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Battle of the Books 2012 in the Newspaper

From today’s Midland Daily News:


Championship Battle 2012

This afternoon Boomslang participated in the championship battle for the 2011-2012 Battle of the Books.  They faced “The Cryptid Chickens” from Blessed Sacrament.  Each team was asked 15 questions during the battle.  The Chickens answered all 15 of theirs correctly and 3 out of the 4 that Boomslang missed.  The Chickens were pretty much unbeatable.  I’m sure the kids from Boomslang were a little disappointed about the outcome, but mostly they just seemed to be glad to have permission to read non-Battle-books again.  Congratulations to the Chickens and to Boomslang and Coach Herman for a fantastic performance in this year’s Battle!



Battle of the Books Oral Day 2012

Saturday afternoon Elliot and his pals participated in the oral round of Battle of the Books.  The fact that they had made it to the oral round meant that they were already in the top 16 out of the ~ 64 teams that participated this year.  Eight teams had already competed in the morning round to determine the first team that will participate in the championship round (The Cryptid Chickens from Blessed Sacrament).  Elliot’s team (Boomslang) was competing against seven other teams (5 from Woodcrest, 1 from Plymouth, and 1 from Freeland) for the second spot in the championship (to be held on Thursday at 4:30 PM in the auditorium of the Grace A. Dow Library).  Boomslang made it to the oral round last year and came up just short of making the championship (here is a link to a photo).

Out of the ~ 45 questions they received on Saturday they only missed two, so we knew they had done very well.  However, they had lost one of the battles, and the way points are assigned makes it hard to predict your performance (since you don’t know how well the other teams did).  When the emcee announced that Boomslang would be moving on to the championship battle, we were surprised and thrilled!  It wasn't even very close this time since there was a large cushion of points between Boomslang and the second place team.  Congratulations to the team and coach Marcelle for all of the hard work they’ve put in over the last several months!

Here are some photos of Boomslang:









Journey to the Center of the Earth

I read Journey to the Center of the Earth and then saw the movie after I read it.  The movie and the book were different in a couple ways.  One was in the movie there was a dinosaur and in the the book there wasn't.  In the book they were trying to go to the center of the earth but in the movie they accidentally did.  In the book the mountain guide was a man and in the movie it was a woman. 

My favorite part of the movie was when the dinosaur chased them because it was cool.  The dinosaur was huge and the people were trying to get away.  One of the funny parts was when the boy woke up and there was a dead piranha right next to him with its mouth open and the sharp teeth showing.  He was really really surprised and scared at first but then he realized it was dead.  When we saw the movie it was in 3D.  We had special glasses and when stuff was coming forward it looked like it was coming right at you.  It looked like it was right in front of your face. 

My favorite part of the book was when these two big monsters in the ocean fought.  The funniest part of the book was: nothing!

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