Altoona Area Junior High School

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Reading Competition

Advisor: Wanda Vanish

The Interscholastic Reading Competition is an annual event sponsored by Appalachia Intermediate Number 8. It is open to all schools and school districts in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset Counties, as well as schools in surrounding counties where there is no Competition.
 
Teams from different schools and school districts collectively read a required list of approximately forty-two books and compete in their knowledge of the books.
 
Teams may be comprised of eight to twelve students, plus two alternates. Once the students on the team have been chosen, the team usually meets one day every other week from 3:00 - 3:30 pm. During that time, students choose books to read for the competition, discuss and review problems/questions and the organization and rules of the competition, and perform other needed duties.  Flexibility is allowed for missed meetings as long as students keep up with their reading responsibilities.  There will be at least two mandatory meetings as well as the competition night where attendance will be required.
 
To be on the Interscholastic Reading Competition team a student must have a love of reading. Also each student must be able to read and become an expert in three to five (or more) books for the competition. All students on the team must be willing to attend a competition in November usually hosted in Bellwood.
 
For lists of the books for the competition please see the link below or come visit Mrs. Vanish in room 234