Eastern Wayne Elementary students successfully put their reading skills to the test by winning the Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) annual Elementary Battle of the Books competition. The competition took place on Tuesday, April 4, at the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Cultural Center with approximately 115 students from 14 schools competing.
The Elementary School Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl style competition that encourages reading. Contestants, who are in grades 4-5, must read 18 books chosen by a statewide committee, and the competition tests students’ comprehension of the books.
The Eastern Wayne Elementary team will travel to Kinston later this month to represent WCPS at the Regional 2 competition. The team will compete against other elementary school teams that won their district competitions.
The Eastern Wayne Elementary 2016-2017 Battle of the Books Team consists of Jordan B, Adrian B, Ryan H, Leia J, Sydney R, and Steven Z. The team was coached by Christie Davis and Sarah Robinson.
The Battle of the Books program is coordinated by the Media Center program at participating schools. Organizers state that the Battle of the Books competition is a great way to motivate students to read and be exposed to quality literature.
“All students did a great job representing their schools,” states Dr. David Lewis, Assistant Superintendent for Accountability/IT Services. “We appreciate the hard work of the students and coaches, and we are grateful for the volunteers who came out to support the event. We were especially happy to see so many family members come out to support their kids.”
Northeast Elementary took second place at the competition. The Northeast Elementary 2016-2017 Battle of the Books team consists of Brenna B, Tara B, Bevanie C, Natalie D, Ashleigh G, Connor J, Chandler L, and Pedro M. The team was coached by Stacy Hersey and Tracy Toler.
In addition to Eastern Wayne Elementary and Northeast Elementary, other schools that participated in the competition include: Brogden Middle, Carver Elementary, Carver Heights Elementary, Fremont STARS Elementary, Grantham Middle, Meadow Lane Elementary, Mount Olive Middle, Northwest Elementary, Rosewood Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, Spring Creek Middle, and Tommy’s Road Elementary.