By Nicole Baker
In a suspense-filled, sudden-death overtime, Stebbins Middle School Team 2 won first place at the District level Battle of the Books! Seventh graders Jeri Dan and Leo Mike went head-to-head with Koyuk’s middle school team for three rounds in a nail-biting throw down and won!
For the first time in recent history, Stebbins sent two middle school teams to the Battle finals. Team 1’s seventh graders Gregory Paul, Gunnar Pete, and McGrady Pete beat out their competitors in the main battle and advanced, along with Diomede, Koyuk and Stebbins Team 2, to the Battle finals on Tuesday afternoon.
Kudos goes to Battle Coach Christine Foster for her fine work preparing both middle school teams.
As the Bering Strait School District champions, Team 2’s Leo and Jeri will go on to represent Tukurngailnguq School and BSSD in the state competition in Anchorage on March 1.