants knows what book it’s from, they can press a buzzer. They earn one point for every right answer and lose one point for every wrong answer. Two points can either be awarded or taken away per quote: one point for the author and one point for the title. When someone buzzes in, they can pass if it was a mistake.

All six teams competed in five scored preliminary rounds. The two teams with the most points competed against each other at the end of the competition. The winner of that then went on to the local competition.

Clinton competed against Richfield Springs, Holland Patent, Mount Markham, Dolgeville and Waterville. Clinton and Holland Patent were the top scorers in the preliminary rounds. In the final round for the local competition, Clinton won 42 points to 27 points, and advanced to the regional competition. 

The Clinton Central School team traveled to Albany on April 18. The school won second place in the regionals, 18-15, only three points behind the winning Oneonta team. Gloversville, the other team competing, came in third. Students listened to author Joseph Bruchac speak and also received a tour around the New York State Museum.

It was Clinton Central School’s first time competing in The Battle of The Books and plans are already in the works to participate in the regional competition next school year.


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