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Perry Harrison School competes in regional Battle of the Books

Posted Friday, April 3, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The Perry Harrison School Battle of the Books Team traveled to Randolph Community College on Friday, March 27, for the Region 5 North Carolina competition. This is the second year for the team but their first time to compete at the regional level.

The team placed eighth in a slate of thirteen middle schools that competed. After seventy-nine rounds of matches, Southern Alamance Middle School (Alamance-Burlington Schools) placed first. The second place winner was Hanes Middle School (Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools). Aycock Middle School (Guilford County) placed third.

Each yeat the North Carolina School Library Media Association sponsors Battle of the Books for students in grades six through eight in public and private schools. Students participate in a “quiz bowl” style tournament that tests their knowledge of specific books selected by the NCSLMA Battle of the Books Committee. Tournaments are held at the district, region and state levels with only one team from each region proceeding to the state level. The state Battle of the Books competition will take place May 8, 2009 at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

This year’s list of 27 titles included the classics, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Some of the favorites were The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

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