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Today was the "Battle of the Books" competition for all of the middle schools in the county. It's kinda like a quiz bowl all about books. Specifically, 26 books are on the reading list each year, from a variety of genres. The kids read them and practice answering picky questions about the plot, characters, setting, etc.
As the official media coordinator, I am the coach. I have a great team-- 11 sixth graders-- and (most of them) read their little hearts out, stayed after school and gave up activity periods to practice, and gave it their all. And, we totally lost the competition. As in, we came in last in the county (9 schools). The competitive side of me is, frankly, a little bummed.
But, the part of me that knows how hard they worked, how they didn't give up today when the questions were obscure, or the opposing teams seemed to get all the ones they knew, how they were great sports and pulled together, knows that we really gained a whole lot more than we may have lost. ( cheese alert!!) We were up against teams made up of all seventh and eighth graders who have competed before, teams where kids do not have to struggle as hard to succeed in school, and schools with experienced coaches. I thought my team did a great job considering our collective inexperience. They were ready to start on next year's reading list after the competition wrapped up today! I think I need to borrow a little of their optimism and drive for some other parts of my life (grad school work, adoption wait, wanting to shed some winter weight gain) and kick my own butt into gear.