Eastern Wayne Elementary School Battle of the Books team

The Eastern Wayne Elementary School Battle of the Books team, which won the districtwide competition at the elementary level and went on to take the Region 2 title for the third year in a row, from left, coach Christie Davis, Tarnia Sykes, Carolyn Page, Daniel Connolly, Ja’Naya Robinson, Lauren Narrow, Yaritza Delgado, Onnalee Smith and coach Sarah Robinson. 

For the third year in a row, Eastern Wayne Elementary students won the Region 2 Elementary Battle of the Books competition recently held in New Bern.

The team qualified for the regional contest after winning the Wayne County Public Schools Elementary Battle of the Books Competition in March.

Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl-style competition that encourages reading. For the elementary version, contestants in grades 4-5 are encouraged to read 18 books chosen by a statewide committee, and the competition tests students’ comprehension of the books.

The Eastern Wayne team competed against other elementary school teams in Region 2 that also won their district-level competitions.

The local team consisted of Daniel Connolly, Yaritza Delgado, Lauren Narron, Carolyn Page, Ja’Naya Robinson, Onnalee Smith and Tamia Sykes. Their coaches were Christie Davis and Sarah Robinson.

“We congratulate Ms. Davis and her team for winning the Region 2 competition for the third straight year,” said Tamara Ishee, WCPS assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “This team spent months preparing for the Battle of the Books competitions.

“Through their hard work and efforts, they were able to defend their title, as well as compete with excellence, as they represented their school and the district at the regional competition.”

The Battle of the Books program is coordinated by the media center program at participating schools. The regional competition is the highest level of competition in the Elementary Battle of the Books program.