For the second year in a row, Norwayne Middle School students won the Wayne County Public Schools Middle School Battle of the Books competition on Friday, March 2.

The 32nd annual Battle of the Books competition took place at the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Cultural Center with approximately 80 students from nine middle schools competing.

"These teams have spent months gearing up for the competition, and the hard work of students was reflected in the exciting matches between teams," said Tamara Berman-Ishee, Wayne County Public Schools assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

"We would especially like to congratulate the Norwayne Middle team for their success and wish the participating students the very best as they move on to the next level of competition."

Sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association, Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl type competition, specifically designed for students in grades six through eight.

Students at participating schools read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee and then compete to test their knowledge of the books.

This year's book list consisted of 27 titles.

On March 16, the Norwayne Middle team will compete at the Region 2 Battle of the Books Competition, to be held at the O'Dell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Main Campus. The team will compete against other middle school teams that won their district competitions.

The Norwayne Middle 2017-2018 team includes students, Avery Bass, Brenna Bass, Natalie Davis, Brianna Hayes, Presley Herring, Micky Lenzi, Riley Mesimer, Dawson Peaden, Skylar Ratliff and Annabelle Smith. The team was coached by Rhonda Nichols.

The Battle of the Books program is coordinated by the media center program at participating schools. Organizers said that the Battle of the Books competition is a great way to motivate students to read and be exposed to quality literature.

Wayne School of Engineering took second place. Their team includes students, Jay Bass, Dantzler Bonner, Isaac Carreno, Carly Court, Grace Evans, Meghan Fazakerly, Mills Hancock, Meher Hogarty, Audrey Johnson, Simon Stewart, and Katie Wagner. The team is coached by Sandy Brannan, Katie Johnson and Camryn King.

In addition to Norwayne Middle and Wayne School of Engineering, other schools that participated in the competition were Dillard Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, Grantham Middle, Greenwood Middle, Mount Olive Middle, Rosewood Middle and Spring Creek Middle.