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Student readers compete in Battle of the Books

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:09 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

Burke County Public Schools recently held Battle of the Books competitions for elementary and middle school. Oak Hill Elementary won the elementary school event held Feb. 28 and East Burke Middle won the middle school event on March 8.

Each year, elementary and middle schools form teams of avid student readers who plunge their noses into a variety of books from the official Battle of the Books reading lists. The elementary school teams this year read 15 books, including “Soft Rain,” “Kenny & the Dragon” and “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” The middle school teams read 27 books, including “To Kill and Mockingbird,” “Serafina and the Black Cloak” and “The Emerald Atlas.”

The teams receive their approved book lists in the fall and start reading to prepare for competition. On Battle of the Books day, the teams compete by answering questions about the books they have read and earn points to advance through several rounds.

Oak Hill’s winning team consisted of students Madison Banner, Jenna Brown, Michael Cates, Wilson Cates, Jordan Dula, Jennifer Gaspar, Kaylen Hall, Abigail Keller, Logan Masencup and Trenton Waycaster and coaches Carolyn Little and Ann Morris. Oak Hill will compete in the regionals on April 27.

East Burke Middle’s winning team consisted of students Anna Crist, Lydia Davis, Caleb Duncan, Caroline Ingle, Daisy Jantes, Jasmine Spencer, Payne Stilwell and Colby White and coaches Lori Eggers and Yvonne Fletcher. The team went on to place third in the regionals.