CSS college students unite to win the battle for books – Neuse News
The Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School’s Battle of the Books team was already there, so when the college kids found themselves lagging behind after last week’s first round of competition, they didn’t panic. They organized a rally.
Traci Banks, CSS media specialist and team coach, credits the team experience.
“This year’s Middle School Battle of the Books team was made up of former CSS Elementary Battle of the Books members,” Banks said. “The team couldn’t play last year due to Covid restrictions, so they were thrilled with the opportunity this year.”
Falling behind by eight points after the first round, Team CSS won their three second-round games to finish seven points ahead of second place at Woodington Middle School. EB Frink Middle School finished third and Rochelle Middle School fourth.
The Battle of the Books tests students’ knowledge of books from a common reading list of fiction and non-fiction titles through content-related questions. The teams competed in a round robin format.
The event took place at the Kinston-Lenoir County Performing Arts Center at Kinston High School on April 20. Ryan Gardner, head of the science department at South Lenoir High School, was the moderator.
“Our college readers fought a successful battle. All of the teams represented their schools well and we are especially proud of them for committing to read all 22 books on the battle list, ”said Amy Jones, LCPS Director of Secondary Education and Coordinator of LCPS. this year’s battle. “It was an exciting and close competition in the last round. Congratulations to all the teams and coaches for being lifelong readers and for a job well done.
In addition to the year’s competitive gap caused by Covid, public health precautions presented special challenges for a team that, all other years, had trained in person, according to Banks.
“This year was unique in that we only practiced virtually through distance learning. While we would have preferred the in-person practice, being virtual gave us flexibility in our meetings, ”said Banks. “The team persisted in their independent readings and virtual practices. I am so proud of their efforts and dedication.
Along with Coach Banks, the Contentnea-Savannah K-8 team are Eagan Ballard, Lesley Wiggins, Brooks Grady, Maddy White and Jaden Powell.
Competing for Woodington, Kadence Thigpen, Alicia Gonzalez-Gutierez, JT Gautier, Joselin Flores, Sage Jones, Aiden Lawson, Michael Mozingo and Josue Garcia-Lopez. The coaches are Jessica Montgomery and Missy Perritt.
Competing for EB Frink were Adin Poe, Jamalaky Bizzell, Haley Heath, Bradley Farrall, Joseph Figueroa, Taylor Benton, Isabella Parker and Justin D. Coaches are Kristen Davenport and Lauran Smith.
Rochelle’s contestants were ZyRehanna Williams, Calaysia Murrell, Matthew Green, Madison Green and Saiyanah Becton. Coach is Brenda Saunders-Moultrie