Students battle over books

By Anthony Gonzalez agoznalez@civitasmedia.com

April 11, 2014

Students from Elkin Elementary School recently participated in a district Elementary Battle of the Books program held by the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA).

The district competition was held in Hickory on April 1.

Participating in the competition were Gracie Gambill, Bethany Roberts, Eli Powell, Leah Shaw, Margaret Freeman, Breanna Laws, Cameron Shaw, Abigail Wagoner, Harper Lee Libbertt and Kaitlin Fletcher.

The students competed against other elementary schools from Ashe, Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes, Avery, Burke, Iredell, Catawba, Shelby City, Alleghany, Watauga, Yadkin, Caldwell, Alexander, Davie and Rowan counties.

In preparation of the competition, students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. According to NCSLMA, the game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.

Students enter the battle with a maximum team of 12 per team. Six students of the 12 are selected for select rounds with judges posing questions according to books selected for students to read. Points are accumulated.

In the 1930s, “Battle of the Books” was a Chicago radio program. All of the questions in the competition begin with the words “In which book” and the correct answer is always the title and author of the book.

“The children have worked very hard to prepare for the competition. They were excited to make the trip,” said Elkin Elementary media specialist Shawna Poindexter.

“We knew it was going to be a great day,” continued Poindexter. “The moment we left the school to Hickory, the marquee on Main Street (Reeves Theatre) displayed a sign wishing students good luck in their battle. The kids really appreciated the support.”

According to Poindexter, the students placed higher compared to students from other Yadkin and Surry County schools.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.