Harkers Island BOB is State Beacon

The Islanders have done it again! They are the 2007 North Carolina Battle of the Books Champions.

Although Coach Dianne Garner gets “in the zone” during competition, she is one of the most humble individuals there is. She is quick to praise all of her media coordinator cohorts and their respective teams for making the Battle of the Books in Carteret County such a first-rate experience.

. . . and now, courtesy of Tabbie, The Press Release:

Harkers Island Elementary School’s Battle of the Books team is the state champion for the second time. The North Carolina Battle of the Books State Championship took place May 4 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Battle of the Books team from John R. Griffin Middle School, Fayetteville, placed second at Friday’s state competition.

County and regional Battle of the Books competitions have taken place for years. The state level of competition was only started in 2002 and the island team is no stranger to that competition. In 2002, the Harkers Island team placed second in regional competition, finishing behind the eventual state championship team. In 2003, the island team did not advance. In 2004, the island team won the State Battle of the Books competition. In 2005, the team finished fourth in the state and in 2006 the team finished third in the state.

The island team advanced to the state this year after placing first in the regional competition that took place in April at Kinston High School in Lenior County.

The island team has won Carteret County Battle of the Books competition for the last two years and, in total, has won the county competition 10 times.

“The state competition was amazing,” Mrs. Garner said. “Winning the state level still does not seem real to the students or to me. Our students performed well at the competition and I was so proud of them.

“Battle of the Books is a wonderful competition and it enriches students in their love of literature and in the experience with different kinds of literature. The competition teaches students to read and find facts, and to retain the information they found. Hopefully, it also increases their general knowledge because of the variety of books the association selects each year.”

Sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association, Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for teams of middle school students.

Battle of the Books involves team members reading 27 books before the competition. The books are chosen after a rigorous selection process by media coordinators and teachers and must meet literary standards appropriate for students in the middle school grades.

During the school year, the students read the books on the list and practice answering questions about the content of the books. The teams are asked questions which refer to events in the books. The teams must correctly identify the title of the book to which the question refers. Correctly naming the author gives the team an additional point per question.

This year’s book list includes such titles as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone, The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt and The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg. A complete book list is posted at http://ncslma.org/BookCompetitions/BoBstate/bobbooklist2006-2007.htm.


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