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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-04-24

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Battle Of The Books

Akiva students are winners
In Southfield annual competition.

Yehudit Jubas
Special to the Jewish News


ii six teams from Akiva Hebrew
Day School scored first, sec-
ond and third place at the
Southfield Public Library's annual Battle of
the Books. The Friends of the Southfield
Public Library sponsor the event, now in
its 35th year.
The Battle of the Books program
encourages reading by holding competi-
tions for fourth-grade, fifth-grade and
middle-school students who live in or
attend school in Southfield. Teammates
read six assigned books of various genres
of which five questions are asked per book.
The Battle of the Books, an extra-curric-
ular activity for these Akiva students, bal-
ances academics and teamwork. These stu-
dents volunteer to work together to retain
detailed information during meetings
scheduled after school and on Sundays led

by team captains.
Assigned book lists are released in
November and students are responsible for
understanding plot, characters, setting and
any other information that pertains to the
books. During the competition held at the
Southfield Pavillion, teams are given 20
seconds to discuss and write the answers
to the questions along with the author of
each book.
First-place winners receive gold med-
als, a visual encyclopedia and their names
engraved on the Battle of the Books wall in
the Southfield library youth room. Second-
and third-place winners receive gift cards
to Book Beat, a local bookstore.
The fifth-grade Book Bandits 2.0 made
reader history by becoming the only team
comprised of the exact same members to
win first place two years in a row. Book
Bandits 2.0 member Mo Berlin, said, "The
Battle is so much fun, and now I enjoy
reading more than I did before."

Two-time gold medalists, the Book Bandits 2.0: Mo Berlin, 10; David Wrotslovsky,
10; Jeremy Morgan, 10; Joseph Kornblum, 11; Jaden Jubas, 10; and Cobi Smith, 11,
all of Southfield.

Book Bandits 2.0 also included Jaden
Jubas, Joseph Kornblum, Jeremy Morgan,
Cobi Smith and David Wrotslovsky.
The fifth-grade, second-place Book
Bombers included Lev Erschler, David
Kleiman, Jacob Kleiman, Joseph Korman,
Dani Lerman and Ilan Weiss.
The fourth-grade, first-place Book
Warriors included JJ Jacobs, Yona Kelman,
Noa Pergament, Avi Skoczylas and Elana
The fourth-grade, second-place Book

Worms included Dalya Apap, Ezra
Grossman, Elana Hochbaum, Yaffa
Klausner, Daniella Weil and Joey Winer.
The middle-school, second-place
Barcode included Avraham Benjamin,
Micah Eizen, Ezra Klausner, Moshe Dovid
Lerner (from Beit Yehudah), Shira Schon
and Andrew Schulman.
The middle-school, second-place Rock
'n Read included Ethan Adler, Elisheva
Apap, Rebecca Potoff, Jordan Stebbins and
Justin Weil.


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