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Students Test Knowledge at Battle of the Books Competitions

Each year, Iredell-Statesville Schools host their annual Battle of the Books Competitions.  Students compete against other schools to test their reading comprehension skills from a preselection of books.  It is an exciting and suspenseful competition in which students prepare for all year long.


Susan Pope, Digital Teaching and Learning Coach for Iredell-Statesville Schools stated, Every year our students amaze me with the details that they remember from reading all of the books from the Battle of the Books list.  The competition brings new excitement each year for reading like nothing else does. Battle of the Books is a suspenseful, rewarding event.”


The first event was the High School Division.  On February 26, 2019, 3 schools entered the competition.  They went through 6 rounds covering questions from 15 books.  When the scores were tallied, South Iredell High School reclaimed their victory from last year for a two-year winning streak.  Crossroads Arts & Science Early College placed second and Statesville High School placed third.


The Middle School Division was held on March 12, 2019, with all middle schools participating.  The students were asked to read 27 books and be prepared to come up with the answer to a variety of questions.  After several close rounds, Mount Mourne School was named the champions! This victory was not new to them. The school has placed in the district tournament for several years.  Following their victory, Brawley Middle School placed second and Northview School placed third.


Elementary schools competed in the final day of competitions.  16 elementary schools competed in the Battle of the Books Competition on March 13, 2019.  Students went back and forth answering questions about 15 books for a nail-biting finish through 15 rounds each.  A tiebreaker round was held to decide which team would ultimately clinch 3rd place. With only 6 points distinguishing the rankings, Lake Norman Elementary School placed 1st in the competition. East Iredell Elementary School placed 2nd and third place was awarded to Lakeshore Elementary School.


While the competition is fierce, students enjoy getting to participate each year.  Lexi Boone, 4th grader on the team representing Lake Norman Elementary School loves the competition although she does get nervous.


“It was a little nerve-wracking.  Celeste, East, and Coddle Creek were amazing and we were so nervous,” Boone explained.


South Iredell High School team members Anna Rohde and DJ Cook love this competition and believe it is a unique opportunity.


“I really like reading.  This competition is a great opportunity to read books I would not have heard of otherwise,” stated Rohde.


Cook added, “Reading is such an individual thing.  It’s really cool for others to read the same books as you and to have a competition about it.  There really is nothing else like this.”


After watching the competition, spectators can attest that this competition depends on teamwork.  It takes each member doing their part and participating in the competition.


As Lily Hansen, 5th grader at Lake Norman Elementary summarized, “it really just involves studying and reading the books over and over again.”


All winners of these divisions will continue on to the regional competition to be held later this spring.