04/29/08 — Battle of the Books winners

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Battle of the Books winners

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 29, 2008 1:45 PM

Tommy's Road Elementary School won the second annual Elementary Battle of the Books Competition recently.

The event took place April 17 at Herman Park Center with 105 students from nine elementary schools competing.

The Tommy's Road team consisted of Caitlyn Andrews, Ian Felipe, Veah Velasco, Henry Nelson, Scherita Taylor, Zhyel Henderson, Christopher Overcash, Cindy Kaye, Kevin Larson, Michael DeFazio and Justice Pinter.

The "Battle of the Books" is a quiz bowl type competition that encourages reading, and is specifically designed for students. Students were quizzed on 12 books.

Spring Creek Elementary School finished second in this year's competition. Members of the team included Coy Barnett, Renee Anderson, Daniela Resendiz, Margarita Bautista, Cailee Ladd, Magen Jones, Andie Strickland, Katie Winkleback, Taiesha Morgan, Auston Gray, Kess Fullington and Cassie Alphin.

Other participating schools included Brogden Primary, Carver Elementary, Eastern Wayne Elementary, Goldsboro Intermediate, North Drive Elementary, Northwest Elementary and Rosewood Elementary.

The event was hosted by the Wayne County Library, Wayne County Public Schools and Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department.

"We are proud of all of the students who worked so hard reading these books and then ... have their knowledge tested," said Olivia Pierce, executive director for community relations.

"The Elementary 'Battle of the Books' Competition is a great way to immerse younger children in quality literature, and help them begin developing a lifelong passion for reading."