Three Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students took second place after a sudden-death tie-breaking round in the statewide Battle of the Books competition last week.
Andrea Doerflinger, Matt Cabrigas and Lindsey Hanna, coached by Cathy Boutin, took the eventual winner, a team from Soldotna, through three rounds of tiebreakers before running out of time on the last question.
The seventh-eighth grade team competed with district winners from around the state via teleconference.
The first statewide Battle of the Books competition was held in 1983. Teams of students in four grade categories are given a list of books to read, discuss and quiz each other about. They then compete at school, district and statewide levels.
The competition is sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians and is coordinated locally by the Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
District winners from the competition were recognized Saturday at an awards ceremony held at Dzantik'i Heeni.
Other winners from the Juneau School District were:
Third-fourth grade: Juneau Community Charter School: Robin Woodby, McLean Cannon, Logan Miller and Ryan Doogan, coached by Debbie Chalmers. The team was eliminated in the first round of state competition.
Fifth-sixth grade: Floyd Dryden Middle School: Adair Rainery, Kimberlyn Wicks, Dana Shannon, Kelsey Messing, coached by Pat McClear. The team made it to the second round of state competition.