2017-11-11 / Education

Battle of the Books

By Anna Fletcher
Courier-Times Staff Writer


Khalil Muldrow answers a question for his team during the first round of the Battle of the Books. Muldrow was the spokesperson for his Northern Middle School teammates, who read The Sea of Monsters and The Hidden Oracle. Khalil Muldrow answers a question for his team during the first round of the Battle of the Books. Muldrow was the spokesperson for his Northern Middle School teammates, who read The Sea of Monsters and The Hidden Oracle. There was a North- South battle in the Person County Office Building Auditorium last Friday, as student bookworms from Person County’s two middle schools competed against each other in the Battle of the Books.

The local competition is part of a nationwide reading incentive program. After a close competition, Southern Middle School emerged as victor.

Both schools brought five teams of three to six students to the competition.

Prior to the event, each team selected two books to read from a list provided by the program.

They were to use their knowledge of the books against the team from the other school that had read the same books.

At 11 a.m., with Northern Middle School students sitting on the left side of the auditorium and Southern Middle School students on the right, the first part of the competition began.

The first pair of opposing teams took their places at the front of the auditorium, where two tables with microphones were set up facing the moderators. Tara Holmes, Person High School’s director of Testing and Accountability, posed alternating questions about the selected books, and each team had 15 seconds to answer correctly through a spokesperson.

The team that answered the most questions correctly during the 20-minute round won that round, as recorded by scorekeepers Jarrod Dennis, PCS assistant superintendent, and Jeremy Clayton, NMS Media Studies teacher.

Then, the next pair of teams would take its turn. Once every team had participated, the moderators declared that SMS, with three winning rounds to NMS’ two, was the victor.

The second part of the competition was the lightning round. Again, pairs of opposing teams took their places at the competitors’ table, and Holmes posed alternating questions. This time, however, anyone on the team was allowed to call out the answer, and a point was given to whomever correctly answered first.

Once again, SMS pulled ahead in the lightning round, making them reading champions of the competition. They received the Person County Schools Battle of the Books trophy, which will be displayed in the school’s lobby until the next Battle of the Books, which is scheduled for early next year.

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