A mere three points – the value of a single correctly answered question – separated first from second place when teams from nine LCPS schools met Wednesday in the annual Elementary Battle of the Books.
The team from Banks Elementary edged out Pink Hill Elementary’s team 117 to 114 in a contest that Charles White, the school district’s media center and technology coordinator and organizer of the competition, called “one of the closest battles I can remember.”
“I’ve seen first place change hands five times today,” he told students, school supporters and parents gathered at Teachers Memorial Training Center for the awards presentation.
The team from Southwood Elementary came in third with 107 points. Fourth and fifth place went to La Grange Elementary and Northeast Elementary, respectively.
The Battle of the Books challenges fourth and fifth graders’ knowledge of books from a common reading list of 18 titles through questions related to content. The teams compete in a round-robin format.
As the district winner, Banks claimed a trophy, will receive a gift from LCPS of books for next year’s battle and will represent the district in the regional competition scheduled for April 22 in Craven County.
Moderators for the contest were Frances Herring and Kim Hazelgrove from the district staff and Ryan Gardner and Tanya Cahoon of South Lenoir High Schools.
Members of the winning Banks teams are: Alondra B., Braden A., Courtney H., Elizabeth C., Jasmine M., Jenna S., Kaitlyn M., Kenady Y., Landon H., Landry S., Leanna K. and Savannah H.. Coaches are Candice Beamon and Ashley Hood.
Making up the Pink Hill team were Alima S., Avery R., Briley T., Drew H., Eli A., Fernando F. and Sydney M., along with coaches Myra Aycock and Kelly Bluhm.
Members of the Southwood team were Alfred S., David P., Gracie H., Jordan S., Leah S., Nathan C. and Noel S. The team was coached by Gail Outlaw, Lisa Jones and Angie Jarman
Team photos can be found at www.facebook.com/lcpsnc.
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